Recently I decided to do a little splurging on perfume. I figured it was about time I added an "adult" fragrance to my reasonably sized Bath and Body Works collection of fragrance mists. Let's be honest: most of those things are filled with alcohol and water. A girl has to reapply the mist every couple of hours which is a total pain if you are out and about. And I do not have a purse large enough to carry around one of their clunky bottles all day. This is why I opted for the purse-size bottle of the Beautiful Magnolia perfume.
Now I will say I am not a huge fan of floral scents. But lately, I have been a fan of BBW's Magnolia Charm fragrance and wanted to try the "grown-up" version of a Magnolia noted fragrance.
Beautiful Magnolia is among several perfumes in the Beautiful collection, which started with the original back in 1985. This one was supposed to have Magnolia be the star of the show, but it falls short.
The Magnolia part of Beautiful stays present for an hour of wear before giving way to Beautiful's more overpowering and more robust notes. Which I wouldn't say is a bad thing as I quite like the fragrance. However, the main reason why I bought this one instead of the original was that I wanted the Magnolia note to be the powerhouse. So it was a tad disappointing.
When it comes to how long the fragrance lasted....well, that was another disappointment. I read reviews of Beautiful Magnolia lasting for 10-12 hours or the majority of their workday. For me, the perfume lasted on my skin for a whopping five hours. And before you claim I've gone nose blind to it, I asked my mother and sister if they could smell it on my wrist. Their answer was also no.
So if I had to rate this perfume on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 6/10. While I do enjoy the fragrance, it did not live up to my expectations for it.
If you like feminine scents that are sharp with a little woodsy Cedarwood and Sandalwood that will linger longer than the lightness of Magnolia flowers, then this is the fragrance for you. Though if you were looking for something that has a touch of sweetness to it, then you are unfortunately out of luck.