Current cover

Magnolia in Perfumery

Contact Author Danute Pajaujis Anonis
Fill out my online form.

Tap Into Sensory Excellence! This is just part of the article. Want the complete story, plus a host of other cutting-edge technical and business articles to make your job easier? Login or Register for free!

Magnolia was named after the 17th century French botanist, Pierre Magnol. Magnolia flower oil is not produced commercially. Synthetic magnolia compounds and specialties are used in perfumery.

Botanical Origin

Magnolia macrophylla, grandiflora and other varieties originated in China and India. Magnolia grandiflora L. (fam. Magnoliaceae) is also probably native to the south of North America, possibly South Carolina). It was introduced into Southern France and Italy at the end of the eighteenth century.

Mode of Production, Type of Oil, Yield

Extraction of magnolia flowers with volatile solvents (petroleum ether) yielded from 1.2 to 1.63% of a greenish-yellow concrete. By steam distillation of the concrete, two semi-solid oils were obtained; the yields were 9.57 and 10.1%, respectively. The odor of both oils was characteristic of the odor of magnoltia flowers.

Want the rest of the story? Simply sign up to register. It’s easy. Plus, it only takes 1 minute and it’s free!

Related Content