Lancome Magnifique : New Fragrance Launch


Last night, at the Grand Palais in Paris , Lancôme presented Magnifique, its newest fragrance which olfactively interprets the color red. Anne Hathaway is Lancôme’s newest ambassador, who will be featured in the advertising campaign. The fragrance, a spicy woody floral, was created by Firmenich perfumers Olivier Cresp and Jacques Cavallier. As WWD reported this morning, “‘The challenge was to work on wood

,” said Cresp, explaining the women’s fragrance market has few woody juices. While he and Cavalllier were in India they came upon nagarmota, a plant giving iff a woody odor. They liked it so much, they opted to use nagarmota essential oil in Magnifique.” Other notes include saffron essence, cumin, Bulgarian rose essence, Mai de Grasse rose absolute, jasmine, Australian sandalwood essence and a vetiver note.


Magnifique will launch in August in the US (where it will be exclusive to Bloomingdale’s at first) and in September elsewhere.  India, roses, red… I am adding this launch to the list of new fragrances to anticipate!


  • Archived under: News


  • Jennifer: Wow, those are quite the notes, the real question is if they are going to show, and if so Lancome has done something quite ballsy for a mainstream scent. This sounds like something out of the niche sector. June 13, 2008 at 11:11am Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: The only thing though is that the bottle is simply horrid. Magnifique it is not! Looks more like something from a drugstore. June 13, 2008 at 11:18am Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Sorry, I just realized that the picture is not visible. Off to fix it. June 13, 2008 at 11:19am Reply

  • girlsodeadly: I saw a documentary on saffron, 95% of it on the market is fake even the one sold in Morroco as it ‘s the rarest and most precious spice in the world. I don ‘t think Lancome is using real saffron essence of course, it must be synthetic which is fine with me when it comes to the fragrance execution but why dupe and mislead the consumers by listing olfactory note terms that are not true. Also the woody feminine challenge is a joke to me, Feminite du Bois is a modern classic, I don ‘t understand why they feel they have to “educate” women about woody fragrances, it ‘s been done already. June 13, 2008 at 3:19pm Reply

  • Marina: Cumin and saffron, wow! Go Lancome! 🙂 June 13, 2008 at 1:39pm Reply

  • minette at scent signals: let’s hope this smells as interesting as it sounds! fingers crossed. and i for one like the bottle. but i’m partial to bright red. June 13, 2008 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Yelena: V- I wonder if woodsy fragrances will be the new fruity florals? First Estee lauder, now Lancome. Not that I’m complaining, just wondering what the next big trend will be. June 14, 2008 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Karin: The bottle reminds me of Bvlgari Au Thé Rouge. June 14, 2008 at 10:59pm Reply

  • evi: the bottle is ungly!very makeshift.i think after ‘tresor’ there is nothing savor. June 15, 2008 at 8:27am Reply

  • Cindi: I am so looking forward to this one. And I think the choice of Anne Hathaway is a great one too. Style, classy, youthful – all at once. I hope that is what Magnifique eludes to. June 15, 2008 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Oblitterati: Girsodeadly, I completely agree that Feminite du Bois is a modern classic, but even with the stunning bottle I imagine it was a commercial disappointment in the US, otherwise I would still be drenching myself in it every time I wandered through Bloomingdales. I miss it so!

    Wood/Rose wounds like a lovely and accessible concept. Wood/Fruit is already doing well commercially in the form of Armani Code and Gucci by Gucci (and as a fruit lover I happen to like both, though I know I am in the osmophile minority). Perhaps Wood/Rose will be the next big thing? June 16, 2008 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Girlsodeadly: Oblitterati, as soon as Feminite du Bois had been discontinued in the US, the Shiseido sales people already had forgotten about it. I inquired a couple of times at the Macys, Saks and Bloomingdales Shiseido counters, noone would even know what I was talking about, except one supervisor, an older lady who told me with a big smile on her face “Oh yes! Fayminitay Dou Bwa! she was so sorry it had been discontinued and like you found the bottle design was stunning.
    Serge Lutens plans to bring it back but under his name brand at $140.00 a bottle! You can purchase his violet version at Bergdorf & Goodman, Bois de Violette with a pricetag of $190.00.

    Isn ‘t YSL Elle a fruit/wood fragrance as well? I smelled it at Sephora, smells 90% fruity to me, nothing close to Feminite du Bois as a feminine wood. June 17, 2008 at 12:20am Reply

  • Flora: Dare I even HOPE for a decent Lancome release!? After the wretched “Limited Edition” Benghal (yeeecchhh! What a waste of a great name!) I thought I should just give up – I hate Tresor and Poeme is a big fat nothing. This sounds promising though – cumin AND Bulgarian rose? And the new nagarmota essence? Maybe there is life after Magie Noire after all? June 19, 2008 at 12:33am Reply

  • benzippo: Let us just sit, wait and see.
    Dissapointments after dissapointemnts from all the numerous past “hypes” by so many big names which have so many times failed even to simply impress not to mention make a mark.
    So best of luck to Lancome and hope this time, this will be as good as it sounds….. June 25, 2008 at 1:35am Reply

  • Di: India?!!! No thanks. I don’t want to smell like indian spices… July 2, 2008 at 4:45pm Reply

  • Anonymous: very nice perfume…i like lancome perfume smell

    i wish all the best of lancome July 9, 2008 at 2:30am Reply

  • bity: l like perfume…alots of lancome July 9, 2008 at 2:31am Reply

  • Ana: Ahh I was not very impressed with Magnifique. I’m indifferent about the smell, to me its like a cheap drugstore body spray because the scent doesn’t last long, it wears of after one hour even though it is perfume. Better luck next time Lancome August 3, 2008 at 3:29pm Reply

  • Theresa Vincent: Bonjour to all of you from Southwest Louisiana!! Finally someone has decided to incorporate wood as an ingredient in their fragrance. Sooo tired of those horrible flower fragrances. Finally Lancome has done just that and my kudos to them for that. This will be probably the best seller for them. Just bought one today…and I’m sure I will enjoy wearing it because of the woody notes. Go out and buy yourself a bottle – you won’t be sorry!! August 17, 2008 at 6:02pm Reply

  • Colleen: I loved Magnifique!! I miss it so much!! Please help!! Is there any fragnance like this anywhere?? I miss it so much. I have been searching for something close, or the same. Maybe another name?? If anyone can answer this I would be so grateful. Thank you!! August 24, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

What do you think?

From the Archives

Latest Comments

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2021 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy