Magnolia Dolce is the latest release from i Profumi di Firenze, and features magnolia petals "bathed in Damascus Rose water for 10 days to capture their delectable creaminess".
The top notes are sweet and slightly sharp, with possibly some lily of the valley or another, similar floral. It calms to a creamy magnolia with a touch of rose. The dry down is very soft, with just the tiniest hint of powder. I am still guessing here, but I get an impression of iris, and maybe some sandalwood in the base.
This is a very pretty, spring-like scent, and by no means overly sweet. I no longer have a sample of the Santa Maria Novella Magnolia to compare, but from what I remember, the Santa Maria Novella is considerably sweeter. This is a more delicate, almost ethereal fragrance, in the manner of Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, though they smell nothing alike.
Magnolia Dolce is available as an Eau de Parfum, and will be exclusive to Barneys through the remainder of 2005. Samples of Magnolia Dolce, or any other iPF fragrance, can be purchased for $1.50 each by sending a check to Isabella Imports.