As I write this review for elizabethW Magnolia Bath Gel, snow is falling again on New York City. I have the late-winter blues, and I’m starting to look forward to my own personal rites of spring. In April and early May, for example, I take pleasure in the days when I can eat my lunch under the magnolia trees in Central Park.
The Magnolia products from elizabethW aptly capture the scent of a real magnolia flower, with its creamy sweetness and its bright, lemony edge. Magnolia is a softly flirtatious floral, and elizabethW accentuates it with light notes of gardenia and mimosa, creating a feminine bouquet that would suit Scarlett O’Hara in one of her more tranquil moods. (And who could ever forget Rhett Butler saying, “You can drop the moonlight and magnolias, Scarlett,” when he saw through her sweet talk?)
elizabethW’s Magnolia is one of the brand’s Signature Collection fragrances, which are available in a range of products, including soap, lotion, eau de parfum, candles, and more. I’ve been using the Magnolia Bath Gel in the shower, where it releases masses of gentle foam and a delicate aura of fragrance. I also look forward to trying elizabethW’s Magnolia Body Cream at some point, since I’ve already sampled the body cream in other scents and I admired its rich, soothing texture.
And yes, there really was an Elizabeth: the founder of elizabethW named the company for his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Wightman. As a nineteenth-century ranch-owner, Wightman maintained her sense of style even in the rough-hewn environment of the rural West, just as she beautified her property with gardens and flowering trees. Her balance of grace and practicality is perpetuated through the philosophy of elizabethW, and the various scents of the ranch’s landscape, including the magnolias that surrounded the house, inspired the elizabethW Signature Collection.
I won’t be able to picnic under Central Park’s own magnolia trees for another month or so, but in the meantime, elizabethW Magnolia Bath Gel brings me a bit closer to the scents of an ideal spring afternoon.
elizabethW Magnolia Bath Gel is $22 for 240 ml. For buying information, see the listing for elizabethW under Perfume Houses.