Last week I was up and down and out of town, and the sole scent experience of the week was a bar of the great black Spanish soap Magno. I used to wash with Magno in the past and had forgotten how wonderful it is. In a time when most perfume companies let you down with awful reformulations, sometimes soap makers do a better job of maintaining old formulas. Magno appears to be one of them.
I am a bit of a nut on soap. There are a lot of days on which I wear no perfume at all but do scrub with scented soap, and in the past have loved Magno, Roger et Gallet, and even Zum, which tends to have rather strong scents. If you asked me my favorite it would have to be Magno. This preference is based partially on the fact that like many people I have reactive skin. Soaps,cosmetics, skin creams, and sun screens are apt to give me dermatitis and so I am careful about what I wear. Magno never has brought on an episode though, and I do love the stuff. The reason why is not very difficult to figure out. Leather! Leather is a great favorite of mine and Magno is leather to the max, but somehow or other also clean. It’s probably due to birch tar which often masquerades as leather. Either way It’s a wonderful soap that lingers on the skin and if you decide to wear something else is a great friend to leather scents, animalics, leather chypres, and woody perfumes. Woody orientals would probably also benefit from a close association with Magno.
If you ask me it is a perfectly fine date night scent on its own. I also wonder why that I cannot find Magno Blanco? This came in a cream colored box and was also sold as a cologne as I recall it, however now seems to be gone. A shame, it was a slightly lighter version of the leather scent of Magno and just a tinge more feminine. it was fun introducing my pitifully small number of autumn fragrances to old Magno. Tabac Blond loves it, as does de Nicolai Vetyver, and Magno seems to get along just fine with Plus Que Jamais. How can you go wrong? I suppose that you could, but not very easily, and as things stand I will be very happy to finish my bar and maybe even buy another one.
Perhaps now I can go and track down one of my other old loves from the past: Valobra. They used to produce a great complexion soap made from …lettuce. Really and cross my heart, lettuce it was called lattuga sappone and was a great help to sensitive skin that was prone to breaking out. Sporting a fresh rash from this morning’s overly energetic disposal of dusty old curtains, I certainly wish that I had some with me. But this is the US, where Zum and Etsy and no guarantees are what you get in place of something utterly reliable like Valobra or Magno.
Do you have a perfect soap whether for complexion or scent?