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“Most people are familiar with Mandrake as the squalling magical plant in the Harry Potter novels and movies. Mr. Quartana was inspired by the smell of actual Mandrake which has an uncanny resemblance to apples. So Mr. Vinals uses a classic red apple accord. He surrounds the crisp fruit with the off-beat green of rhubarb, cardamom, along with birch leaf and birch root. This creates a really interesting fruity foliage accord when it all comes together. That apple is ever present but the two sources of birch provide the leafiness and the sense of the soil it is growing in. This eventually slides into a leathery woody finish around leather, sandalwood, and patchouli. To represent the magical shriek Mr. Vinals adds a sharp synthetic contrast..."
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