The classic magnolia (in that era) was based on a ylang-lily of the valley with rosy notes and something very sharp on top (like lemon), a contrast between the warm-heavy base and the very fresh top (or tuberose-orange flower-rose with lemon). The top had also sharp green notes (like in gardenias or hyacinths). Magnolia Chanel is all that, in the heavy tone (almost fruity) plus the woody drydown. If Bois des Iles was the smell of an exotic wood, Magnolia was (I guess) the exotic floral note of that imaginary island (where champaca flowers grew).
Note: Magnolia (*)
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