Patty’s post earlier this year, “Best Perfumes Not Enough People Know About,” really got my gray matter working. She listed so many great houses that I knew I had to re-visit several. So I kept myself awake late one night doing a mental inventory of which ones I had explored fairly well. Then I went digging in one of my perfume drawers and emerged with the package marked Parfums MDCI.
For reference, here’s what Patty wrote about Parfums MDCI:
“For a pricy, luxury line, I love them, I really, really do. Beautifully made and a joy to wear, there are a couple in the line that aren’t really me, but this line has no clunkers. Each scent adds something unique, and every last one of them is beautiful. I could reach blind into a drawer containing MDCI fragrances only, pull out any one of them to wear and know I’ll smell amazing.”
She really hit the nail on the head -– every offering is well-made, and oozes luxury and care, even if there is a scent or two that’s not your cup of tea.
My samples included most of their fragrances but not the Ambre Topkapi or the Invasion Barbare, so I can’t speak to those. But as they’ve shown in their Rose de Siwa, they can take a note that I’m not known for loving and make it a thing of beauty.
Another case in point: If you told me as recently as a year or two ago that I would be writing to praise the following fruit in a perfume, I would have said you were out of your mind. (Too many cheap-smelling scents, lotions, candles, etc., over the years took their toll, I guess.) So I give full props and tip my hat to Parfums MDCI for giving me a pear I love to wear, with the line’s oh-so-lovely La Belle Helene. And, amazingly enough, it has turned out to be my favorite from the house. As I wrote in one of our Posse “best of” posts:
“It starts out a little bright, but soon gets burnished down to a slightly gourmand Oriental lushness (is that a bit of chocolate I smell?). It has a soft suede-y vibe to it, not unlike SL’s Daim Blond. It’s almost as if her [Helene’s] gloves got left behind in the pear orchard instead of atop a bushel basket of apricots [as Serge’s Blond did].”
It might have that curvy fruit as its linchpin, but it soon blooms and transforms into something far more: a luscious, warm, softly rounded charmer that can delight even a pear-phobe like me.
Although I must confess to having two very close runners-up. I do adore their gorgeous Enlevement au Serail and the rich, classic-leaning Chypre Palatin, sent to me by a dear friend who loves it.
So what’s your favorite in the Parfums MDCI stable and why? Or which one would you most like to try?