I’ve been a fan of the MDCI perfumes since they were first introduced and a bigger fan of the owner, Claude Marchal. Finally we got to meet in Paris today, and he brought the four new perfumes that will be coming out from MDCI for a sneak sniff. I’ll only talk about one today because… well, that’s all I have time to get to before I have to get to bed and catch a flight out tomorrow. Parfums MDCI Peche Cardinal.
Parfums MDCI Peche Cardinal means cardinal sin and was created by Amandine Marie with notes of davana, peach, blackcurrant, tuberose, lily, and I’m going by memory and can’t remember the exact other notes and could kick myself for not writing the other notes down. As soon as the bottle was opened and the first spray came out, we all (including the 18-year-old Harry) swooned. Yes, it’s fruity, but a little tart, and a floral, but the tartness tautens the composition and holds your interest, and it doesn’t veer into that sweet fruity or too rich floral that is the normal path perfumes that have fruits and florals go when they grow up. The peach is ripe, luscious and the perfect pitch against the florals and base notes, and it almost.. well, bubbles? There is a joy that I get every time I sniff this scent – it is happy and almost giddy, not too young — more like a woman who has lived and still can be a girl, without all the tediousness of youth, just unfettered joy to be alive. All three women and Harry agreed that this is no softspoken scent, and it is gorgeous.
I will be happily wearing v… and – hey! – so will ten of you. Due to the shortness of this post and Claude’s generosity, I’m going to give out ten samples of this to ten commenters on this post, picked randomly.
There are three others coming out as 2009 goes along, and they are all completely different, two are created by Patricia Nicolai. I can’t remember which one it is since I already packed the samples, but it’s a spicy little number that is whispering my name over in the corner near my elbow. More on that one and the others next week!