MDCI Un Coeur en Mai EDP Perfume Review (Dawn)

Since it is spring, I’ve been going on a little hyacinth kick and remembered that I had a little decant of MDCI Un Coeur en Mai that I did enjoy. Well, the small decant had been lost and promptly ordered another decant. I’ve been wearing this on and off for the past week.

Un Coeur en Mai starts of with the biggest hyacinth blast that I have smelled in a perfume. Not the stems but the flowers themselves. I don’t know how many that have a gardening center or a grocery store that has a floral department that sells some potted hyacinth but that’s what it starts out with. The hyacinth does calm down a little bit so that other notes can come out to play. The second note that I can identify is the rose. The rose likes to play peek a boo with me, on minute, I smell it and the next, I don’t. But hyacinth is the dominant player throughout the whole thing. I’ve noticed after about three or four hours in that there seems to be a faint sour note that I cannot identify for the life of me. I don’t know which note that is causing it. It’s not unbearable but it does take away a lot of enjoyment from wearing this. Un Coeur en Mai does wear somewhat heavy on me. Yesterday, it seemed overwhelming to me. For some reason, Un Coeur en Mai reminds me of Vera Wang’s debut scent minus the hyacinth. Un Coeur en Mai is one of those straight up floral perfumes. I used to be one of those that loved straight up floral perfumes but then came Chanel’s Cuir de Russie which is a leathery oriental. Un Coeur en Mai does last for a good fourteen hours on my skin but I still wouldn’t get a bottle. Reason being, is that I find that there are many other perfumes that smell very similar to this that don’t cost $250 for a refill or $650 for a bottle with a porcelain cap.

  • Flora says:

    Did somebody say HYACINTH?! I must try this, although the price is far too steep – what if I love it? Oh dear….Nice review though! 🙂

  • Patty says:

    You know, it took me a while to warm up to this one,and I adore their scents so much, despite the price tag! But once I got it, it’s become one of my favorites.

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Dawn and welcome! I tried this a while back but alas, no hyacinth on me — it was pretty much all rose all the time. I do like several others in the MDCI line, especially the La Belle Helene, one of the only pear scents that work on me. Too bad it’s just so spendy …

  • Musette says:

    Dawn, I have never smelled this but now definitely have a lemming for it! I love coming across the first hyacinths of spring – love the purple ones in the grocery store the best ( I have NO idea why – maybe because, after all the Cheerios and dog food and toilet paper, coming upon those fragrant blooms is such a treat?).

    Thanks for a great review!

    xo :Devil:

    • Joanna says:

      I grabbed a purple hyacinth plant at WalMart a few years back when my first ginger baby was only 4. I smelled it and then held it to his nose so he could too. He asked me if that was what the world used to smell like? A from the mouths of babes moment if there ever was one. It really is a treat to smell something so real in the midst of all that prepackaged, manufactured mindlessness.
      I haven’t tried Un Coeur en Mai but I do like the hyacinth note in Geisha Blanche.

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Hi Dawn and congrats on your first Posse post!
    This is not a scent I am familiar with but it sounds intriguing. I do adore Chamade so I will have to seek out a sample of this. Though, I must admit, I kinda hope I don’t like it given the price tag!

    • Eldarwen22 says:

      I’m thinking of buying a decant or two of different MDCI scents to see if they may worth the price tag. At this point, I think MDCI is even more insane than Amouage when it comes down to the price tags.

  • Welcome, Dawn and thank you for a great review of Coeur en Mai! This was immediate love for me, prettiness in a bottle!

    I have a decant; I don’t know why I don’t reach for it more often! I told myself I’d buy a bottle once I finished the decant, yet I still have a 3/4 full vial setting here; you know how that goes when one has so many others vying for attention! It truly is exquisitely pretty; don’t know why I don’t wear it more often! It makes me think of weddings and bridal showers.

    How perfect to be reminded of it as we go into May! Thanks again for a great review and hope to hear more from you, Dawn!

  • HemlockSillage says:

    Welcome to posting at the ‘Posse, Dawn. Un Coer en Mai is a lovely fragrance to discuss.

    I’ve heard rumors of reformulation, and wondered if you noted any differences in your samples. I adored this when it came out, and put it in my list of galbanum tinged spring florals like Le Temps d’Une Fete, Chamade, and Diorissmo. The relative concentrations of galbanum, lily and hyacinth vary, but all are beautiful. Un Coer en Mai was the easiest for me to love, the most pretty. Its price tag kept me from purchasing a full bottle. I hope knowledgeable folks here will chime in on whether this one’s formula has been altered. Sounds like your sample is still lovely, and worth another sniff. Thanks again for the review. Be well.