Le Rivage des Syrtes

Eau de Parfum

by Parfums MDCI

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The Scoop

Having established itself as a star in the firmament of perfumery in the classical manner, Parfums MDCI invited famed perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï to embark on a journey in a new direction for the house, with no prohibitions regarding the expense of the ingredients.

The result... Le Rivage des Syrtes, an oriental floral with a name taken from a famous French novel by Julien Gracq, uses fragrance to tell the tale of a lonely sailor who travels far from home-- from island to island and along the shore to gather precious plants and exotic olfactory substances, which he stores carefully in a chest to bring back to his beloved.

The top notes or orange, pineapple and galbanum combine in an unexpectedly radiant composition which fans of Nicolai will recognize as very much in her style. With the precious fruits secured as cargo, the search continues. Our hero gathers an abundance of heady florals— precious ylang, orange blossom and tuberose designed to delight any recipient of such a magnificent bouquet— and tucks them into a basket he has lined with grasses in order to protect them. Finally, the sailor's attention turns to the most precious and rare essences– musks, incense and ambergris– eternal mementos of his exotic travels and worthy of none save the one who waits for him alone, praying for his safe return. A complex scent that evokes the bitter and the sweet, the tenderness and the wistful longing of romance.

Le Rivage des Syrtes  Notes

sweet orange essence, pineapple, galbanum, ylang ylang, tuberose, orange blossom absolute, incense, ambergris, vanilla, musk

Le Rivage des Syrtes Sizes Available
75ml $245
.7 ml
.7 ml Sample $5
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Here's what other people are saying about Le Rivage des Syrtes...
I love complex scents, but don't find many I can tolerate because the balance is thrown off nauseatingly somewhere along the line -- top-, middle-, or bass notes going wild and leaving me with memories of matronly women of a certain age using too much of an expired scent. Definitely not this scent! Rather than describe the notes (which others have done well), I'll describe the sensations it evoked for me. It sits squarely on the razor's edge of feminine, carefree, elegant, sophisticated, memorable, and exotic -- with none of those facets overpowering or spoiling it for the others. It also has great staying power on my skin. My husband was thrilled to find it on my pillow -- he said it reminded him of me. Enough said! A must have.
By   - Lawyer from Roswell on 12/8/2014
A delicate fruity floral in the best sense of the term - elegant, discreet and a pure pleasure to wear.
By   - Project Analyst from San Diego on 6/12/2013
Some would say I have champagne taste on a beer budget. I say that I have MDCI taste on a Bath & Body Works budget. This perfume is my new favorite! No single note stands out too much, which is the mark of a fine fragrance in my opinion. It's light, slightly floral, elegant, and calming. But as it wears, a wonderful spicy scent peeks out from beneath the soothing simplicity.
By   - from Houston on 2/17/2012
Loads of orange in the opening. Citric and fresh but still warm and not metallic. Mingles nicely with the tuberose and orange blossom. This is a happy fragrance perfectly blended by the amazing patricia de nicolai. Great sillage!
By  on 8/25/2009
This is absolutely beautiful, slightly sweet, i can smell the orange essence, this is one gorgeous year around fragrance. Will definitely buy a bottle.
By  on 4/12/2009
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