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.