The only scent by Parfums MDCI I have tried previously was La Belle Hèlène by Bertrand Duchaufour, which I tried for obvious reasons (it’s a Duchaufour!). Other than that, Parfums MDCI seemed to be one of those lines to better steer clear of, because of the pricepoint and ridiculously expensive and hugely unnecessary, if pretty, packaging.
Thankfully, the MDCI perfumes are available without the expensive bust stoppers as well, the pricepoint is still far from economic though.
The lovely Vanessa of Bonkers about Perfume gifted me with a sample of Promesse de l’Aube and I must say, I was very happy to receive it, only because I don’t want to spend money on something, does not mean, I don’t want to try it.
Truth be told, I have not had a very successful relationship with Kurkdjian creations. His mainstream releases like Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Elie Saab Le Parfum are too loud and screechy for me, his niche line either too clean (Aqua Universalis, Absolue pour le Matin) or too dirty (Absolue pour le Soir), all in all, I had no luck with Francis so far.
Promesse de l’Aube is an exeption of this rule. A lovely, sweet, gourmand jasmine perfume, Promesse de l’Aube has me enchanted.
Officially dubbed a floral-oriental, I find Promesse very deep in gourmand territory, but I like that.
Starting with a fresh, but sweet already, burst of mandarin and lemon, the heart is made up of blooming, white, sweet jasmine and soft and creamy ylang-ylang. This stage is a bit heady if you apply too much, conservative application brings a lovely sillage and the feeling of standing in the middle of an exotic garden in full bloom.
The drydown is carried by tonka and vanilla over sandalwood, very smooth and creamy, the sweetness of ylang ylang clinging on for a long time.
I get the impression of candied flowers when wearing Promesse de L’Aube, and what would have been an overly sweet white floral mess only a year ago, is now something I thoroughly enjoy. Promesse de L’Aube exudes happiness.
Whenever I wear it I am reminded of a lovely movie, set in a villa in Tuscany: Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing”. The movie was shot at the Villa Vignamaggio, where I stayed on vacation myself several times, it is a beautiful place, I associate with happy times and that wonderfully uplifting movie.
Promesse de l’Aube works perfectly in bringing that time and that place back in my mind.
That sample will have to be meted out carefully in small doses, to make it last until I can go back.