All the fragrances of Parfums MDCI that I have tried so far, I have liked a lot (Enlèvement au Serail, Promesse de L’Aube, La Belle Hélène), but not so much as to invest in a full bottle. Now that has changed. My bottle for August (July is over, at least perfumewise ;) ) has been found and it is the most unlikely one…
Sticky peach, exotic coconut, a big tuberose: Péché Cardinal (Cardinal Sin, and a wordplay on Pêche, meaning peach) sounds like a BBW disaster, but turns out to be an addictive beauty.
Péché Cardinal was created by Amandine Marie and includes notes of davana, peach, coconut, blackcurrant, tuberose, prune, lily, cedar, sandalwood and musk.
Péché Cardinal opens with a gigantic sweet and juicy peach, dripping, sticky, fresh and succulent and absolutely real. No fake peach aroma, which I hate with a passion, in sight. Here the peach is just amazing, I can’t separate my nose from my arm at that stage. Soon coconut appears on the scene, taking away a bit of the sweetness, just in time before it might get too much.
The heart is dominated by a lovely tuberose, fresh and almost tame, not ever overwhelming, but ideally complimenting the peach note.
Sillage and longevity are above average, Péché Cardinale is a joy until the very drydown of soft woody musk eight hours after the initial peach wave renders you speechless.
Péché Cardinal is bright and alive, loves to laugh and enjoys herself, but she is no vapid, little, fruity thing, she has substance and character. She is a woman not a girl, she is captivating and ultimately addictive.
Cardinal sin or peachy delight? Péché Cardinal delivers both in one irresistible package.