I fell in love with three perfumes (Péché Cardinal, Rose de Siwa, Chypre Palatin) of MDCI lately so financially speaking I’m very thankful I did not fall for Le Rivage des Syrtes, but it is a unique and very interesting fragrance in any case, created by Patricia Nicolai no less, and it is therefore definitely worth a closer look.
Le Rivage des Syrtes (named after the French novel by Julien Gracq) was created by Patricia de Nicolai and includes notes of sweet orange essence, pineapple, galbanum, ylang ylang, tuberose, orange blossom absolute, incense, ambergris, vanilla and musk.
Pineapple, orange and galbanum? Dear Lord, you’ll be thinking, what good can come of such a combination? Well, if you know Patricia de Nicolai’s work, you will not be surprised that she manages to make those three notes shine in a way that is uncommonly lovely and very recognizably her style.
The opening of Le Rivage de Syrtes is dominated by this unusual fruit and green combo, galbanum serving to bring out the best, the juiciest side of pineapple and orange, without letting them head into cocktail territory.
After a while the scent morphs into a more floral dominated composition, orange giving way to orange blossom, pineapple receding to let ylang-ylang take center stage. The whole time a green undercurrent keeps things fresh and light. Despite sounding like a club over your head, this perfume is actually very soft and quiet. There is a lot going on, but it is going on discreetly and almost shyly.
The floral stage is very longlasting, sillage is soft and the perfume stays close, but it lasts the entire day. Only at the very end the florals fade out and a skin scent of musky vanilla with a whiff of incense stays until you wash it off.
Le Rivage de Syrtes is unique and interesting, but it does not capture my heart. Wearing it is more of an intellectual experience for me.
With my bottle allowance taken up for the coming three months with MDCI’s that is not a bad thing at all…
Do you know perfumes that you admire but that don’t touch your heartstrings? Which fragrance is your intellectual exercise?