Parfums MDCI is a perfume house which exudes elegance and style with its beautiful perfumes. I was eagerly awaiting the two newly launched perfumes from 2013 – Nuit Andalouse and Cuir Garamante. Today I want to tell you about Nuit Andalouse.
The perfume was created by up and coming star perfumer Cecile Zarokian. Fragrantica lists the notes as follows: „Top notes are orange, violet and green notes; middle notes are gardenia, ylang-ylang, rose and orange blossom; base notes are vanilla, sandalwood, musk and amyl salicylate.”
The perfume is meant to be a scent centered around gardenia. Let me tell you it is not as straight forward as that. This is a perfume that has many facets and blooms beautifully on my skin all day long, in fact I get a good 8-10 hours.
Nuit Andalouse opens up with a wonderful burst of orange laced with violets. It is only slightly green and the violets are gently sweetened with sugard blending the orange and violets beautifully. The orange and green notes actually temper the sweetness making sure that it does not veer into cloying territory. This is a simply beautiful opening. It is the start of my day sitting in the sunshine dreaming of a summer vacation that it seems will never come.
As the perfume warms up on my skin, the violets come forward with a bit of the powdered fluff that I associate with that flower.
The middle notes are smooth and the only note that I can discern with any certainty is orange blossom. At this point in time I understand what others are saying when they get a gardenia smell. I love gardenia plants and wish that I was able to care for them properly as the perfumed air they give off is delightful. I have not tried too many gardenia perfumes and I believe it is because I am somewhat disappointed that most are not as gardenia as I want them to be. However, what I get at this point in the development of Nuit Andalouse is much more of a visual association with gardenia with a modest relation to the actual gardenia bloom with its waxy white petals and fluffy feel.
My absolute favorite stage of Nuit Andalouse is in the drydown when it all comes together with a hint of vanilla and sandalwood. Music now comes to my mind – in particular – the spanish guitar. The music to this day makes me feel alive, cheerful and comforted all at once.
This is a beautiful joyful perfume to wear. It will be a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.
Have you tried any Parfums MDCI perfumes? Which gardenia perfumes do you think I should try next?
Take a look at Olfactoria’s reviews of other MDCI perfumes here.