I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty – Review: Parfums MDCI Rose de Siwa

Sometimes all you need is prettiness. Sometimes all the deep and dark and complicated perfumes are just not right and all you want for now is to be found in something, well, pink.

If you want the smell and feel of “pink” in a high-quality version, the Mercedes, no the Maybach of pink is surely Rose de Siwa.

Rose de Siwa was created by Francis Kurkdjian and includes notes of lychee, peony, hawthorn, Moroccan and Turkish roses, violet, cedar, musk and vetiver.

Rose de Siwa is a fresh, dewy, pink (of course!) rose for grown-ups who crave uncomplicated beauty. A wonderfully rich, if light in tone, rose that is accented by tart fruit and the soft powder of violets, is slowly gliding into a drydown of comforting woody sweetness.

Rose de Siwa is not challenging, it is not complicated, it is no diva. Rose de Siwa is one thing – pretty and I say that with the utmost respect, because a perfume that is uncommonly pretty and makes you feel the same when it envelops you in its pink glow, is a perfume to be cherished.

When wearing Rose de Siwa “I pity any girl who isn’t me…”

Image source: luckyscent.com, flowerpics.net

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38 Responses to I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty – Review: Parfums MDCI Rose de Siwa

  1. Lady Jane Grey says:

    I’ve always found pink scary… (me, the girl of whites, blacks, greys and eventually dark blues)

  2. Sandra says:

    Oh I love pink! Rose de Siwa is such a beautiful perfume that it makes me smile when I wear it. It also works year round which is a plus.

  3. Undina says:

    Rose is one of a few things that I like in pink (cat’s nose would be one more 😉 ). “Uncomplicated beauty” is sometimes exactly what one needs. Good to know that it’s out there.

  4. Marie in Denmark says:

    Life is often complicated enough for me to crave uncomplicated beauty in fragrance – a comfort blanket, perhaps, but so be it 🙂 And I do love a good rose fragrance! I on the black and white team as well in terms of clothes, so a rose fragrance is often as close to colorful accessories as I get on a daily basis. The violet note has me a bit worried – not my favorite note – how does it come across here?

    • Olfactoria says:

      Same here, I don’t wear pink, but I like to smell pink. 😉

      The violet note is not a bother here, I believe, it is not apparent to me at all, no comparison to scents like Lipstick Rose or Lieu de Reves where it is prominent.

  5. Alexandra says:

    Pretty is always good but unfortunately never quite enough to encourage me spend proper amounts of money. To start looking seriously at this MDCI I would need ‘superb’ at the very least! On the plus side this helps me narrow my MDCI sample list…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Well, it is superbly pretty… 😉

      If you are thinking about a sample
      set, I’d still include this, as roses go, this one is special. Another winner from Grumpy Francis. 😉

  6. andreawilko says:

    I half wish I had added this one to my sample set but then again do I want / need a pretty pink perfume?? I know it’s MDCI and I know I love all that I have tried so far, so torn. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh, too bad you didn’t add this… 😦
      But eventually you surely get to try it.
      If I get a bottle (sometime in the fall), I’ll send you some.

      • andreawilko says:

        Thank you B, just seen this comment, hoepfully FIF will come through for me with my sample request that I tagged onto my order of SoOud, you will soon have an envious collection of MDCI bottles, did you get the refill bottle or the aluminum cannister with more juice?

        • Olfactoria says:

          I didn’t get it yet, it is just planned for the fall. 😉
          Great that you get a sample sooner.
          I’m so chuffed that you bought Ouris. Please let me know what you think!

  7. High quality pink fragrances are hard to beat!

  8. arline says:

    Now that’s a flower I want to wear!!!!!!

  9. laniersmith says:

    Think pink! think pink! when you shop for summer clothes.
    Think pink! think pink! if you want that quel-que chose.
    Red is dead, blue is through,
    Green’s obscene, brown’s taboo.
    And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce
    —or chartreuse.
    Think pink! forget that Dior says black and rust.
    Think pink! who cares if the new look has no bust.
    Now, I wouldn’t presume to tell a woman
    what a woman oughtta think,
    But tell her if she’s gotta think: think pink—!

  10. Dionne says:

    Looking at that list of notes, I suspect this might go sour on my skin as lighter roses tend to do, but I do agree that sometimes you just need pink and pretty. My own pretty pink fragrance is far, far less expensive, but I’ve got a soft spot for my bottle of Clarins Par Amour Toujours. It’s pink juice and heart-shaped spray is sooooo not my style, but sometimes uncomplicated girliness is just what is called for.

  11. Emma says:

    Have to agree this is one beautiful rose. Thanks also for your post about Rose Etoile de Hollande, which is really stunning. I usually find rose scents a bit ‘meh’ – but these two are truly classy and rewarding.

  12. Vanessa says:

    “The Maybach of pink” – I love it! I saw one in Zurich and it pretty much stopped the traffic as everyone gawped in awe.

    And I agree that Rose de Siwa is an eminently pretty rose, and that there is no shame in that.

  13. Suzanne says:

    You’re so right, Birgit. I don’t often crave pretty scents, but this one turned my head when I tried it. And pink is a fitting description … a floaty, ballerina pink that makes one feel as pretty and as graceful as a dancer (and there’s a lot of days when I could use that illusion). 🙂

  14. I was taken by this perfume on my visit to Harrods last year. I left without buying it because I was afraid in time all it would be to me is simply a pretty flower. I later regretted and bought a sample to survive on. I love it. It also reminds me of Cartier’s L’Heure VIII Diaphane, another pretty floral I don’t feel compromised to wear as a man *flexes muscles* : )

  15. Whereas I love to wear pink – but don’t really care to smell pink. 🙂

    I do need to get a sampler of this line, though!

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