Vepres Siciliennes, named after the opera “I vespri siciliani” by Guiseppe Verdi, is a fruity green chypre fragrance. I believe this is a perfume that is easily overlooked, especially in a collection of perfumes as magnificent as the one MDCI offers. But overlooking it would be a mistake, since although it takes some time to get to know it, and maybe a bit more time to full appreciate it, Vepres Siciliennes is defininitely worth that time. You are rewarded with an interesting, ever changing beauty that keeps you entertained for hours.
Vepres Siciliennes was created by Jeanne-Marie Faugier and includes notes of mandarin, grapefruit, peach, pepper, green leaves, cardamom, muguet, magnolia, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, tuberose, heliotrope, osmanthus, raspberry, cloves, plum, coconut, musk, amber, oakmoss and cedarwood.
Vepres Siciliennes opens with a big blast of citrus and sweetness. Soon a spicier side emerges and nicely manages to shake up, what could quickly have become cloying. Over time a slightly powdery (heliotrope) floral bouquet (a very well blended mix of rose, ylang, jasmine and tuberose) becomes more and more fruity, taking on juicy berries and plums, a lovely apricot note sails through, a creaminess, thanks to coconut, leads to the soft bed of mossy amber the whole construction lies on. The late dry down is on the sweet side, but soft and pillowy, not syrupy or treacly.
I first tried Vepres Siciliennes in very hot weather since its huge citrus opening lead me to believe I was dealing with a cologne-type scent, which it is absolutely not. But instead of overwhelming and suffocating in the heat, Vepres Siciliennes kind of wilted and hung there, not really impressing me and not really giving much of its nature away. Vepres Siciliennes, just like me, doesn’t like extreme heat.
As soon as it was cooler again, a new trial revealed an entirely different perfume – rich, faceted, complex, nuanced and absolutely delicious.
On the one hand I’m glad I tried again (as you always should, temperature is important!) to experience this perfume in its full glory. On the other hand, I’m almost unhappy that I cannot entirely dismiss this one. I was glad for a short time that not all the MDCI’s were for me.
Once again I cannot help but be in awe of this line of high quality perfumes. Each and every one so far is excellently done and just beautiful.
As long as you remember to reserve a cool spot in the shade for Vepres Siciliennes, she’ll thank you with a dazzling fragrant journey.