MDCI Peche Cardinal
Parfums MDCI (MDCI) Peche Cardinal is a young, joyful and pretty fragrance. Wearing it makes me feel 16, innocent and charming like no other fragrance I have found.
It was the first perfume with a dominant tuberose note I enjoyed wearing and is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. What makes Peche Cardinal interesting is that although the tuberose note is dominant it displays a fresher (greener ?) more innocent facet of the flower before becoming lush or even carnal. Peche Cardinal is a bit of shape shifter sometimes showing more of her sweet peach liquor side at other times more her creamy tuberose and coconut aspects.
One could say Peche Cardinal is a tuberose fragrance for beginners. Peche Cardinal was released in 2008 meaning Cardinal Sin.
The bottles come in two versions a simple more reasonably priced edition still expensive and one with a bisque stopper which looks beautiful and comes with a the Medici price tag. Both bottles are beautiful, although the one without the buste reminds me of the David Beckham glass bottles. The perfume has a beautiful peach pink orange color.
All MDCI fragrances were made by very talented perfumers like Francis Kurkdjian, Patricia de Nicolai. Stephanie Bakouche, Cecile Zarokian, Amandine Marie and Bertrand Duchaufour.
I sampled most of the MDCI line some time ago buying a sample kit directly from the MDCI website, 8 small 12 ml splash bottles in an accompanying beautiful box. All buyers except people in the Netherlands can deduct the price of the sample box from their first full bottle. It is an excellent deal and a pity for people living in the Netherlands to be left out of this deal. Peche Cardinal was the fragrance I liked most from all the ones I tried.
Some people on the perfume website fragantica and Luckyscent did not believe Peche Cardinal was worth its price and could have been a main stream perfume. I agree with them this scent could have been one but only if better and more interesting main stream fragrances would be released. Although expensive I have not been able to find a cheaper alternative.
Notes according to Luckyscent: Davana, Peach, Coconut, Blackcurrent, Tuberose, Prune, Lily, Cedar, Sandelwood, Musc
Fragrance family: Floral Fruity
picture 1. Made by Rene Gruau, picture 2 taken from Luckyscent and picture 3 taken from the Parfums MDCI website
Origin of bottle and samples: my own