A sweet, pink, fruity, rosy rose with a green and slightly herbal backdrop. It’s quite luminous and airy and does a nice job of splitting the difference between sweet and spacious so it never really overwhelms. It goes a bit soapy right away, but the soap’s kept in check — as are the bitter facets of the rose which are trimmed so all that remains is the olfactory impression of the petals themselves. Vivid, sweet, and like many of MDCI’s offerings, extremely dated-smelling. It’s nicely put together and very coherent, yet doesn’t have anything new to say. Classy and classical, it smells like it could exist both in the 1890s as well as the 1980s. A good one for bingo night.
I am with NIB here. This rose opens delicate, classy and victorian. It is a child´s dream grown up. I pink rose garden, fresh, lovely, classic yet not boring. Next to une rose di malle one of my favorite roses. Not overly bursting of fantasy, but really good mannerly done.I think I will buy one at this point
Rose de Siwa strikes me as the distaff version of Amouage's Lyric Man: both are musky rose florals with a similar high-quality musk drydown. (Perhaps they even have the same aromachemicals in the base - I don't know enough about the raw materials of perfumery to say for certain.) As always, MDCI uses very high-quality ingredients here, and despite its lightness this fragrance has some serious tenacity, lasting at least a day on my skin. Whether or not you like Rose de Siwa depends on how you feel about sweet musky florals, but if you like that sort of thing then you definitely have to try this.
When it comes to rose accords, I must admit to having a preference for fresh dewy roses. ROSE DE SIWA's rendition is lush but wears a little dense and sweet on my skin. It is nowhere near as powdery as I have come to expect particularly with violets in the mix. I do however appreciate the hint of greenery in the backdrop as it adds depth to the composition. While I find this MDCI pleasantly wearable, it is up against strong contenders bearing even less intimidating price tags.
Slightly plasticy at first application. Quickly faded down into a softer powdery type rose fragrance with just a tinge of green. Drydown brought a bit of spice with musk with the rose balanced out by the other floral notes which seemed to move a bit more forward. I don't find the rose heavy handed - it's there but not obnoxious. Might be a good choice for someone who doesn't want a rose fragrance to be only about roses. Not overly long lasting.
SIWA is not, as you might imagine, a sinister organization devoted to the overthrow of decency but an Egyptian oasis of which M. Marchal has fond memories. Whatever. The scent is Turkish rose with the occasional backbite of sub-Nahéma lacquer. Irreproachable, i.e., null. How can someone be as accomplished as Francis K without accomplishing anything ?