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Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1 (2009)
by MDCI

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Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1 information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 34 votes)

People and companies

HouseMDCI
PerfumerPatricia de Nicolaï

About Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1

Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1 is a shared / unisex perfume by MDCI. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï

Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1 fragrance notes

Reviews of Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The first impression is that of an orangey citrus-fruity combination, in which the fruity side is quite generic and not easy to characterise especially. It is light but the orange is nicely done of good quality ingredients.

The heart notes are floral, white floral that is. I get mainly ylang-ylang but also some tuberose with galbanum amongst other white floral impressions. At times I get a bit of a metallic undertone. Towards the end a vanilla note arrives that brings in extra sweetness. This vanilla is neither too intrusive not in any way cloying

In the base a slightly musky aroma is added, which is rather generic and lacks any ozonic vibe or saltiness that one might expect gives this composition's name. The base also develops the accompaniment of a pleasant, light and unstuffy powderiness in the background.

I get soft sillage, adequate projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

This spring fragrance is a mixed bag: moments of high-quality pleasantness alternate with times of generic blandness, but never displaying annoyingly hyper-synthetic characteristics. Like many fragrances of this house the performance is quite poor, but that of Rivage is a bit better than that of others in this line. Overall a neutral score. 2.75/5.
28th August, 2016
Sweetened orange over a sherbet-y vanilla base. As with the other less-dramatic scents in the line, there’s not much to this. I’ve smelled the same aesthetic countless times, often done just as well for a fraction of the price. This one lacks the bite of citrus and, as the result, the sweetness takes over so you’re left with a sort of cutesy orange blossom candy. For the price, it’s simply not worth it.
08th June, 2015
Le Rivage des Syrtes is basically a freshly greenish-hesperidic, soapy-incensey and classically appointed (in an old style soapy-chypre way) central exotic accord of intense (almost fizzy) grapefruit/tangerine/neroli, creamy tuberose and ylang-ylang over a waxy-honeyed-resinous woodsy base. Unfortunately after a first freshly creamy fruity tuberose's performance a really bizarre sort of "roasted bacon-like" vibe (possibly elicited by a connection between the orangy fizziness and a sort of smokey-resinous undertone) starts standing out soapy and somewhat disturbing, really wrestling with the laundry-cosmetic (vaguely Victorian) main chord. Along the way the orangy-floral smokey feel fortunately recedes and the basic accord of laundry frankincense and ambergris rises up succeeding on the stage with its barber-shop (old-school) and more than vaguely powdery substance. The still orangy-soapy dry down is delicate, still waxy-vegetal, finally "palatine" (the somewhat aristocratic MDCI's trademark vibe) and far more wearable. This final stage is by far the part I prefer, its basically powdery substance is pungently organic, vaguely acid, dissonant, piquant and spicy, it fits to skin in a warm and sensual way. A pity for the overly pungent "roasted" central part. A really bizzarre fragrance for a particularly eccentric type of character.
04th April, 2015
Rivage des Syrtes opens with a pleasant, silky, fresh, slightly metallic-aldehydic breeze of citrus notes (more precisely on the “orange-floral” side) blended with a synthetic, cyclogalbanate-like fruity note which you smell in several cheap fruity scents (that annoying “pineapple” note, which *always* carries that annoying sort of moldy-metallic aftertaste - and by the way, is used to build galbanum too), all posed on a sheer layer of white clean flowers – I get ylang more than tuberose. Green tips and a sandalwood base with a warm resinous-ambery aftertaste. Yawn. A barely pleasant and conventional Oriental fruity-powdery scent which tries to play the “random metallic-moldy crap unrelatedly juxtaposed to flowers and fruits” card to look creative and justify its surreal price.

5/10
11th November, 2014
MDCI tends to work in two modes: classical styles made very well with high-quality ingredients (Un Coeur en Mai, Enlévement au Sérail) and highly complex, intriguingly odd florals. Le Rivage des Syrtes falls squarely in the latter camp: a pineapple floral that is much better than the image its description conjures up. Part of the success of this fragrance is MDCI's characteristic devotion to high-quality raw materials: this is clearly made with the good stuff. And although the mixture of pineapple and white florals is odd at first, this becomes a very addictive fragrance once you've tried it a few times.
22nd March, 2014
It may just be the decant I got but it smells a little metallic—maybe from the metal sprayer?—is supposed to be fruity/citrusy, and couldn’t put my finger on it at first. When I read pineapple, that kinda made sense, though it's still pretty floral. The floral and musc notes come out on me very quickly. It isn't too bad, but not my cup of tea.
03rd August, 2012

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