MDCI Paris (Marchal Design & Créations Indépendantes), an exclusive niche perfume house founded by Claude Marchal which debuted in 2006 with a catalogue of five perfumes created by well-known noses Pierre Bourdon, Stéphanie Bakouche and Francis Kurkdjian will add three new compositions from early 2009.
The house is known in particular for its attention to the aesthetics of the perfume flacon and its desire to offer truly luxurious designs. Their bottles are made of crystal and the stoppers represent antique sculptures made out either of biscuit de Limoges or crystal...
The MDCI scents were re-baptized after a while, following requests from their clientele, with more literary names instead of the original abstract code-names consisting in the initials of the perfumers and a series number. They have become: Enlèvement au Sérail, Promesse de L'Aube, Rose de Siwa, Ambre Topkapi, Invasion Barbare.
One of the new upcoming perfumes is called Péché Cardinal (Cardinal Sin) and is described as being a bit of a departure from the "hyper-classical style" of perfumery expected from the house. Claude Marchal does not hesitate to call it "a little olfactory bomb." The perfume was composed by Amandine Marie of Robertet. It features notes of davana, peach, blackcurrant, tuberose, lily...
One of TSS's guest contributors was able to test it and enjoyed it.
MDCI will also launch two "very refined" white-floral compositions created especially for them by none other than perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï, herself usually found at the helm of her own perfume house, Parfums de Nicolaï and who is also now the director of the Osmothèque.
The "white flowers" thematic was reportedly worked in a manner that is "really romantic and luminous." The creative team ended up with two formulations that were very different. Claude Marchal opted for the solution of launching both fragrances due to the difficulty of deciding which one was the best. Names are still unknown but the scents will be introduced one after the other rather than at the same time.
See our follow-up post with a review of Péché Cardinal and info on a 4th upcoming fragrance