WHAT I SMELL: Peche Cardinal opens with a muted berry that’s sweet and fruity and lightly tropical. It’s really pretty and soft and could easily have gone big and garish, but instead it is pure innocence. There’s a light creaminess that lends itself to a light peach freshness. It’s as if there are peaches and plums in a beautiful bowl, tinged with sun that’s met with a gentle breeze coming through an open window. Plus it’s cottony soft, like a baby’s blanket; all comforting and secure. After around 20 minutes, the warmth of the sandalwood comes in along with this restrained tuberose, making this even more comforting if that’s possible. After the 30 minute mark the fragrance begins to grow and increase its projection. But once again, it does so without making it loud. The final drydown is a just a little spicy, but a lot of peach and muted tuberose. Peche Cardinal is one majestic beauty.
From the Parfums MDCI website:
A fruity floral From a palette of raw materials by the famous Fragrance House Robertet, Amandine Marie imagined for MDCI a very bold, young and vivacious composition: daring at first, but with soft and silky tones in its development. A dazzling start: peach, blackberry, blackcurrant, Davana and coconut make it a true fruity fragrance, full of exuberance. After this grand opening that feels like the triumphant arrival of spring and awakens the senses, lily and tuberose and a touch of plum enter the composition, softening it into a smooth fruity floral. These floral notes are a prelude to the round and velvety final accords of the base: sandalwood, cedar and musk bring soothing calm, body and lasting power.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The story of a girl’s transformation from beautiful innocence to a sophisticated and charming woman.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE PECHE CARDINAL: glorious, comforting, cultured
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PECHE CARDINAL: Olfactoria’s Travels, Another Perfume Blog, Perfume Posse
BOTTOM LINE: Peche Cardinal translates into Cardinal Sin. There is NO sin involved with this fragrance. Instead, it would be a sin not to enjoy it. I’m not a fan of peach fragrances…but I am a big fan of this.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Fruity Floral
- Nose: Amandine Marie
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $250 for 75ml EdP without the beautiful bust. $375 for 60ml EdP with the iconic bust.