Today I went with my one MDCI masculine, Invasion Barbare. Invasion Barbare is almost unbelievably bright, and at first smells more like a female MDCI than it does a masculine cologne. But the masculine part quickly starts banging down the door and, I don't know, when it comes to these classic scents, I prefer the female ones. Women were just fine the way they were. It was men who needed tweaking.
I think this is why I like big fat gorgeous ladies' perfumes and weird post-modern male perfumes. I never liked Clark Gable and I don't imagine I would've liked the way Clark Gable smelled.
But what I wouldn't give to smell like Myrna Loy. Myrna Loy always looked like she smelled great! Some actresses look all perfumed, whereas Myrna Loy looks like she might be wearing nothing, or her man's cologne, or just whatever strikes her that day.
And if I can't smell like Myrna Loy, then I'll smell like sooty vinyl. But I will not smell like Clark Gable.
After I showered off my Invasion Barbare (and it was no small task), I tried a sample of Bond No. 9 Madison Soirée, a fragrance that enjoys the distinction of almost unanimously consistent descriptions.
Everyone agrees it smells like shampoo, although opinions are split on whether or not that's a good thing. "It smells just like shampoo. Ick!" Or, "It smells just like shampoo. I love it!"
It's like the split-screen scene in Annie Hall when Annie and Alvie are talking to their respective therapists about their sex life, and Annie reports to having sex constantly, like three times a week, and Alvy says they almost never have sex, like only three times a week.
What I'm saying is Madison Soirée comes down to perspective because it definitely smells like shampoo (with a touch of gardenia) or, as one reviewer astutely pointed out, not only shampoo but specifically shampooed hair. It smells like wet, freshly shampooed hair. I've been smelling it all night and I might be the one person who has no opinion. Except that Bond No. 9 has a lot of nerve to charge $200 so its customers can smell like Johnson & Johnson No More Tears. Dan
Dan, As soon as I got your samples, I went straight for MDCI Enlèvement au Sérail, the perfume from which you once claimed an entire woman could be created. Well, I couldn't believe what I was smelling! Enlèvement turned out to be a time machine that took me back to my (original, Karl Lagerfeld) Chloé-wearing days as a nuevo wavo youngster. Enlèvement is a fancier-smelling Chloé! And I'd forgotten all about Chloé, that it was my "deep and womanly" fragrance when I was anything but deep or womanly. And here's another odd thing...I used to think of Chloé as a peach, you refer to Enlèvement as a peach, but according to the listed notes for both, there's peach in neither. They both feature ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, tuberose and sandalwood (Chloé also had oakmoss, giving the it the chypre snap.) But no peach. And we're both smelling peach. Perhaps Enlèvement snuck some in? Katie
Katie, As for Enlèvement's peachiness, it's a peach and I don't care what the notes say. If there's one thing I know, other than baseball, it's peach. I just did a quick search and Angela at Now Smell This writes, "The Parfums MDCI website describes Enlèvement au Sérail as an oriental floral, but to me it smells like a classic peach-jasmine chypre." And it is, Angela. Even Luca Turin agrees, writing in The Guide, "(Enlèvement) moves on to a golden, seraphic chord of jasmine and peach in the fifties-revival manner of 31 Rue Cambon." It's even peach-colored, KP! Where do you think that color comes from? Peaches, that's where! I don't know Chloé, though. Maybe peach is an accord achieved by combining various other things and so it's not strictly peach but instead a peachy spirit. Might it be a peachy spirit? Dan