This powerful floral fragrance is made for the most special, luxurious, evening occasion, rich in sophistication and splendour.
Top notes: rose, lily of the valley, frankincense.
Heart notes: myrrh, orris, jasmine.
Base notes: ambergris, civet, musk, cedarwood, sandalwood.
Classic femininity and modern sensibility collide within this lush white floral fragrance. Seductive tuberose mingles with jasmine, jonquil, gardenia, Bulgarian rose and orange flower in a profusion of fragile white flowers before revealing a base of sandalwood, vetiver and musk. Fracas is the signature fragrance for those who want to make an unforgettable impression.
Inspired by an ancient Moroccan spice recipe Ras el Hanout or “top of the shop” – a mixture of the best spices a seller has to offer. Traditionally having many dozens of spices, I took creative liberty to include the ones that would blend beautifully in a perfume. My recipe is based on Turkish rose, a smoothing element that takes some of the edge off the spices, like galangal, nutmeg absolute, and black pepper; it massages them into a rounded softness, finished off with the freshness of bitter orange. Built on a base of myrrh and cardamom, I layered the spices vertically throughout the perfume.
Top: saffron, galangal.
Heart: Turkish rose, nutmeg.
Base: cardamom, myrrh.
I love Mandy’s website. I find it so informative and well organized. Mandy has also written several books including Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. It’s one of the first books I picked up when my interest in fragrance began to to turn into an obsession and it’s an excellent read.
Having established itself as a star in the firmament of perfumery in the classical manner, Parfums MDCI invited famed perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï to embark on a journey in a new direction for the house, with no prohibitions regarding the expense of the ingredients.
The result… Le Rivage des Syrtes, an oriental floral with a name taken from a famous French novel by Julien Gracq, uses fragrance to tell the tale of a lonely sailor who travels far from home– from island to island and along the shore to gather precious plants and exotic olfactory substances, which he stores carefully in a chest to bring back to his beloved.
The top notes or orange, pineapple and galbanum combine in an unexpectedly radiant composition which fans of Nicolai will recognize as very much in her style. With the precious fruits secured as cargo, the search continues. Our hero gathers an abundance of heady florals— precious ylang, orange blossom and tuberose designed to delight any recipient of such a magnificent bouquet— and tucks them into a basket he has lined with grasses in order to protect them. Finally, the sailor’s attention turns to the most precious and rare essences– musks, incense and ambergris– eternal mementos of his exotic travels and worthy of none save the one who waits for him alone, praying for his safe return. A complex scent that evokes the bitter and the sweet, the tenderness and the wistful longing of romance.
Le Rivage des Syrtes Notes
sweet orange essence, pineapple, galbanum, ylang ylang, tuberose, orange blossom absolute, incense, ambergris, vanilla, musk.
I can’t even put in words my experience with Le Rivage des Syrtes. I think what really spoke to me was the complex blend of florals and incense on my skin with so much more I couldn’t put a finger on. I just couldn’t get enough.