La Surprise Eau de Parfum
La Surprise Eau de Parfum is a fragrance by Parfums MDCI. The notes of this fragrance are Green accord, cardamom, white flowers, rose, peach, woody accord, musks, solar notes
Inspired by The Pursuit, one of four paintings that make up Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “The Process of Love” collection, La Surprise is a bright and striking vintage-inflected feminine scent. The painting, meant to depict the first stage of love- courtship- shows a bold young man emerging into a garden where three young ladies are playing in a fountain, offering a rose to his beloved, who turns away in surprise. It’s a painting of clever nuance, the outcome uncertain to all involved, from the unsteady suitor to the blushing courtesan to even the apprehensive cherub sculptures who loom above. It’s a message, perhaps, about the risks one must take to find love, but also the triumphs that only such risks can produce.
As such, La Surprise is a burst of bright, elegant energy, opening with a lovely spicy-green accord that would feel at home among the most romantic French chypres of years past. A heart of luscious white florals meets the timeless pairing of peach and a touch of solar aldehyde, while The Pursuit’s singular rose stands out as if carried on the breeze. In appropriately vintage fashion, the base is musky in the traditional use of the term, with enough of a warm, furry animalic purr to evoke the very real desire that lays beneath our subjects’ interaction. Parfums MDCI have proven their skill in exploring every facet of France’s rich fragrance history; with La Surprise, they gift us with a classically green feminine floral that would be right at home a century ago.
Specification: La Surprise Eau de Parfum