Kudos to Parfums MDCI for transparency on reformulations! When the brand decided to up the concentration of Un Coeur en Mai, the original formula risked running afoul of ever-stricter regulations. Undaunted, Patricia de Nicolaï stepped back into the lab and came out with an even more beautiful, tender and well-balanced version. Skimming off a smidge of pink pepper and clove, she’s made her hyacinth and lily of the valley accord even truer to the tenderness of its name, “a heart in May”. Built on a fresh heart of rose and geranium enhanced with different tones of green – bright floral petitgrain, raspy blackcurrant and resinous galbanum – it unfurls like a delicate sprig of muguet under a springtime sun in a haze of fluffy musk. As an added bonus, this subtle tweak has allowed a stronger concentration and improved the lasting power: more to love for anyone who’s fallen in love with this radiant tribute to spring, composed by a true master of perfumery.