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Badgley Mischka EdP

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Badgley Mischka EdP from 2006 is a perfect example of a fragrance that blooms in the heat and humidity. Like the first bite into a juicy ripe peach, there’s a lovely tart sensation, then a sensation of pure nectar, a swirl of peach and apricot and tart mango sweetness in a flute of dry fizzy champagne. This fruit accord is so deliciously bright and clear, but it deepens slightly  with dark spiciness from cassis, or black current. White florals - peony, osmanthus and jasmine - add a dewy green freshness, their indolic notes dialling back the sweetness before the EdP starts the dry-down into the base. This fruity floral accord is luscious and soft and feminine, warm and inviting like sunshine, an intoxicating cocktail rather than a dessert.

After ten to fifteen minutes, Badgley Mischka EdP pushes through the sweetness of the heart into the base and starts a long dry-down. Creamy sandalwood with a hint of burnt caramel blends with light and clear patchouli and sueded musk notes so that the scent slows down, becoming more resinous, salty-sweet and musky, and deeply feminine.  Badgley Mischka EdP transforms from what appears at first sniff to be a simple linear gourmand into a neo-chypre fragrance with wonderful sillage that features fruit notes. It’s never foody or gourmand but  feels grounded and confident, projecting an aura of chic glamour, an olfactory ode to women who know themselves and the power of their sensuality.

The name Badgley Mischka is in reality Mark Badgley and James Mischka, two fashion designers who joined together in 1988 and have consistently been named by Vogue as one of the Top Ten American design houses. They duo are best known for their gowns - Red-Carpet and Wedding - timeless designs made from the finest fabrics that always have an element of interest, either in the silhouette or with luxurious detail, and which appeal to women of all ages, from Rihanna to Helen Mirrin. James says on their website:

“Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties - our signature style is simple, streamlined and throughly elegant. One zip, and you’re glamorous!”

The same applies to their perfume - One spritz, and I’m glamorous!

Note: The fragrance is rated as a 5-star in “Perfumes the A-Z Guide” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez but it is now discontinued. There is also a Parfum version which is said to be richer and more complex. They are listed by on-line retailers, including e-Bay, although getting harder to find. Give this one a try before it disappears, or you might regret it.

Notes: red berries, peach, creme de cassis, osmanthus, white peony, jasmine, caramel, amber, sandalwood, patchouli, sueded musks

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Richard Helprin

Price: $5.00