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Badgley Mischka EdP – Luscious, sophisticated glamour - August 11, 2017

August 2017 - Sunset, Georgian Bay, Ontario



We always vacation in August when the weather is best on Georgian Bay, the gigantic bay at the bottom of Lake Huron In Ontario.  If you don’t know Lake Huron, the third largest lake in the world and the third largest of the five Great Lakes in North America, click here to learn about it. By August, the HOT Hot hot summer days and nights of July have faded into perfect summer weather, which makes for long days at the white-sand beaches and fantastic swimming in the clear shallow waters.

To mix the daily routine up a little we go for drives in the country and stop at roadside farm stands for fresh fruits and veggies just in from the fields. Yesterday we came home with bags of zucchini and sweet corn, and a big basket of fat golden peaches with plump red cheeks. Picked at the peak of their ripe perfection, they felt warm and velvety to the touch and soon their delicious boozy peachiness filled the cottage. I had visions of a mouth-watering exotic fruit cocktail.

Any fascinating smell, of course, leads my obsessive mind to perfumes, and in this moment, it’s perfumes that smell like peaches. Not sweet syrupy fruity mainstream fragrances, redolent of Dairy Queen appetites or pubescent libidos, but classic or niche perfumes that are an abstract or fantasy peach, scents that trigger uplifting visions or treasured memories. I think of Guerlain  Mitsouko, Gucci Rush, MDCI Peche Cardinale, Serge Lutens Daim Blond, and Rochas Femme. Perfumes like these are extraordinary, but like the real fruits, I think they smell best in the heat of summer when they bloom on skin, become really alive and reveal their innermost beauty.

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 is 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!”

Badgley Mischka EdP reflects their creative aesthetic 100%. The fragrance is simple and uncomplicated in its first moments, intensely fruity and sunny and pure, but becomes so very luscious as it dries down through darker layers, resinous and musky, radiating sensual elegance. It’s quality is obvious on all levels, and compares to the classic and niche scents I mentioned earlier. Unlike Thierry Mugler’s Angel, the iconic fruitchouli scent which claimed the cool dizzy blonde groove and started the contemporary fruity scentsation, Badgley Mischka is an infinitely more grown-up and fascinating take on the fruit accord in perfume.

So I’m on vacation, and at this moment enjoying the last rays of today’s spectacular Georgian Bay sunset, sipping a cool Riesling, and feeling especially glamorous. It must be the Badgley Mischka EdP. Just one spritz!

Badgley Mischka EdP is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

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. Both have been available from on-line discounters and e-Bay but are getting harder to find. Give this one a try before it disappears, or you might regret it.