Hey there Peeps!

In honour of the recent discontinuation of the Badgley Mischka fragrance line I thought I would take a reminiscent look at the original in parfum form. While finding the EdP too sweet, tooth achingly sweet, I was surprised at my reaction to the parfum.

Badgley Mischka by Richard Herpin for Badgley Mischka 2006

Badgley Mischka Badgley Mischka FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Chinese cassia, Peach, Red berries
Heart: Jasmine, Osmanthus, Peony
Base: Amber, Caramel, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood

The bottle has been mocked but I quite liked it. Looking, as Tania Sanchez says, like “a set designer’s idea of a classy bottle, with a metal nameplate making it look like an executive paperweight” if you want to be mean and snarky, or looking very streamlined and 80s elegant if you like it. The Badgley Mischka Parfum comes in a cool square silver-tone column, it’s heavy and cold to the touch. Picking it up I get a thrill of luxutry, even though I bought my bottle pretty cheaply and it came with a refill.

How does Badgley Mischka smell? It’s a tart, sweet juicy explosion that is a bit like a tropical fruit punch leaning heavily on the mango and apricot nectars with a lovely fizzy champagne undercurrent. The flowers, when they arrive, are second fiddle to fruit but add a lovely dewy green, sappy freshness. They are a side note on my skin because already the sweet creamy base is coming through creating a fruity caramel melange. Imagine nougat with fruit instead of almonds, that’s the vibe for me.

Badgley Mischka Badgley Mischka Champagne punch cocktail HeraldHeuser PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

It has been said that Badgley Mischka is the grown up fruitchouli and I can see where that has come from. It is an elegant version of a lot of other fragrances on the market and if I wanted something to push the limits of my fruit craving if I didn’t already have Badgley Mischka my choice would be Byredo’s Pulp. What I do tend to reach for more often and vaguely in the same ballpark is Liberte by Cacharel, using sizzling citrus instead of the peach (which reads mango/apricot nectar on me). If you like the original Miss Dior Cherie, Angel or any of the popular fruitchouli genre then this could hit your hot spot. To be honest I think that Angel did it so effectively and with so much panache that most of the wannabes are a pale imitation, Badgley Mischka parfum is very nice though and I’m on my second 15ml so that gives you some idea.

Badgley Mischka Badgley Mischka Spring2011 Maegan Tintari FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and Bois de Jasmin
SweetBabyPerfumePlus has EdP and Parfum still available
Surrender To Chance has EdP samples starting at $3/ml

Did you ever wear Badgley Mischka? Are you able to do sticky sweet fruits and booze?
Portia xx

11 thoughts on “FAREWELL Badgley Mischka FAREWELL

  1. Hi Portia,
    I have to admit that I have never tried anything by Bagley Mischka. That being said there are a few sticky sweet, boozy fruits that I actually like. Liberte is one, another is the Kick’s Curve in the orange bottle, sort of a peachy/citrusy fruit cocktail with added vetiver, light weight florals and a vanilla/sandalwood bass. Very pleasant and very generic. This one is so generic that I often forget what I am wearing. Hours after application I find myself asking “what is that lovely, almost edible drugstore vibe?”. Thanks for another fun post!
    Azar xx


  2. I remember when this was launched. My reaction was meh. It was a missed opportunity for the brand to make something unique and classy.


  3. It goes without saying I never heard of this let alone tried it. However, from the picture the bottle looks absolutely great. xxx


  4. I came to it late. By the time I fell in love with BM it had gone out of production and prices were already quite high. I’ve managed to put together a good supply of it though, the EDP that is.

    I detest fruitchoulis and most sweet fragrances in general but I love BM. Go figure. I’ve not tried the parfum, but the EDP to me features some kind of calone-like material in the top notes. Normally I detest calone too, even in small quantities. But here it lightens and freshens up the sticky fruit, and gives the perfume that bell-like clarity that Tania Sanchez noticed. Perfect balance.

    As far as I know all the BM fragrances are out of production. It’s a real pity about the original BM. Perhaps there were marketing and distribution problems. Perhaps the uber-luxury feel of it did not strike a chord. But maybe it could not find a market among the other, similar fragrances you mention which are probably supported by much bigger budgets. I love Badgley Mischka but even I can admit it smells a bit dated somehow, only 10 years after it came out.


    • Hey there AnnMarie,
      I am so happy someone adores it in EdP. I think it was probably competing with itself in markets already forged.
      Portia xx


  5. I had a bottle of the EDP but never found it that fruity. I gave it away to another perfume peep but don’t know if she ever got it. Never heard from her again. I might have liked it more if I hadn’t smelled the extrait. That was so much better.


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