Every year I look for them and every year their return is short, a few weeks in my part of the Eastern Seaboard. But we make the most of them in my household: fresh peaches for breakfast, peaches in waffles, peach slices in glasses of white wine with peach schnapps (call it an American Bellini), peach cobbler, and – well, you get the idea.
Peaches have been in perfume forever, too; or to be more precise they have been ever since one of the older aldehydes was produced, C14 which mimics the scent of peaches rather well. It’s in Mitsouko and was the great moderator in the now lost perfume Iris Gris by the couturier Fath, an iris peach accord of great elegance, and it’s back in a big way I notice over at perfumes MDCI. They have produced a series of feminines which have peach top-notes, most notably Peche Cardinal (one of those cutesy pie French puns meaning “cardinal sin” and a desert in which you top peaches with raspberry sauce and so get the cardinal red effect.)
It’s not the only peachy perfume in their line. I’m most familiar with Peche Cardinal though, which I spent some time wearing last year. It was tuberose. In fact, with the addition of the aldehydes, what it was specifically was Fracas, but Fracas enlarged, Fracas with the magnification turned up so much that you could count the pixels.
I’m not really a great candidate for tuberose you need to be uber female, or else frankly not female at all to pull it off. Put it this way, I can quite see Portia de Rossi wearing Fracas or indeed Peche Cardinal, but I can’t imagine Ellen de Generes doing so at all.
My other favorite peach perfume is not a peach perfume at all, but the peach note in Vie de Chateau. Specifically it’s the combination of peaches and hay in that de Nicolai classic. It’s a strange scent, sometimes loud and sometimes soft, like the sound in BBC TV productions, for no apparent reason, and sometimes determinedly masculine, and other days quite functional as a female fragrance.
This is my other choice for peaches, that is, when Bellinis are not on the menu. What’s your favorite peach perfume?