There is no such beast in a bottle. I keep on looking. There is or was an aldehyde, C14 which imitated the scent of peaches and is to be found in Mitsouko (or in older formulations of Mitsouko. I don’t know if C14 is considered kosher by IFRA regulations) and the same aldehyde came in as a moderator in all sorts of fragrances from Joy to Lancome’s Climat, but nowhere is there a perfect stand alone peach.
Sarah Horowitz’ Perfect Nectar is another one of my detours from sampling to find a peach centric scent. The trouble is that Perfect Nectar* is more of a Edible Arrangement fragrance, there is papaya, and mango, mandarin, white flowers, ylang ylang, tea, musk (naturally) and green notes in this scent but no peach.
Someone on Fragrantica wished that this was the smell of a shampoo, and to be frank it very nearly is, but I actually like PN. Although there is no peach per se in Perfect Nectar, only what you might call the syrupy idea of peachiness, and the syrupy peach in question is drowned in that sugar pool known as the Fruit Cup. By all that is fair and right Perfect Nectar ought to smell perfectly
dreadful, but somehow the fragrance remains really very pleasant.
I find myself thinking of some of the very best fruity floral fragrances of the past like Calyx, and remembering that the one thing that all of these perfumes have in common is a workaday lack of pretension that makes them wearable practically anywhere, including the dentist’s office and the supermarket.
When trying out other peach centric or peach inflected perfumes such as MDCI Peche Cardinal or Krigler’s Mediterranean Peach, or even grand old chypres with a notable peach ingredient such as Jean Patou’s Que Sais Je?, I’ve always found an element of formality that makes these hard to wear, and surely nothing should be so
simple or so pleasant as a peach in midsummer?
This one is long lasting, almost completely synthetic, but still good to smell and very versatile. Maybe Nectar’s not the perfect example, not James’ Giant Peach, but this stuff still is a sunny, juicy holographic peach. Even James might like this.
My sample courtesy of Olfactif, the perfume sampling service.