Peach is not usually one of my favorite fragrance notes, as it too often smells overly sweet and synthetic when used in perfume. Anything that smells like fruit roll ups, I’d just as soon not wear on my person. Here are a couple of peach fragrances that don’t smell like they were formulated for the pre-teen market:
Péche de Vigne by Côté Bastide: This is not a complicated fragrance, but it smells exactly like a freshly cut peach: juicy, but not nauseatingly sweet. It is said to have a hint of apricot, but I can’t smell it. It is a body water, and it comes in a whopping 8 oz bottle for around $38. The lasting power is about what you’d expect from a body water — dismal — but you get lots of it for a reasonable price, so you can afford to splash more on every hour. Very nice for a summer pick-me-up.
Peau de Péche by Keiko Mecheri: This is a more serious perfume. It has notes of white peach, orris, sandalwood, and amber wood. As its name implies, this is not the juicy peach of Péche de Vigne, rather, it is a soft, velvety scent meant to mimic the smell of peach skin. It is much drier and woodier, like a smooth sandalwood fragrance with a hint of peach. It is powdery but not overly so. It is reasonably long lasting and stays close to the skin.
I have tried layering the two, but it didn't turn out as I had hoped. The Péche de Vigne drowns out the Peau de Péche for a time, but then it mostly disappears and the Peau de Péche smells about the same as it did on its own.
Have a favorite peach? Please comment!