My Pocketses are Empty, My Precious!

Our adventure in New York was so fun, and we tried so many things, I’m at a loss on where to start or end, so I guess the best place is just to begin somewhere, so I’ll start with a few things that found their way into my bag and home with me:

Badgley Mischka — a new one! First, the bottle is just stunning. This one goes on fruity, reminds me a little of Cartier Delices, but without the cherry.  Notes listed for the open (according to are red wild berries and fresh picked peach laced with creme de cassis.  Okay. I get the fruit without fail.  It’s pretty sweet, I note the start of a tiny cavity in my molar.  Middle notes are osmanthus flower, white peony and jasmine.  Loves me some peony, and that really saves this one for me. If I couldn’t smell the peony below all that fruit near the beginning, this would wind up a scrubber.  Base is suede musks, Indian sandalwood, caramel amber and patchouli.  The first time I wore this, the beginning about killed me, and I really like fruity florals as a rule.  I just endured for a bit, resmelled about an hour later and found this perfectly charming perfume, floral with a gorgeous, warm base under it.  I’m not finding anything groundbreaking with this scent, but it is beautiful, wears well, and it is well worth a sniff.  Available only at Bergdorf and Neiman Marcus until the end of September.

Serge Lutens Gris Clair — I hate lavender on me. I love it on my pillow, in my garden, on other people, but never on me.  What possessed me to spritz on some Gris Clair after sniffing the bottle is beyond my figuring, but I’m sure glad I did. Love it!  The smokey incense buries the lavender, and it is just gorgeous.  Once I read the notes and saw my beloved tonka bean, then I understood why it works for me. Completely different from anything else I own, it had to come home with me.

Two of the Miller et Bertaux (bertee?) also captivated me, the land and the green.  Since my suitcase was going to have about 1000 ml of perfume in it already, and I was afraid they would sieze my luggage with my babies in there, thinking they were bombs, I elected to have them shipped. Therefore, I don’t have a lot of detail about them in memory except I loved them both, and loved them twice as much together.  One was deep and earthy and incensey and the other was gorgeously green. More on these once they arrive and I can bathe in Bertauxy goodness

Laura Tonatto E. Duse, I finally broke down and bought a bottle of this.  I thought I hadn’t, but I found it in my bag when I left Barney’s, and they definitely charged me for it, so it’s mine now!  I forgot how much I adore it, it is just my favorite violet.

Giveaway this week, a sample of the new Badgley Mishka. Just say you’d like to be entered in the comments, and I’ll put you in.

  • Victoria O says:

    Enter me in the drawing! Oh I love E. Duse too, in fact I was just commenting today, I never met a Laura Tonatto I didn’t like.

    Have you tried the Peony water one from I Coloniali? It’s very nice I wear it to bed sometimes.

  • Karen says:

    Please enter me in the drawing – Badgley Mischka. Thanks. Your trip to NYC sounds terrific!

  • Cheezwiz says:


    Late to the party as usual, but please enter me in the drawing. I like Cartier delices, so this one may be up my alley – especially because it has PEONY Yay!:d

    Gris Clair never sounded appealing to me even though I like lavender (on my sheets that is). I might give it a try. Same with Laura Tonatto.

    Glad you both had such a fun time in New York!;)

  • Steve H says:

    Please enter me in the drawing as well.

    Thanks for the website!

  • Katie says:

    Oh, enter me in the drawing as well, please! Sounds like the BM is winning its converts already from reading others’ impressions, too.

  • Grace says:

    Badgley Mischka sounds delicious – please enter in me in the drawing!

  • Dusan says:

    Sariah — thanks! You know, the idea did cross my mind, what with all the polarized opinions on MdB. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried it so I’ll probably squeeze out what little is left of my Dia for men sample because it smells so darn uriny on me 🙁

  • Sariah says:

    Hey Patty – welcome back and please enter me in the drawing.

    Dusan – stinky weapon of mass destruction? May I suggest spraying on some Miel du Bois right before boarding the bus?b-(

  • sybil says:

    Oh…what the heck…please enter me, even though I’m not so much a fruity lover (maybe I just haven’t found the right fruit yet.) I’m glad you both had such a good time!

  • Kathy says:

    Mmm…sounds like the Badgley Mischka is right up my alley! Please enter me!

  • Dusan says:

    I hate taking the bus — people are just plain stinky and sweaty. So I decided to wear Borneo today to clear the space around me, and you know what happened? Nothing! The blasted stinkers just hemmed in on me. Pffttt
    Any suggestions for stinky weapons of mass destruction?
    BadgeMish sounds like sth I would like, but you don’t have to enter me.

  • Patty says:

    Thank you, Deb, and I’ve put you in the drawing!

  • Patty says:

    Twibbet, the treatment of lavender in Gris Clair was a revelation. I had no idea that you could bury lavender under a bunch of ash and make it smell better. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    R, I put off the E. Duse forever, not sure why, just couldn’t quite get it in my shopping bag, so it is providential that I now have it.

    The JAR post is taking a while. We want to do them justice and not rush through it, but I think Thurs will be the day for it. I’m still thinking about them.

  • Patty says:

    Have done, Alica!

  • Patty says:

    Done, Marina! It’s good to be back in the swing of things, I’ve felt so out of touch for so long!

  • Patty says:

    Carol, I have two episodes of PR to catch up on tonight, but you can definitely expect a post on it for Friday! I’ve missed my own Trashy Friday.

  • Patty says:

    Ina, you definitely should. Not that I want to be your enabler or anything. Where the hell is that icon with the halo? |-)

  • Patty says:

    Put you in, MOnica! The Bertauxes just floored me. One I didn’t like at all, but those other two were just fresh and beautiful.’

    Well, Ina and I both agree on the Badgley, so other than the fruity aspect (which really wasn’t doing it for me at first), it’s a good ‘un.

  • Patty says:

    Chaya, it is just a fatal attraction for sure. Must resist! 🙂

  • Deb says:

    Love your blog and all of your wonderful, funny, and informative reviews… would love to win a sample of Badgley Mischka!

  • Twibbet says:

    I’m not really into fruity, so don’t worry about entering me in the drawing. I smelled Gris Clair once and was oddly taken – I overdosed on lavender once and have had a very low tolerance for it ever since, but I love that ashy cold treatment. Definitely need to try it again. Love the Miller & Bertaux as well, the green is so fresh!

  • violetnoir says:

    Okay, darling, enter me in the drawing! 😉

    Don’t you just love E.Duse? And, why did I think you had a bottle of it already?

    Now Patty, for the closer…where are the JAR reviews?? Girl, I am chomping at the bit, but waiting patiently. o:-)

    Hugs and love!

  • ˇAlica says:

    Pls Patty include me in the drawing. Thanks

  • Marina says:

    Huh? It wouldn’t post my comment. It doesn’t like me. All I was saying is, please enter me in the draw. Waaah!

  • carol says:

    Reading the descriptions, I’m salivating a bit… wait, did I just say that out loud?

    I caught up today on the blog posts about your NYC adventure and they were so evocative, I got a mini-vacation myself this morning.

    I have to ‘fess up and say I missed the Trashy Friday round-up and your thoughts about the latest booted from Project Runway. In case you missed the show, haven’t read about it, or haven’t caught it in its multiple re-runs, I won’t mention why. Do catch it though; should be on again in the next 15 minutes, somewhere. 😉

    No need to enter me in the drawing. Swimming in samples here, still. But good to have you both back!

  • Ina says:

    Fun, fun! I totally agree on Badgley Mischka. I’m gonna get me a bottle, too.

  • Monica says:

    It sounds like you girls had a blast! I must congratulate you on your bottle of the Bertaux Green and E. Duse (lol… sometimes bottles find their way home without me realizing as well =P), both favorites of mine =) with that being said.. I want that Badgley Mischka! although the sweet opening might gag me as well, the promise of osmanthus and peony just can’t be resisted.

  • chaya ruchama says:

    Oh, please, could you enter me for the Mischka?

    I feel so greedy for asking, shame on me..

    I understand the fatal attraction to violets, greens, incense-

    I wish it wasn’t such a dirty little secret for an otherwise somewhat virtuous soul…

    Have a great day!