Badgley Mischka – three versions

I’ve generally liked all of the Badgley Mischka variations – the origial, Fleurs de Nuit and the new Couture.  I’m going to see if I can tell much difference between them.

They are all pretty big florals, definitely pretty and feminine.  The original strikes me as the brashest of the three, a little harsh on the top notes and just big, though it manages to never go over the top. I always put this in the same class as Hermes 24, Faubourg – classy and big at the same time, sorta that SueAnn Ewing from Dallas feel.  Fleurs de Nuit focuses on plastic jasmine, and I’m not nearly the fan of that version as the other two, it just never quite ever pulls all together with the Lily of the Valley greenish notes and the jasmine.  The original mellows out on the drydown to a creamy, elegant fruity floral, much more emphasis on the floral and sandalwood.  There is a classiness to it that I just don’t get in the Fleurs de Nuit version.

Badgley Mischka Couture just came out in 2009.  It’s what I had hoped Fleurs de Nuit would be. It’s a little darker and smokier, plummy, has a little bit of gourmand aspect in the fruits.  It never gets as big as the original BM.  I keep thinking I shouldn’t like this because it’s a little sweeter than I normally like my perfume, but I find myself cravenly sniffing it all the time I have it on.  So it’s pretty much working for me in that place where I don’t like to look too hard where my little girl lives.

Badgley Mischka made perfumes that suit their audience, which is really what designers should be doing when they create.  Apologies for a short post today.  That horrible flu finally felled me, though I am now recovering. I hate it when I go all winter without being sick and then get caught in the spring epidemic.

  • rosarita says:

    I just recently picked up the original in a mini for less than ten bucks shipped on *bay. It’s lovely, not something I’ll wear very often, but nice for this time of year when I actually like something floral. I admit I was influenced by TS’s glowing review in The Guide.

    Glad you’re over the worst of your bug, but I’m w/Mama Musette – don’t push yourself. 🙂

  • Trish/Pikake says:

    Ack! Writing to say I keep getting that Walmart ad and the only way to get it to go away is to hit “comments”, not such a bad deal but thought I’d pipe in. Maybe this isn’t that place?

    Anyway, feel better Patty!! 🙂

  • Aparatchick says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  • Liesl says:

    I love your 80’s references! I was a single digit then, so I could be walking around smelling like I ought to have shoulder pads and a side-swept perm and I’d never know it…I actually usually smell like something out of the 1920’s and I don’t CARE what anybody has to say about it! : )

    I’m sorry you’re sick. That’s how it used to be for me– healthy all winter, then laid out at the first sign of a nice day. Glad you are on the mend!

  • Shelley says:

    Be well, Patty. LOL to Musette, who can wear any big white floral and make it seem a nuanced masterpiece. 😉

    Hidden girly land…hmmm…am re-imagining fragrances accordingly…

  • carter says:


    What Musette said about you and the flu, and thank you for the brave and noble post. Now go to bed and keep up with the fluids, dearie, and don’t let the marauding giant lizards get you down!

  • Musette says:


    Feel Better but don’t push it – the spring flu is usually worse than the winter, in that people don’t give themselves enough time to recover.

    I loved the original BM and was ashamed, though I dunno why – if you prick me, do I not bleed Big White Floral? @};- (okay, that’s red but you get the gist)

    Will definitely have to try the couture, when next I’m in civilization.