Here in the Heartland, it’s time to harvest white peaches. Unlike the yellows, which are pretty cooperative, white peaches can be divas. My next door neighbor’s tree has, for the past 4 years, borne gorgeous bunches of fruit that has refused to ripen. This year the tree just said ‘feck it’ and blew itself up.Branches, leaves and green peaches everywhere, like somebody set off a grenade in the middle of the tree!
The smell of busted green peaches is intriguing. It’s raw and indolic and has a faint yeasty, salty aroma reminiscent of …well, post-intime sheets. It’s the smell of contemporary Mitsouko and Coco (Blame March). Ripe white peaches give off a sunny skin-scent. I harvested 2 giant buckets of the little beauties today, in 95F heat and the smell was less sexual, more organic (not that sex isn’t organic but there was little of the carnal involved. Then again, I was harvesting with a 14-yr old boy – and I am no cougar. Perhaps if I’d been harvesting them with Idris Elba…. the ripe peach notes remind me of the opening notes of Guerlain’s Samsara and vintage Mitsouko (a totally different animal from the current. If you’ve not sniffed vintage Mitsouko, you should. It’s one of the most perfect perfumes ever made). My favorite Keiko Mecheri is Peau de Peche – it smells a lot like I suspect a white cotton blanket would smell, after I finished feeding those ripe white peaches, in 90-degree heat, to Idris Elba. Yeah, like that.
Dior is one of those Houses that has never quite ‘gotten’ peach, at least not for me. Two of my least favorite Diors, j’adore and Dolce Vita, contain hefty peach notes. Alas, I’ve never figured out Dolce Vita – it smells like boozy jam and freaks me out. I don’t like j’adore because it doesn’t smell like vintage Dior and I confess that I am a Great Big Baby when it comes to Dior. I can’t seem to get beyond the vintages and that’s my fault. I’m a PERFUMISTA, dagnabit! I need to get over myself. But I still don’t like j’adore.
So……I have 2 buckets of peaches. I’m going to make a couple of pints of brandied peaches, then freeze the rest. No, I’m not. I’m freezing them ALL. It’s 95F here for the rest of the week and the idea of blanching peaches makes me want to bite my own head off. But I do think I’ll wear vintage Mitsouko while I am processing them – it’s the right thing to do!
What would you do with 2 buckets of ripe white peaches? And what scent would you wear in which to do it? I’m voting for feeding them to Idris, meself! Do you have a favorite peach perfume?