Bad Girls Perfume vs SocialDistancing —– Part II —– The 30-Foot Challenge

Posted by
Sarah Colton
 June 29, 2020

Challenges. Challenges.  IF Bad Girls are good at anything it’s using the power of perfume to turn challenges to their advantage 


As you might recall from a previous post and video, “Social Distancing – Part I – The 6-Foot Challenge”    the LOUD, Predatory, and Stealthy fragrances Bad Girls Perfume recommended for 6-foot seduction missions were so successful that in at least one case we had to deploy a fragrance “equivalent of MACE”.


Now, two months later, contrary to what we had all hoped, Covid-19 does  NOT show signs of going away any time soon, and the scientific community continues to urge us to exercise extreme vigilance, i.e.,  limit travel away from our homes, wash our hands frequently with soap and water, and when away from home, continue to observe social distancing, wear masks, and use hand gels.


The silver lining is that Bad Girls Perfume has been testing ways to do all of this, i.e., stay safe at home AND accomplish our Perfume seduction goals !


Can we handle a 30-Foot Challenge  ?


Hmmm. How to transport my perfume seduction message across the courtyard of my building? It’s 30 Feet wide ! ©Sarah Colton



What the hell kind of question is that?  Of course, we can !  But first we had a little chat with our sister and mentor, Eve, whose wisdom and trickery has survived centuries of plague, calumny, and misfortune. EVE was categoric: “Use GOURMANDS.”

More than just the smell of chocolate, vanilla, caramel…, gourmand fragrances conjure memories, longing, hunger, pleasure….”.


More specifically, Eve recommended Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992) and Angel’s young protégé, Dark by AKRO (2018), both created by master perfumer Olivier Cresp.

Angel by Thierry Mugler created by Olivier Cresp in 1992 ©Sarah Colton

AKRO Dark created by Olivier Cresp in 2018 ©Sarah Colton












Bad Girls Perfume tested Angel and Dark on people 30 feet away –across the daunting and treacherous  back courtyard of a 5th-Floor Paris apartment building.

Disclaimer:  It’s true that at 30 Feet, Eve advised the addition of a tiny bit of Bad Girls trickery to….you know….. DELIVER !

The STUNNING and surprising results of this daring feat are of Biblical proportions, as documented in the video above.

SPOILER ALERT ! At 30 Feet, this Parisian Bad Girl concocted her own bit of original Bad Girls Perfume trickery to ensure successful DELIVERY of her perfume seduction message. ©Sarah Colton


About Gourmands

“…Gourmand fragrances typically contain significant edible or food smelling notes such as vanilla, candy, tonka beans, honey, chocolate, caramel, fruit, berries, cinnamon, cupcakes, whiskey, sugared almond and marzipan, even cotton candy or coffee. The French term “Gourmand” is often used to refer to a person with a sweet tooth.”  (Source: Bad Girls Perfume Tips and Tales  page 166.)


Gourmand Fragrances– Be sure to keep them close at hand in your baking cupboard for when you need them — “Sugar ‘n’ spice ‘n’ everything nice “. ©Sarah Colton

“…An entire population of Bad Girls, in particular Bad Girl Gold Diggers [SCOOP : MIchelyn Camen, founder and managing editor of , admits to falling into this category] swears by the age-old adage that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and depends on “gourmand” fragrances to get the job done. These Bad girls claim that nothing is more appetizing for a gentlemen of means than a fresh and saucy Bad Girl babe served up in tasty layers of mouth watering, fruity, cotton-candy, or chocolate gourmand fragrance notes…” (Source : Bad Girls Perfume Tips and Tales Page 80.)



“…As the first “gourmand” fragrance, created in 1992, Thierry Mugler’s Angel was both ground breaking and earth shaking in its now iconic blue star-shaped and refillable bottle. Many users claim that Angel is impossible to resist, and a few go as far as to say it’s addictive. In any event, no one has requested a “low calorie” version of this oriental vanilla seductress…”  (Source : Bad Girls Perfume Tips and Tales  Page 80.)

Angel by Theirry Mugler Created by Olivier Cresp in 1992. Gift Set. (See FRAGRANCE GIVE-AWAYS below) ©Sarah Colton

Contacted for this piece, master perfumer Olivier Cresp had this to say.  ” When I created ANGEL for Thierry Mugler, I had a deep feeling that it was going to be a huge worldwide success. I only realized afterwards that I had created the ‘gourmand’ family of fragrances.  I hope you like it ! “

Like it ! Like it ! Hello, and bonjour !  Bad Girls and Boys around the planet LOVE Angel, and have made it a cult fragrance. Indeed, Angel, La Doyenne of Gourmands – literally founded an entire family of fragrances, and remains a best seller to this day, right up there with Chanel No.5, Opium, and the likes..




AKRO, a relatively new fragrance brand is all about obsessions. Created in 2018 by Olivier Cresp in partnership with his daughter, it’s not surprising that a chocolate fragrance called Dark would be one of AKRO’s best sellers.

Olivier Cresp and his brand, AKRO, at the Jovoy Paris spring 2020 press launch/birthday/yacht party just days before Covid-19 lock down. ©Sarah Colton










The success of Dark may also have to do with the fact that Olivier brought the same talent he used in the creation of Angel to the creation of DARK.  Suffice to say, Olivier Cresp knows more than a thing or two about gourmand fragrances. When contacted for a comment, Olivier told my Bad Girls, “For DARK, in addition to chocolate, I included some cinnamon bark, and a hint of hazel nut. I also added traces of OUD in order to make it mysterious and more addictive.”  Uh, huh!

Ah, the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris and AKRO Dark. Olivier Cresp with his brand at the Jovoy Birthday yacht party/Press Day in Paris early this spring. ©Sarah Colton










FYI – for all you Olivier Cresp fans and groupies. Because of his contributions to the art of perfume, Olivier is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Metiers. The equivalent of a British knighthood, the award’s purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or their propagation….. For more details, check out the full story in my article in Beauty Fashion Magazine.

Left to Right at the 2012 presentation ceremony: IFF’s Dominique Ropion, Takasago’s Françoise Caron and Firmenich’s Olivier Cresp join Givaudan’s Daniela Andrier, Symrise’s Maurice Roucel and Frédéric Mitterrand, the French Minister of Culture and Communication. ©Sarah Colton




From a retailing point of view, Bad Girls Perfume got a tip-off from François Hénin, owner of Jovoy Parfums Rares in Paris, who said, “People seem to have a thing these days about gourmand fragrances, especially chocolates. Maybe we’ve been confined too long, and need bites of mouth-watering treats to lift our spirits. In any event, Dark by AKRO is flying off our shelves these days for people who want the sensation of chocolate without the side effect of binge eating it.”

François Hénin owner of Jovoy Parfums Rare in Paris, says people are hungry for gourmand fragrances these days, and that AKRO Dark does the trick. (See FRAGRANCE GIVE-AWAYS below) ©Sarah Colton


OMG there’s so much more I could tell you about the power of gourmand fragrances, Bad Girls Perfume Seduction techniques, Angel, Thierry Mugler, AKRO, Dark, Olivier, François, Jovoy….


But  there are fragrances and books to be WON.

And  I want to hear from YOU !

What do you think of these gourmand fragrances?  Had any major 30-foot successes with them?  Other gourmands?

If so, tell ALL ! Which ones of course, and most importantly what Bad Girl or Bad BOY tricks did you use to make it all happen ?

Wanna have even more fun and WIN some goodies?

Leave a comment here to qualify to win one of THREE big prizes:

1. From @jovoyparis – a 100 ml bottle of best selling eau de parfum AKRO Dark;

2. From anonymous donor – a 3 piece gift-set of Angel by Thierry Mugler, including a 25ml refillable bottle of eau de parfum, a 10 ml refillable purse spray eau de parfum, and a 50 ml perfumed body lotion;

3. FIVE SIGNED copies of my book, Bad Girls Perfume, full of tips and tales about how to get whatEVER you want through the power of perfume.

INCREASE  your chances to win by following me and leaving comments on Instagram and/or LinkedIN @sarahcolton2020, @badgirlsperfume.


ENJOY !  ENJOY !   Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and stories!  Meanwhile, stay safe !


Sarah and the Bad Girls


With Gourmand fragrances and just a tiny bit of trickery, savvy Bad Girls and Boys can have their cake and eat it too ! ©Sarah Colton





  1. Miya Porubcan |

    This was such a great read and video. So satisfying, oh this Bad Girl is full of wit and charm. Gourmands sure do the trick everytime. Gourmands are one of my top favourite Fragrance Family. I’m so curious about Dark, I’ve some Angel Muse sample but not this Angel☺️. Thank you so much for sharing. This Bad Girl is ready for action. Have a great scented week♥️

    • Sarah Colton |

      Hi Miya, Thanks so much for the VERY FIRST comment on this post. And glad you like it. I had such a good time doing this. I love combining video and text so people can have a quick look if they want, and go deeper if they have time or interest. Also,experimenting with doing the trailer on social media and the longer than my usual 1 minute video on this post. Up for ideas about what people like best. Currently wearing Angel on my left wrist and AKRO Dark on the right. Watch out neighbors! Stay safe, dear Bad Girl friend. xxx Sarah

    • Sarah Colton |

      Hey People, going forward, since you’re such a rich and varied group, I’ve decided to add your social media tags in my responses to your comments, just in case you’d like to find out what your fellow Bad Girls and Bad Boys are saying in the wider community. Share the wealth and ENJOY !

      Miya is @fabtrends_miya

  2. Jon Snow |

    Well Sarah, I think baking cakes from we are probably 500miles away? You’d have me knocking at the door 😂 Dark I’m absolutely lost for words how good that is, thats very much top of my list, just it’s a pretty penny at the moment, i think I’m more likely to be seduced then secretly steal her perfume if it was Dark 😂. Angel is a special gourmand my first serious and longest relationship was with a girl who drowned herself in it, beautiful fragrance. Be a difficult choice as to whether I’d run for the hills or still be dragged in smelling it. And man or woman my choice would be Black Opium, that semi gourmand does something incredible to me ❤️ I’ve waffled on probably over the word limit 😂 I need to hurry and read more of the book. Keep being who you are, fabulous lady 🙂

    • Sarah Colton |

      Oh, please knock on my door, Jon. I promise I won’t throw my baking pans at you! Plenty of AKRO Dark to share around here since it’s the gourmand fragrance that seems to ring your chimes these days, and Angel if you dare to revisit your past…. You never know. Perfume has a totally different way of dealing with time… Meanwhile, I’ve got some REAL chocolate brownies from a bakery down the street made with DARK chocolate the way the French do it, and this bakery even puts hazel nuts in them so they are quite similar to the recipe Olivier Cresp used. No oud though, as far as I know. Though still, ADICTIVE. While you’re at it, since you’re clearly an O.C. fan, bring your YSL Black Opium too. I’d love a private tutorial.

      Hey, people, Jon is on Instagram @secentedsnowdrops. Check him out.

      • Jon Snow |

        Thanks you didn’t need to shout me out 🙊 lovely lady. And oh yes a big fan of the man, and them brownies sound devine, the wonderful French folk do chocolate so so well 😍

  3. gunmetal24 |

    That was a really fun video! There’s nothing like the smell of baking goods. I own some niche gourmands but most do not project very far (by design). A gourmand i own that has further projection would be Mugler Pure Havane. It has a fairly wide scent bubble. To reach wider, the best spot is to spray on top of your hands so the scent distributes as you walk around. I have short hair, so in theory spraying on longer hair would help distribute the scent but I will never know haha. Thank you for the giveaway. And I’ve smelt Angel but haven’t worn it. I also used to own A-Men but it didn’t seem to project alot, great scent though.

    • Sarah Colton |

      Hi Gunmetal24, Glad you liked the video. Interesting what you said in your Instagram post about gourmand fragrances not projecting as much in general because their molecules are heavier. Hadn’t even thought about that when I decide get a little projection umph from a room fan. Haha. Sure did work, as you saw the video — , maybe TOO well ! In any event, when I saw the results it was enough to wake me up from my gourmand perfume reverie….

      Definitely going to try Mugler’s A*Men Pure Havane. Love the idea of the fragrance of a Cuban cigar –right under my nose if it’s unlit. From no less than 30 feet, if lit. PLEASE ! Tobacco, honey, vanilla and coco, wafting on a base of patchouli, ciste, amber and Styrax – ummmm! Love the perfumer Jacques Huclier so even more enticed by the idea. He’s based in the US now, so even though he can’t legally travel to Havanna from NYC, he surely caught a wiff coming on a southern breeze from the islands. I’ll gladly follow that one….

      Hey perfume lovers, check out Gunmetal on Instagram. @gunmetal24.

  4. Flo |

    SUCH a fun and informative article!!! We all need good tips like these during this uncertain time. Thank you Bad Girl Queen! xoxo

    • Sarah Colton |

      Make my day, Flo. THANKS! Must confess that I get lots of inspiration from your France24 shows, especially “French Connections”. Keep on keeping on. xxx Sarah and the Bad Girls.

      Florence’s tag on Instagram is @frenchconnectionsf24

  5. Marie Woodard |

    VERY SASSY! Very cute! Very fun ! I want to win the perfumes!!!! Am down to dregs of past ancient bottles!HELP HELP!

  6. Meg Davis |

    Oh la la‼️ Sarah, so glad to see your website and read about this fab perfume-so these days I am really putting on my strong perfume, so maybe people will social distance from me. Jay always knows when I go out because my scent permeates the house, as I spray myself All over. Even Beau dog raises up from the sofa and he gives me the look of “going out huh?” Anyway, love all the the pics and the Bad Girls info and of course love you❤️❤️ Stay safe and don’t know about 30 ft challenge. Can’t get 6 feet over here‼️

    • Sarah Colton |

      OMG Meg, Whatever you do, DON’T use any of these gourmand fragrances on someone who’s already too close for safety. I guess living at the beach does have its downsides….

      Instead, maybe you should try some Comme des Garçon’s “Guerrilla I or II” like I recommended in The 3 foot challenge video as the equivalent of MACE. Haha.
      Although, I actually like it now, which probably means I’ve become extremely weird, myself. YIKES. Don’t get too close!!!

      You might also want to try what ‘Carl’ on this site and @fragranceTwentyeight on Instagram, suggested in his comment to the 3 Foot Challenge post. According to Carl, “ There’s nothing better than a bad girl fragrance to stop people getting too friendly especially in the super market! I’ve been using Youth Dew – Amber Nude, whilst fiercely pouting!”

      We Bad Girls and Boys gotta stick together !

      Meanwhile, remember to pout, and don’t hesitate to send an SOS if in spite of all you find yourself in a tight spot and need urgent Bad Girls Perfume care. We can surely airlift you something. Worst case scenario, I’ll put my room fan on HIGH and blast it to you. xxx Stay SAFE! Sarah

  7. Elizabeth Colton |

    How marvelous–the whole film, story, all the fun ideas! Truly, this is super delightful–bringing laughs and smiles at this time. Thanks so much, Sarah, for giving us this to enjoy and have lots of fun! Congratulations! Looking forward to more soon! Felicitations!

    • Sarah Colton |

      Thanks, Liz,
      Glad this post and video made you laugh. It’s so important to laugh – even, and perhaps, especially in tough times. In the first place, because laughter feels good, and secondly because when I’m laughing I have a hard time getting lost in really depressing thoughts. Thirdly, for some reason, when I laugh I remember all the details of whatever it is that makes me laugh. So great for teaching and learning – I know you use this in many of your diplomacy and journalism programs and workshops. Fourthly, there’s something about being ridiculously SILLY that takes me to a dimension where the delightful side of absurdity reigns, and I can often find wildly creative solutions and/or stop worrying about things I’ve been unable to resolve with logic – perhaps because most of the time, whatever they are – life, COVID19, you fill in the blank here — they’re completely absurd in the first place. …..OMG. I seem to have come full circle on this….Looking forward to laughing LOTS with you soon, dear Liz. Meanwhile, stay safe and continue all your good works.
      Liz is on FB @ElizabethColton or @ElizabethOvertonColton

      • Elizabeth Colton |

        Thanks so much for making these wonderful videos that bring such joyful laughter and fun. And thanks for your comments about your ideas behind your creating these delightful, good laughter-inspiring video works. Keep up the great work!

  8. Carl |

    I am current reading Bad Girls Perfume so it is very helpful to see the necessary measures in reaching 30 foot! We must get our message across.
    I’m at work as I write this, so I may have to use a compact electric hand fan, spritzed with something seductively sweet. Perhaps Shay & Blue – Salt Caramel will work well.

    I recently tried Akro – Dark and thought it was absolutely delicious, I would say just as delicious as Mugler – Angel.

    Thank you for the amazing article ♥️

  9. Beth Austin |

    Loved this fun article with wonderful baking references! Witty and entertaining. I’m an Opium gal, have been for years, people used to ask me if I’d taken the elevator to get to my floor at work that morning … thanks for sharing, Sarah!

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