Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Mellie Grant of ‘Scandal’


To paraphrase the great Garth Brooks, I’ve got friends in fragrant places, and one of my favorite publicists, Meg Robinson, not only sent a PERFECT pairing for my next Fictitious Fragrance Fan installment, she even sent a bottle of the perfume – not her client, I might add – along with some new Japanese skin care for me to try by new brand Hada Labo. Stay tuned for my thoughts on that. In the meantime, Meg’s description of this being a Mellie scent as it’s “pretty, yet polite, almost aloof” is so right on, I had to post about it. Here’s why.


The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Eau de Parfum ($22.50 at is what Mellie would spray on top of her elegantly coordinated tweed suits.


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A powdery, polite feminine overlay gives way to a calculating, sexy musk. Say what you want about Mellie, but you can’t say the woman isn’t whip-smart and three steps ahead at all times. The Harvard and Yale Law educated minx is too fly not to employ her southern charms (she’s a native of North Carolina), though her flyness did lead to an unfortunately vile circumstance with Fitz’s father. It takes a strong woman to be Olivia Pope’s foil and Mellie’s got the brass balls to pull it off – and a stunning scent to distract you from said balls. Just like Mellie, it’s pretty, surprisingly strong, grown-up and drifts in and out of packing an impactful musky punch of sex appeal. It’s old fashioned and classic, a fictitious fragrance befitting our fictional first lady.

What do you think? Is this a scent Mellie Grant would don? Tell me all about it in the comments.

In R18 feature Fictitious Fragrance Fans, I assign a pop-culture character a signature scent. Fragrance is one of the most difficult areas of beauty to discuss and I find myself trying to convey a scent to you, more often than not, by the pop culture character it embodies to me. So why not make it a thing?

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