This week, we're doing something a little different with The Monday Mail. Sandra is not a newcomer to perfume, in fact, she comments here as Nile Goddess so some of you may have "talked" to her in the past. But Sandra says she has not fallen in love with a fragrance in a long time, so she'd like our help.
Here is what we know about Sandra:
She lives in Prague, has just turned 40, is brunette and "very temperamental".
She loves Egypt and everything Egyptian, including Egyptian history, music and dance.
She is willing to buy online, so access is not a problem, and she has not asked for any price limits. She is looking for something unusual, and is especially hoping for recommendations from niche brands she might not be familiar with.
And her scent preferences:
She does not like fruity florals, especially very sweet fruity florals. Citrus notes are ok.
She likes deep, magnetic, sensual combinations of woods and musk, or amber and tonka bean.
She likes frangipani and honeysuckle, and sometimes light jasmine or orange blossom, but in general, florals do not "rock her boat".
Almonds and raisins are nice, tobacco is very nice. Leather is nice if not too bitter.
She likes herbal notes if they're not overdone. Guerlain's Herba Fresca is a favorite, but Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée is too herbal/medicinal. She does like pepper.
Some fragrances Sandra has liked in the past:
Fendi by Fendi, Calvin Klein Obsession, Contradiction & Truth, Dior Hypnotic Poison, YSL Opium, Nu & M7, L'Artisan Piment Brûlant, Mure et Musc & Ananas Fizz, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan (needs layering with something peppery) & Sarrasins, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, L'Eau par Kenzo, Clinique Happy for Men, Lalique Encre Noire (although it stays close to the skin) and Narciso Rodriguez for Her.
What say you? My recommendations: