Our subject (victim?) this week: Phyllis. Phyllis has been interested in scent since she received a bottle of tuberose perfume as a child, and she is currently looking for her holy grail fragrance. She'd like to find something that isn't widely worn.
Here is what we know about Phyllis:
She is in her 50s and is currently going back to college to get her Bachelor's degree.
She considers herself a "child of the 80s", and loves The Cure.
She is petite, blonde, a Romantic, a cat person, and designs her own clothing when possible.
Phyllis had a collection of 12 perfumes but she recently sold 8 of them on ebay because they didn't suit her. The "goners" include Chanel no. 5 ("too banal"), Chanel no. 9 ("too predictible"), Agent Provocateur ("a bit too blousy") and Parfums DelRae Amoureuse ("a bit too sweet"). The "keepers" included Belle en Rykiel ("warm and sexy"), Bvlgari Rose Essentielle ("deep true rose") and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Ancient Air ("an old school patchouli concoction"). She also has a bottle of Kenzo Amour Indian Holi which she recently purchased. She had hoped to "find it full of incense and essential oils", but instead found it a "lighter, tang-ier fragrance", and she likes it but won't replace it when it's gone.
A few other clues:
She loves sage, lavender, green grass, basil, musk, roses, citrus and patchouli.
She does not like overly sweet perfumes.
Other things she has worn in the past but no longer wears/likes: Paloma Picasso, Estee Lauder White Linen, Guerlain Shalimar.
So, what say you? My recommendations:
I fastened on the idea of a sexy rose fragrance, with deep woody and/or earthy base notes. Along those lines, Phyllis might want to try Hors Là Monde Shiloh (by the same perfumer as Amoureuse, but not nearly so sweet or heavy), Frederic Malle Une Rose, Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose, The Peoples of the Labyrinths A.MAZE and 10 Corso Como. She can find samples at Aedes, Beautyhabit and Luckyscent, but for the Frederic Malle she will have to either visit Barneys or buy a decant from The Perfumed Court.