This week, we're helping Inés, who has commented here a few times as lareinarumbera. Inés currently owns three perfumes (see below) but is looking for something she might like better.
Here is what we know about Inés:
She is in her 20s, but hangs out with people who are older than she is.
She is a full time student by day (psychology, economics, behavioral science) and a competitive ballroom dancer by night.
Style is more important than comfort. She likes black turtlenecks, black dresses and crazy high heeled shoes; she hates anything too girly, pink or frilly.
Crisp, clean, "wakey-wakey" fragrances. Fragrances that smell like expensive soap.
Citrus, when it isn't too candied or sweet.
Basil and mint (not too heavy), clean spices, ginger, cucumber, aquatic notes (when done right), green tea, gin (juniper and alcohol), clean spices, lavender, sandalwood.
Inés doesn't like...
Sweet perfumes (fruity florals, gourmands, heavy vanilla).
Big florals/white florals.
Oriental perfumes (she loves the idea of orientals, but they make her nauseous after a couple hours).
Inés currently owns three perfumes:
Bvlgari Blv (for evenings and when she wants to feel sexy), Calvin Klein ck one (when she doesn't want to offend anyone) and Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Eau de Parfum (for when she wants to feel slightly more feminine).
And here are some of the perfumes Inés has worn in the past, but discarded:
Carolina Herrera 212 original (too grown up), Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (no staying power), The Body Shop White Musk (too powdery), Cartier Eau de Cartier Concentrée (too linear), Clean Lather and Shower Fresh (too boring), Thierry Mugler Cologne (no lasting power), Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber (no lasting power), J L Glow (too linear), Gucci Envy (after awhile it smelled like turpentine), Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise (more turpentine) and Stella McCartney Stella (no sillage and too linear).
A few more requirements: nothing prohibitively expensive, please. And Inés wants something that comes in a spray bottle (not splash), and while she knows that many of the kinds of fragrances she likes aren't powerhouses, lasting power is an issue.
What say you? My recommendations:
First, I asked Inés if she had tried Annick Goutal Neroli or Mandragore (she had: no lasting power) or Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline (she had: forgettable). So much for that.
Inés has not tried my next recommendation: Hermès Un Jardin après la Mousson. This would fit the "clean spices" and "aquatic notes done right" specifications, and I think it's crisp and clean enough in general to suit. She might also want to try Jardin Sur Le Nil while she's at it, and if she is ever in the mood to splurge, maybe even Osmanthe Yunnan.
Another one worth a try: Prada Pour Homme or Prada Man or whatever its official name is. This, to me, is all about "expensive soap", and it has some other notes that Inés likes as well. I think it's been a bigger hit with women than with men. If she doesn't mind borrowing from the men's aisle, she might also try the classic Guerlain Vetiver. For an "expensive soap" fragrance for women, perhaps Hermès Caleche.