This week, our victim is Tracy. Tracy is married and has one young child, and here are a few more details about her:
She's in her 30s and works full-time in a corporate environment.
She describes herself as "fun and a little off-beat", and "stylish and worldly".
She "gravitates toward sexiness in her appearance", but also thinks of herself as funky and/or edgy.
Tracy would like to find her perfect scent, and while she's at it, she wouldn't mind also finding a crazy-sexy scent for evening wear. She has not specified any price limits or other restrictions. Here are the fragrances she currently has in rotation:
L by Lolita Lempicka: she loves this one — it's her favorite of her current collection. But, she finds that it does not last long enough, and the "simple vanilla" drydown is not as attractive to her as the leathery heart notes.
Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar: her second favorite, she really loves this one.
Estee Lauder Intuition: the start is too citrusy, and the dry down too sweet.
Burberry Brit: she doesn't love it, but it suits for work days.
Burberry Weekend: she finds she is growing out of this one (too sweet) but she still wears it sometimes.
Reminiscence 2000 Ans D'Amour: a strong scent, with lots of patchouli. She likes this one, but it's too much for everyday use. She wears it when she wants to "exert her individuality".
Laura Biagotti Tempore Donna: she likes this one, but not enough to buy again.
Tracy does not like rose, "fresh, clean" fragrances or citrus. Here are a few perfumes she has tried recently:
Agent Provocateur Maitresse: this one is "just floral" — she'd like a little darkness and mystery.
Gucci by Gucci: close but no cigar. She'd like more leather, patchouli or wood.
Jean Patou Joy: too floral.
Chanel Cuir de Russie: she doesn't like the top notes, but she does like the dry down. She might wear it occasionally if she owned it.
What say you?
I considered Guerlain's Cuir Beluga (soft vanilla and suede) and Caron's Tabac Blond (vanilla and smoky leather), but decided the Cuir Beluga might be too gauzy and light, and the Tabac Blond might be just too much. Then Kenzo Flower Oriental came to mind. It was released as a limited edition but it's still for sale (I saw it just yesterday at Nordstrom), and while there's no leather, the combination of powdery florals with the deep woody incense dry down might suit Tracy. Bvlgari Black is another distinct possibility, although I'm worried that she might find the top notes edgier than she'd like. If Tracy smells Black and finds it intriguing rather than difficult, she ought to try L'Artisan Dzing! as well.
And three more interesting, sophisticated vanillas that might be worth a shot: L'Artisan Vanilia, Vanille Tonka by Parfums de Nicolaï, Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise, although I'm not sure that any of the three has the kind of lasting power Tracy is looking for.