Our subject this week is Zoe, who describes herself as a "recent convert to the wonderful world of fragrance". Zoe is looking for a sultry, "sexy-but-not-headache-inducing evening perfume", and would like some help. Here are some more details about Zoe:
Zoe is Dutch and in her 20s, and attending college.
She's tall and slender, bookish, and somewhat introverted.
She is "stylish but never one for the high-end brands", has an "edgy" short haircut and several black-and-white floral tattoos.
Zoe has been exploring perfume seriously for a couple months, and "having great fun discovering quality offerings from different niche houses". She likes "oddball, non-sweet, sheer, unisex-ish fragrances", and has pretty much got her daytime scents covered: she has fallen for L'Artisan Jour de Fête, État Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette, Hermès Jardin après la Mousson and Diptyque Philosykos. She also has a number of day scents from her "before perfumista" days, including Gucci Envy Me, Marc Jacobs Blush, Jil Sander Sun and The Body Shop Poivre Rouge/Pink Pepper.
Zoe dislikes cedar and possibly all heavy woods (notably Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Diptyque Tam Dao) and very green clean-fresh citrus scents (Hermès Jardin sur le Nil, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca). She has found that the classic Guerlains and Chanels are "beyond her", so far, nor has she (so far) cared for the Serge Lutens line or any heavy orientals, although she does like amber notes. She finds she is "drawn to quite literal interpretations of one or a few notes".
Here are some of the perfumes she has tried in her search for her sexy evening scent:
Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre: calming, warming, but more of a comfort than a sexy scent.
Agent Provocateur: the opening is sharp and jarring, and the scent itself is too strong.
Christian Dior Poison: she loves it on others and does find it sexy, but she finds it headache inducing and too sweet on herself. Ditto on Versace Crystal Noir and Calvin Klein Euphoria.
Bvlgari Omnia: weird, sour and perfumey, "like opening an ancient piece of luggage, all dusted over and the lining has gone mouldy". She didn't like their new Jasmin Noir either, but she can't remember why.
Paul Smith Rose: she doesn't usually like roses in perfume, but this was interesting and she will revisit.
Fendi Palazzo: she hasn't tried it on skin yet, but this one interested her as well, although it is possibly "too mature".
Money is an issue as she's on a student budget, but she'll sniff and try anything she can find easily in her area, and she does have access to many niche lines (no Comme des Garçons or indie perfumers though).
What say you? My recommendations:
The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit might be perfect, although I have a feeling Zoe might find the opening a bit too strong. I do strongly suggest she try to get a sample and try it on skin instead of on a card.
On the amber front, Prada Eau de Parfum is also worth a shot, as is Hermès Ambre Narguile. She might also want to try Hermès Eau des Merveilles and/or Parfum des Merveilles.