Jonna is fairly new to perfume, and she's hoping we can help her:
I’m looking for something more “pretty” and feminine. Not girly or pink and not necessarily too womanly or sexy. Something I could wear to work, to a night out or to a date.
I really enjoy the creative side of wearing perfume, I love the moments of discovery “this smells exactly like my uncle’s old car!” or “this is what the beach in Barcelona smells like” and maybe because of that I’m drawn to the ones that intend, at least to a degree, replicate the smell of something “real”.
Her price limit: around $100.
Jonna lives in Finland, and here are a few more details about her:
She's single, in her late 20s, and is slim with short hair. She describes herself as a "pixie" rather than a "lush goddess of femininity".
She doesn't wear much makeup; her style is "urban and casual" (she doesn't own a "real" pair of high heels).
She works in media, but not in a creative profession, and has just gone back to school to get a business degree.
Her interests include yoga, indoor rock climbing, reading, knitting, and music (jazz, old soul and world music).
In the past, Jonna has worn Ralph Lauren Romance, and she notes that "I still love it, but it seems to belong to a time in the past. I would love to find something with a similar feeling". At the moment, she regularly wears Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil, Paul Smith Story, the Crazylibellule and The Poppies Encens Mystic and Tauer Perfumes L'air du désert marocain. She also owns Le Labo Patchouli, but only wears that in the evenings.
Jonna has tried and liked The Different Company Sel de Vetiver & Divine Bergamote, Andrée Putman, and CB I Hate Perfume Fire from Heaven, but none of those are the sort of pretty, feminine scent she is looking for at the moment. She did try Le Labo Jasmin, and found it close to what she's looking for, but she'd like more options. Jonna likes green notes, ginger, bergamot, vetyver, light jasmine, incense, light wood and smoke notes.
Here is what she has tried and discarded so far in her search:
Marc Jacobs perfume: a little too grown up and heavy.
Tauer Perfumes Incense Rose: too sweet and perfume-y.
Issey Miyake Eau d’Issey: she liked this, but her roommate wore it so she couldn't.
Roger & Gallet Ginger: too light and close to the skin.
Roger & Gallet Bamboo: too similar to a men's scent her ex used to wear.
L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer: she only tried it once, but didn't love it.
What say you?
My recommendations: Jonna might want to try Annick Goutal Le Jasmin, which combines jasmine and ginger, and has a sparkling quality that makes it a nice fit with "pixie" instead of "lush goddess of femininity". While she's at it, she might also try Annick Goutal Eau de Camille (green notes and honeysuckle) and Folavril (green notes, jasmine and mango).
Another possibility on the light jasmine front would be Chanel Cristalle in the Eau de Toilette concentration (and it wouldn't hurt to try the Eau de Parfum if that is all she can find).
I don't know if Jonna likes osmanthus (and she may not know either) but for some reason Parfum d'Empire's Osmanthus Interdite came to mind. I can't think of any justification for this choice, and it's a little over her price limit, so perhaps only worth trying if she happens across a tester somewhere.