Stefanie is single, in her late 20s, and has been a fragrance addict since she was 6 years old. She's now living in Zurich and working for a well-known fragrance brand. Stefanie is very much into fashion, and changes her hair style and color regularly.
Stefanie wants our help in finding her winter 2008 fragrance. She wants something comforting, warm, dark, sensual, sexy, possibly with a "trashy edge". It should be unusual, but not loud (nothing like Thierry Mugler Angel or Christian Dior Poison).
Stefanie likes... jasmine, rose, amber, musk, hinoki wood, sandalwood, fig, fragrances with a touch of the masculine, and vanilla so long as it is not too gourmand. Her summer favorites include Marc Jacobs for men, Marc Jacobs Splash (Cucumber, Grass and Rain), Hermès Jardin sur le Nil & Jardin après la Mousson, Stella McCartney Stella In Two Peony, Etro Etra & Viccolo Fiori, and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.
Her current winter rotation includes Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise (nice, but not sexy enough, and lasting power not good), Stella McCartney Stella (likes the vintage feeling), Stella McCartney Stella In Two Amber solid (too close to the skin, would love this in a darker, more sensual version), Joop Le Bain (loves it, but wants new options), Escentric Molecules Escentric 01 and Molecule 01 (wants something stronger & bolder).
Stefanie doesn't like... fruity florals, too much incense, very foody fragrances, too much citrus. The Estee Lauder brand.
Here are some fragrances she has tried recently, but that didn't work: Bvlgari Jasmin Noir (not dark enough, too short lived), Comme des Garçons Monocle Hinoki (too woody), Serge Lutens Clair de Musc (not sexy and daring enough), Prada Infusion d’Iris (too understated), Calvin Klein Secret Obsessions (could be a bit more daring and darker), DKNY Delicious Night (too sweet and banal), Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory (too brutal, too much incense), Bond No. 9 Chinatown ("not doing it for me"), Bvlgari Omnia (too much sandalwood, then it just fades away), Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison (too much vanilla, too many people wearing it).
What say you?
My top three picks are Tom Ford Private Blend Amber Absolute and Tauer Perfumes L'air du désert marocain, both of which qualify as warm, dark, unusual, sexy ambers, and Hors Là Monde Shiloh, a dark vintage rose with sex appeal (and a fragrance that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves). Other possibilities: Serge Lutens Chergui (or possibly Ambre Sultan, although I'm not sure if that will be too sweet), and Ambre Soie from the Armani Privé line.