Today we're helping Rebecca, who will be getting married next year. Some details about Rebecca and her wedding plans:
Rebecca is in her late 20s.
Her wedding will be held between mid-August and mid-October.
Rebecca describes her wedding style as "classic-with-a-twist"; the color scheme will be cranberry red, aqua blue, and chocolate brown.
Rebecca wants to find a new perfume that will remind her of her wedding day every time she smells it. She'd like to stick with something priced at $100 or less, but might be willing to stretch that figure for something really perfect. Rebecca has reasonably good access to perfume stores, and is willing to order samples online.
Rebecca's taste in perfumes gravitates towards sweet, heavy, spicy and woody. She likes Kenzo Jungle and Thierry Mugler Angel, but she doesn't think those are appropriate for her wedding day — "I feel like wearing Angel or Jungle on my wedding day would be equivalent to showing up at the altar dressed in dominatrix gear". She'd also like to find something she doesn't already wear regularly so that it will feel special. Other scents she likes: Prada For Women, Givenchy Organza Indecence, L de Lolita Lempicka, the original Lolita Lempicka, Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette, and her absolute favorite: Luctor et Emergo by The Peoples of the Labyrinths (although because of the cost, she's never bought a full bottle).
Rebecca is willing to try something different for her wedding scent. She says she's not usually a fan of florals (Robert Piguet Fracas is "the smell of death" to her nose), but might like to wear one for her wedding. She does like rose, and thinks she might be carrying roses for her bouquet. She uses The Body Shop Cassis Rose for a change of pace on occasion, and liked Valentino's Rock 'n Rose when it came out (although she notes it didn't seem "very me"). The Rose variation on Angel was the only Garden of Stars creation that she "found even remotely palatable". Rebecca doesn't like green or aquatic fragrances though.
Rebecca hasn't started a full-scale search yet, but here are a few fragrances she's tried recently:
Dolce & Gabbana The One (pleasant, but top notes smell vaguely of Orange-Glo wood cleaner).
Lacoste Inspiration (smells somewhat of watermelons, and she doesn't like to smell like fruit).
Tocca Stella (entirely nondescript, just smelled of skin).
What say you?
I tried to think of some rose fragrances that would be romantic enough for a wedding while still incorporating Rebecca's love for spices and woods. One of the first that came to mind was Ormonde Jayne's Taif, although it might work better for a wedding closer to October than August. Rebecca would have to order a sample online since it's only sold in the UK. With today's exchange rate, it just fits into her $100 budget if you don't count the shipping cost.
I also think Rebecca should try two rose fragrances I reviewed recently: Guaiac by Red Flower and Vintage Rose by the indie brand Sonoma Scent Studio. Both are roses grounded by the woody-spicy notes Rebecca prefers, and I think either would qualify as sexy without crossing the line into dominatrix gear.
Lastly, Rebecca might want to order a mess of samples from the niche line Les Parfums de Rosine. The line has grown rather large in recent years (so much so that I've completely fallen behind in testing) and they've got a rose for nearly everybody. I wish I could remember Rose de Feu better; I know it was spicy but that's all I can remember. Hopefully some of you will chime in if you can think of a Rosine that might work for Rebecca.