Our victim this week is Kristen. Kristen is in her late 20s and works for a non-profit organization in California, about an hour from San Franciso. Her work takes her into both urban and rural areas. Here are a few more details about Kristen:
She loves eating, cooking, trying new restaurants and new kinds of Scotch.
Other likes: being outside, reading, spending time with friends & family, traveling.
She is liberal politically, but dresses conservatively.
Kristen's goal: to find an interesting, daring, and sophisticated daily scent. It has to be less than $150, and it'd be even better if it was less than $100.
Kristen's perfume history:
She was given a Chanel No. 5 gift set for her 16th birthday. She still loves it, but "it's too strongly associated with that period to wear regularly".
She has also at various times worn Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Lime, Basil, & Mandarin, Hermès 24 Rue Faubourg, and Mat by Masaki Matsushima (also a gift).
Kristen read The Emperor of Scent a few months ago, and then Perfumes: the Guide. This was followed by "a spate of sample orders", after which Kristen found some favorites for evening and special occasion wear: Bvlgari Black (she loves the rubber note most of all), L'Artisan's Timbuktu, Molinard Habanita, and Tauer Perfumes L'air du desert marocain. Kristen doesn't like any of these for a daily scent though.
Kristen likes green, smoky, powdery, spicy, dirty and woody notes. She does not like anything overly sweet or overly foody. She wants a touch of weird (Gucci Envy and Gucci Rush are pretty but not weird enough) but not too much weird (Etat Libre d'Orange Secretions Magnifique was a scrubber, although she did like Vraie Blonde and Jasmin et Cigarette).
Here are a few scents Kristen has tried in her search:
Guerlain Jicky: comes close, but too expensive.
Eau d'Italie Sienne l'Hiver: almost perfect, she loves "the abstraction, the coolness, the green & peppery notes", but it's perhaps a little too quiet?
Lancome Hypnose: too much vanilla and too jarring.
Etro Anice: beautiful but she doesn't want to smell "so explicitly of anise".
Christian Dior Diorissimo: quite pretty but too much of a soliflore.
Nyako Safi: too syrupy sweet, and she doesn't like lychee.
L'Artisan Ananas Fizz: nice effervescence, but too lightweight and not enough staying power.
Trussardi Skin: indistinct and too quiet
Chanel Cristalle Eau de Toilette: perfect for Sunday brunch, but too sedate for an everyday scent.
Amouage Jubilation 25: she likes it, but it's too expensive and "almost too classic".
What say you?
First off, I do want to make sure Kristen knows she can find Guerlain Jicky for under $100. I did not do an exhaustive search for the best price, but did find the 100 ml Eau de Toilette spray refill (she won't get the pretty outer sheath) for $82 at beautyencounter.
Other suggestions: Kristen seems to like perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour (he is responsible for both L'Artisan Timbuktu and Eau d'Italie Sienne l'Hiver). She might want to explore some of his other scents, if she hasn't already. Those that sprang to mind based on her other likes include L'Artisan Dzongkha, L'Artisan Fleur de Liane, Comme des Garcons Incense: Kyoto and Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose.