This week, we're helping Asya, who lives in California. In her own words:
I'm currently a college student that loves to have some sort of scent on me from morning to night. I can't say I've been properly-versed in the wonderful world of perfumery; my knowledge basically includes years and years of walking up and down department store and Sephora perfume aisles going, "This I like," "This is yuck.".
Asya says her style is classic and feminine, "more Jackie than Marilyn", with a bit of tousled beach style thrown in. Asya wants to find a more interesting scent than what she has now. Her perfect perfume would be noticeable but not too strong, young but classic, and easy to find, preferably in Sephora or a department store. And, she'd like it to cost under $100.
Asya loves black tea, vanilla, musk, amber, coconut (so long as it's subtle; Estee Lauder Azuree Soleil was too much), smoke and ginger, but she doesn't like gourmands or fruity scents, and she isn't usually drawn to florals. She says her dream perfume would be "a smoky black tea, vanilla, amber, smoke, coconut scent, and then I would throw in a lemon peel for good measure".
Asya has been wearing Burberry Brit for the past year and a half, but the fruity lime top note is starting to annoy her. She often wears The Body Shop's Vanilla perfume oil, but she'd like something more interesting. Other scents she has worn in the past include Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (she loves the far dry down, but everything before that is too sweet and strong), Ralph Lauren Ralph Hot (too foody), Prada Eau de Parfum (too mature), Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum (too boring) and Gucci Envy Me (too flowery and light).
Here are some of the fragrances Asya has tried:
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy and Aquolina Pink Sugar: both too candied.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: much too light.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Parfum (black bottle): Asya considered buying it, but it lacks "that special kick".
Burberry The Beat: "smelled like artificial grapes".
Estee Lauder Pure White Linen Light Breeze: too conventionally clean.
Marc Jacobs Basil: Asya bought this for summertime, but it bored her within a week.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle: as with Flowerbomb, Asya likes the dry down but the early stages are too sickly sweet.
What say you?
It sounds like the perfect thing for Asya (other than her dream black tea scent) would be a mainstream fragrance that smells just like the dry down of Flowerbomb. I'm hoping one of you can say just what that would be; my mind is blank.
Because Asya loves black tea, vanilla and smoky notes, Bvlgari Black was one of the first things that came to mind. But it isn't young or feminine, and I'm thinking it will probably be too weird for Asya. It's a unisex fragrance but often kept at the men's counter. Bvlgari Omnia might also be worth trying (although it might be too foody); Omnia will be on the women's side at Sephora.
Jo Malone's Dark Amber & Ginger Lily also came to mind right away. It was a limited edition and it's already sold out, but I'm mentioning it anyway because it sold out so quickly that I wonder if Jo Malone won't bring it back? Asya, if you ever see it, you might give it a shot.