Today's subject is Becca (a different Becca than the Becca who appeared here in January). This Becca is in her early 30s and recently married. She comments here as Bethy40. Here are a few other personal details:
Becca finished her Masters degree in Literature and Theology and is working as a bookseller in Glasgow, Scotland while she looks for her first "grown up real job".
Becca loves books, cooking, theatre and art.
Her current job requires that she spend most of her days in t-shirts and jeans.
She rarely wears makeup but she loves shoes.
She is "just starting to really get into perfumes" although she wore scent casually for years.
Becca has a small perfume wardrobe, but she feels like something is missing. Her bottles at the moment include Guerlain Jicky (her stand-by, adored, go-to everyday perfume), Caldey Island Lavender (for when she wants something simple), Bond no. 9 Chinatown (for when she wants something a little sweet) and L'Artisan Thé Pour Une Eté (when she wants something fresh and clean). She'd like to find another perfume that makes her smile when she reaches for it, and is wondering what else she might be missing. She has good access to department stores, and since she is still paying back student loans, she'd like to find something for $100 or less.
Becca loves lavender, woods, teas, herbs, dry rather than sweet, and often men's scents over women's. She likes citrus but not straight citrus scents, and she tends to prefer the dry down over the top notes. She likes both cool and warm perfumes. Other than the scents she already owns, she likes Serge Lutens Chergui and Parfums de Nicolaï Maharanih (and she likes the Nicolaï line in general). She recently ordered a sample set from Ormonde Jayne and is enjoying Tolu and Ta'if, but it is too soon to say if they will turn out to be perfect for her. Ormonde Man is too woody for her taste.
Becca has difficulty with white flowers, and she doesn't like heavy powder or aldehydes (Patou Joy and Estee Lauder White Linen are out). She also doesn't like fig notes or heavy green notes. She liked both Lolita Lempicka and Fuel for Life better in the men's versions than in the women's, but still found both scents overpowering. A few "almost there" perfumes: Nicolaï pour Homme (doesn't last long enough), Parfum d'Empire Fougere Bengale ("the almost burnt note prevented total love"), Serge Lutens Cedre (she likes the dry down, but not the top notes)
What say you?