Today we're helping Kate, who thinks of herself as a "perfumista-in-training". She is "fascinated with the concept of niche perfumery" and loves trying new things, but is having trouble finding a perfume she likes. Her perfect perfume would be feminine, sensual, sexy and complex, with no weird or harsh notes. She'd like soft rather than loud, and while she'd like to find something more sophisticated than the sweet gourmands she used to wear, she's still like her new perfume to be "delicious". She'd also like her new scent to cost less than $200, but she's willing to entertain any suggestion. Here are a few things we know about Kate:
She's in her 20s and lives in Vancouver, BC.
She describes herself as quiet, soft-spoken, and a girly-girl. She's "very image-conscious" and loves fashion and makeup.
She's petite and her style is "feminine and trendy".
Kate likes gourmand notes: vanilla, chocolate, coffee, boozy notes, tea, light spices, ginger, amber, fig, rich fruit, honey, light anise and soft woods. She likes sweet but not cloying, and she prefers feminine over unisex or masculine.
Kate doesn't like powder, vintage-style scents, rose, prominent florals (well-blended florals in the background are ok), chypres, classic aldehydic perfumes, leather, smoke.
Kate's current favorite is Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao. She still loves it but would like something more sophisticated. Other past loves include Thierry Mugler Angel, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Cacharel Amor Amor Elixir Passion, and Aquolina Pink Sugar.
Here are some of the things Kate has tried and almost liked: Estee Lauder Sensuous (hits all the right points, but she'd like to see if she can find something better), Jo Malone Nutmeg and Ginger (too dry and unisex), Parfumerie Generale Musc Maori (too short-lived), L'Artisan Bois Farine (too short-lived), Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang (too floral), Serge Lutens Datura Noir (too floral), Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily (she'd like it as a room scent), Ginestet Botrytis (too short-lived, not special enough), Serge Lutens Douce Amere (too harsh and 'cologne'-ish), and Sarah Jessica Parker Covet (too floral, not interesting enough).
Here are some things Kate disliked: Serge Lutens Five O'Clock au Gingembre (too dry and masculine), Serge Lutens Bois Vanille (cloying burnt sugar), Parfumerie Generale Aomassai (horrible, suffocating burnt sugar), Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum (rose & powder), Annick Goutal Eau de Charlotte (distinct 'outhouse and rotting hay' accord).
Kate is interested in trying Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois and Chergui, Parfumerie Generale Felanilla, Ava Luxe Loukhoum and Moroccan Mint Tea, CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea — she'd love to hear feedback on any of those.
What say you?