This week we're helping Katie, who comments here as Katich. Katie is a newbie perfumista looking for her ideal daytime spring / summer fragrance. She'd like something that evokes warmth and sun, has polite sillage so she can wear it to work, and isn't too perfume-y or artificial smelling. Ideally, it would cost around $50-70, but she's willing to buy a decant if it isn't outrageously priced. Here are a few details about Katie:
Katies is a "goofy extrovert" in her early 20s, and is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She's working as a researcher in a children's hospital and planning to apply to grad school.
She describes her style as "funky and laid back"; she wears jeans during the day, loves dresses in summer, and likes "color and fun jewelry".
Katie likes the outdoors, water, music that makes her move, dry comedy. Her ideal day would involve "...a long hike near a beach, followed by a long swim at said beach, the whole day filled with good food and ending with some cold, hoppy beer while enjoying myself at an indie rock concert".
Katie's fall / winter favorites are Bvlgari Black & Omnia, Chanel Coco Madmoiselle, L'Artisan Tea for Two, Lolita Lempicka and Bond No. 9 Chinatown — she loves them all, but they're darker than she'd like for warmer weather.
Katie likes grapefruit, tea, coconut, orange blossom, anise, other citrus, jasmine, fig, vanilla, almond, sandalwood and patchouli, and she's open to fragrances in any fragrance family. Some perfumes that she has liked but that didn't quite fit include Hèrmes Un Jardin Sur le Nil (close, but slightly too woody in the drydown), L'Artisan The Pour Un Ete (love, but too short lived and expensive), L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons (love, but too girly for everyday and also shortlived), Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Pamplelune (not quite right on skin), Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers "G" (too sweet for daily wear, but she loves the beachy aspect), Ed Hardy Love and Luck Woman (too much red berry, but she loves the dry down), Tom Ford White Patchouli (love, but too much patchouli for a daily scent).
Katie doesn't like gardenia, saffron, peony, 'artificial' green scents, overly fruity or sweet scents, and powdery scents. Fragrances that didn't work at all include Marc Jacobs (gardenia, heady), Armani Code Woman (candy-like and perfume-y), Stella McCartney Stella (too much rose), Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade (she likes the nutty aspect, but it's too powdery in the drydown), Pacifica Mediterranean Fig (takes on a weird chemical-y quality), Narciso Rodriguez for Her (she thinks she might be anosmic to the musk, but it also gives her a headache).
What say you?