This week we're helping Mona. Mona says that everything she knows about perfume "could fill one of those slips inside Chinese fortune cookies". She wants to find a daily perfume that "lingers like background music, something that unfolds nicely". She doesn't want anything bland or generic. She has excellent access to perfume stores, but she can't shop online so no obscure brands, please. She's willing to spend whatever she needs to.
Here is what we know about Mona:
She's a college freshman studying to be a special ed teacher.
She travels a lot (right now she's in Saudi Arabia) and she'd like a perfume that reminds her of different places.
Mona says she's usually cool & calm, but is very passionate about the things she likes.
Mona is open to most notes, but especially likes vanilla, sandalwood, rose, ginger, teas, cardamom, smoky woodsy fragrances, amber and jasmine. She likes warm scents. A few perfumes she has liked in the past include Christian Dior Diorissimo ("epitomizes my native city, Islamabad, Pakistan for me"), Lancôme Tresor ("smells like a Greek fruit orchard and violin music"), Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb ("very edible"), various Arabian oudh perfumes from local companies, and Christian Dior Midnight Poison ("used to be a favorite, but it's too dark and dramatic for daily use").
Mona dislikes too much citrus ("leaves the perfume too sanitized") and/or too much of a "chemical/alcohol smell", as in Dior Addict. Other scents that don't work: Chanel No 5 ("lifeless"), Yves Saint Laurent Cinema ("too showy for me to carry off), The Body Shop's White Musk ("like moonlight, but too monotonous"), Yves Saint Laurent Opium ("masterpiece..but way too heavy for me at this point"), Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, DKNY Red Be Delicious ("meh") and Estee Lauder Pure White Linen ("fresh & pleasant, but too sanitized").
What say you?