Today's subject is Jess, who is looking for a sultry, cozy fragrance for evening. She'd like it to be warm, dark, interesting and mysterious, and if at all possible, to have good lasting power. She isn't willing to go over $100.
Here are a few details about Jess:
She's in her mid-20s and is a painter with a "fiction-writing streak".
Jess says she goes about her day with her head in the clouds, but is an odd sort — and potentially snarky — when yanked out of dreamland.
She gravitates toward bold, unique things.
So far, Jess has had more luck with single notes than with perfumes. She likes rose (nocturnal rather than fresh, and preferably with wine, spices, musks), almond, "yellow cake", violet, patchouli, incense and sandalwood. She sometimes likes gardenia.
Jess wears Sanrio Momoberry during the day. She also likes Hanae Mori Butterfly in small doses (a little too berry-sweet), and she once loved a decant of something supposedly by Boucheron (very warm and resiny) but she doesn't know what it was.
Jess doesn't like lavender, lime, yuzu, strawberry or cloves prominently in the blend. She's tired of fruity florals, and wants to "venture into darker, warmer territory". The whole Tom Ford perfume line was a big no, as was Aquolina Pink Sugar (she was disgusted by the burnt, too-sweet drydown), Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (a little artificial-smelling), Calvin Klein Opium (too strong & sharp), and the Chanel line ("not me").
What say you?