Today we're helping Alexandra, who occasionally comments here as ScentRed, find a new fragrance she can buy for her husband Chris. Alexandra has good access to perfume stores, and she's willing to spend up to $175. For herself, Alexandra loves Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman, Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Annick Goutal Eau de Sud and Donna Karan Gold. Here is what she thinks we should know about her husband Chris:
Chris never wears fragrance and hasn’t owned a bottle since he was a teen. The truth is, he’s really just being a good sport and humouring his wife and her newly found fragrance obsession and in the process is hoping to find an interesting scent that makes her want to rip his clothes off.
Chris is a tall, handsome man in this early 40s who is equal parts high tech wizard and artist. A quiet, intelligent, laid-back father of two young children, he wants a fragrance that suits his personality and lifestyle. He works as a software developer for Internet applications and his interests include photography, music, marathon running, hiking and reading.
Chris is drawn to sandalwood, cedar, green, smoke, leather scents. He also likes fresh and citrus, "but doesn’t want to smell like the majority of the mainstream male fragrances that are described as fresh and citrus". Chris does not like very spicy, incense-y or fruity fragrances, or fragrances "that smell either too mature or too much like a young guy heading for the clubs". So far, Chris's favorite of what he has tried is Ayala Moriel's ArbitRary, but it didn't have great lasting power and was not a hit with Alexandra.
Chris's "no" list includes Marc Jacobs (too sweet, too coconut), Acqua di Parma Colonia (a little too old and soapy), Donna Karan Chaos (too much incense, spice), Jo Malone Grapefruit (liked the crispness – but too fresh) and Burberry the Beat (he says: meh?, she says: drydown’s a bit girly).
Chris's "maybe" list: Diptyque Tam Dao (enjoyable, but they aren't sure it's interesting or sexy enough), Dzing! (she loves this on him but he isn’t sure it suits him), L'Artisan Fou d’Absinthe (they both liked it though), Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia (he has not yet tried it on skin, and she was scared the gasoline/oil note would linger).
What say you?