Philippe, who "started a long love affair with perfume" after reading Perfume by Patrick Süskind, is looking for a new citrus-y and/or fresh summer fragrance. He can pay up to $120. He has access to reasonably good perfume shops, but would prefer not to buy online. Here is what we know about Philippe:
He's in his teens, and he lives in Quebec, about an hour from Montreal.
He loves to read, especially old classics. He also loves food.
He also loves sports: he's on swimming and volleyball teams and takes tennis lessons.
He dreams of launching a perfume line.
Philippe likes moderately foody fragrances and orientals. He doesn't generally go for florals but he does like mimosa. He loves citrus. Other favorite notes include frankincense, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, cypress, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, melon, mandarin, musc, lime, fig and lemon.
Philippe's first perfume was Hermès Élixir des Merveilles. He also owns Annick Goutal Musc Nomade and L'Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine. Other perfumes he likes: Hermessence Ambre Narguilé, Vétiver Tonka, Osmanthe Yunnan and Vanille Galante; L'Artisan Fleur de Liane and Timbuktu; and Diptyque's Philosykos. He also likes Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Serge Noire and Datura Noir, and he's a "proud fan" of Hermès Un Jardin après la Mousson.
Phillipe does not like lavender, "sport fragrances", calone, aquatic fragrances, coffee, leather, patchouli, or more than a smattering of tonka bean. Perfumes he dislikes include Issey Miyake Eau d'Issey, Chanel Allure Homme Sport, Armani Code and Armani Attitude, Thierry Mugler A*Men, Bond. N.9 New Haarlem, L'Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses, Méchant Loup and Patchouli Patch.
Here are some of the fragrances Philippe has tried in his search for the perfume summer fragrance:
L'Artisan Parfumeur Navegar: not strong enough.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa pour Moi: nice, but maybe too linear.
Acqua di Parma Colonia: his Dad wears it.
Diptyque Eau de Lierre: nice, but somewhat flat.
Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée: lovely, but maybe a tad too woody for a summer fragrance.
Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil: he did not like it much.
Annick Goutal L'Eau d'Hadrien: nice but smells like déjà vu.
Annick Goutal Petite Chérie: too feminine, but if there were no pear, it would've been perfect.
Bond no. 9 Eau de New York: he didn't like it and doesn't know why.
What say you?