Today we're helping Lindsay, who recently moved from Kentucky to Turkmenistan. She's got a trip to London coming up, and she wants our help deciding what fabulous perfume she should buy while she's there. She's looking for something "that is evocative of winter and/or is a good cold-weather scent", and she's willing to spend up to $200.
Here is what we know about Lindsay:
She's in her early 30s, and is a kindergarten teacher and mother of twin boys.
Lindsay says she is artistic, and she enjoys fashion, reading, and lounging. Her look varies from severe (monochrome and sleek lines) to bohemian (maxi dresses and scarves), but she always tries to look (and smell) interesting. She picks her daily fragrance to go with the weather and her mood.
Lindsay likes notes of iris, vanilla, civet, incense, tobacco, rose, honey, hay. She already has some great hot weather scents, including Bourbon French Voodoo Love, Annick Goutal Songes, Chanel Gardenia and L de Lolita Lempicka. Other fragrances she owns and loves include Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, Molinard Habanita, Bois 1920 Real Patchouly, Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Lanvin Arpege, Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles and Miller Harris L’air de Rien. She also has Balmain Jolie Madame, and does consider it a great cold-weather fragrance.
Lindsay does not like citrus, “fresh”, most men’s colognes or fruity florals. Perfumes on her "no" list include Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame, Yves Saint Laurent Elle, Lancome Hypnose, Chanel Cristalle, Guerlain Mitsouko, most Estee Lauders and most Diors. With the exception of the Estee Lauders, all of those seem "shrill" to Lindsay. Here are a few perfumes Lindsay has already considered for her new scent:
Guerlain Apres L’Ondee: Very close to what she is looking for, but too short-lived.
Guerlain Vol de Nuit: This will be Lindsay's standby if she doesn't find anything else.
Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque: she has tried it and it is a definite possibility, but she is hesitating because it's so similar to two scents she already owns, Molinard Habanita and Bois 1920 Real Patchouly.
What say you? And if you already know what store in London might carry the perfume you're recommending, do include that information in your comment.