Today we're helping Jules, who is looking for a signature scent — something she can wear all day, every day. Jules has good access to perfume stores, and has not set a budget for her purchase. Here are a few details about Jules:
She's in her early 20s, and considers herself "fairly minimalist in aesthetic" — she likes clean, classic fashion that is "understated but still directional", and she "prefers monochromatic expression in clothing and photography".
Jules says she is shy, but she strives for deep relationships with people she knows.
She is a pianist, and and prefers early 20th Century classical music; her favorite composer is Prokofiev.
Jules says she is "a neophyte in terms of individual notes", but she's tried quite a few perfumes. Most of them are mainstream, and she would not mind some more obscure suggestions:
Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey: her favorite so far (light but distinctive) but it has no lasting power, and she's not sure it should be her signature scent.
Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Reflets d'une gotte: less distinctive than the original.
Chance Chanel: not terrible, but a little too sweet and generic.
Allure Chanel: too thick and powdery, a little too feminine.
Christian Dior J'adore: too sweet and strong.
Calvin Klein CK One: unremarkable, no reaction to it.
DKNY Be Delicious: she used to like it, now it seems too sweet, too innocent and too young.
Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue: she likes it, but it isn't distinctive or long lasting enough.
Davidoff Cool Water: one of her first perfumes, and still one of her favorites, but she doesn't think of it as a signature scent.
Jil by Jil Sander: a scrubber.
Victoria's Secret Breathless: no appeal (unremarkable, too tame).
Ralph by Ralph Lauren: the original was her first perfume, but she now finds it unbearably sweet.
Ralph Hot by Ralph Lauren: better than the regular Ralph, but too floral.
Perry Ellis 360: too mature.
Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur: too old-fashioned.
Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle: better than the original Agent Provocateur, but not distinctive enough.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium and Thierry Mugler Angel: she does not like orientals or sweet fragrances, so neither of these worked for her.
What say you?