Today we're helping Lauren, who needs a few perfumes she can tango in — right now, all she's got is Donna Karan Black Cashmere and she's getting tired of it. Her tango scent should not be too powerful, nor should it be too crazy: it should be interesting but crowd-friendly. Lauren is looking for "the olfactory equivalent of Cat Power's voice — sensual, but not overly sexy, with character".
Here is what we know about Lauren:
She's in her 20s, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. She goes out to tango about 3 times a week.
Lauren majored in Russian Literature and now works in a veterinary diagnostic lab. She says she has a dark/dry sense of humor, and is prone to sarcasm.
Her tango wardrobe is mostly black, purple, and red, and she has two pairs of tango shoes: one purple with laces that go around the ankle, the other copper with crossing ankle straps.
Here are some of the fragrances that Lauren loves:
Tauer Perfumes L'Air du Desert Morocain: she adores the incense and how calm it makes her feel.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir: it doesn't have the right vibe for a tango scent, but she likes the patchouli and berry combo.
Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande: she loves the dry lavender, and it reminds her of when she was young and her father smoked a pipe and she would make him blow smoke rings.
Hermés Un Jardin Sur le Nil
L'Artisan Dzing!: a very cozy, welcoming scent.
Lauren also likes Jo Malone Lotus Blossom and Water Lily, Diptyque Philosykos, Chanel Cuir de Russie and Annick Goutal Duel.
She likes but doesn't wear Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver (too cold, Eau d'Italie Sienne L'Hiver (also too cold), Chanel Bois des Iles (she has a hard time with aldehydes).
Lauren dislikes Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily (pet store rodent aisle), Cumming by Alan Cumming (burnt tire smell makes her ill).
What say you?