May (who comments here as perfumegeek) is getting married in April. It will be an intimate morning ceremony on the beach (you can see her wedding dress after the jump) in Florida. She's thinking the temperature will probably be in the low 60s. She wants a perfect perfume — something she loves and will have as a keepsake — and is willing to pay up to $200 to get it.
Here is what we know about May:
She's a chemist (the kind that plays with lasers, strong magnets and colorful compounds) in her 20s.
She's a bookworm (she loves Jhumpa Lahiri and Neil Gaiman among others), a music lover (Chopin, Debussy, The Shins, Brandi Carlile), a museum freak (The Victoria and Albert in London, Georgia O'Keefe in Santa Fe), and an outdoorsy woodsy girl (hiking, snowshoeing, fishing).
May likes spicy notes, woods and gourmands. Some of her favorite notes include vanilla, cinnamon, anise, coriander, sandalwood, oud (in small amounts), jasmine, gardenia, ylang ylang, orange blossom, rose and bergamot. She also loves aldehydic and/or powdery fragrances, and incense notes. She thought Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon came close to what she wanted, but it lacks the effervescence that she wants for her wedding.
Some of the scents May has worn in the past include Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey, Kenzo Flower, Burberry Brit and Chanel Chance. Since she discovered niche lines, she's switched to fragrances like Diptyque Tam Dao, Anne Pliska, Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Eau Poudree, L'Artisan Havana Vanille, Penhaligon's Amaranthine, Parfums de Nicolaï Vanille Intense (the perfume she wore when her fiance proposed), Ormonde Jayne Woman and Ineke Field Notes from Paris.
May dislikes notes of tuberose (if it's in a blend and not overpowering it's OK), carnation, grapefruit, apple, marine notes. Some perfumes she didn't care for include Etat Libre d’Orange Putain des Palaces and Montale White Aoud (too strong). She also dislikes celebrity scents in general.
Here is what May has tried so far in her search:
Bvlgari Jasmin Noir (too confusing)
L'Artisan Fleur de Liane (too straightforward).
Annick Goutal Songes (too sweet and strong)
Caron Bellodgia (turns into bug spray)
Christian Dior Diorissimo (too one-note)
Ormonde Jayne Frangipani (too much lime/citrus)
Chanel No. 22 (not bad, but seems too strong for a morning beach wedding)
What say you?