Elise wants to find a signature scent as unique as her life, but at the same time, she wants the fragrance to be accessible to the people she encounters during the day. She'd like to keep the cost at $100 or less, and she has good access to perfume stores and is happy to shop online. Here is what we know about Elise:
She's in her early 40s, and works as an instructor at the college level. She's also finishing her Ph.D. and is active in volunteer work.
She's a published poet and playwright (her most recent play was produced in Chico, CA).
She has three children, all adopted internationally.
She's an old movie buff and likes anything 1940s, romantic and wonderful.
Elise loves neroli, the spicier the better. Parfums MDCI Le Rivage Des Syrtes is her current favorite, but she also likes Laura Mercier Neroli and Czech and Speake Neroli. She also likes violet, and is a fan of LesNez Unicorn Spell. Sometimes she likes simpler scents, like Bvlgari Rose Essentielle, Miss Dior Cherie, or Givenchy Very Irresistible, but in general she'd rather stay away from gourmands and straight-up florals.
Elise dislikes most musks (she did not like Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur) and patchouli-heavy fragrances. She also doesn't care for sweet, powdery violet. She wants something that will last, and found the Le Labo line in general too short-lived.
Elise has tried most nerolis — Le Labo (too fleeting), Bourbon French (too orange!), Jo Malone, Annick Goutal, Tom Ford, Santa Maria Novella. She likes Borsari Violetta di Parma every now and then, but in general it's too powdery for her.
What say you?