Today we're helping Edward, who is looking for a sophisticated but reserved fragrance, preferably niche. His ideal scent will "evoke curiosity and interest" but be modest in sillage: it should not be a "showy" fragrance. Edward wears mostly women's perfumes, but does buy the occasional unisex. He's willing to spend up to $500 to get just what he wants, but he'd prefer not to shop online.
Here is what we know about Edward:
He's a researcher in his mid-30s.
He loves hosting Friday night dinner with a few close friends.
He always goes for the finer things in life, and that holds true for food and fragrances.
Edwards admires the work of perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jean-Claude Ellena; notes he enjoys include pink and white pepper, orange, citrus, tangerine, bergamot, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, musk and vanilla. Perfumes he likes include Petite Guerlain, Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Nil & Kelly Caleche. He also likes Serge Lutens Douce Amere but he doesn't always want to wear gourmands.
Edward does not like aldehydes, chypres, or orientals (especially the strong ones), and he also doesn't like anything too cloying (too floral, too fruity, too powdery or too gourmand). Fragrances he doesn't care for include Chanel No. 5, Patou Joy, Guerlain Shalimar & Mitsouko, or anything from Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. He finds the Jo Malone line too "safe and linear". He also doesn't want anything so squeaky clean that it reminds him of "hospital bed sheets".
Perfumes Edward has tried and/or purchased recently include:
L'Artisan Poivre Piquant: he liked it at first, but later found it too sweet and ordinary.
Acqua Di Parma Iris Noble Eau de Toilette: too light and too common.
Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie L'Eau: he likes it but is beginning to get bored with it.
Hermè Un Jardin Sur Le Nil: he likes it, but would like to have another without the mango/green accord.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: he still likes this one.
What say you?