Today we're helping Lauren. Lauren is interested in perfume, but says she's not yet a perfumista. She works as a nurse, and she wants to find a versatile signature scent that isn't so strong that it will nauseate her patients. At the same time, she'd like it to be flirty and chic. She hasn't set a budget for her new fragrance. Here is what we know about Lauren:
She's in her early 20s and lives in Chicago.
She says her style is "eclectic, with tendencies towards the natural, hippie-ish side of things".
She says she is patient and knowledgeable, but also very sensual and loves to have fun.
She enjoys trying new things (especially exotic foods), traveling, playing the piano, night life, running, and planning her upcoming wedding.
Lauren likes florientals with fruity top notes, but nothing too over-the-top fruity like the Escadas. Notes she enjoys include orange/orange blossom, lychee, apricot, peach, blackberry, currant, citrus, plum, and other fruits (so long as they're not reminiscent of kool-aid), orchid, mimosa, jasmine, lavender, tuberose, pepper, cloves, almond, creamy/milky fragrances, coconut, vanilla, spices of all sorts, amber, most woods, and green/marine notes. Fragrances she likes include Ralph Lauren Ralph Rocks (light, delicious fruits combined with the delicious, exotic warm drydown), DKNY Red Delicious, and Bath and Body Work's Black Raspberry Vanilla (it reminds her of a really good red wine).
Lauren dislikes most rose scents, ALL cedar, fragrances that make you smell like any sort of baked good, and overtly musky scents.
Lauren has tried Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers G, and found it close to what she's after but "too much like coconut cream pie/suntan lotion". She also tried Ralph Lauren Ralph Hot ("more of a lotion than a perfume") and Dolce and Gabbana L'eau The One (too powdery).
What say you?