Denise, who says she is an "amateur perfumista at best", is getting married in early May:
It will be a late afternoon Catholic mass in a beautiful chapel, followed by a reception at an inn built in the 1700s. So, it will be traditional but not super formal, with whimsical touches.
She wants to find something that will make her feel classic and elegant. It should be substantial but not overwhelming, and although she has a number of perfumes in her current rotation, she wants something new and special for her wedding. She can pay up to $200, and she lives in New York City so has excellent access to perfume stores. Here is what we know about Denise:
She's in her late 20s, and doesn't like to go to bed on time.
She's an actress with a part-time practical day job in accounting. She also takes ballet lessons.
She's a somewhat reserved person, but she says she also has strong opinions and is very romantic and imaginative.
She loves good food and wine, going to the theatre and the movies, and a good fat novel, especially historical fiction.
Denise wears Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (EDP and Parfum), Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Stella McCartney Stella Rose Absolute, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Hermès Eau de Merveilles, Les Parfums de Rosine Ecume de Rose, and lately the new Balenciaga Paris. In the past she has also worn Gres Cabaret, Guerlain Insolence, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely and Carolina Herrera. She likes rose and violet.
Denise doesn't like fruity florals, white florals, tuberose, anything too fresh or anything "too recognizeable as a single note". She can't stand Thierry Mugler Angel, or on the other end of the spectrum, D&G Light Blue.
Denise purchased Frederic Malle Iris Poudre thinking it would be her wedding scent, but she's since had second thoughts. She does still wear it as a "dress-up evening scent", but she's not sure it fits her: she feels like it's wearing her instead of the other way around, and it doesn't quite fit her own image of herself at this point in time.
When she bought the Iris Poudre, she also tried a number of other Frederic Malle fragrances. She liked En Passant and L’Eau d’Hiver, but she was worried they might be too light. Une Rose was nice but not fabulous, Carnal Flower "didn’t feel like me", and Lipstick Rose was too sweet and linear.
What say you?