Paolo, who is Italian and lives in London, wants our help to find one (or more!) informal fragrances to match his personality. He's after something that would be suitable for informal work environments or laid back outings with friends, and he'd also like moderate sillage and good longevity. Anything available in a travel size is a plus. He can pay about $100 per fragrance.
Here is what we know about Paolo:
He's in his mid-30s and works for a large international humanitarian agency.
He travels frequently, mostly in developing countries, and he says he is a "a wanderlust type" — he also loves reading travelogues and watching travel movies.
He has a weakness for nice clothes (shirts and shoes especially).
He can be a bit of a loner. He's also a good jazz guitar player, loves fine food and is fascinated by the Middle East.
He's a big fan of Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, Paolo Conte and Ella Fitzerald.
Paolo likes amber-based scents, vetiver as a note but not the main note, neroli and bergamot (he is tempted by Le Labo Bergamot, Creed Neroli Sauvage and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, but dislikes Annick Goutal Neroli and Le Labo Neroli), and moderate gourmands. He is currently wearing Paloma Picasso Minotaure (sort of his signature scent for the last 10 years), Prada Infusion d'Homme (really likes), L'Erbalario Meharees (stunning scent). Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa is his current travel scent.
He also likes Lancome Hypnose pour Homme, Vera Wang for Men, Penhaligon’s Quercus (in small quantities), Creed Erolfa (after the gym), most of the Carthusia line (especially Mediterraneo), Dior’s Escale a Portofino, L’Eau De Rochas pour Homme (also likes the female counterpart), the original D&G for men.
Paolo doesn't like marine aquatics, deep dark musk (Thierry Mugler A*Men is an exception, Lorenzo Villoresi Musk is a no). He dislikes most of the incense-based Etro perfumes, Six Scents Damir Doma, Chanel Allure Sport and all its flankers, the original Gucci for Men (clove galore), Paul Smith Story (vetiver-in-your-face), most of the Davidoff line.
Perfumes Paolo can't make up his mind about include Acqua di Parma Colonia (the original), Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio (a bit too herbal), Hermès Un Jardin Apres la Mousson (fascinating but not sure he'd wear it), Dior Ambre Nuit (a bit cloying), Yves Saint Laurent Jazz and Live Jazz.
What say you?