Today's subject is Anne, who says perfume is the one thing she can "be a little high maintenance about". She'd like to find a versatile, season-less fragrance — some sillage is ok, but nothing too overpowering — that doesn't cost a fortune. She doesn't have great access to perfume stores, but she likes to shop online. Here is what we know about Anne:
She's single and in her late 20s.
She's a student, and a little on the artistic side ("I guess you could call me a hippie"). She likes bright colors and open windows, and spending time outdoors.
She writes poetry and plays the keyboards (badly).
She's a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, and wonders if she was born in the wrong generation.
She is "a little fiery" and would like a fragrance that reflects that.
Anne likes fragrances that are warm and cozy but have some brightness to them, and she wouldn't mind something a bit tropical. Notes she likes include amber, vanilla, musk, sandalwood, jasmine, tuberose, frangipani, freesia, cherry blossoms, pomegranate, cherry, currant. Sometimes she likes orchid, berries and citrus. She prefers feminine scents to masculine, and natural or organic ingredients are a plus.
Perfumes Anne likes include Kenzo Amour and Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom, but she'd like her new scent to be "a little less bland". She also likes several scents by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, including Delight (mostly Jasmine & Frangipani), Hymn to Proserpine (Amber and fruit), and Dragon's Heart (Dragon's blood with musk and Currant). Sometimes she wears Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Now, and sometimes she wears jasmine essential oil.
Anne doesn't like vetiver, leather, patchouli, cedar, violet or rose, and she finds ozone or aquatic notes- headache inducing.
Here are some of the perfumes Anne has tried:
Dior Hypnotic Poison: nice but perhaps too mature. Regular Poison is definitely too mature.
Armani Idole: too much pear.
Queen Latifah Queen: a bit too sweet.
Aquolina Pink Sugar: she used to love it, now it's also too sweet.
The Body Shop's White Musk: she used to wear it, now she thinks she has outgrown it.
Kenzo Flower: "just plain didn't like it."
Hanae Mori Butterfly: too girly.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb: nicely done but too much patchouli.
Escada line: too fruity.
Chanel line: headache-inducing.
LaVanila line: she likes that they are natural, but finds the vanilla note overbearing.
Bulgari Jasmin Noir: dry down too masculine.
L'Occitane Ambre: nice but too much cedar.
What say you?