Today we're helping Nike, who lives in southern Sweden and wants to find a summer perfume that will work in cool Swedish summers and in hotter climates — she's planning a trip to Israel and Egypt this summer. Her fragrance should be feminine and summery, work for day or night (although she's willing to consider layering at night for more depth), have good longevity and some sillage, and cost less than $135. Here is what we know about Nike:
She's in her mid-20s and works in human resources. She also works as a consultant on topics relating to religion and the Middle East.
She says she is perceived as a bookish academic, but she also has a creative and witty side.
She gets compliments for being calm and collected at all times, but often feels life is chaotic.
She enjoys history, antiques, nice wines and kitschy oriental music.
Nike usually wears light orientals. She likes notes of amber, incense, galbanum, citrus, lavender, vanilla, and herbs such as rosemary. Perfumes she loves and/or wears include Guerlain Shalimar, Calvin Klein Obsession, Bvlgari Omnia, Tauer Perfumes L'air du desert marocain, Christian Dior Tender Poison. She loved the old Laura Ashley L'eau, and she enjoys Kenzo Amour as an office scent.
She does not like rose, melon, violet, heavy oudh notes, aldehydes or marine/ozonic notes. Perfumes she dislikes include Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey, Stella McCartney Stella and all the Britney Spears fragrances.
Here are the perfumes Nike has tried recently:
Givenchy Eau Demoiselle: not bad, but poor longevity.
Prada Amber: too tart and weird, but she did like the Intense and the Tendre.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: couldn't smell a thing!
Miss Dior Cherie: a little too sweet, but pleasant enough.
What say you?