Before we start with today's subject, Malte, I wanted to note that we've just about cleared through the waiting list for the Monday Mail: if you ever thought you might like to be a subject, this would be a good time to apply. You can find the instructions here.
So, Malte lives in Germany, and he's looking for a new evening-wear fragrance. He's willing to pay about $100, and although he doesn't want to shop online, he lives in a town with good perfume shopping, including many niche options. Here is what we know about Malte:
He's in his early 20s and is studying English literature.
He is interested in fashion, traveling and (new wave, indie rock, electronic) music.
His style could be described as modern, European, sophisticated — slim silhouettes, mostly black, white and grey.
Malte likes dry and woody fragrances with amber and/or patchouli; he also likes iris. His long-time favorite is Prada Amber Pour Homme. He also owns Marc Jacobs for Men, Kenzo Power, Annayaké Tomo, Viktor & Rolf Antidote and the new Balenciaga Eau de Parfum. He recently tried Comme des Garçons 2 Man and loved it, especially the dark, leathery masculine quality. He'd love to find something similar: leathery, warm and a bit out of the box.
Malte doesn't like anything with aquatic or citrus notes.
Here is what Malte has tried so far:
Lalique Encre Noire: close to what he's looking for.
Balmain Ambre Gris: started out well, but became weirder and weirder as it dried down.
Dior Homme Intense: smelled good on paper, but transformed into heavy vanilla bomb on skin.
Boudicca Wode: too short-lived.
What say you?