Our subject today is Claire, who would like to find a signature scent for her first year of college. Claire is 18, and says she has "always loved the intricacy of classic perfumery" — her new fragrance should be rich and complicated, and should reflect her love of the classic and the unusual. She'd like to keep the cost under $150, and she'd prefer to shop online.
Here are some details about Claire:
Her style "tends towards the darkly feminine and poised, with a hint of the whimsical"...she likes to "combine the darkness, mystery and simplicity of 1930’s Hollywood with opulent, Marie Antoinette-like florals".
She is a classically trained pianist, and music plays a large part in her life.
Claire loves foreign and classic films, especially Bergman, Woody Allen, Hitchcock, and Fellini; she also loves the theater and reading.
She says she is passionate, determined, creative, introspective, and idiosyncratic.
Claire loves jasmine (she wouldn't mind a jasmine-centered fragrance if it had "a few small twists to keep it interesting"); she also loves rose, cedar, honeysuckle, spices, incense, myrrh, lavender, oakmoss, sandalwood, animalic notes, osmanthus, and lilac.
Claire doesn't like ozonic “sea” notes or intense citrus. She says she likes most well-made perfumes, but for some reason she can't stand Shalimar.
Perfumes Claire loves include...
Chanel Bois des Iles: "Delicious, woodsy, understated. I love everything from the interplay of flowers and woods to the high quality ingredients. It has a spiciness that I find very appealing, as well."
Shiseido Féminité du Bois: "Dusky, silky plums and violets streaming along a perfect cedar note. I can’t resist the inherent magic of perfumes like this."
Guerlain Mitsouko: "The spicy, musky peaches coupled with the sharp earthiness of chypre are intoxicating to me. Mitsouko strikes me as confident and romantic."
Etat Libre d’Orange Putain des Palaces: "Name aside, this fragrance always captivates me. I love the elegant flowers smeared with the slight hint of hot leather and powder. I wear this sometimes when I go out, usually for dates."
Guerlain Jicky: "It’s strong, but it still manages to be subtle and feminine. I like the modern sleekness of this old classic. I wear it when I want to feel very confident and analytical."
Yves Saint Laurent Paris: "Although sweet, this never gets on my nerves. It’s a very flirtatious and 'larger than life', and I adore it. I wear it while shopping and hanging out with groups of friends."
Chanel No. 22: "I love the unbelievably creamy florals and aldehydes, followed by a sad little wood base. It reminds me of Impressionist ballerinas and abandoned studios."
Frederick Malle Une Rose: "This complex and unusual take on a crimson rose is just the perfect balance between sensual and bizarre. Plus, I love the earthy truffles in the dry down."
Jean Desprez Bal á Versailles: "I wear this when I want to feel supremely sensual and comfortable. The syrupy indolic jasmine mixed with spice and animal notes is so sexy and dirty."
Donna Karan Black Cashmere: "I love the heady, peppery incense in this one, combined with everything dark, smoky, and hazy. It smells the way black cashmere feels. I wear it in winter, usually."
L'Occitane Jasmin d’Egypte: "Although their perfumes are generally pretty average, I love the jasmine/sandalwood combination and I think it’s well done. Of course, I’ve never met a jasmine I didn’t like."
What say you?