Today we're helping Rochelle, who has loved perfume since she was 12 (she started with Love's Baby Soft). She is a creature of habit and doesn't like change, and she wants to find a perfect signature scent — sexy, warm, original, feminine and sophisticated — for around $150 or less.
Here is what we know about Rochelle:
She's in her early 30s and lives in Minnesota.
She's an avid gardener, and she keeps Aarabian jasmines, English roses, and geraniums on her balcony.
She's not a risk taker, and she likes to keep a low profile. She likes to make a statement in an understated way (a red scarf with a classic outfit or a one-of-a-kind silver vintage box purse with a little black dress).
She prefers Steinbeck over Stephanie Meyer and Time over Vogue.
Rochelle likes florals, including rose, tuberose and jasmine. She wore Michael Kors For Women for a few years but her husband says it makes her smell like an old lady. Now she wears Valentino Rock n' Rose. She finds the opening sharp, but then it mellows. She gets compliments on it, but she'd like to find something more sophisticated.
Rochelle does not like fruit, citrus, orientals, patchouli, or heavy musk.
Here are some of the fragrances Rochelle has tried:
Thierry Mugler Angel: no.
Chanel: the line does not work for her.
Vera Wang: the Vera Wang perfumes change on her too much.
Tocca Cleopatra: she owns this, but it is way too heavy.
Lancome Hypnose: she owns this as well, but it is too powdery.
Paris Hilton Can Can: she likes the opening but then it turns too sweet.
Alyssa Ashley Musk: too musky.
Lolita Lempicka Forbidden Flower: she likes it, but there's something missing.
Christian Dior J'adore: too assertive and busy, reminds her of insect repellent.
L'Artisan Drole De Rose: too light and not enough rose, not what she was expecting.
Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie: starts as a beautiful rose scent, but then turns sour and dusty and sickening.
Creed Tubereuse Indiana: her favorite of what she's tried lately, it stays true on the skin, not too soft and not too strong. If there was a bit more rose and a bit less tuberose it would be perfect.
What say you?