Ines is looking for a new perfume. She sometimes makes her own natural solid blends using essential oils and beeswax (her favorites include sandalwood, benzoin, ylang ylang, mandarin, clove, cinnamon, or ginger) but they lack staying power, and she's ready to settle down to a new commercial standby. She wants something she can wear year-round, day or night, and she'll spend up to $120. She prefers to shop online. Here is what we know about Ines:
She's in her early 30s.
She teaches at a university, and says her tastes and pastimes are predictably bookish.
She has a sense of humor and doesn't take life too seriously.
Ines likes woods, spices, citrus, and off-beat floral notes. She used to wear Alexander McQueen's Kingdom (she misses it!), but in her late 20s she switched to the "more professional" Bois de Santal by Keiko Mecheri (sometimes perfect, sometimes too sweet).
Ines doesn't like patchouli, powdery scents, vetiver, oakmoss or gourmands. She finds many musks don't work well with her chemistry.
Here are a few of the fragrances she has tried:
Bois 1920 Sutra Ylang: perfect other than the "weird green accords floating on top".
Laura Tonatto Iss: delicious in cold weather, too sweet in warmer, damper weather.
Parfums d'Empire Iskander: a little too masculine.
What say you?