This week we're helping Marie. She's a brand-new mom, and she rarely wears the same perfume more than 2 days in a row but she feels like it's time to settle down to a signature scent. She'd like her perfume to cost under $200, and she's willing to shop online. Her perfect scent should be comfortable, classic with a modern feel, and not a limited edition, and because of her baby, it shouldn't be a sillage-monster. Here is what we know about Marie:
She's a red-head in her late 30s, and lives in Montreal.
She loves to travel and try new restaurants.
Her husband is from the Middle East, so they go there to visit family every year; she says it's "fantastic to be exposed to wonderful new odors, food and culture".
Marie likes woods, amber, vanilla, iris, rose, some fruits for freshness (preferably red or orange fruits). Perfumes she has worn include Frederic Malle Iris Poudre (too formal), Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne (sometimes dries down into a weird sweaty smell), Guerlain Samsara (not very modern), Guerlain Après L'Ondée (she loves the smell but not the poor staying power), L'Artisan Mûre et Musc (she used to love it but now detects an unpleasant metallic smell), Serge Lutens Rousse (she doesn't consider this an everyday scent), Montale Aoud Queen Rose (her husband loves it and she wears it on nights out).
Marie doesn't like white florals, particularly jasmine and tuberose (Annick Goutal Songes is a scrubber). She also has trouble with some musks (Narciso Rodriguez, Montale Rose Musk, Chanel No.5 and Parfum Sacré are all no) and patchouli.
Recent releases that did not work for Marie include L'Artisan Traversée du Bosphore (too much going on) and Serge Lutens Bas de Soie (too 1970s).
What say you?