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This week, we're helping Jennifer. She loves perfume but she's relatively new to the subject, and she says her tastes are "all over the place". She'd like to find a versatile fragrance for day or evening, something "pretty and elegant with an interesting twist". She'd also like to keep the cost under $150.
She's in her mid-20s, and she majored in science in college but she's drawn to the arts, especially literature (she loves everything from Marian Keyes to Virginia Woolf).
She says she's an introvert, and people describe her as calm and gentle.
She lives in Hawaii, where she works part time and attends massage therapy school.
Jennifer says she doesn't know much about notes, but she thinks what she might want is what she calls a "disguised" gourmand: nothing to sweet or "in your face", and no sugary vanilla — it should be cloaked in incense, woods, musk, leather or smoke. Examples would be Chanel Bois des Iles, Caron Parfum Sacre, L'Artisan Dzing! or The People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo. But she's also open to other ideas! Heady white florals, though, are a no go.
Here are some of the perfumes Jennifer has tried:
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey ~ Her first perfume; it no longer interests her.
Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille ~ "I used up an entire bottle of this. Very sparkling and green. But it seems a bit too youthful to me now, would like something darker."
Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise ~ "I love how the vanilla is not too sweet, but it seems too simple."
Prada Infusion d'Iris ~ She used to love it, but doesn't think it works so well in Hawaii.
Chloé ~ "too rosy and soapy."
Caron Tabac Blond and Chanel Cuir de Russie: "Seemed really similar but I prefer the former, except the vanilla seems too strong. I like the opening of the latter, but towards the end it got too civet-y for me. But I like the masculine leather in both."
L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer ~ "loved the incense; but it felt a little chilly."
Agent Provocateur ~ She loved it, but it's not versatile enough to wear all the time.
Guerlain Mitsouko ~ Again, not versatile enough to wear all the time, but she loved its warmth and elegance.
Patou 1000 ~ she loves the opening, but the rose gets too strong after a couple hours.
Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea ~ a scrubber; "The notes looked perfect on paper, but on my skin, it got really cloyingly sweet."
Chanel No. 5 ~ "comforting in its familiarity but not 'me'."
Thierry Mugler Angel ~ she finds it very strange.
Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman ~ " it's so warm and inviting! But it manages to stop short of being cloying. I'm probably crazy, but it reminds me of a Japanese hot spring...something in there reminds me of hinoki."
Parfums de Rosine Ecume de Rose ~ "easy to wear, it's great for the Hawaii weather and atmosphere."
What say you?