Today we're helping Ruby, who says that if money were no object...
...I would have [perfumer] Olivia Giacobetti make me a fragrance that evokes the following: A night with a huge golden moon. A library in a very old British castle. Crumbling paper, leather bound reference tomes, wood polish, parchment and ink, a fireplace, hot tea and pear almond tart, a bit of mineral from the stones on the hearth, fresh flowers just harvested from the garden, a bit of damp earth and rain still clinging to their stems. Martin Gore is sitting in an ancient leather wing chair by the fire. (I'm guessing headspace technology will have to come into play on that one)
In real life, she can spend up to $150. Ruby is a makeup artist and photography student in her mid-30s. Here are some other details about her:
She says she is a loner by nature, and a passionate reader. She also has an acerbic wit and might come across as overly serious.
She loves going to museums and traveling.
She is a bit of an Anglophile, and says her general aesthetic is crumbling castle, not Hot Topic.
Ruby would prefer to find something not everyone else wears, and says shes "a sucker for high concept fragrances, but they need to deliver". Fragrances she has worn include:
Cacharel Anais Anais: she loves the leather and incense mixed with flowers and oakmoss.
Chanel No. 5 Parfum: too many people wear it.
L'Artisan Premier Figuier: She used to adore it, but now the coconut comes out too much.
L'Artisan Voleur de Roses: She loves the concept, but the rose was too boozy and she doesn't like patchouli.
L'Artisan Tea for Two: a little too sweet.
Comme des Garçons Incense series Avignon: she says she likes incense better as a home fragrance rather than a personal fragrance.
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey, White Jasmine and Mint: both were nice, and she likes the gentleness and the "real plants" smell, but she says she is too serious for the Jo Malone line.
Aveda Love: Ruby likes botanicals, and thus many of the Aveda scents.
CB I Hate Perfume In The Library and Burning Leaves: Reminded her more of an apple orchard.
Etro Messe de Minuit: strong potpourri.
She also loves Diptyque's Santal and Mousses candles and L'Artisan Pour des Prunes candles.
Ruby hates tuberose, vanilla, patchouli, powder, aquatic notes, anything overly sweet/gourmand and the very idea of celebrity scents. She does not like Carolina Herrera, Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise, Givenchy Amarige, Giorgio, Thierry Mugler Angel, or anything from BBW.
What say you?