Today we're helping Erin. She loves perfume, and says her "day doesn't even seem to happen" if there's no perfume involved. Her problem: her tastes run to warm weather fragrances, but she really wants to find an appropriate — and sophisticated — fragrance for cold weather. Bonus points if she can afford it on her graduate student budget.
Here is what we know about Erin:
She's just about to hit 30.
Erin works out strenuously most days of the week, and she reveres coffee, bourbon and great food.
She's writing her dissertation in literature (British Literature, 19th Century, to be exact), and says "while I span the Romantics and the Victorians, I find myself at home with neither aesthetic (sorry--nerd tangent)".
Erin says that when she finds a fragrance she loves, it's like "olfactory nirvana". The closest she has gotten to this feeling is with Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil, her current favorite. Prior loves have included Armani Aqua di Gio, Trish McEvoy Sexy 4, Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert and Fresh Violet Moss.
Most of the fragrances she has tried in her search have been too overwhelming, too sweet or too astringent. Orientals don't work well for Erin, she doesn't like vanilla fragrances, and she finds most of the classic Chanels to be Too Much. Davidoff Cool Water was nauseating. Anthropologie Belle du Soir was a bit too close to aftershave, but she liked the sparse aspect. Aftelier Cepes and Tuberose was too sweet and too heavy, Afterlier Candide was "too frothy and kind of seemed to lack precision", Aftelier Tango was a little too sweet.
What say you?