Today we're helping Lizzie. Six months ago she gave birth to a son, and she wants to celebrate this new chapter in her life with a new perfume. She hasn't worn perfume since she became pregnant, and she says her body chemistry may have changed because some of her old favorites don't smell quite right. She wears perfume for her own pleasure and applies lightly. Her new perfume should be beautiful but also intellectually stimulating. It should also have some "space" to it — she doesn't like to feel crowded by her fragrance — but she doesn't want anything "fresh". She can spend up to $200, but is also happy to buy decants so don't worry about the price. Here is what we know about Lizzie:
She lives in Australia, and shares her time between country and city living.
She's a single mom in her early 30s.
She studied art at school, and now she works in "student wellbeing" at a high school.
She says she is calm, positive, creative and a homebody; her style is "comfortable and simple but with bohemian and quirky handmade touches".
Lizzie likes most floral notes (mimosa, carnation, violet and white flowers), herbaceous notes, iris, spices (especially nutmeg), subtle incense, woods (particularly pine/cypress and creamy sandalwood), smokey tea, eucalyptus, vanilla, almond, saltiness, subtle warm leather and powdery notes. Perfumes currently in her cabinet: Frédéric Malle En Passant, L'Artisan Tea For Two, Dior Escale a Portofino, Kenzo Summer, Chanel Bel Respiro and Prada Infusion d'Iris. Others she has worn in the past include Comme des Garçons Carnation & Zagorsk, Kenzo Flower, L'Artisan Dzing! and Estee Lauder Private Collectino Tuberose Gardenia.
Lizzie doesn't like green tea scents, dominant rose or patchouli, big orientals or very sweet gourmands. Too much citrus, especially grapefruit, doesn't always work for her.
Here are some of the fragrances Lizzie has tried:
L'Artisan Havana Vanille: "I really liked this but some aspect of it weirdly and unnervingly smells a bit like what I smell like naturally".
L'Artisan Navegar: "I liked this a lot but it smelt even better on my friend."
L'Artisan Mimosa Por Moi: "pretty but not interesting."
Hermes Terre de Hermes and Eau des Merveilles: "both have an underlying smell that I associate with orange flavored cough mixture."
Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil: "I loved the opening but disliked the dry down."
Hermes Kelly Caleche: "meh (but I'm not sure why)."
Hermes Hiris: "too thin and weedy."
Guerlain Après l'ondee: "very very beautiful but too fleeting on my skin."
Vintage Lancome Tresor: "I really liked it's lush jammy-ness but after a week it was just too much and I felt crowded by it."
Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio: "....horrible....bitter and like nasty hairy plant stems."
Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles: "love the pine but the perfume as a whole is too syrupy and dense."