Before we start with today's victim, I did want everyone to know that the Monday Mail will be taking a quick spring break. After today, no Monday Mail for 2 weeks, then it will return on May 9.
So, today we're helping Tom. Tom says he is a relative newcomer to fragrance appreciation. He wants to find a summer fragrance that will work for hot, humid Montreal. It should be interesting and slightly masculine, and should wear well for work, clubbing, art shows, or...? And it would be great if it was also a contrast to the scents he already owns. He can spend around $100.
Here is what we know about Tom:
He's in his late 20s, and works in the creative industry (ad agency/freelance journalism).
He describes himself as "very quirky", and he likes independent designer clothing and Asian fashion.
He loves music, clubbing, art shows, bistros, and he skateboards and cycles. He's also well-traveled, and interested in politics.
Tom likes John Varvatos Artisan (for the playful, orange-y brightness and its creamy, subtle dry down), Lancome Hypnose Homme (interesting mix of lavender and spicy, exotic notes; sharp and assertive, but not overpowering), Lalique Encre Noire (a recent acquisition) and L'Artisan Parfumeur Fou d'Absinthe (another recent acquisition), Terre d'Hermès (he likes it, but feels he already has the evergreen/vetiver niche covered by Encre Noire).
Tom doesn't like "fresh" scents or run-of-the-mill man scents. He disliked most of the Ralph Lauren Big Pony series (but sometimes wears #3 when he's feeling sporty), and he isn't crazy about Lacoste Style In Play or Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (a bit too safe). He not sure about the Serge Lutens line (intriguing but often seem to have strong artificial "chemical" notes, especially Fleurs de Citronnier and Cedre).
What say you?