I forgot to post the Monday Mail on Monday, again! Here it is, a day late.
Today we’re helping Eleni, who lives in Romania and has just finished a degree in theater directing. She'd like to find a daytime perfume she could wear to rehearsals. It shouldn't offend or distract others, but it should help her confidence and make a statement — a "creative-signature work-scent". She can pay up to $130, and she is happy to shop online.
Here are some more details about Eleni:
She's an art- and film-buff with a somewhat moody personality. She wears simple unisex clothes, earthy/green tones, the occasional splash of color. She says she looks "like the plump version of Shirley Manson from Garbage back in the nineties".
She has strong views on life and enjoys the simple pleasures. She likes housecleaning, opera, Russian and Japanese literature, American poetry, Poland, art-scouting and art-squatting, festivals, collecting old/vintage clothes for theater costumes, mahjong, mikado, chess, poker and swimming.
Eleni likes notes of cedar, fir, aniseed, iris, honeysuckle, almond, nutty notes, incense, leather, suede, verbena, and ripe fruits. She says she has a love-hate relationship with patchouli and vetiver, and she likes spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom) only if they are balanced by something green. She loves the Guerlinade accord, and Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue were instant loves. For "evening wear" she wears Guerlain Nahema, L'Occitane L'eau d'Iparie and The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit, but they are all too feminine for her daytime scent. The Different Company Bois d'Iris, Guerlain Cologne du 68 and Chanel No. 19 are all close to what she's after for her daytime perfume.
Eleni dislikes rose+pepper (The Different Company Rose Poivre), tuberose or gardenia (she likes them when they're not in perfume though), heavy gourmand or ozonic/fresh notes, citrus fragrances, pear and apple, rubbery or plastic accords. Perfumes she doesn't care for include Dior Poison, Chanel Egoiste, Lolita Lempicka, Davidoff Cool Water, Nina Ricci Nina, Givenchy Ange ou Demon, Dior J'Adore, Gucci Rush, Kenzo Jungle, L'eau Par Kenzo, the new Lanvins, most Lancomes.
Here are some of the perfumes she has tried:
Dior Dioressence, Hermes 24 Faubourg, Molinard Habanita, Guerlain Shalimar, Burberry Classic: she admires them but they don't suit her.
Guerlain Apres l'Ondee: too sad.
Eau d'Italie Bois d'Ombrie: cloying and agressive.
Thierry Mugler Womanity: she likes the smell but finds it overwhelming.
Love, Chloe: too perfumey and indistinct.
Hermes Voyage: no.
Hermes Kelly Caleche: reminds her of a friend who wears it.
Guerlain ldylle: synthetic floral hand-grenade.
Robert Piguet Bandit: She likes it, but it's too agressive and demanding.
Sisley Eau de Campagne: too sharp and linear.
Bulgari Rose Essentielle: boring.
Guerlain Cuir Beluga: far too sweet.
Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette: acceptable but fleeting.
Etat Libre d'Orange Like This: interesting but distracting.
Lubin Vetiver: smells good on her boyfriend but not on her.
What say you?