You would not think it would be so hard to post the Monday Mail on Monday, but turns out that some weeks, it's a challenge. So I'm late again, but today we're helping Alnysie, who wants to expand her collection of decants and bottles, and to discover some new fragrances. She'd especially like to branch out into some new fragrance families — she'd like to find some florals and green fragrances, and maybe a few more spicy-gourmands. Her price requirements are open since she's willing to buy decants, and she has reasonably good access to stores.
Here is what we know about Alnysie:
She's in her early 30s and lives in Montréal, where she works in an office.
She says she's an “assertive introvert” — she likes her clothes, jewelry, and glasses to be simple but to have something (a cut, a dash of color) that makes them stand out.
She prefers small gatherings to big crowds, and while she is not outdoorsy or sportsy she does like smell of the woods and nature.
Alnysie likes going for a beer with a few friends, reading, watching TV series, learning languages, traveling, and eating.
Alnysie likes her fragrances to be neither flamboyant or quiet, and to have a touch of something a little different. She likes green notes, woodsy notes, leather and animalic notes, spices, gourmands and soft flowers. Favorite perfumes include Etat Libre d'Orange Like This & Jasmin et Cigarette, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Bas de Soie & Fille en Aiguilles, Jacomo Art Collection #08, Frédéric Malle En Passant & Une Fleur de Cassie, L'Artisan Dzing!, Traversée du Bosphore & Thé pour un Été, Parfumerie Générale Praliné de Santal, Annick Goutal Ninféo Mio, Eau du Sud & Eau de Camille, Hermès Hiris, Un Jardin en Méditerranée and Un Jardin sur le Nil.
Alnysie does not like big sillage or heady florals, tea, incense and patchouli, amber, cucumber/melon/aquatic, fruits (especially pear and cherry), butter, fig, and that cola note that people have told her is aldehydes (it's in Piguet Bandit). She's not a huge fan of citrus. Perfumes she doesn't care for include Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, The People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo, L'Artisan Tea for Two (she loves the spices but hates the tea), Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau (the butter!), Les Nez The Unicorn Spell, By Kilian Back to Black (too sweet), Penhaligon's Amaranthine (like cucumber), CB I Hate Perfume Revelation (cat pee), L'Artisan Dzongkha.
Here are some of the perfumes she has tried in her search:
L'Artisan Nuit de Tubéreuse: too “screeching”.
Diptyque Philosykos: she likes the opening, then it turns aquatic-like, as do many figs.
L'Artisan Bois Farine: She loved its oddness, bought a bottle, now she hates it — it smells more peculiar than nice.
Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane: too close to shampoo.
Elie Saab Le Parfum: too sweet and fruity.
Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods: all she smells is the sweet cola note she doesn't like.
Diptyque Tam Dao: too dry.
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue: not her, although she likes it in theory.
What say you?