Today we're helping Michele, who would love to find a new everyday fragrance and another for special occasions. She isn't worried about price so long as she finds the right thing. Michele tends towards signature scents — she will find something she loves, and wear it exclusively for 4 or 5 years. Right now, she has been wearing Hermès Eau des Merveilles for about 4 1/2 years, and she is ready for a change.
Here is what we know about Michele:
She's in her early 40s and lives in Dublin, where she works for herself in PR & marketing, in both fashion and art.
She has two young children.
She says she is a kind, creative person, and although classic in style, she also has a bohemian, alternative side.
Michele loves to read, travel and eat, but her passions are fashion and art.
Michele doesn't really know what notes she likes or dislikes. In the past, she has worn Cerutti 1881 (1995 peach colour bottle), Carolina Herrera 212 for women, Ralph Lauren Romance and Narciso Rodriguez for Her.
Here are some of the perfumes that Michele has tried recently:
Maison Martin Margiela Untitled: close, but not quite right, and she did not like the "ashtray" undertone.
Prada Infusion d’Iris: ok but not love.
Balenciaga Paris: too bland.
Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue: she really likes it, but wants a perfume that isn't already worn by everybody.
Ormonde Jayne Isfarkand: her husband bought it, and she likes it and borrows it sometimes.
Escentric Molecules Escentric 01: She bought this, and she does like it but it's not quote "the one". She sometimes layers it with the Eau des Merveilles.
Ormond Jayne Frangipani: too floral.
Ormonde Jayne Ta'if: too strong, and she didn't like the smell — she says she is not mad about orientals.
Tom Ford Black Orchid: way too strong.
Hermès Elixir des Merveilles: too strong (nearly gave her a headache).
Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles: too sweet and powdery.
What say you?