Today we're helping OJ. She's a perfume neophyte looking for a signature scent that matches her retro tastes — but one that will fit into the modern world (she loves vintage perfumes, but has to tone it down for her conservative office). Her perfect perfume won't give her swing dancing partner a headache, but will smell nice at about two feet, and have long staying power closer to the body. It should be young but not bratty, and she'd like to keep it under $150. Ideally, it should be something that won't be reformulated or discontinued in the near future. Here is what we know about OJ:
She's a classically trained dancer and musician in her late 20s.
She's "working a fiercely boring day job that could use some glamour".
OJ loves the fashion and music of the forties; her husband describes her as "the good girl in a film noir movie."
OJ likes natural, non-dessert vanilla, neroli, jasmine, carnation, nutmeg, bergamot, tonka bean. Her favorite olfactory memory is a perfect orange infused creme brûlée. In the past she has worn Guerlain Shalimar, Caron Narcisse Noir, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique. Oh, and she's a sucker for a fun, feminine bottle.
OJ dislikes aldehydes, overly sweet cupcake and candy gourmands. She finds woody, marine, and ozone notes a bit masculine.
Here is what OJ has tried so far:
Chloé (modern version): Nice staying power, but a little bland in the long run.
Nina Ricci L'air du Temps: Too powdery and sweet.
Coach Poppy: She wore it to work for awhile. It's not bad, but not a classic.
Guerlain Shalimar: She loves it for special occasions. It overpowers her though.
Beyoncé Heat: "Sticky old Jolly Rancher and nail polish" and the opposite of what she is after.
Chanel No. 5: "Reminds me of the drag queen that taught me to walk in heels. A fond memory, but I don't want to smell like it."
Tokyo Milk Waltz: She likes it although it's not her normal taste.
Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita: would be perfect if it had better staying power.
What say you?