Today subject is Isabelle, who owns three perfumes and wants to find a fourth to join her collection. She says she wears perfume for her own pleasure, but discusses her sampling experiences with her husband, who has a great nose. She has a hard time finding perfumes that please her because she doesn't like the mainstream French-European style.
Isabelle wants to find an iris, rose or tea scent, but is willing to entertain other ideas as well, and will happily try men's fragrances as well as women's. Her new perfume should be discreet, with good lasting power, and it should cost no more than $150 for 50 ml. Here is what we know about Isabelle:
She is in her mid 50's and works as a librarian.
She enjoys jazz music, modern painting, photography and nature paths.
Isabelle dresses 'comfortably classic' with an emphasis on beautiful colors and soft textures.
Isabelle owns Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan (she loves the herbal start and dry, enveloping smoothness), Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles (it enchants her with its woody incense) and L'Artisan Parfumeur Verte Violette (she enjoys the soft greenness over the smooth leather base). She likes notes of sandalwood, woods and incense.
Isabelle doesn't like big florals, white flowers in general, bergamot, lavender,yang ylang, patchouli, citrus fragrances or marine fragrances.
Here are some of the fragrances she has tested:
Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert: nice but not earthy enough.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Iris Pallida: too much patchouli, otherwise perfect.
L'Artisan Tea for Two: she likes the tea opening, but it vanishes too quickly into a honeyed base.
L'Artisan Traversée du Bosphore: she loves the rosewater over smooth leather, but it is too foody and sweet.
Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose: not bad but too sweet.
Guerlain Nahema: wonderful opulent rose, but it is too strong and too dense for her.
Heeley Iris de Nuit: too clean, too fresh laundry scent.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: traditional in a bad way.
Hermès Hiris: too stiff, almost severe.
Parfumerie Générale Iris Oriental: too "traditional perfumery".
CB I Hate Perfume Wild Hunt: she really liked it even though it stretched her definition of perfume, but it doesn't last more than 30 minutes in either oil or water form.
What say you?