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Today's subject is Tarra, who wants to find an everyday signature scent, something she can wear for years to come. She'd prefer something that isn't too popular or widely worn, but it would help if she could find it at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom. She's willing to go elsewhere or online though, and she can spend $100-200.
Here is what we know about Tarra:
She's in her mid-20s, and she lives in Washington, DC.
She's a graduate student (Critical Theory) and writer; she also has a full-time job in quantitative analysis — she jokes that she's equally right- and left-brained.
She is ethnically Indian, and has been described by dates as "exotic, mysterious and sensual." She also says she's not the "relationship type" — she's flirtatious and capricious.
Her clothing style is simple and classic, and her personality is loyal and loving, but snarky and with a dark sense of humor. On the weekends she can be found nestled in her study amongst her towers of books or planning her next trip abroad.
Tarra likes dark woody fragrances, and notes of jasmine, lavender, vanilla and orchid. Perfumes she likes or owns include Balenciaga Paris (she likes it, but it's almost too innocent for her taste), Bvlgari Jasmin Noir (but she finds it doesn't last and she can't always smell it on herself), Calvin Klein Eternity Moment (a little too flowery, but still, she's never received more compliments on a scent), Calvin Klein Eternity Moment Purple Orchid (nearly perfection, but discontinued), Calvin Klein Euphoria (quite seductive, but also too obvious).
Tarra dislikes girly perfumes. She hates Estee Lauder Pleasures (too floral and girly), Valentino Rock 'n Rose (ditto) and Jessica McClintock (too sweet).
Here is what she has tried lately:
Givenchy Dahlia Noir: a little too sharp and obvious, but she would wear it if it lasted longer.
Tom Ford Black Orchid: overwhelming.
Bottega Veneta: She loved it. The dry down is sweeter than she anticipated, but she liked the warmth.
Dior Hypnotic Poison: no.
What say you?