Today we're helping Kate. Kate is just turning 40 and her daughter is just turning 1; she wants to mark the occasion with a new perfume that will help her 'reclaim her sense of self'. She's happy to consider all sorts of fragrances (day, evening, summer, winter, women's, men's), and she's also happy to consider decants, so she doesn't have a specific budget in mind. Here is what we know about Kate:
She's a part-time PhD student living in London.
She says she is quiet and fairly introverted, and tends to prefer solitary activities, but she can be quite outgoing in the company of friends.
She has an ironic (and probably fairly British) sense of humor, and she's a perfectionist.
Kate loves art galleries, reading, ballet, single malt whisky, antiques, and things of quality.
Her style is classic, but unafraid to experiment - if she had the money, she'd wear Alexander McQueen.
Kate likes leathers, mossy scents, earth, freshly cut wood, white florals, vetiver, the smell of old books, freshly extinguished candles, and real ink. Favorite perfumes include Chanel Cuir de Russie, Geurlain Heritage, Serge Lutens Un Lys and Prada Infusion d'Iris. She used to love Chanel Sycomore, but she stopped liking it when she was pregnant.
Kate doesn't like powder, fruits (some citrus is fine), anything remotely foody, vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, incense, aniseed, anything sweet, violet or soapy smells.
Here are some of the fragrances Kate has tried recently:
Tauer Perfumes Verdant: too overwhelming.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver: too corporate.
CB I Hate Perfume: she tried 15 different scents, and found them uninspiring and dull (and hopes that does not disqualify her as a real perfumista).
Guerlain Shalimar: smells like a not particularly successful bathroom air freshener.
Chanel Coromandel: she liked it, but it's maybe a bit too sweet.
Prada No. 3 Cuir Ambre: too much vanilla in the dry down.
Bottega Veneta: nice, but too quiet.
What say you?