Today we're helping Molly. She says she's a perfume novice, but she's learning, and she wants to find a new day and evening signature scent. Her most recent signature scent was original Burberry for women, but she's bored with it now, and she'd like to find something a little more interesting. She can spend up to $120 or so, but she'd rather spend less than $100, and she'd love to find something she can test locally (she has easy access to Macy's, Sephora, Barney's Coop and Blue Mercury). Here is what we know about Molly:
She's a public interest attorney living in a large East Coast city in the U.S.
She's married and in her early 30s. No kids yet, but they do have a cuddly labrador retriever, and one of her favorite pastimes is taking him for a hike.
Molly likes the outdoors, especially mountains, forests, and lakes, but she's not much of a beach fan except in the off season.
She loves city living, trying out new restaurants, sipping good coffee or tea in a local cafe and curling up with a book on a rainy evening. Molly says she does well in social settings, but at heart, she's more of an introvert.
Her taste runs towards the classic. A well-cut suit, heels and pearls for work, cashmere sweaters and dark-wash skinny jeans with brown riding-style for weekends.
Molly likes oriental and gourmand notes and fragrances: vanilla, amber, patchouli, cinnamon and honey. Past favorites include Calvin Klein Obsession, Thierry Mugler Angel, and Lancome Tresor.She recently tried Prada Eau de Parfum, and she loves it, but she wants to shop more before settling down to the Prada. She does find opening of Prada a little too harsh, but she loves it after 10 minutes. She's also been wearing Kenzo Amour, and she likes it, but finds it lacking something, and she wishes it lasted longer.
Molly dislikes anything overly fruity/teeny-bopper, aquatic scents, and anything that smells too strongly like tobacco, rubber or synthetics.
Here are some of the fragrances she has tried:
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille: not enough oomph, and husband says it smells like a candle.
Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre: too sharp and harsh, and maybe too masculine.
Serge Lutens Arabie: too much like a fruit cake soaked in rum.
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan: too sharp.
Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau: she didn't like it, and can't remember why.
Chanel No. 5: she hates it and suspects she dislikes aldehydes.
L'Artisan's Havana Vanille: she did not like the smoky tobacco note.
L de Lolita Lempicka: too sweet.
L'Artisan Bois Farine: too heavy on the cedar / pencil shavings.
What say you?