Today we're helping Anastasia, who says she's a complete perfume beginner, although she has recently discovered niche fragrances. She's looking for a perfume or two to expand her relatively small collection. She would love to get suggestions for fragrances that are fairly versatile and age-appropriate, while still being unique and interesting. She can't afford to spend much more than $100 for any one perfume.
Here is what we know about Anastasia:
She lives in the Northwestern US, and is graduating from high school this year.
Her life is almost entirely devoted to her training as a classical harpist. She says she lives music and art, and also enjoys exploring philosophy and literature.
She loves old churches, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, children’s books, rainy days, lighthouses and the smell of baking bread.
Her style is off-beat but very romantic, and her friends have described her as dreamy, warm and passionate.
Anastasia's dream perfume would be the olfactory equivalent of a Debussy. She loves notes of vanilla, orange blossom, lilac, honey, honeysuckle, tea, licorice, rose (especially when blended with other things), light powder, anything creamy, tobacco, sweet spices and most fruits.
Anastasia doesn't like white florals, “classic” smelling perfumes, immortelle, anything medicinal, “clean” fragrances, aquatics or sharp green notes.
Perfumes she owns or would like to own include:
Lolita Lempicka Premier Parfum: Her first fragrance, and she still enjoys it although it's a bit sweet. If the licorice were stronger she would like it even better.
L’Artisan Havana Vanille: A beautiful cold weather scent, but she has not splurged because she can’t imagine using it in warmer weather.
L’Artisan Traversée Du Bosphore: A bit strong on the leather but definitely a favorite. The not-too-sweet Turkish delight dry down is something she’d love to find on its own.
Lostmarc’h Laan Ael: So simple but somehow enchanting, but it only lasts 20 minutes on her skin.
Tauer Perfumes Un Rose Vermeille: She loves it but it's out of her price range — she'd love to hear about cheaper alternatives.
Bond No 9 So New York: Pretty if not overly exciting, but she has used up multiple samples up and would probably own a bottle by now if it weren’t for the price.
Prada Candy: She recently purchased it, and is really enjoying it as a cold weather day scent.
Perfumes that didn’t work for her include:
Etat Libre D’Orange Tilda Swinton Like This: This would have been a great fall scent but the immortelle ruins it for her.
Lolita Lempicka L: Again with that immortelle!
L’Artisan Poivre Piquant: Pepper shaker.
Lush Twilight: The lavender was too medicinal for too long.
Keiko Mercheri Loukhoum: She liked it at first, but it quickly became too baby powder sweet and almost sickening.
Ineke line: She liked Field Notes from Paris, but the rest didn't work well on her skin.
What say you?