After today's subject, Chelsea, the waiting list for the Monday Mail is down to just two people — if you've ever thought you might be a good candidate for the Monday Mail, now is a very good time to get on the list!
Chelsea is looking for a new everyday scent. She has worn Marc Jacobs Cucumber Splash for years, so she has her "casual weekend scent" covered — now she wants to find something a bit more grown up and dressy. She'd like it to be unusual so she doesn't smell like everyone else, and she'd rather not pay more than $100-150. Here is what we know about Chelsea:
She's in her late 20s. Her personal style tends to be colorful and slightly preppy with retro, feminine touches.
She wears lipstick more often than lip gloss and, even when she's dressed down, she tries to look polished and to attend to the details.
Chelsea likes more androgynous fragrances to balance out the girliness of her wardrobe.
Some of her favorite "real life" smells are rain, the beach, burning leaves, paper, wool, and that "new purse" leather smell.
Chelsea loves iris, and really likes leather, violet and citrus. She also likes vetiver, but as a bit player — she's not crazy about vetiver-heavy scents. In general, she prefers cooler, more androgynous scents.
Chelsea is not a huge fan of gardenia and jasmine or other "white florals", and she hates the gourmand fragrances that are often geared towards her age group. She also avoids amber scents because her mom wears them, and she's not a big fan of patchouli.
Here are some of the fragrances Chelsea owns or has tried:
Marc Jacobs Cucumber Splash: She loves it but it doesn't "dress up" very well; it's definitely a casual, weekend scent. She likes that it smells like spicy plants and isn't too girly.
Hermès Pamplemousse Rose: This was a gift; she enjoys it but might not have bought it for herself.
Christian Dior Miss Dior: This was an untested impulse buy. It's probably the version that was once called Miss Dior Cherie". She hates the opening, but likes the dry down. She wouldn't have bought it if she had tested it first.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: Strong "like", and she has almost bought it many times.
Hermes Kelly Caleche: She'd prefer less fruit and more iris and leather.
Balenciaga Paris: She likes the opening, but the dry down is too sweet and powdery.
Bottega Veneta: Way too sweet at first and it disappears in about an hour.
Le Labo Iris 39: This one is right on paper, but it's too heavy on the patchouli and too far past androgynous and into masculine.
The Different Company Bois d'Iris: She would buy it if it lasted more than 45 minutes.
Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris: She likes the iris, but it's too woody.
What say you?