Today we're helping Anne, who comments here as Ladymurasaki. She's looking for a signature fragrance that has presence, character and an air of mystery — something she could wear nearly every day. Anne says she is at a point in her life where she doesn't give tuppence about what other people think about her, so her new perfume can be "in your face" provided it isn’t headache-inducing. She doesn't have a price limit.
Here is what we know about Anne:
She's in her mid 40s and is an antiques dealer and painter living in London.
She says she is an open-minded person and people (including strangers) seem to find it easy to tell her their secrets.
She appreciates the odd and the absurd.
She loves color but is usually dressed in black. As a teenager she wore black clothes and a string of pearls... a bit pretentious, but she loved Françoise Sagan at that time.
Anne comes from a family of women who love things of quality and style. Besides perfume, she is passionate about the arts, history, books, films, music and cooking.
Anne says something with honeysuckle or osmanthus would be nice for this spring and summer. She also likes notes of tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, freesia, ginger, yuzu, incense, white musk, pepper, cinnamon, black tea, citrus, tobacco, rose and vanilla (but not too sweet). She also loves powdery scents, and she is on a gardenia kick at the moment (but already has a few gardenia fragrances). Perfumes Anne wears now on a regular basis include Parfumerie Generale Gardenia Grand Soir, Annick Goutal Songes & Gardenia Passion, Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminnelle, Marc Jacobs Woman, Ormone Jayne Woman and Roja Dove Scandal.
Anne usually dislikes gourmand notes such as coconut, pineapple, chocolate, coffee and fruits (except citrus) or anything that is sickly sweet. She also doesn't care for oud. Perfumes that don't work for her include Chanel No.5, Guerlain Mitsouko and Balenciaga Paris, and she doesn't much care for the L'Occitane or Jo Malone lines.
Here are some of the fragrances Anne has tried:
Jean Patou Joy: She loves it but it's her mother’s fragrance.
i Profumi di Firenze Limone di Sicilia: She loves its mouthwatering juiciness, but it is too simple.
Huitieme Art Manguier Metisse: She doesn't normally like fruit notes but this one is acceptable; she still wishes it was less sweet.
Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose: too sharp and she smells like her dad (he wore Orange Verte).
Hermès Voyage: She loves the fresh zing, but would like a bit more sweetness.
Heeley Bubble Gum Chic: Sorry, but NO. Pure bubblegum.
Parfum d'Empire Osmanthus Interdite: Lovely but she is not in love with it — too sedate.
Diptyque Olene: She liked it, but it's too short lived.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale: She loves it, but it's too similar to Gardenia Grand Soir.
What say you?