Today we're helping Desirae. She loves "heavy, opulent scents with plenty of cleavage and wiggle" — perfumes like Guerlain Shalimar and Mitsouko, and Rochas Femme. She needs a perfect perfume for hot, muggy summer days, but she tends to find light and cooling fragrances boring. She'd like our help in finding something appropriate that will hold her attention. She'd also like to keep the cost under $100, although she's willing buy decants if need be. Here is what she know about Desirae:
She's in her mid 20s and lives in Canada, where she works as an administrative assistant.
She loves retro things: furniture, clothes and ... perfume styles.
Desirae likes notes of civet, peach, vanilla (non-foody), leather, rose, jasmine if it isn't that terrible "air freshener" jasmine, tobacco and various spices. She also likes wood notes and maybe fig. Favorite perfumes, besides those mentioned above, include Jean Patou Joy and Tauer Perfumes Lonestar Memories.
Desirae doesn't like galbanum, violet, berries, heavy aldehydes, melon or aquatic notes. Certain kinds of patchouli or musk go sour on her skin. Perfumes she doesn't like include Chanel No. 5, Chanel No. 19, Chanel Cristalle and Estee Lauder White Linen. She found Frédéric Malle Parfum de Therese absolutely stomach turning.
Here is what Desirae has tried so far:
Estee Lauder Jasmine White Moss: sour and thin on her.
4711: refreshing but gone in three minutes.
Dior Eau Sauvage and Guerlain Vetiver: both seem too classically masculine.
Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree: she thought she didn't like fig, but she liked this one, so a summer appropriate fig might work.
What say you?