We're doubling up on the Monday Mail articles for a couple weeks in an effort to clear out the waiting list before the holidays (and if you'd like to be at the top of the list for January, see here). So today we're helping Nikki, who says she likes perfume but has never had the chance to try as many as she'd like. Nikki wants to find an everyday scent with good sillage and lasting power, but is open to anything; she'd also like to find a new winter fragrance. Here is what we know about Nikki:
She's a young, semi-broke 20-something professional living in New York City.
Nikki was raised in an Asian household/family, and is usually quiet and gentle, but she also has a fiery side and can be very assertive.
Her hobbies include reading, writing, circus arts (trapeze, silks and rope), dance (not very good at it), cardmaking, and learning languages.
Nikki likes "masculine" scents (woods, citron, etc.), and there is something she likes about the dreaded "sporty" notes, but sporty perfumes tend to annoy her after a while. She particularly likes cedar. Perfumes she has liked include L'Occitane Atlas Cedar, Prada Infusion d'Iris (but it lasts about 2 seconds), Hermès Un Jardin En Mediterranee (she wanted it, but when she got a bottle, it seemed too sweet on her skin), Un Jardin Sur Le Nil (took a while for her to warm up to it, but she ended up really liking it), Lancome Magnifique (she doesn't love it, but likes that it's more spicy/woodsy than most department store perfumes); Kenzo Flower (she loves the top notes, the dry down is a little too dark and powdery), Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau (she has never tried the original), Chanel Chance flankers (Eau Tendre was pleasant, Eau Fraiche is a little too screechy but there is something about she likes, and she loved it in college).
Nikki dislikes marine accords, heavy florals, very sweet fragrances, food notes and aldehydes. Perfumes that don't work for her include Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Aquolina Pink Sugar, Chanel No. 5, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (pleasant for a few seconds, then annoying), Hermès 24 Faubourg, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, DKNY Be Delicious, Miss Dior Cherie, Prada Candy, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Hermès Eau des Merveilles (she wonders if she will like it in time, but the salty top notes made her feel nauseated).
What say you?