Today we're helping Eleni, who stumbled upon some perfume blogs while looking for a new scent a few months ago. She had taken a long break from perfume after having babies, and then being too busy to worry about fragrance. She'd like to find an everyday scent for winter (think 50-60 degrees) that is a bit different from her old loves: Christian Dior Diorissimo, Gucci Envy, Marc Jacobs Blush, CK One, Ô de Lancôme. A deeper, darker take on Diorissimo would be right up her alley. She can pay up to $120, and has good access to perfume stores. Eleni says her skin does not hold fragrance well, and longevity is more important to her than sillage.
Here is what we know about Eleni:
She's a lawyer in her mid 30s, and lives in Athens with her husband and two small children.
She has dark hair and green-brown eyes and wear glasses on most days (which she loves). She has been likened to a curvy Liz Lemon (Tina Fey on 30 Rock).
She says she is outgoing, bubbly and goofy but can get moody and pessimistic at times.
Eleni loves humor with an edge (a bit cynical), indie-rock/ pop/electro music from the 80s and 90s (faves include Depeche Mode and Pulp), books (no chick-lit) and going to the cinema.
Eleni likes lily of the valley, jasmine, honeysuckle, hyacinth (she likes to have it in the house but isn't sure about it in perfume) pepper, coriander, citrus, green notes, tea and smoke. She used to like Cacharel Loulou and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, but they are a bit too powdery for her now.
She doesn't like rose, peach, too much vanilla/powder, anything too sweet or too dry. Perfumes that don't suit her include Paloma Picasso, Lancôme Trésor, Bvlgari Black (the rubber note reminded her of her polluted city), Thierry Mugler Angel.
Her is what Eleni has tried so far:
Guerlain Lys Soleia: a rushed duty free rushed purchase that she likes but doesn't love.
Korres Jasmin, Pepper Gaiac Wood: a recent purchase that she really likes.
Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia: she loves it but it is too loud for everyday wear. She might get a decant for nights out.
Estee Lauder Jasmine White Moss: nice.
Tom Ford Black Orchid: too sweet and heavy for regular wear but might make a nice change occasionally.
Hermès Eau des Merveilles: thought it was very elegant and discreet, missed the floral note.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: she got some citrus notes, then stopped smelling it altogether.
Knize Ten: too strong (and rubbery?).
L'Artisan Tea for Two: she unexpectedly and utterly fell in love with Tea For Two.
Parfums de Nicolaï Odalisque: she wanted to love it but all she got was moss, none of the floral or bergamot notes.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower: just stunning, and will be another great evening scent.
Guerlain Chamade, Apres L'Ondee, Jicky: she likes them all, but not for her.
L'Artisan Dzongkha: did absolutely nothing for her, and Timbuktu was only a tiny bit better.
What say you?