Today we're helping Verity, who says she is not new to perfume, but has starting paying more attention as her interest has grown. She wants to find a "go-to" perfume for regular wear, something that pleases her and can be worn most of the year. She lives 40 minutes from a big city so does have access to department stores if she makes a special trip. She's also willing to buy samples online, but she finds that sample costs add up fast. She'd like to keep the price for her new bottle to about $100. Here is what we know about Verity:
She's in her early 30s, and is happily married with a young daughter.
She's petite, feminine, a little classic and a little artsy. She describes herself as a reserved introvert.
Verity likes to wear skirts and dresses whenever it's warm enough, but says her taste in perfume seems to be somewhat in contrast to her feminine image.
Verity likes scents with darker layers, some vanilla, some roughness, some woods, on the dry side. Incense is ok but can be too cold. Perfumes Verity likes at least somewhat include:
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille: great but the first hour is too strong on the camphorous cedar for her.
Marc Jacobs Oh Lola: she likes the creaminess and it's not too sweet.
Hermès Elixir de Merveilles, it's interesting and deep, but doesn't quite feel like her.
John Varvatos Artisan: quite nice though it did get too masculine as it developed.
Kate Walsh Boyfriend: the mix of cedar and florals was neat and made her smile, but ultimately she didn't love the dry down.
Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain: Suits her best on a sunny day when she feels meditative and "in the moment". She got a decant.
Verity gardens and she loves the scent of many real flowers (freesias, jasmine and English roses) but dislikes the way they are translated into floral perfumes. She also doesn't like fresh, clean, or sugared perfumes. Perfumes that she dislikes include:
Chanel: she dislikes all of them.
Kenzo Amour: plasticky and artificial.
Ormonde Jayne Woman: after a promising opening, it went bitter/sweet and then ended up like a department store synthetic pink juice.
Guerlain Shalimar: too soft, too sweet.
Annick Goutal Matin D'Orage: even watery greenish white flowers were too much for her.
L'Artisan Vanille Absolument/Havana Vanille: smells like sarsparilla.
Prada Candy: way too chewy and sweet and thick.
Bulgari Omnia: it had the right notes in the description yet left her cold.
Tom Ford Black Orchid: she loved the first hour, but then a sharp sweetness stabbed through the other notes and ruined the rest of it.
What say you?