Today we're helping Karissa, who met the love of her life in Africa, married him and moved to Germany. She wants a new perfume that celebrates her new life, but because she is currently in school, she needs something lighter than the sorts of perfumes she used to wear — something that won't overpower the people around her in class. The perfect scent would remind her of the good things in life in Africa, but be wearable in her day-to-day life in Germany. Her budget: around $100. Here is what we know about Karissa:
She's in her late 20s. She and her new husband are currently finishing graduate degrees.
She speaks 5 languages including French and German.
She grew up in central Africa and her favorite scent memories include mango trees, fresh guavas, coconuts, chai tea, the herb garden (especially peppermint and basil), smoky cook-fires, tropical rain storms, and very warm skin.
Karissa likes bold perfumes, white floral notes, spices, gourmand, citrus, incense, teas, vanilla, saltiness and warm horsey leather. She has a soft spot for animalic notes even if she can only wear them in the privacy of her own house. Perfumes currently in her cabinet include L'Artisan Havana Vanille, Navegar & Dzing, Lolita Lempicka L, Guerlain Jardin de Bagatelle, Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil, Gucci Flora, The Body Shop Indian Gardenia, Versace Dark Crystal, Chanel Coco Madamoiselle, Comme des Garcons Moroccan Mint Tea, Kai, Piguet Fracas, Annick Goutal Gardenia, Fragonard Ile D’Amour and Etoile, Thierry Mugler Alien and the whole set of Pacifica scents in solids. Other scents she has worn in the past include Kenzo Fleur Magnolia, L'Artisan Tea for Two and various organic/hippie oils, etc.
Karissa does not like powdery notes, too many aldehydes, any overly sparkly finishes, artificial rose or patchouli, or mainstream “pink” scents. Iris and violet just don’t seem to work well in the heat, nor does anything entirely citrus.
Perfumes Karissa has tried recently:
L'Artisan Parfumeur Seville a L’aube: she loves it, just hasn’t bought it yet.
Serge Lutens line: she tried a few, but many of them have a "weird metallic note"; an exception was Santal Mysore, which she loved.
What say you?