Today we're helping Sophie, who says she is new to the fragrance scene, but picky and disinterested in many popular fragrances. She wants to find an everyday scent that is not out of place most of the year in Australia, where the weather is quite mild. She can pay up to $150-ish and is happy to shop online. Here is what we know about Sophie:
She's in her late 20s, and is studying for her PhD.
She says she is quite introverted but doesn't take anything too seriously.
She likes to try new things and being herself, an individual, is important.
She also loves to be outdoors, whether it's hiking, cycling or skiing.
Sophie likes patchouli, iris, vanilla, citrus (particularly bergamot), woods (particularly sandalwood) and lighter florals. Sophie's favorite perfume is Guerlain Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la Route de Madagascar, but because it was a limited edition, she does not feel she can use it with reckless abandon. Other favorites include the woody, caramel dry down of Prada Candy, and for spring/summer, Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau Fraiche. She also likes Prada Infusion d'Iris (a touch softer than she'd like), Stella McCartney Stella (but too many people wear it), Chanel No. 19 (but she finds the first half hour or so a little jarring), Estee Lauder Sensuous (too close to the skin), Bottega Veneta (but sometimes she finds the dry down sickly).
Sophie is not a fan of white florals or fruity chypres. Perfumes she doesn't like include Thierry Mugler Alien (she can't stand that strong almost eucalyptusy note), Estee Lauder Beautiful (too floral), Christian Dior J'adore (nice to start with but then so sweet), Hermes Eau de Merveilles (she finds the ambergris too funky).
What say you?