Today we're helping Carolyn, who wants to find a new perfume — she says she keeps thinking there's some vintage gem out there that she hasn't discovered that will evoke an eccentric woman covered in glittering jewels, sitting by the ocean, in the sun. Carolyn just bought Jour d'Hermès and wishes she could find her dark, mysterious, bad-ass sister. She can pay up to $300 if she's sufficiently obsessed, and she has excellent access to perfume stores. Here is what we know about Carolyn:
She's in her mid 40s, is Cuban-Dutch-Lebanese and lives in Miami.
She is semi-retired and manages a high-end consignment boutique.
She says she has tan skin, blue eyes and a lion's mane. She describes her style as St. Tropez rich hippie meets Tom Ford 70s Disco vixen meets nerd.
Carolyn loves Hermès 24 Faubourg, Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Guerlain Mitsouko, Eau de Sisley, Nikki de St. Phalle and pure patchouli oils (the dirtier and more hippie B.O.-smelling the better) to mix. She likes odd, dark scents with some sparkle and brilliance, preferably exotic and elegant to boot. She likes notes of incense, leather, oakmoss, bergamot, patchouli, violet, gardenia.
Carolyn doesn't like anything sweet, too gourmand, too vanilla, too citrus, too "eau", too shopping mall. She loves Tom Ford's perfumes but finds that the sillage and longevity are non-existent.
What say you?