Today we're helping Rena, who had so much fun with the Monday Mail last year that she wants to do it again. She'd like to find a new scent that stays very close to the skin, since she is a massage therapist and doesn't want to overwhelm her customers. Her most recent acquisitions — Annick Goutal Songes, Parfums de Nicolaï Sacrebleu and Lush The Bug — are all too lush and big for work purposes. Ideally, her new perfume will cost under $125. Here is what we know about Rena:
She’s a massage therapist in her early 40s, and she is currently attending acupuncture school in New York City.
She says she is generally cheerful, optimistic, easy going and down to earth.
She loves eating out, going to bookstores and looking at art.
Rena's favorite notes are gardenia, honey, honeysuckle, galbanum, carnation, tiare, frangipani, saffron, plum, cardamom, linden, mimosa and iris but she'll consider anything except lily, including vintage scents as long as she can get samples. Her previous work scents were The Different Company Osmanthus (she is bored of it now) and The Different Company Bois d'Iris (it doesn't work now with her postmenopausal chemistry).
She can’t wear anything fresh, sharp, green or aquatic, and she doesn’t like baby or baby powder fragrances.
Here are some of the fragrances Rena has tested:
Parfumerie Generale Felanilla, Agent Provocateur Maitresse, Parfum d'Empire Equistrius and By Kilian Flower of Immortality: all of these were pretty, and were quiet after a few hours so they might work, but she has not yet tested them solo, only quickly while shopping.
Keiko Mecheri Ume: on the short list.
Kerosene Pretty Machine: perfect spring happiness; she bought a bottle.
Parfum d'Empire Azemour: the base is great but the opening is a little masculine and soapy.
LM Parfums O de Soupirs: got really big really fast and is almost impossible to get off.
Roja Dove Enslaved: gorgeous but doesn't meet her sillage or budget requirements.
Histoires de Parfums 1826: she liked the opening but it dried down to dirty hair.
Union Gothic Bluebell: gorgeous on paper but was sort of grassy for 3 hours before it got to the pretty stuff.
Ulrich Lang Lightscape: pretty and delicate but not sure how diffusive it is.
Dries van Noten par Frederic Malle: turned into an annoying explosion of musk.
Laboratorio Olfattivo Cozumel: full bottle worthy but doesn't meet sillage requirements.
What say you?