Today we're helping Lindsay, who is looking for a signature scent that smells green and alive and botanical...like a forest or an herb garden with beautiful flowers. It can be feminine, masculine or unisex (and she wouldn't mind hearing about any decadent skin products that fall into this category as well). She is willing to shell out for the right perfume, but she'd like to sample first, and she'll be doing her shopping online. Here is what we know about Lindsay:
She's in her thirties and is a performer. She lives in the deep south.
She describes herself as a very feminine tomboy with a goth streak — she loves vintage dresses, overalls, red lipstick, bare feet and cat's eye glasses.
Lindsay has freckles and wears very little makeup (other than the aforementioned red lipstick).
She loves to be outdoors and is an avid gardener.
She says she tends to be very reserved in non-performing situations...until she is not. Then look out!
Lindsay likes most green herbs, foresty notes, oakmoss, rose, honeysuckle, linden, jasmine, gardenia, orange blossom, tuberose in moderation, lavender, woods, patchouli, stem and sap-ish aspects, grass, vetiver, soil, some citrus, and she is definitely not afraid of musks. She loved Comme des Garçons Nomad Tea and the old Chanel Egoiste (the original, not the new) and she sometimes wears Fresh Cannabis Rose. She also wears essential oils or very linear musks (white, Egyptian, etc.) for work.
Lindsay dislikes sticky vanilla and other overly gourmand scents, violet, tomato leaf, most non-citrus fruit, "marine" notes, leather, licorice, booze.
Here is what Lindsay has tried so far:
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: no flowers, all caramel! A no.
Balenciaga Florabotanica: she thought this would be perfect, but it was somehow oddly muddled and ordinary.
Neil Morris Fragrances Rumi: too much amber, not enough rose.
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine: not bad, but it faded so quickly.
Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom: too bright and screechy.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Prima Ballerina: she likes it but is too delicate.
Patch NYC Swallow solid perfume: a nice, basic neroli. Allegedly it has oak moss? Which is what she was hoping for...but she's not getting any.
What say you?