Today we're helping Jennifer, who "jumped into" perfume obsession about 2 years ago. She's willing to pay any amount for a perfume she loves, but doesn't own many full bottles as she is selective about purchases. She has good access to stores and is happy to order samples online.
Jennifer would like recommendations for both daily wear and special occasion scents. She'd especially love to find an incense scent with light feminine touches; she's also interested in light gourmand scents, or anything else you really think she should try. Here is what we know about Jennifer:
She's in her late 30s and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She's a veterinarian by trade but an artist at heart.
She loves to see (or smell!) the beauty in all things. She loves to paint, draw, hike, listen to music, or just create with her friends and family.
She has been described as "elegant with an edge" and would like to to smell like that description.
Jennifer likes well-blended, strong, long-lasting scents that are creamy, milky, sandalwood-y, but with some "dirt" (tobacco, leather, incense) or soft woods/spicy notes and a touch of femininity or softness - a touch of floral or citrus or aquatic or light vanilla or honey notes. Tuberose and orange blossom are the main floral notes she can wear. Perfumes she loves include Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule (creamy sandalwood and soft spices with the hint of amaretto/rose), Hermès Elixir de Merveilles (deliciously, edibly, other-wordly), Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande (the scent of dreams with its spicy incense and gorgeous lavender), Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque (but she doesn't own it), Bvlgari Omnia (soft chocolate and spices) and the Comme des Garçons Incense series (especially Avignon, but she has not bought any because they are too fleeting).
She doesn't care for overbearing florals/soliflores or aldehydic florals or scents that are too overwhelmingly vanilla-laden. Prominent jasmine, violet, iris, lily and carnation notes don't work for her, though she likes them in small amounts or blended in, or on someone else. She also dislikes fragrances that are too weak or fleeting. She likes Frederic Malle Carnal Flower (the lushness of it) but not Robert Piguet Fracas (cloying for her).
Here are some of the fragrances Jennifer has tried:
Frederic Malle: she has tried nearly the whole line. She adores them, but some she cannot wear. She particularly likes Parfum de Therese, Carnal Flower and L'eau D'Hiver (just a bit to powdery/wispy).
Serge Lutens: again, she has tried nearly all. She likes most of them for the intensity and the individual journey of each one, but dislikes Rahat Loukoum the most. Favorites include De Profundis, Encens et Lavande, Santal Majuscule, Fumerie Turque.
Etat Libre D'Orange: Some of them seem too contrived or artificial, but she does like Fils de Dieu (milky, soft, rice-like).
Annick Goutal: she has tried many of them. She does own Mandragore though she only wears it in hot weather and it sometimes smells too mature on her. She also likes Eau de Camille (the green honeysuckle, so sweet and pretty, though maybe too sweet and pretty to be worn too often) and Eau de Charlotte (she loves the gourmand aspect of the blackcurrant and cocoa).
L'Artisan Vanille Absolument (formerly Havana Vanille): she instantly loved it, bought a whole bottle, and has been wearing it daily for over a month. She thought that she didn't like vanilla so much, but loves that it's comforting, wearable (not too much for everyday activities) and yet interesting all at the same time.
What say you?