Today we're helping Gina, who wants to find a new evening perfume — something sexy but not overpowering. She has a few day perfumes that don't seem right for a grown-up date. She can pay up to $150, and is also happy to buy a decant if a full bottle is outside of that range. She doesn't have great access to a perfume stores, but is happy to shop online and/or order samples.
Here is what we know about Gina:
She's in her late 20s, and is a graduate student in French literature.
She says she's fairly serious and somewhat introverted.
Her sense of style tends to run to minimalism in general — in clothes, perfume, decor, anything.
Gina likes like green florals, the greener the better. The longest love-affair she has had with a perfume is Frédéric Malle's En Passant (in general, she gets along well with Olivia Giacobetti scents). Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan would her ideal day-to-night perfume, but it has absolutely no staying power on her.
Gina has a somewhat ambivalent relationship to rose, fig, iris and linden.
Her dislikes are complicated. There are a lot of 'sexy' perfumes that she likes — particularly orientals — but that give her a headache. This is true with many traditional oriental base notes: sandalwood, patchouli, incense, oud, vanilla. Most Bertrand Duchaufour scents are way too heavy and/or too sweet, although one of her favorite perfumes to smell on others is L'Artisan Dzongkha. She also doesn't like gardenia (sometimes jasmine is ok), and Guerlains don't tend to work on her.
The closest she has ever gotten to a sexy perfume is The Different Company's Rose Poivrée, which she loves, but after about an hour the civet is too much.
What say you?