Today we're helping Elizabeth, who is getting married next August. Her ceremony will be in a small church, followed by a reception for 80 guests in a historic hall built in 1916. Her dress is a champagne-colored ball gown, with a lace bodice and cap sleeves, and a tulle skirt. And yes, she is planning to wear a tiara! She is looking for a perfume that is complex, romantic, and will last the whole day without touch-ups. She is willing to spend up to $250 and she has great access to perfume stores, including niche boutiques.
Here is what we know about Elizabeth:
She's in her late 20s, and is tall, with a rosy complexion and long black hair.
She is quiet and introverted by nature, though many people have described her as "regal."
Her style is old-fashioned and she prefers wearing skirts and dresses most of the time.
She lives in New York City. Her favorite foods are classic French and Sichuan Chinese cuisines, and her hobbies include reading, theology, and ballroom dancing.
Her favorite colors are wine red and sapphire blue.
Elizabeth likes rose, lavender, violet, vanilla, incense, orange blossom, jasmine, herbal notes, iris and aldehydes. Perfumes she likes and wears include Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Chanel Coromandel, Chanel Cristalle and Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver.
She doesn't like tuberose, gardenia, coconut, any tropical fruits or florals, overdoses of amber, melon. Perfumes she appreciates but cannot wear include Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle, Estee Lauder Pleasures, Frederic Malle Parfum de Therese, Guerlain L'heure Bleue.
Here are some of the perfumes Elizabeth has tried, but that aren't quite right for her wedding:
By Kilian Love and Tears: Too simple and clean.
Chanel No. 5: She loves the aldehydes but it seems to common, not special enough.
Chanel No. 22: She doesn't like the tuberose in it.
Estee Lauder Beautiful: She likes it but it reminds her of her mother.
Guerlain Apres l'Ondee. She loves it but it is too light and won't last the day.
Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli: Nice for summer, but not deep or special enough.
Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d'une Fete: Beautiful but too rustic.
Frederic Malle Une Rose: Too dark and brooding, not what she wants to feel that day!
What say you?