Today we're helping Florence. She wants to find an everyday perfume that’s not boring, that will not offend anyone if worn very lightly to work, but that will bring her joy when she smells the inside of her wrist. She'd love something mysterious and unexpected, dark but not heavy. Florence says she is in a "leather and Eau de Cologne rut", so she's also hoping we'll help her find new notes to explore and fall in love with. Her budget is $200 max. Here is what we know about Florence:
She's in her mid-20s, and lives in San Francisco.
She works a museum by day and a bar by night.
Her style tends to the vintage and menswear-inspired, usually with a scarf for a little flair.
Florence says her perfume journey has been mostly theoretical: she reads blogs but hasn’t tried many of the fragrances that sound appealing to her, and she's not sure how the notes or perfume vocabulary she reads about relates to the perfumes she is actually smelling. She loves Chanel Cuir de Russie (holy grail), Cuir de Lancôme (but too powdery to wear all the time), Hermès Bel Ami & Terre d’Hermès (she likes masculine scents that aren’t too sporty). She was just in Paris and splurged on a bottle of Serge Lutens Chêne because she loves the woodiness, but she wishes it was smokier or more leathery.
She also likes lighter scents like Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan (perfect but too expensive and doesn’t last), Chanel Eau de Cologne (same issues) and Annick Goutal Mandragore. She likes Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert Extreme, Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere & Coco Mademoiselle, but wants something less ubiquitous. She feels like she should like iris, but Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist did not appeal; she's likewise intrigued by incense, but Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande was too lavender-y.
Florence doesn't like overly sweet fragrances or stewed-fruit (Rochas Femme or Shiseido Féminité du Bois). Fragrances that didn't work for her include Hermès Kelly Caleche (too sharp), Bottega Veneta (the fruit) and Guerlain L’ Heure Bleue (too delicate).
What say you?