The Monday Mail is recovered from the holidays and back in action: today we're helping Andrea, who currently wears Prada Infusion d'Iris for work, but wants to find a fun signature scent for her off-duty hours. She has reasonably good access to perfume stores and can spend up to $150. Here is what we know about Andrea:
She's in her mid-30s, and owns a funeral home with her husband in a small town in Ontario. She also has a 3 year old daughter who already loves smelling perfumes with Mommy.
Andrea loves fashion and beauty, and is currently a lifestyle columnist for her town’s newspaper. She says she is artsy yet practical, and loves to write but would never have the patience for a novel. If she's not dressed for a funeral (in dresses, not suits!), she's wearing jeans, cool boots and a novelty t-shirt.
She also enjoys cooking and wine – and working out, as a result!
Their lifestyle is a little eccentric, and they don’t fall into the sad, somber stereotype of funeral directors. They're young and they like to do fun things, like enter floats in the town’s Santa Claus parade, play badminton and tennis, do karaoke, and participate in small-town life.
Most of Andrea's collection is gourmand; they tend to work great with her body chemistry. Thierry Mugler Angel smells great on her (and her husband loves it for sentimental reasons), but it’s a bit much for every day. She also loves Chanel Gardenia (mostly on hot summer nights), Prescriptives Calyx (hot summer days), Prada Infusion d’Iris (its cool elegance is perfect for work), Givenchy Organza Indecence (but it only works on cold nights, too heavy otherwise). Notes she loves include leather, smoke and vanilla (in moderation), citrus, spice, iris. She is often intrigued by scent descriptions for men’s colognes, but they tend to wear far too manly on my skin.
Andrea doesn't care for strongly floral perfumes. Rose makes her nauseous, and it doesn’t work with her chemistry – it turns to cat pee. Marni and Balenciaga Florabotanica were both too heavy on the rose for her. She also doesn't care for peach and apricot notes.
Here is what Andrea has tried:
Hermès Eau des Merveilles: she likes it but it’s too close to everything else she owns.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: ditto.
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine: she loves the orange, but it’s not complex enough on the whole.
Bottega Veneta: the apricot note was too much, and she couldn't smell the Eau Legere version at all.
Prada Candy, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire: both too cloying.
Balmain Jolie Madame: it doesn't smell like her – too crisp and cold.
Chanel No. 5: turns to sour smoke on her.
Tom Ford's Shanghai Lily: she liked it and found it interesting, but not enough for the price.
Valentina Oud: cool bottle, but she smelled like a chemical fire for hours, even after trying to scrub it off.
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme: didn't get any leather, just lavender.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black: she bought it after it was on her skin for only five minutes, and has received many compliments. It's mostly sandalwood with a touch of unsweet vanilla, but her concern is that she needs three or four sprays to smell it, and it may be a bit too heavy when the weather warms up.
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