Today we're helping Lizzie, who has an urgent perfume problem: she recently lost almost all of her perfume collection, including hundreds of samples, in a fire. Her renter's insurance is covering some replacements, but there are two fragrances she can't find easily in the US and that she needs to find substitutes for so that she can wrap up her claim: Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe and Theo Fennell Scent. She needs suggestions that are up to 50 or 75 ml in size and cost up to $75 each. Buying online is fine, but eBay and international sources are not.
Lizzie says her favorite perfumes are rich, dark and mysterious, and that few perfumes intimidate her, but many are too understated or bland for her taste. Here is what we know about Lizzie:
She's a librarian in her late 20s, and is from the US Midwest.
She loves reading (obviously), traveling, watching Chinese cinema, and growing orchids.
Her personal fashion taste could be described as opulently gothic in theory (if she had the money), but closer to quirky hippie in reality.
Lizzie loves perfumes with notes of incense, spices, (dirty, sexy) musk, amber, tuberose, jasmine, lily, sandalwood, tea, oudh, cedar and leather. Here are some of the fragrances she loves:
Comme des Garçons Ouarzazate: she loves the ethereal spices and incense, like a warm desert breeze. This would be her holy grail if it was only a little more substantial.
Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail: If this didn't cost so much, she would have bathed in it by now. She loves how smoothly the notes blend to create a perfectly harmonious new scent without coming across as too old-fashioned.
Hermès Iris Ukiyoe: She honestly didn't think she'd like this, but on her this scent is spicy and warm, yet detached and contemplative. She could wear this anywhere.
L'Artisan Tea for Two: Her favorite winter scent — she is so sad they discontinued it. The delicious gingerbread tea scent was to die for.
Bvlgari Black: Quirky yet comforting, another everyday scent for Lizzie.
Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan: She adores the skanky, smelly musk in this one — it makes her feel sexy. She even sometimes dares to wear it to work.
Kenzo Amour: Her first purchase as a perfume addict, and she still loves the sweet woods, spices, and warm rice steam of Amour.
Lizzie is wary of anything with too much powder, iris root, or any overly green or aquatic notes. Perfumes she actively hates are rare, but there are many that bore her. A few perfumes that have sent her reeling are:
Molinard Habanita: Sounded perfect in theory, but went totally wrong on her skin. Way too powdery and cloying, gave her a splitting headache.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew: Almost made her gag when she tried it in the store. She couldn't hit the shower fast enough.
Byredo M/Mink: Lizzie loves a little fragrance adventure, but she thinks she'd be arrested if she went around smelling like a serial killer all the time. The stench of blood was a little too much.
What say you?
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