The Monday Mail is our not-so-regular feature where readers help other readers find the perfect fragrance. Today's subject: Alissa. When Alissa was young, her grandmother gave her some cute perfume samples and started her on the road to collecting, first for the bottles, later, as she grew older, for the juice.
She needs help today on a very specific quest. On a trip to China with her boyfriend, they visited several temples. Inside the temples, there was incense burning. She loved the smell, and after doing some research she thinks the incense was probably sandalwood. Alissa wants to find a perfume that will smell like the incense from those temples. She is willing to spend up to €250 euro, but she'd like that price to fetch her a large bottle (150-200 ml).
Here is what we know about Alissa:
She's in her 20s, and lives in the Netherlands.
She is currently a physics student who wants to become a teacher.
She loves cats, metal music, playing guitar and video games.
Alissa loves woody notes (and incense obviously). She also likes iris, white florals, and powdery notes. Aldehydes don't scare her. Perfumes she likes include Love, Chloe; Lolita Lempicka Le Premier Parfum; Dior Hypnotic Poison; Armani Acqua di Gioia; Chanel No. 19 and No. 19 Poudre; Chanel Chance Eau Tendre and The Body Shop White Musk.
Alissa doesn't usually like unisex fragrances or leather. She also dislikes notes of rose, patchouli, and chocolatey/cacao/syrupy things. Perfumes she doesn't care for include Thierry Mugler Angel, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, Chloe Eau de Parfum, L de Lolita Lempicka, Aquolina Pink Sugar and Lancome La Vie est Belle.
Her is what Alissa has tried so far:
Yves Saint Laurent Opium: incensey, but not (sandal)woody enough.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: lovely incense note, but also without sandalwood, and no longevity or sillage.
Estee Lauder Sensuous: plenty of sandalwood, lacking a bit in the incense, and she didn't care for the honey note either.
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant: the closest she has found so far, but again no strong sandalwood note, and it was nicer on paper than on her skin.
Estee Lauder Cinnabar: too much cinnamon/spice and she didn't like it at all.
Chanel Coromandel: too sweet, not woody enough.
What say you?