Sydney wants our help. She has been interested in perfume ever since coming across Dior Dune at a yard sale as a teenager. She's about to drain her latest bottle, but doesn't want to replace it: she feels she's outgrown Dune and wants to expand her horizons. She currently lives in Arkansas so has limited access to fragrance stores, but she'll be moving to the outskirts of Paris soon. She'd like some recommendations so she can build a list of things worth trying (maybe she'll find a new signature scent, maybe she'll build a wardrobe). And if any Paris perfumistas are interested in contacting her, she'd love to connect with you!
Here is what we know about Sydney:
She's in her early 20s and has just graduated from university. She's about to start work as an au pair, and hopes to spend the next few years traveling and improving her language skills.
She loves languages, reading, knitting, biking and yoga; she also likes hanging out with kids and cats.
She drinks a lot of coffee and tea. She also loves cooking, and says that she has recently started buying all of her spices whole and it has changed her life.
Sydney likes assertive fragrances, and possibly fragrances that lean masculine. She's especially interested in finding a leather fragrance (because she loves the smell of leather) and maybe a gourmand (she loves to cook). She recently tried Bvlgari Jasmin Noir and has been enjoying her sample, she'd love to hear about similar fragrances.
Sydney doesn't like perfumes that are very powdery or very clean smelling. After learning that the character Miss Fisher (of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) wore Jicky, she experimented with vintage versions of some older classics (Shalimar, Jicky, Nahéma, Crêpe de Chine) plus the modern version of Shalimar. She enjoyed trying them, but she did not find them wearable on a day-to-day basis. Shalimar was her least favorite: too powdery and too astringent.
What say you? (And note that Sydney did not specifically ask for recommendations of Paris stores, but I would think it would be helpful if anyone would like to chime in on that subject.)