Amy has a Monday Mail request — she needs help finding a particular "fragrance unicorn". Her quest started when she passed an older woman in Boston who smelled "absolutely electric". She was wearing Caron Poivre. Amy eventually managed to smell Poivre at the Caron boutique, but it no longer had the same "gutsiness" she remembered. Meanwhile, she has moved to Texas, where the heat makes it hard for her to wear dense fragrances. So Amy would love to find something with a Poivre-level spicy punch, but in a warm weather fragrance. Her maximum budget is $200 but she'd be thrilled to find something cheaper, and she'd like her new scent to be something that's still in production (no hunting down vintage treasures, please). She's fine with ordering samples online.
Amy is in her mid 20s. Her new fragrance doesn't have to be work appropriate, but it has to be something she can wear in very hot weather.
Some general likes and dislikes:
She doesn't "get" Guerlain Mitsouko or most classic orientals, but she does like the presence in everything she has smelled from perfumer Germaine Cellier.
She loves spicy florals including rose and carnation, but finds most white florals other than Fracas screechy/headache inducing.
She enjoys frankincense but not amber.
She doesn't like large doses of powder.
Vanilla or coconut are ok, but can be cloying in the summer.
She likes fruit in perfume, especially figs, stone fruit (osmanthus is also great), and tart citrus.
Here are some (spicy and not spicy) fragrances she has tried and/or purchased:
Chanel Sycomore: Amy has never met a vetiver fragrance she didn't like, and she adores Sycomore, though to her nose it's too thick and "wooly" for summer wear.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brulant: she liked the spiciness but "it doesn't really go anywhere on me".
Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose: the first 10 minutes are amazing. She will probably buy this eventually.
Carthusia Mediterraneo: she likes the bright lemony note, and will probably buy this eventually too.
Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree: a full bottle purchase, she wears it alone or sometimes layered with other samples.
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue: smells sour on her.
Love, Chloe: a scrubber.
Origins Ginger Essence: her mom wears it, fun but a little well mannered.
What say you?