Thomas, who lives in Berlin, wants to find a new "handsome and rich" fragrance for personal and casual wear. He does not know much about perfume, but he is interested in exploring — especially the world of niche fragrance —and has good access to perfume stores. His price limit is about the same as a 50 ml bottle of a Tom Ford Private Blend, and he'd like his new scent to be long lasting, but without overwhelming sillage. Here is what we know about Thomas:
He's in his early 40s.
He works as an archivist [editor note: personal information removed], dealing with materials from the 15th Century to the present day.
He boyfriend describes him as a warm, bubbly fellow who likes hugs but also likes to be challenged.
His favorite word is Gemutlich.
He is more bookish than outdoorsy — he likes to read old things — and he dresses simply and casually.
Thomas currently wears Tom Ford Oud Wood, Schwarzloze Leather and Terre d'Hermès (although he feels the Hermès smells too old / mature). In the past he wore Gucci Rush and Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger, but he no longer likes either fragrance.
So far as notes, Thomas likes grass, sage, thyme, melissa, parsley, mandarin, strawberry, orientals, incense and sandalwood.
He does not like bergamot or sharp citrus (and in general prefers warm over sharp), and he isn't the hugest fan of patchouli. Discreet floral notes are okay but he would probably not wear a straight floral.
What say you?