Regina, who thinks of herself as a “perfumista in training”, is turning 30 this month, and she'd like to find a new perfume to celebrate the transition. Her dream perfume would be “a sensual evening sort of thing, though not necessarily overtly come-hither”. She doesn't need something nobody else wears, but she'd rather find something she won't be smelling everywhere. Here is what we know about Regina:
Regina is a children's book editor, and she lives in Brooklyn.
Her style is more thrift shop than high end.
She loves salsa dancing, and her birthday celebrations will include karaoke.
So far in her testing, her two favorites for casual wear are Bvlgari Omnia and Miller et Bertaux Green, green (which she sometimes layers with Miller et Bertaux No. 1). Some of the contenders for her dream perfume are Tom Ford Black Orchid and Black Orchid Voile de Fleurs (although they're a little too sweet and don't hold her interest long enough) and Chanel Bois des Iles (although it's too relentlessly smooth). She also likes “gentle but unusual, not-very-floral-feeling florals” (Hermès Kelly Caleche, Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline), “clear the air perfumes” (L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer & Dzing!, CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea), “fragrances with a tart edge” (The Different Company Sel de Vetiver, Chanel Sycomore, Frederic Malle Une Rose), and “cozy/sensual woods” (Kenzo Flower Oriental, Chanel Bois des Iles, Bvlgari Omnia). Notes she likes include mimosa, fig, gourmands (especially chocolate and pepper), woods, musk, smoke, tobacco, and truffle accords.
Regina does not like strong citrus, melon or amber, anything overly sweet or floral, and “whatever it is that Mauboussin for Women and Tom Ford Private Blend Noir de Noir have in common”. Other perfumes that didn't work for her include Eau d'Italie Sienne l'Hiver (she liked it but found it unwearable), MDCI Enlevement au Serail (she found it “indecipherable”), Parfums de Nicolai Odalisque (overrripe), Estee Lauder Sensuous (almost good, but gets aggravatingly cloying after an hour), Chanel Allure Sensuelle (too much melon), Frederic Malle Parfum de Therese (“just not me”), Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur (“a bit too much of a one-liner”), 10 Corso Como (ditto), Diptyque Philosykos (lovely but too light), L'Artisan Tea for Two (“too sweet and smooth”), Calvin Klein Euphoria (too sweet and dessert-like), Kenzo Flower (too powdery).
What say you?