Today's subject: Amara. Amara is looking for a perfume for daily wear that "is not an assault on the senses, but is markedly different". Amara describes herself as "fairly new" to perfume. She does not have great access to fragrance stores, but she's willing to order samples online. She'd like to keep the cost to $100 or less.
Here is what we know about Amara:
She's in her early 20s, and "just getting her feet wet as a professional". She works in the insurance industry, in a fairly conservative office.
She lives in a rural area on the east coast of the United States.
Amara describes her style as "mostly business casual", but possibly a "little indie" — she likes to be different.
Here are some of the perfumes Amara loves: Guerlain Apres L'Ondee (would be perfect if it lasted longer), Chanel Cristalle Eau de Toilette (only for use in the blazing summer heat), Lancome Tresor (gorgeous, but not quite her style and she wouldn't wear it every day), Parfums de Nicolai Balkis (her favorite, but not quite for daily wear as it can get cloying), Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse (too powerful for daily wear), CB I Hate Perfume Just Breathe & Black March ("feeling" scents, and too unusual and specialized for daily wear), John Varvatos for Women (a little cloying for daily use), Guerlain Chamade Extrait (lovely for fall).
And some perfumes she has tried and enjoyed, but not loved: Betsey Johnson (good if she's bored but can get too fruity sweet), Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste ("so sheer...so nice...so invisible..."), Christian Dior Miss Dior ("powerful and tough for me to pull off, but I admire it"), Christian Dior J'adore (peachy and sweet, maybe too perfume-y), Paloma Picasso (good for evening), Agent Provocateur Maitresse (she likes the opening, but turns powdery and difficult on dry down), Armani Code Pour La Femme Sheer ("nice for a flanker"), Lancome Magie Noire (good for evening), Clinique Happy Heart ("pleasant").
Perfumes Amara does not like: Agent Provocateur (soapy patchouli), Mariah Carey M ("all I got was marshmallow"), Hilary Duff With Love ("smells off"), Gendarme 7 Deadly Sins Excess (Angel clone), Gendarme 7 Deadly Sins Lust (bad men's cologne), Armani Code Pour La Femme (harsh and sweet, and too heavy for the office), Guerlain Shalimar ("just can't get into it").
What say you?