Today we're helping Elsa, who is looking for the perfect fragrance for the dark fall and winter months, one that will make her "feel a bit better sitting on the cold bus every morning". The fragrance should be casual, but should also make "a warm, sensual statement". Elsa is willing to pay up to $150, but bear in mind that that's a big splurge for her, and she'd prefer something less expensive. She's willing to shop online, and the only stores close to her are Macy’s, Dillards, and Sephora. Here is what we know about Elsa:
She's in her mid-20s and in her second year of law school, where she spends "long hours in the law library, which is beautiful with its gothic windows and dark woods and dusty legal tomes".
She isn't sure about her decision to attend law school, and misses her days as an English Literature major.
Her style is feminine and old-fashioned; she loves tweeds and plaids and newsboy caps. If she could live anywhere, it would be Scotland or Slovenia. She does not like romantic comedies.
Elsa likes musks, woods, incense, tuberose, labdanum, bergamot, ylang ylang and jasmine. She also likes rose but is "wary of smelling like her grandmother's handkerchief drawer". She tried Robert Piguet Fracas, and she adored it but it's too much to wear to school. Other scents she likes include The Body Shop White Musk, Laura Mercier Minuit Enchanté, Estée Lauder Knowing and Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely.
Elsa doesn't like fruity scents (especially melon), citrus, cinnamon, chocolate, clean/soapy musks, tobacco, or anything that smells like candy or cake.
Here is what Elsa has tried in her search so far:
Cartier Delices de Cartier: A no, and she especially disliked the cherry.
Robert Piguet Bandit: Medicine + chemicals.
Guerlain Shalimar: Incredible on some women but on Elsa it was taxicab + cigarette smoke.
Estée Lauder Amber Ylang Ylang: She liked it, but overall it too sweet and good-natured — she would like something a little bit more interesting.
L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons: Beautiful but only lasted a few moments.
Tauer Perfumes Reverie au Jardin: Beautiful scent but the lavender was too medicinal.
Serge Lutens Clair de Musc: She likes it, but wants to find something a bit less clean and innocent.
Profoumum Olibanum: It made her want to experiment with incense, but this particular one made her think of "darkness and cold stone and creatures in Russian fairy tales" — she wants something more warm and comforting.
Bulgari Omnia Green Jade: Nice but too 'fresh and clean' and she didn't care for the citrus.
What say you?