Jessamy is an internal medicine resident who lives in Minnesota, and she’s looking for a wonderful leather scent for her boyfriend, Robert, who is also a physician. Robert does not regularly wear fragrance, but he recently layered two fragrances from the Tom Ford Private Blend collection —Moss Breches and Tuscan Leather — and the result made Jessamy swoon. So! She wants to find something similar that she can buy him for a honeymoon gift for $150 or less. It should have mild to moderate sillage (nothing too heavy), and it does not have to be marketed as a masculine. She’s happy to order samples online.
Bookish, academic, Latin- and Greek- reading, Braves-loving, and a blank slate in terms of perfume tastes. Nary a foray into Old Spice or High Karate for him. Leather seems suited to him, from a leather-bound Dickens collection to a figure-of-eight stitched baseball.
Notes Jessamy likes on Robert include leathers (Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, L’Artisan Dzing, Etro Gomma, Comme des Garçons Zagorsk), booze (L’Artisan Fou d’Absinthe, By Kilian Beyond Love, Lubin Idole), and incense (L’Artisan Passage D’Enfer, Hotel Costes, 10 Corso Como), also musks, honey and gourmands. Other fragrances Jessamy likes include Bvlgari Black, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, Annick Goutal Musc Nomade, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, Ginestet Botrytis, MAC Wild Honey, L’Artisan Bois Farine.
She’d like to avoid bright citrus, lavender, boxwood, anything medicinal. She also doesn’t want anything fresh, mentholated or astringent. Fragrances she either doesn’t like, or doesn’t like for Robert’s signature scent, include Carthusia Mediterraneo, Chanel Cristalle, Caldey Island Lavender, Annick Goutal Mandragore, Heeley Espirt du Tigre, Frederic Malle Geranium pour Monsieur, Davidoff Cool Water, Le Labo Rose 31, Tauer Lonestar Memories.
What say you?