Today we're helping Lea. She's in her early 40s and says she is a serial monogamist when it comes to perfume. She needs to find a new scent to replace Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, which she says does not smell the same as it used to. Her new fragrance should be distinctive but not overpowering. Lea is willing to shop online, and she doesn't have a price limit.
Lea likes citrus, woods, and subtle spices. She liked Eau d'Hadrien for its lemon, its lightness and its "woody, unfloral clarity" but says the current version smells like "the cleaner they use in the bathroom of a Greyhound Bus." Before Eau d'Hadrien, she wore Le B by Agnes B, which she loved for its "fresh lightness", and before that she wore Givenchy Ysatis.
Lea does not like heavy rose, heavy musk, civet, lily, lavender, or patchouli. Fragrances she does not like include Jean Patou Joy, Jo Malone Grapefruit, Christian Dior Poison (rotten grape kool-aid), Chanel No. 5, Lanvin Arpege, Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps or anything in the Annick Goutal line.
Here are some of the fragrances Lea has tried in her search:
Jo Malone Verbenas de Provence: she likes it, but it might be too short lived.
Parfums 06130 Yuzu Rouge: she likes it, but doesn't love it.
L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan: too masculine.
Aftelier Blond Tabac: "like lion piss and rubber gloves".
Liz Earle Botanical Essence No 1: too soapy/powdery.
Le Labo Bergamote 22: too "one note, and over-fruity and sweet".
Jo Malone Sweet Lime and Cedar: "too big and masculine".
Heeley Cedre Blanc: too masculine.
L'Occitane Verbena: "funky chemical smell".
Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan: Cloying.
What say you?