Today we're helping Julie, who wants to find a new summer fragrance. She lives in inland Southern California, and they do get some strong summer heat. Her perfect scent will make her feel light and energetic, but will also have a little complexity. Her price limit is $100, but she's happy to buy decants, and she'd prefer niche suggestions since she's already tried much of what is available at Macys, Nordstrom and Sephora. Here is what we know about Julie:
She's in her late 20s. She says when people first meet her, they might think she's "just" cute because of her delicate build, vintage-inspired clothes, and curly auburn hair, but they quickly find that she's a deep thinker with a rich imagination, strong emotions both happy and sad, and a direct way of speaking.
Julie loves books and the stage as well as things that engage the senses — colorful clothing and design, gardening, cooking, and of course perfume.
Julie likes notes of salt, honeysuckle, lime/citrus, bergamot, warm woods, boozy vanilla and skin musk. Her fall/winter favorites are Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond, Demeter Fresh Hay and Anthropologie Cape of Good Hope.
Julie doesn't like wet vegetative or aquatic notes, coconut or carnation. She also doesn't care for over-blended light florals such as Gucci Flora or Chanel Chance.
Here are some of the fragrances Julie has tried or worn in the pat:
Dior Escale a Portofino: Her best find so far, but it has froot loop overtones.
Annick Goutal Chevrefeuille: Her 2nd best find, but she'd like something that develops a bit more, and she doesn't really want a soliflore.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette: she loves the armful of roses and peaches, but it's too big and full for hot days.
Burberry Brit: She used to wear it before she became interested in perfume, and she still likes it but wants something less ubiquitous.
Hermès Elixir des Merveilles: She liked many things about but it wasn't quite right, perhaps it is too dense? She also tried the Eau Claire and Eau de Merveilles.
Hermès Concentre d'Orange Vert: Nice but too strong; she plans to try the original version.
By Kilian Straight to Heaven: To Julie it smells like the crusty white sap on the Torrey Pines by the ocean — pungent, piney and salt-filmed. But it's too expensive to be her summer go-to.
Parfums d'Empire Osmanthus Interdite: She feels she should love it with the fresh yet jammy florals but somehow it doesn't do much for her.
Parfums de Rosine Un Zest de Rose: Lovely, zingy and feminine but she wants a little sweetness and to her this is absolutely fresh unsweetened tea, roses, and lemons.
Chanel’s department store line: She wants to like them, but pretty much hates everything except Cristalle Eau Verte.
Lancôme Ô and Ô d’Orangerie, Hermés Jardin series and Guerlain Acqua Allegoria series: she did not find any of them compelling.
Jo Malone: She tried French Lime Blossom (great for 5 min and then sharply soapy), Orange Blossom (scrubber), and Mandarin Basil Lime (scrubber), and decided the line does not work for her.
Divine L'Infant: Starts with a good broken-leaves scent but fades quickly into drugstore lotion smell.
Parfums 06130 Yuzu Rouge & Hermès Pamplemousse Rouge: She found both flat and sweaty and is not sure she can wear grapefruit.
L'Artisan Thé Pour Un Été: She'd prefer black tea to green, and this was too tailored anyway.
Parfums de Nicolaïi Eau d’Été: Stale lemony dishwater.
Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien: Overly fresh lemon then froot loops.
Calypso Chevrefeuille: Simply horrible, the cheapest of bathroom deodorizing sprays.
Prada Infusion d’Iris: She likes the top notes and finds it intriguing, but it's too austere for her personality.
What say you?