Today we're helping Kelly, who comments on Now Smell This as MerrilyRow. She'd recently divorced and starting to date again, and wants to find a fragrance to accompany this new phase in her life. She generally wears one fragrance for day and another for evening, but would like her new scent to bridge the two. She wants it to be sexy and alluring as well, but she doesn't want anything that seems like it is wearing her: she wants "I love the way you smell" not "What perfume is that?" Here is what we know about Kelly:
She's in her 40s, and is fair & blue-eyed with long curly blonde hair. She was born & raised in the San Francisco area, and has lived in Los Angeles most of her adult life.
She has a 10 year old boy who is a "super-taster" with an excellent sense of smell and strong opinions about her fragrances.
She works from home in the arts & media, but also has many client meetings, meals out, events, etc. She also does charitable work in education and the arts.
She loves the outdoors, literature, cooking, nature and travel.
She wears black, white, blue and gold, and her closet has everything from 25 year old black cowboy boots to platform Louboutins, with the boots a bit closer to her heart.
Kelly likes incense, orientals, citrus, warm skin scents, aldehydes and chypres. She also likes some unisex fragrances, but she doesn't want anything too masculine.
She currently wears Shalimar parfum (formula from 15 years ago, rationing it drop by drop), Creed Millesime Imperial, Helmut Lang parfum, Hermes Jardin en Mediterranee, Hermes Jardin sur le Nil (the one she gets the most compliments on), Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude (a gift and she is not sure she likes it), Voyage d'Hermes (a bit too masculine). In the past she has worn L'Artisan Premier Figuier, Dior Eau Sauvage, Guerlain Samsara, Chanel No 5, Hermes Eau d'Orange & Caleche, Bulgari Jasmin Noir, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, O de Lancome and Donna Karan Gold.
Kelly doesn't like anything sweet or fruity or overly fussy, gourmands (vanilla as a note is great but she doesn't want to smell like food, especially sweet food), anything too adolescent or pop, anything aquatic (smells like rancid walnuts), celebrity perfumes, anything too clean (a little funk is fine), superficial fragrances without depth, anything she smells on everyone else.
Perfume lines that don't work for Kelly include Estee Lauder (with the possible exception of Sensuous Nude, she hasn't decided yet), Narciso Rodriguez (meh), Stella McCartney (too rosy), Acqua di Parma (just not engaging), Calvin Klein (boring), Armani (really boring), Michael Kors (too obvious), Thierry Mugler (off-putting), Issey Miyake (ditto), Prada (want to love at least one but just meh), Parfums DelRae (ham-handed) and Chloe (underwhelming).
What say you?