Today we're helping Zee, who wants to find a new natural perfume that will work well on hot, sticky summer days, and have some staying power. She's not a purist about naturals, but that's what she's looking for at the moment. She's probably going to be doing all her shopping online. Here is what we know about Zee:
She's a visual artist and textile designer in her late 30s.
She describes herself as bohemian yet sophisticated. She loves antiques and beautiful handmade things using natural materials.
She loves healthy food and strong coffee.
She dresses casually but with attention to detail and quality of material. She is conservative with color — urban greys, blacks, blues, but with the occasional pop of a brighter color.
Zee says she is a scentaholic — she loves reading about perfume, shopping for it, sampling new things, and taking perfume-making classes.
Zee loves a good rose, earthy notes like frankincense, a light touch of vetiver, ambery and animalic fragrances.
Zee doesn't like overly sweet candy perfumes, super synthetic smells or "clean and fresh" fragrances.
Here are some of the perfumes Zee owns or has tried:
Strange Invisible Perfumes Fire & Cream: one of her special occasion fragrances; a bit heavy and somewhat feminine.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Atlantic: smells like a musky forest, could be a bit dirtier.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique: a great base fragrance that she wears on its own or layers. She finds it rich, earthy, not animalic at all but not sweet either.
Anya's Garden Kewdra: she won a small bottle and truly loves it — earthy, rich, dirty, floral and amazing.
Honore des Pres Chaman's Party: she wears it almost daily, but it fades fast and she'd love an extreme version that was richer, less afraid to shock.
Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady: her favorite synthetic fragrance; right now she's using up samples of the liquid perfume and the cream, eventually she'll buy one or the other.
Zee also loves fancy soaps, often with vetiver and patchouli. A particular favorite is Juniper Ridge Siskiyou Cedar.
What say you?