Today we're helping Tiana. She wants to find a new everyday fragrance, and another for evening or cool weather wear. Tiana lives in inland Southern California, where it can get very hot and humid in the summer. She says she gravitates toward green, watery scents but would not mind expanding her horizons a bit. She can spend up to $150 for a bottle, but is also happy to buy decants. Here is what we know about Tiana:
She's in her early 30s and is the mom of 2 toddlers. She's also a makeup artist and singer.
While her professions are artistically bohemian and breezy, at home she is a typical type A personality — but she tries not to take herself too seriously.
Her main interests are reading, singing, researching, and listening to musical theater and opera, classic rock, makeup and fragrance, her daughters, wine, mixology, and needlepoint.
Tiana likes greenish watery scents, lotus, green fig, black tea, some green tea, sea salt, wet dirt, herbs, cedar, cypress, calamus, moss, wood, rose, bluebells, wet concrete and rocks, vanilla (foody and non foody), spices (cardamom, juniper berry, clove, nutmeg, allspice, anise), chocolate (sweet and unsweet) and tobacco. Her current favorites include Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil and en Mediterranee, Voyage d'Hermès and Eau de Pamplemousse rose, Bvlgari Eau Thé Vert and Extreme, Annick Goutal Mandragore, Vanille Exquise and Musc Nomade, and Dior Escale a Pondichery. For cool weather and evening wear, she likes Dana Ambush and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, and all of the Maison de la Vanille line.
Tiana is not a big fan of of heavy florals — heady white florals and Chanel fragrances tend to give her a headache. She also doesn't care for sweet jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli (usually turns soapy), Guerlain Shalimar (too aged or vintage) or citrus (doesn't wear well on her skin). Although she does like watery fragrances, fake aquatic and ozone scents don't appeal to her (an example is D&G L'Imperatrice).
Have are some of the fragrances Tiana has tried:
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca: smelled like urine on her skin.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarin Basillica: too acidic.
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey: too floral.
Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie L'Eau: too synthetic-smelling.
Marc Jacobs Daisy and flankers: Smells like her grandmother.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: too flowery.
Thierry Mugler Womanity: she didn't care for the sweet/salty mix.
Thierry Mugler Angel: she likes it on others, but it makes her smell like she needs a shower.
Lolita Lempicka: she loved the anise-y licorice, but it's too sweet and powdery.
What say you?