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Patricia, who occasionally comments here under the name farouche, wants to find an everyday (office?) scent for the cooler months. She has been wearing Gucci II but it is beginning to bore her. Her perfect scent will be perceptible and have some complexity, but it won't overpower. Patricia says she is pretty familiar with the classics and would appreciate suggestions for newer fragrances and niche fragrances, and especially scents that push her outside of her floriental comfort zone. She can spend up to $200, and is also open to suggestions for perfume stores in the Boston area. Here is what we know about Patricia:
She's a youthful 60, and married with two grown children, a dog, and a horse.
She worked in the publishing industry until being laid off last year; now she works part-time at her husband's office.
Her passions are horseback riding, reading, hiking in New Hampshire, and collecting perfume.
She says she is a friendly introvert: she loves being with people but also needs a lot of alone time to pursue her quieter hobbies.
Patricia likes florals, especially white florals, as long as there is something else going on to add interest. Other favorite notes include jasmine, bergamot, citrus, and vanilla; and patchouli, vetiver, and leather in small doses. She already has some great fragrances for summer, including Guerlain Eau de Guerlain, The Different Company Bergamote, Kenzo Parfum d'Ete and Parfum de Nicolaï Eau d'Ete. Other perfumes she has worn in the past include Miss Dior; Nina Ricci Farouche & Capricci; Yves St. Laurent Y & Rive Gauche; K de Krizia; Givenchy Ysatis; Scherrer 2; Prescriptives Calyx. She currently wears Bulgari Pour Femme; Frederick Malle Eau d'Hiver. For evening she likes Robert Piguet Fracas and Bond no. 9 Chinatown.
Patricia doesn't like fruity florals, which she doesn't find age appropriate.
Here are some of the fragrances Patricia has tried:
Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia: she likes it on others but not herself, and in general finds the Lauder perfumes are too strong.
S-Perfume 100% Love: smelled like an outhouse.
Tauer Perfumes L'Air du Desert Marocain: she found it unpleasant.
Bvlgari Black: she didn't like the rubber note.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine: she didn't like the bread scent.
Tom Ford Purple Patchouli: too harsh and too heavy on the patchouli.
Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia: all mushroom and no gardenia.
Keiko Mecheri Canyon Dreams: she loves the bright opening followed by woody desert dryness, and bought a decant.
Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires: gorgeous woody oriental; she also got a decant of this one.
Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanilla: sickeningly sweet.
By Kilian Water Calligraphy: another decant purchase; a watery floral that blended well with her skin.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant: she liked it but wished it lasted longer.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: the first iris she tried; she loved it and got a decant.
Yves Saint Laurent Cinema: very wearable and just the right amount of flowers, amber, and vanilla.
Bottega Veneta: overpoweringly floral; reminded her of the big-haired eighties numbers.
Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel: too heavy on the patchouli.
Aedes de Venustas Signature: too masculine.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Cimabue: too much going on — a scrubber.
Frederic Malle Une Rose: too strong, too much green rose — another scrubber.
Sonoma Scent Studio Nostalgie: overpowering.
Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely: too girly.
What say you?