The Monday Mail returns from its summer vacation this week, although it will be off again next Monday for Labor Day. Our first subject for the fall season is Lisa, who has been seriously interested in perfume for a couple years. She would love to find a really special fragrance — possibly her signature fragrance. She'd prefer something that is unusual and distinctive but not hard to wear (or too "in your face"). It should be suitable for evening wear rather than a casual or a skin scent. She can spend up to £150, and is willing to buy samples and/or decants. Here is what we know about Lisa:
She's in her mid-30s and lives in the north of England.
She likes her work, but lives for her time off.
She loves the outdoors, particularly mountains and rivers. She enjoys paragliding, rafting, walking and canoeing.
She loves to travel, particularly to the United States, Italy and the Alps.
She also enjoys time at home, especially cooking for friends, and she loves going to the cinema and listening to classical music.
Lisa likes notes of tea, wood, vanilla, dark rose, smoky notes, citrus so long as it isn't too green, violet, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, apricot, frangipani and Turkish delight notes. Sometimes she likes ylang ylang and jasmine. Perfume likes include Hermès Vanille Galante, Eau des Merveilles & Eau Claire des Merveilles (but none of them last long enough), Lolita Lempicka (she loved it, but she's worn it for a long time and is tired of it) and Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille (although a bit too sweet and domineering).
Lisa doesn't care for marine and ozone notes, heavy tuberose, white florals and orange blossom, dirty leather, musks or overly sweet celebrity perfumes. She does not care for the Chanel or Tom Ford lines, Guerlain Shalimar (she likes the opening, but not the later mustiness), Serge Lutens Daim Blond and Arabie (too much stewed fruit), Frederic Malle Noir Epices (too harsh) or Honoré des Prés Sexy Angelic (she liked the almond, but the lasting power was poor and it was too one-dimensional).
What say you?
Note: top image courtesy of Victoria of Bois de Jasmin.