This week we're helping Candice, who is looking for an everyday/work perfume — and she'd love to hear suggestions for a summer and a winter perfume. She doesn't want separate perfumes for day and evening, and says she has two young girls so doesn't go out much in the evening anyway. She'd rather not spend more than €120. Here is what we know about Candice:
She's in her late 30s, and lives in Paris.
She produces exhibitions for museums and thus gets to meet some very interesting people.
She likes to stay in the background, but at the same time she likes to be noticed and will often wear something to make her stand out in a crowd.
Candice's ideal perfume would be Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne, but with staying power. She loves the smell, but it fades after two minutes. At the moment she is wearing Dior Escale á Portofino and Hermès Jardin sur le Nil. She hates Portofino's "airplane-toilet-like smell" top notes but loves the woodier base notes. Other fragrances she has worn in the past include Bvlgari au Thé Vert, Eau de Cartier, Hermès Calèche & Eau des Merveilles, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Prada Amber (but that one had too much amber). She wore Clinique Wrappings in college and loved it, but can't find it easily now.
Candice doesn't like heavy florals, melon-y notes or patchouli. Fragrances that don't work for her include Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Dior Miss Dior Chérie, Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll & Parisienne, Calvin Klein CK One.
Some of the fragrances Candice has tried recently include:
Comme des Garçons Wonderwood: too woody and too heavy on the sandalwood.
Tom Ford Oud Wood: she loves it, but it's too expensive.
Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois: Lovely but no staying power.
Chanel Coco Noir: she adored the staying power, but didn't like the smell.
What say you?
Note: top image courtesy of Victoria of Bois de Jasmin.