This week we're helping Tiffany, who wants to find a pretty scent to take her from from day to evening all year round. Tiffany lives in a dry, hot climate and many of her favorite orientals feel too heavy for much of the year. She's just finished grad school and is still on a student budget, so she'd prefer to spend less than $100 on a bottle, but she can be flexible if she finds something amazing. Here is what we know about Tiffany:
She's an environmental scientist in her late 20s, and lives in a mid-size city in California (not one of the fashionable ones).
She spends lots of time outdoors and loves hiking and rafting.
She also loves English novels from the 20s and 30s, like Enchanted April and anything by Dorothy Sayers or P.G. Wodehouse. For movies, she likes classics like His Girl Friday, Born Yesterday and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She describes her personal style as 90% classic and 10% Stevie Nicks.
Tiffany likes spicy notes, gourmands and florals that aren’t too sweet, powdery scents and slightly retro perfumes. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert was her daily standby, but now she's tired of it and it feels too citrusy and dry. She's currently wearing Prescriptives Calyx (pretty but too sharp) and Bourbon French Mimosa (gets too bare in the dry down). Her favorite winter perfumes are vintage Lancome Magie Noire, Guerlain Shalimar & L’Heure Bleue, Annick Goutal Sables, Bal a Versailles and B&BW Twilight Woods.
Tiffany dislikes very sweet perfumes, citrusy perfumes, strong white florals, most ambers, ‘clean’ musks and everything by Chanel and Caron. She has yet to meet a celebrity perfume that she likes. Also, while she does like rose, perfumes that are predominantly rose often seem too sharp or too loud.
Perfumes Tiffany has tried recently include:
Bvlgari Pour Femme: She likes it, but it’s maybe a little too sweet and conventional.
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle: She's allergic to something in it.
Yves Saint Laurent Paris: Very pretty, but TOO MUCH.
Balenciaga Paris: Too little.
Borsari Violetta di Parma: Too sweet and simple, although she liked it layered with Piguet Bandit.
Cacharel Anais Anais: Doesn't work well with her chemistry.
Kenzo Amour: Pretty but turned a little sour on her skin.
Prada Infusion d’Iris: Too much of an office scent.
Estee Lauder Pure White Linen: Too clean and citrusy.
Estee Lauder Private Collection: More green than what she's looking for.
Guerlain Chamade: The narcissus is beautiful but she doesn't really want to wear it.
Lolita Lempicka: Too sweet and she doesn't care for the anise.
Dior J'Adore: Smells like shampoo.
Dior Hypnotic Poison: Too heavy.
Balmain Jolie Madame: So pretty, and very close to what she would like, but has virtually no staying power, even sprayed on clothing.
Love, Chloe: Pretty, but something goes a little off after a few minutes — sort of sour and yeasty?
L'Artisan Drole de Rose: She can barely smell this even when heavily applied.
Chanel No. 19 Eau de Toilette: She fell in love with it, despite it being 1) Chanel and 2) a green scent which she said she didn't want.
What say you?
Note: top image courtesy of Victoria of Bois de Jasmin.