This week we're helping Jennifer, who wants to find a fragrance that will make her think, that changes over time, and is distinctive but polite in company. She can pay up to $100, and while she doesn't have great local access to perfume stores (just Sephora and Macy's), she's willing to shop online. Here is what we know about Jennifer:
She works part-time for an online bookstore.
She's in her mid-30s and has two young children whose curiosity keeps her pretty busy.
She says she is a quiet, stealth-weirdo. She's also really nice with a tiny dark side, friendly but shy, goofy, introspective, curious, bubbly, articulate, talkative, and creative and with a critical eye.
She adores nature and speaks Japanese and German, and she is learning French.
One of her most interesting scent-experiences was interacting with a former co-worker, who would tell her what people smelled like naturally ("she has a library-like smell" or "She has a dry, campfire smell.")
Jennifer likes earthy, leather, anything on fire (candles, incense, cigarettes, pipe-smoke, bonfire), herbal-y or outdoorsy, bookstore or library stores. Her flip side: rich, feminine florals, spring-time greens. Some favorites include Cartier Declaration, Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Man, Estee Lauder Private Collection, Azuree & Knowing, Parfums de Nicolaï Le Temps de Une Fete & Odalisque, Chanel No. 5 and Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme (and she also likes Comme des Garçons Avignon).
Jennifer dislikes fig perfumes, raspberry-like violets (woody violets are ok), gourmands, vanilla and baking spices. She appreciates Thierry Mugler Angel but won't wear it, disliked Thierry Mugler Womanity, liked but didn't love Lolita Lempicka Le Premier Parfum.
Here are some of the fragrances Jennifer has recently tried:
Chloé Love, Chloé: a recent purchase, and she loves the waxy makeup and violet notes.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew: another recent purchase; she likes that it is spicy but not gourmand spicy.
Marc Jacobs Bang: she remembers liking it when she first smelled it — it seemed like a bright, fresh pepper — but now it seems a little flat.
Elizabeth Taylor Black Diamonds: sounded great, but there's something sweet in there that she didn't like.
What say you?