Again this week we're doubling up on the Monday Mail articles so that we can clear out the waiting list before the holidays. Right now, there are 3 people on the list for January, so it's still a good time to sign up if you're interested (instructions can be found here).
So today we're helping Melissa, who wants to find a daytime fragrance for autumn and winter (she has plenty of summer fragrances already). She used to wear Ralph Lauren Blue, and still loves it but doesn't feel like it fits her anymore — she'd like something with more depth. She can pay up to $200 but would rather keep the cost at $125-$150; she is fine with shopping online.
Here is what we know about Melissa:
She's in her mid-30s, and lives in Dallas but considers San Francisco her home. She works in a prison as a forensic psychologist.
Melissa says she is reserved, especially with people she doesn't know. She dresses quietly and doesn't like to be the center of attention. She appreciates subtlety and dark humor in life and in perfume.
Melissa is a fan of modern art and fashion, and is an avid reader.
She loves autumn, and hates summer (and notes that Texas has approximately 10 months of summer). In cooler weather, she likes to wear jackets, layer clothes, drink hot chocolate, sleep with the windows open, and curl up under a blanket; she also loves how the the smell of harvest, pumpkins, earth, maple syrup and football mix together.
Her favorite smell, ever, is a candle from Yankee Candle called Harvest.
Melissa likes leather, amber, bergamot, sandalwood, pepper, grapefruit and orange. Some of her perfume favorites include 10 Corso Como, Bottega Veneta, Byredo Gyspy Water (even though she is not a huge fan of vanilla), Hermes Un Jardin en Méditerranée, Tokyo Milk French Kiss, Calvin Klein Truth, Lanvin Eclat D'Arpege, Creed Aventus, Bulgari Blu II, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Lush Gorilla Perfume Karma, Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri, By Kilian Straight to Heaven (something about that boozy, heady concoction makes her smile).
Melissa doesn't like rose, violet, grass or gardenia. She also doesn't like powdery notes or anything overly green. Perfumes that don't work for her include Maison Martin Margiela Untitled, Kai, Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau and celebrity scents in general.
Here are some of the perfumes she has tried:
Chanel Coco Noir: she forgot what it smelled like as soon as she walked away.
Chanel Bleu de Chanel: also forgettable.
Guerlain London: she didn't like the rhubarb accord.
Guerlain Jicky: she only smelled it once, but she liked it and wants to try it again.
Guerlain Mitsouko: too loud.
Marc Jacobs Dot: too pedestrian.
Balenciaga Paris: she liked it, but not enough to purchase.
Chloe Love Chloe: too powdery.
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood: like but not love — it was not warm enough.
Kate Walsh Boyfriend: "Bleck! (and you can quote me on that)".
Kiehls Aromatic Blends collection: all boring.
Serge Lutens A La Nuit: too much jasmine.
The Different Company de Bachmakov:: another like but not love — it needed something else to add more body to it.
What say you?