Today we're helping Pamela, and after that, the Monday Mail goes on its holiday vacation — it will return in January. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, see here.
Pamela wants to find a new signature fragrance that's more interesting than the generic fruity florals at Macy's and Sephora. Her perfect scent will be unique, warm, feminine and a little mysterious, but still accessible enough for everyday wear and versatile enough to take her into the evening. She can spend up to $150, and is happy to shop online. Here is what we know about Pamela:
She's a 20-something PhD student in English.
She lives in a small midwestern town, but travels quite a bit (and shops for perfume when she does).
Her personal style is a combination of classic, simple shapes and some more masculine cuts (button-down shirts, for instance but always in a feminine color), and she loves jewel tones.
She has brown hair with bangs, and brown eyes.
Pamela likes amber, sandalwood, musk, jasmine, tobacco, leather, spices, tuberose (more green, though), mimosa, violet and soap. Some of the scents she enjoys at the moment include Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras, L'Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa pour Moi, Kiehl's Original Musk and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.
Pamela dislikes citrus, some powdery notes (see below), gardenia, rose, chocolate, sugar and berries.
Here are a few of the fragrances she has tried:
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur: Reminded her too much of her dad's Obsession for Men.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower: Too grassy and not creamy enough.
Balenciaga Paris: Almost right, but maybe a little thin — she thinks she'd prefer something more full-bodied.
Byredo Gypsy Water: She likes the spices, but it's also a little weak.
Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial: She loves the base, but not the cherry medicinal opening, and it might be a little over-the-top for daytime wear.
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb: She likes it, but too masculine for her to wear.
Gucci Rush: Pamela has fond memories of her mom wearing this.
Lush Imogen Rose and Love, Chloe: She sort of liked the powder in these scents, so maybe powder isn't totally out. But she does not like Chanel No. 5, and does not like the difficult opening of some of the Lush scents.
Stella McCartney Lily, Gucci Eau Premiere, Givenchy Dahlia Noir: All too dull.
L'Artisan Parfumeur's Traversee du Bosphore: Nice, and might turn out to be a contender.
What say you?