Today's Monday Mail subject is Raul. Raul is looking for a rose fragrance that resonates with a specific scent memory having to do with his old family home, which has been sold and might get torn down:
...I have this memory, walking through the garden, after a heavy rain, grasshoppers jumping everywhere, the air is clean, but the soil is wet, the grass cracking while I step over it, and a green note invades the atmosphere, I keep walking, I notice the lemon and orange trees, the big ash tree and finally the roses...2 shrubs, one pink, the other white, covering a stone wall...and that's what I want the fragrance to resemble — roses as the heart of the fragrance, a thin green note, a soft wood note, and an ephemeral citrus twist, clean and simple, far from being soapy or oceanic.
Raul lives in Mexico and has limited access to perfume stores. Here is what we know about Raul:
He's in his early 20s, and is in his 2nd year of a 5 year architecture program.
Raul says he is he is an introvert and enjoys his loneliness most of the time, but does love to talk, especially if good company and a cup of tea are involved.
His hobbies include reading, musical films and swimming.
He says he is conservative in appearance and liberal in thinking.
Raul says the closest he has come to finding his rose fragrance is when he layered Hermès Rose Ikebana and Santal Massoïa. What he has in mind would be heavier on the rose (and lighter on the green) than Diptyque's L'Ombre dans L'Eau, and it might also be milky or creamy. It would not be soapy, overly sweet or white floral, and he doesn't really care about the citrus. He says he has already sniffed the whole Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani collection and hasn't found his dream scent yet.
Raul likes mandarin, sandalwood, rose, cedar, vanilla, iris and vetiver. His current fragrance rotation includes Chanel Égoïste, Hermès Vetiver Tonka, Guerlain Vetiver, Christian Dior Fahrenheit, Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male, Diptyque L'Ombre dans l'Eau and Prada Infusion d'Homme.
Raul doesn't like carnation, celebrity fragrances or sport fragrances. He doesn't care for Acqua di Parma Colonia, Guerlain Habit Rouge or Chanel Antaeus.
What say you?