The Monday Mail is helping Genevieve today — she'd like to find a perfect first-date scent. It should be a little unusual but not too sexy or too unisex. She'd be happiest if it cost under $100 — she doesn't go on so many dates to justify a huge splurge — although she'd go as high as $150 if she had to. She has good access to major department stores and specialty shops, and she's willing to shop online so long as she can test the fragrance first.
Here is what we know about Genevieve:
She's in her early 30s, and works as a librarian.
She says her personal tastes are eclectic and inspired by film noir and punk rock.
She's definitely a city girl, and she likes good food, live music (anything from country to opera), and learning new languages.
Genevieve likes spice, incense, citrus, some honey, and lighter florals, especially soft jasmine and orange blossom. She'd like to experiment with leather and tobacco notes. She also loves heavy florientals but not the elevator-clearing effect. Her day-to-day rotation includes Comme des Garçons Ouarzazate, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Wish. Her "night out" perfumes include Lancôme Poême (which she has worn since high school and will never give up) and Yves Saint Laurent Nu. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb is next on her to-buy list.
She dislikes fruit and chocolate, and generally anything too sweet. Her mother wears Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Chanel no. 5, so she'd prefer to stay away from the aldehydics.
Here is what she has tried so far:
Elie Saab Le Parfum: she loved it in the store, but it turned out to be way too heavy for enclosed spaces.
Prada Infusion d'Iris: pretty, but varied with wear — sometimes a "gorgeous earthy thing" and sometimes "old-lady-bathroom-potpourri".
Kenzo Amour Indian Holi: pleasant and soft, but a bit monotonous, and maybe too quiet and ladylike.
Hermès Eau des Merveilles: on the "maybe" list but feels almost a little too dressy.
By Killian Back to Black: smells amazing on her and she has been wearing it to work, applied very very lightly.
What say you?