Today we're helping Aria, who wants to find her perfect wedding fragrance. She wants something she loves but that she hasn't worn regularly — in the future, she'd like to wear it only on special occasions. Keep in mind that she's getting married in the heart of summer, in California, out of doors. It's going to be hot. She can spend up to $200, but is ok with buying a decant of something more expensive.
Aria is in her mid-20s, and says she is currently making that somewhat odd transition from carefree "girl" to "professional" woman: she says she's still a kid at heart and doesn't entirely think of herself as a grown woman.
Aria likes notes of rose, vanilla, faint fig/fig leaf (the milky-creamy type), pale ambers, citrus and tea. Her fragrances tend toward labels like "fresh" "green" and "fresh-spicy". Her fiance has trouble smelling rose scents unless she's doused in them, but he can smell foodie scents just fine (cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla), and likes magnolia flowers and citrus. She says she loves the Hermès brand and is planning to do some smelling at one of their boutiques — she's particularly interested in the Hermessences. At the moment, she wears Hermès Jardin en Mediterranee, Balenciaga Rosabotanica and Stella McCartney Stella.
Aria dislikes most white florals, patchouli, strong sandalwood, vetiver, and fragrances that are too sharp-sugary.
Here are some of the fragrances she has tried:
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay: A touch too masculine and the sillage was somehow HUGE on her...she'd prefer a scent that was closer to the skin.
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey: she wanted to love it, but it turned into a sugar monster and gave her the mother of all headaches.
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia: Unfortunate scent association with another family member. Also the white florals were too heavy.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede: She feels like it has too much sillage for a hot summer day, and is a bit too much like an office scent.
Creed Fleur de The Rose Bulgare: It went soapy in under 15 minutes.
Creed Aqua Fiorentina: Too sharp and gave her a headache.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: No longevity.
Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles: too much patchouli.
Gucci Guilty Black: too sugary.
Bond no. 9 Union Square: she didn't like it. Maybe it was too floral?
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie: she felt it had a strange way of making her smell like baby. Also, too much sillage.
Lancome La Vie est Belle: Too sweet-sharp.
What say you?
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