Today we're helping Now Smell This reader Nebbe, who wants to find one or two new spring / summer fragrances — scents that she can put into heavy rotation for the next six months. She can spend about $75 - $125. Nebbe works in an open office environment, where perfume is allowed but the employees are asked to keep it subtle. She'd love to find something that will last through an 8 - 12 hour workday without re-application, but with light sillage (preferably, others won't notice it unless they're in her personal space).
Nebbe is relatively new to the perfume world (the last six months) but is already addicted to sampling, reading about perfumes, and more sampling.
Here is what we know about Nebbe:
She's in her mid-30s, and works in professional services in the Pacific North West.
She loves reading, listening to podcasts/local news talk, enjoying a great meal with friends, and thrift store shopping.
Her style is a mix of classic and modern, with a sensual twist on the weekends. She is outgoing and friendly, and loves meeting new people.
Nebbe likes soft, creamy, well-blended scents; notes she appreciates include amber, vanilla, sandalwood, gardenia, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang ylang, honey, musk, citrus and neroli. She also likes powder, but since she already owns many powdery scents, she is looking for something without powder. She likes the new L'Occitane Neroli & Orchidee (she likes it better than Elie Saab) but is not ready to pull the trigger. Fragrances that she wears often include Prada Infusion d'Iris, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Chanel Beige, Barbara Bui Le Parfum, Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black, Cartier Baiser Vole, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanille and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess.
Nebbe dislikes anything cloying or too sugary sweet, thin / cologne scents, leather, sharp scents or heavy patchouli. She thinks oakmoss might hate her. She doesn't often love fruity florals, and since she already has Kate Spade Twir she is not looking for another.
Here is what Nebbe has tried so far in her search:
Bulgari Omnia Crystalline & Green Tea: both were nice in the bottle, but disappeared within seconds from her skin.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana White: she kind of liked it, but the musk was overwhelming after a couple hours.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP (pink bottle): she has worn it four times, twice it was pleasant, twice it was unpleasant.
Diptyque Tam Dao: pleasing but too singular. She gave her decant to her mom, who loves it.
Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs: she got this when it came out and loves the tuberose/gardenia. But it is too...too...something; she likes Chanel Beige more.
Botega Veneta: horrifying burned chemical stench.
Ellen Tracey Bronze: burned powder chemical stench.
Thierry Mugler Angel: too much patchouli and sugar, emphatically not for her.
Estee Lauder Sensuous: plastic note that bothers her; otherwise honeyed sandalwood is right up her alley.
Tory Burch: not full-bodied on her, was bored of it within 2 hours.
Givenchy Play & Ange Ou Demon Le Secret: insta-headache from sugary-sweetness from both.
What say you?
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