What’s the best way to give someone a nice introduction to fragrance? Not too much as to be overwhelming, but a good taste so they can get an idea of what they like. There are intro samplers at STC but those might be a bit more advanced than what I need. And I’d rather not do one of those Sephora sampler packs that you buy and then apply the cost to your purchase, because I’d rather not be limited to one store. I’m looking to do a hand-picked batch of starter perfumes.
A dear friend of mine, who has been an angel to me in so many ways, always comments on my fragrance addiction and has hinted that she might like to dip her toe into the perfumed water. She has a late July birthday, so I’d like to put together a goodie pack for her in the next few weeks and let her play awhile with those. Then I can get her more of what she loved for her birthday.
I think she likes florals, so I’m considering a few different scents there. I’ve already got a bit of L’Artisan’s La Chasse Aux Papillons, Guerlain’s Lys Soleia and Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar put back for her. So I probably could use a few more easy-to-love scents, perhaps including a gentle rose. And maybe even venturing a bit into other genres (gourmands, aquatics, classy fruity scents, maybe even a light wood and/or amber or two) just to give her a touch of variety, and for comparison’s sake.
We’ll leave the divas for later, as well as the super-hard-to-find numbers. I’d like them to be scents that are not too hard to obtain, especially if her husband is looking to give her one later on. Also, I’m passing on the uber-spendy ones, as I think she might faint if she knew what Amouages and Malles go for. Heck, when I look at the price tags for some of those, I feel a bit lightheaded myself!
I have a few more starter perfumes up my sleeve, but any suggestions you folks have would be very welcome. I know you all will think of some gems that I’ve overlooked. Thanks so much!!