I'd want to find out whether or not your girlfriend likes dark and mysterious or what kinds of scents she likes. I prefer to sample first before go full throttle on a bottle. I know it'd kill the surprise for a gift idea, but what about getting her some fun samples to test out to find something you both like? Luckyscent is awesome, lots of great niche scents and wonderful descriptions and a plethura of samples to try. I actually do prefer more vanilla/gourmand scents so long as they a rich and intoxicating and not overly cloying. Botrytis by Ginestet and Omnia by Madera are both very nice. Another classy delicious scent is Sovereigns of Egypt by Romea d' Ameor. All have great lasting power too. Take my reccos with a grain of salt of course since I probably tend to wear perfume that aren't what you are looking for. Just maybe keeping your mind open to not play the vanilla hater card
What about CB I Hate Perfume http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/categ...e_Perfume.html
, they have a LOT of interesting scents. I've never tried any since I can't seem to get samples anywhere and we don't have any local shops that sell them.
Just an example of his uniqueness, November from Lucky Scent
by CB I Hate Perfume
This is just one book by Tove Jansson that, when I first read it as a child, I didn't enjoy. It was far too melancholy for my young taste. The story concerns a group of people who come together unexpectedly one November at a small house in a valley beside the sea. They come with fond memories of summer days spent on the shore, sitting quietly amid blooming flowers and, most especially, they remember the kindness of those who lived there. They come seeking comfort and solace from the family whose house this is. But the family has gone away and now the house is abandoned, dark and musty. Now in November the valley is filled with rain, chilled air and the scent of decay.
These people are thrown off by the family's absence. They are puzzled, upset and sometimes angry. They quarrel and they sulk. But, hopeful the family will soon return, they decide to remain and, slowly but with difficulty, they come to terms with the fall, with each other and with themselves.
As I read this book now many years later, I realize this is a fascinating character study and quite a subject to tackle in a children's book. There is no adventure here - only feeling and reflection. Now I can marvel at how well Ms Jansson tells her tale. I suppose that now I have the experience to appreciate her story, these characters and their feelings...
For decades November depressed me. As the year died away, I too longed for warm green grass, long summer evenings spent with friends outdoors and the sight of fireflies twinkling in the woods. the days became shorter and colder and i would become more and more gloomy. This feeling would never really leave me until the first snow fell. Sometimes that was a long wait...
But i have learned to embrace November and find comfort in the beauty of decay. I have come to realize the warmth I long for is still there - but it has taken other forms and it has changed just as I have. Change is inevitable and although I am still sometimes sad as the fall deepens, I know there is much to look forward to. The coming snow will being the warmth of family and friends.
So now on rain chilled November afternoons, I am content to sit quietly and wait...
Pumpkin Pie, Fallen Apples, Bonfire, Wood Smoke, Dried Grass, Fallen Leaves, Wet Branches, Damp Moss, Chanterelle Mushrooms and a hint of Pine Forest