Stefanie Manning, O executive marketing director, and her husband, Tom Manning, financial director
Tom, buttoned-down and proper, likes a "clean smell, nonlingering. If you're in an elevator with a woman," he says, "her scent should get off when she does." He seems kind of nervous. "I'm afraid I'm not going to be very articulate about this," he says. But it turns out he's quite sure about what he does and doesn't like. Aqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi: "I like this, but it's too light." Avon Extraordinary: "Too strong." Clinique Happy to Be: "Fruitier than I like." Cacharel Promesse: "Yes! Clean!" he says, probably influenced by the sparkling top notes of mandarin and bergamot. Euphoria Calvin Klein: "Good! Not overpowering." Jo Wood Organics Amka Body Dew: "I'm sorry. Can I say that I don't like that smell?" Vera Wang Sheer Veil: "That's good." Tom sniffs a dozen more before coming back to Euphoria, Sheer Veil, and Promesse.
Enter Stefanie. "This should be interesting," she says, in a bright, slightly challenging way. "Tom tends to go for a stronger scent than what I like." She sniffs Euphoria and pulls away slightly. "Too sharp for me!" Then Sheer Veil: "This one's okay," she says, neutrally, waving her wrist around and sniffing it again. She's spritzed with Promesse. "Oh, mmm, this one's great," she says, almost sighing with pleasure. Smiling at Tom, she says, "I'll be happy wearing this."