Today's subject is Jenny:
Jenny is in her 40s but looks and feels much younger. She describes herself as blonde and curvy.
She is a former journalist and currently works in public relations.
During the day, she favors black, brown or beige basics with brightly colored tops; at night, she likes heels and a sexy black or red dress; she also "has a thing" for animal print shoes and bags.
Her favorite hobby is dancing, everything from Argentine tango to ballet.
She loves warm weather, but is "definitely not the outdoorsy type". When she isn't dancing or at the beach, she is inside reading, watching movies or visiting museums.
Jenny is looking for a sexy evening fragrance, and unfortunately, she finds many of the evening scents on the market either too obnoxious or too old-fashioned. She lives in a big city and has access to Sephora, Neiman Marcus and most other department stores. Here is what we know about her scent preferences:
She loves sophisticated fruity floral scents; she doesn't like gourmands, powdery, green or woody scents, or heavy orientals.
Her daytime rotation includes Juicy Couture and Jean Patou Enjoy, and she also owns and wears Escada Signature and Ralph Lauren Romance.
Jenny dislikes Prada ("it reminds me of dirt and you can smell it all the way across the room"), Thierry Mugler Angel ("too heavy and too gourmand"), and Guerlain Shalimar ("smells to me like smoke or incense").
Fragrances that are close-but-no-cigar include Robert Piguet Fracas ("interesting, yet somehow jarring"), Jean Patou Joy ("has that big floral glamour going for it, but too old-fashioned"), Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors ("both are too cloying"), Chanel Gardenia ("kind of nice but a bit too retro") and Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit (she isn't sure why).
Jenny's current evening rotation includes two fragrances, but she isn't entirely happy with either: Calvin Klein Euphoria ("sexy but too syrupy-sweet", also "too woody and there's a slightly masculine quality that I don't like") and Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber ("too one-note for me to want to wear often").
Now, for the real kicker: Jenny would like her sexy evening perfume to cost $50 or less.
What say you? I have two recommendations, but I'm not completely satisfied with either and I hope you guys are going to do better:
Estee Lauder Sensuous is worth a shot. I'm not sure if it is sexy enough, and it might also qualify as "too woody" but it seems to fit her other requirements and it can be had for under $50. Another possibility is Guerlain L'Instant, which is sweet but not quite so sweet as the Euphoria. L'Instant, however, is going to go a little over the price limit ($60 for 30 ml unless she buys it at discount).