Yes, we're a day late! Julie is our victim of the week. Julie is looking for a new signature fragrance to replace her long-time love, Calvin Klein Obsession. What we know about Julie:
Julie is in her 40s and happily married.
She leads a busy, active life, including a full-time job plus a part-time job reviewing restaurants for her local paper. She also designs jewelry, and is caring for her mother who has terminal cancer.
Julie loves shoes, handbags & clothes, but tends to save her money for other things. She is willing to splurge on the right perfume though!
Julie wore Obsession for many years, then after having surgery 8 years ago, it never smelled the same to her. Before the surgery, she found Obsession "soft, warm, rich, lovely"; after the surgery, it "smelled like Obsession, and not in a good way".
Julie loves orientals and notes like amber, vanilla, sandalwood, musk and spices. She does not like heavy florals, fruity or citrusy scents, and she doesn't care for lavender or patchouli. Lasting power is an important issue. Here are some fragrances she has tried that are "close but no cigar":
Guerlain Shalimar: her favorite of what she has tried, and she bought a full bottle of the Eau de Parfum. She appreciates the longevity, but finds it a tad sweet for summer.
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur: interesting, but sometimes smells like "CocaCola dried up in the hot sun".
Frederic Malle Noir Epices: she loves the spices, but it is "a little too dry on my skin, plus there's a sharp note (geranium?) to it that jars my senses a bit".
L'Artisan Ambre Extreme: "lovely, rich, warm, a little spicy", and she is tempted to buy a bottle but finds it perhaps "just a little bit one note".
Serge Lutens Arabie: "comforting and yet exotic", but "a little too sweet for everyday".
Laura Biagiotti Roma: an old favorite she revisits occasionally, but it is too light and has too little sillage in the Eau de Toilette.
Scents that go in the "no" column:
The Chanels she has tried (5, 19, 22 and Coco) "go sour".
She finds many of scents in the the Estee Lauder line too old fashioned (Youth Dew, White Linen).
Guerlain Mitsouko was a scrubber ("smelled like blue cheese").
Serge Lutens Rousse: "very artificial, more like cinnamon red-hots than real cinnamon".
Montale: "every single one of them disappears almost immediately on my skin".
Thierry Mugler Angel: "sweet covered in honey drowned in vanilla icing".
So, what say you? I am so terribly behind this week that I'm not only posting this a day late, I haven't even got a recommendation ready. I'm going to think about it, and when I come up with something I'll add it to the comments. Better yet, you guys will have so many great ideas that I'll just agree with all of yours.