Today's subject is Jenny. Jenny is a nurse in her early 30s and a mother to a busy toddler. She can't wear perfume to work, and she already has her perfect evening scent, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique. She's looking for a casual fall/winter scent that she can wear on days off. A cool bottle would be a plus, but it isn't a requirement. Staying under $75 is a requirement. Bear in mind that Jenny also has limited access to perfume stores. Macy's and Sephora are both nearby, and she is willing to buy some samples.
In addition to the Classique, Jenny's collection currently includes Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely and Origins Ginger. Notes she likes include musk, smoke, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon), eathy notes, citrus, herbal (rosemary and lavender are particular favorites), heliotrope, carnation, violet, lilac, rose. Jenny doesn't like berry-fruity notes, water scents or sticky-sweet smells, and she finds powdery fragrances beautiful, but generally not a good fit for her.
Here are some of the scents Jenny has tried:
Aquolina Pink Sugar: "too sweet, too young".
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: too "sticky floral", not her style.
Juicy Couture: same as the Flowerbomb.
Guerlain Shalimar: "It made me wrinkle my nose, but at least it smelled complex which was cool".
Marc Jacobs Daisy: "didn't like the strawberry, and was there freesia there too? Don't like freesia."
Thierry Mugler Angel: "meh".
Scents Jenny would wear if she got them as gifts, but found too expensive for what they were:
L by Lolita Lempicka: Jenny loves this one, but finds that it "comes and goes" on her skin.
The Jardin series from Hermès: Jenny liked Nil but it's not going to work for fall/winter, and she also liked Mousson, but found it too close to Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon for the price. (Méditerranée was "pleasant", but she didn't love it).
Chanel no. 19: Perhaps too much of a "dressy fragrance".
What say you?
I have a couple recommendations on the spicy front. First, Bvlgari Omnia is a wonderful casual spice fragrance and it's perfect for fall — if you can smell it. Many people seem to be anosmic to the musk notes, and find that it's gone in a few minutes. Givenchy Organza Indecence is another great cold-weather spice scent, and it can be had for less than $70, but I don't know if she'll be able to find a tester where she lives. She might consider buying a sample from a decanting service like The Perfumed Court.