Today we're helping Caitlin find her new "everyday" fragrance. She's in her 20s and works as a lawyer in Phoenix, and says she doesn't know "a ton about perfume". Caitlin wore Ghost Deep Night as her signature daytime scent for many years, but she can't find a bottle anywhere now. She's tried a number of other scents in her search for a substitute, but so far, nothing fits.
A few details about Caitlin: she goes out a lot, loves trying new restaurants and bars, "especially cool little locally-owned downtown ones". She's a green-eyed brunette, loves dressing up, and is "incredibly stubborn, with a strong personality". She'd like a perfume to match, but she'd like us to find one that goes for $150 or less, and she'd be even happier if it was under $100. The new scent should be "adult, complicated and sensual".
Perfumes Caitlin has worn in the past include Christian Dior J'Adore (her "going out" scent), Coco Mademoiselle (her signature scent before she found Ghost Deep Night), Lolita Lempicka, Hermès Eau des Merveilles, Christian Dior Addict, Hanae Mori Butterfly (way too sweet for her now) Chanel Allure, Escada Ibiza Hippie and Sexy Graffiti, Ralph Lauren Romance (she wore this in middle school, now it's way too sweet).
Perfumes Caitlin has tried in her search and found ok but not quite right include Gucci by Gucci, Gucci II, Herve Leger, John Varvatos (not complex enough), Missoni (too much of a hippie scent), Harajuku Lovers Angel and Baby (she had heard that Angel and Deep Night shared notes, but she couldn't smell it and she wasn't happy with the poor lasting power), Burberry Brit (too light and subtle), Stella McCartney Stella and Gucci Rush (both worn by friends), Lanvin Eclat D'Arpege (too mature).
Perfumes that were an absolute no: Givenchy Very Irresistible, Armani Mania, Calvin Klein Euphoria, Armani Code (all four were too generic perfume-y), Versace Bright Crystal (too old, too pink), Valentino Rock 'n Rose (too young), Robert Piguet Fracas (tried to like it, but no), Yves Saint Laurent Opium and Guerlain Shalimar (not sure she likes orientals), Lancome Miracle (she got this as a gift and it made her sick), Ralph Lauren Ralph, DKNY Be Delicious (she'd rather not smell like apples), Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl and Davidoff Cool Water.
Caitlin does not like fragrances that are too green, too vanillic/foody, or too powdery.
What say you?
I'm at a disadvantage: I've never smelled Ghost Deep Night. According to the reviews at MakeupAlley, it is at least similar to the original Burberry by Burberry, now called Burberry Classic. I haven't smelled that one either, but it might be a sensible first stop for Caitlin if she's never tried it. Hoping you all are going to have better suggestions; please chime in!
And if any of you are interested in being the subject of a Monday Mail article, you can send an email to nowsmellthis at comcast dot net. The ideal subject knows at least a little about perfume — enough to say what s/he likes and doesn't like and to name a few fragrances that didn't work — but isn't so knowledgeable that they've already smelled most of the likely suspects.