About 20 years ago, Susan started getting blinding headaches from perfume, and so until recently she'd mostly given up wearing scent other than a few essential oils purchased at a local store. Her headaches have abated, and she'd like to find a new signature scent (or two) for daytime. She says she can tell right away if a new fragrance will give her a headache, and it doesn't seem to be related to how light or heavy the perfume is.
Susan doesn't have wonderful access to retail perfume stores, but she's happy to shop online and doesn't mind buying samples. Cost is not a huge factor, but she says she probably wouldn't spend more than $200. She's not after anything trendy, and probably wouldn't buy a celebrity perfume. Here is what we know about Susan:
She's in her early 50s, and owns a small marketing communications company.
She likes things that are quiet, classic, elegant, understated — but not dull or boring.
Her hobbies are gardening ("nothing better than the smell of good dirt"), reading, and old movies, especially the film noir genre of the 30s and 40s.
Before Susan starting getting headaches, she wore Charles of the Ritz (the burgundy bottle). For a time she sort of liked Chanel No. 5, but she decided it's probably too mature for her. Her essential oil scents were Star Jasmine, Green Tea and Habuba (which she says is somewhat African or Middle Eastern-exotic, smoky and kind of chocolate-y). She also likes ginger fragrances (she has several bath/body products in ginger), and jasmine (the right jasmine!) — all of her clothing and linen drawers and closets have Greenleaf Jasmine sachets.
Here is what Susan has tried so far in her search:
D&G Roue de la Fortune: interesting on the card, but horrible on skin, and headache-inducing.
Dior Escale a Pondichery: why bother?
Givenchy Ange ou Demon: nice on the card, but only lasted 30 minutes on skin and turned into a hideous cotton candy. Too young.
Givenchy Ysatis: liked but didn't love.
Bvlgari: she tried quite a few and didn't like any of them, but wants to try Jasmin Noir.
What say you?