This week we're helping Lucy, who has been looking for her daily signature fragrance for a couple years without success. She says she doesn't know much about perfume, but she lives in a large city with access to a wide range of stores and is also willing to shop online. She'll pay up to $80-100. Here is what we know about Lucy:
I'm a writer, artist, and university instructor in my early thirties, finishing my MFA. I love farmers' markets, roller coasters, thrift store dresses and old jeans, stationery, leather boots, sea salt, contemporary art and craft, smoky black tea, beach hair, Thai sticky rice with mango, ginger molasses cookies, gardening, and road trips in rusty pickup trucks.
Lucy likes citrus and honey notes, but the scents she has tried in this genre (L’Occitane Honey & Lemon, Lush Honey I Washed the Kids, Mrs. Meyers Geranium cleaning products, Fresh Sugar Lychee or Bergamot Citrus) seem to lack depth, complexity and staying power. She also likes smoky campfire, tobacco or tobacco flower notes. In her 20s, she wore Hugo Deep Red and Burberry Brit.
Lucy doesn't like "fluffy-flowery-cookie-foodie, powersuit-knock-you-over-in-the-elevator, patchouli, or named for a celebrity" perfumes.
Fragrances Lucy has tried in her search include...
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb ~ too sticky sweet.
Kenneth Cole for Women ~ too brassy and sharp.
Ineke Field Notes from Paris ~ the closest she has come to finding her ideal, but it was "a bit too aggressive out of the gate and then faded quickly". She was hesitant to pay the $88, but she might go back to it if she doesn't find anything better.
CB I Hate Perfume line ~ she likes the idea and the look of the line, and particularly enjoyed Memory of Kindness and In The Library, but she finds the line too expensive, and can't decide "whether they're what I want to smell like, or just where I want to hang out".
What say you?