Melissa is looking for the perfect "beach at night" fragrance. It should call up the beaches in Southwest Florida where she lives: "warm, salty, sandy, with a wash of tropical white flowers". Ideally, it would cost under $100 but she'll go higher for something wonderful if she has to. Oh, and she loves online shopping.
Here is what we know about Melissa:
She's in her early 40s and says her personality can best be summed up with the word "sarcastic."
She likes to read and she likes to sleep; she says if she wrote her autobiography, she'd call it "Wasted Potential."
Melissa loves dining out, shopping, drinks with friends, and wasting countless hours on the internet.
Melissa likes warmer scents, like orientals and florientals. Her floral preferences lean heavily to white flowers and/or anything tropical. The only signature scent she ever wore was Cher's Uninhibited, but that was a long time ago and she doesn't know if she'd still like it today.
Melissa doesn't like scents that are too fresh or green or bright. Please, nothing aquatic or ozonic, no roses or lilies, and nothing too powdery.
Here are a few of the fragrances she has tried so far:
Annick Goutal Songes: very close to what she wants ("just the right balance of sweet and murky") but lacking the salt and sand.
L de Lolita Lempicka: another near miss; not enough white floral.
CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot's Holiday: again, lacking the white floral. Also too masculine, so she gave it to her husband.
Prada: she likes it in the cold, but it's too much for Florida weather.
Tocca Cleopatra: she likes that it's soft and spicy, but it's better for cool weather and has poor lasting power.
Tocca Florence: a lovely spring scent with no lasting power.
Annick Goutal Grand Amour: "smelled like a funeral parlor".
Dior Hypnotic Poison: "root beer".
L'Instant de Guerlain: reminded her of her grandmother. Melissa says she had excellent taste in perfume but she doesn't want to smell like her.
Armani Code: "scrubber".
What say you?