It is not the first time I've forgotten to post the Monday Mail on Monday, and it probably won't be the last. So here it is, a day late but better late than never.
Today we're helping Mariclare, who is on a stricter budget than most of our participants: she wants to find her perfect casual, everyday scent for $40 or under. Can it be done? Her dream fragrance would be unusual, unconventional and not easily recognizable, but she'd also like it to be pleasant and not overbearing (no major sillage). A perfume she can find at Macy's is a big plus, but she's willing to shop online if need be. Here is what we know about Mariclare:
She's in her late 20s. She works full time, and goes to school (to study painting) part time.
She lives with her boyfriend, and she says they're both "a little eccentric".
Mariclare says her personality is bright — "people are always telling me i have the best and most infectious laugh".
Her style is eclectic: she enjoys combining colors and styles (floral skirts with motorcycle boots, vintage baby doll dresses with moccasins & thrift-store earrings).
Mariclare usually wears perfume oils because they're inexpensive. She likes powdery, floral-oriental scents, as well as green, fresh, airy scents.
She doesn't like overly sweet or aquatic fragrances.
Here are some of the perfumes Mariclare has tried, or has worn regularly:
Kenzo Flower Le Parfum: she wore it every day until she decided she wanted to wear something more casual.
Pacifica Mediterranean Fig: carefree and light, she wore it until she ran out.
Body Time Green Fig Oil: she loves it.
Body Time Egyptian Musk: she loves this too, but it's too "immediately identifiable" and popular.
Stella McCartney Stella: she likes the rose fragrance.
Thierry Mugler Angel: she likes it, but it's too univerally worn.
Thierry Mugler Womanity: too salty and too sweet.
Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie, Burberry Brit, Lolita Lempicka: too sweet.
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist: too boring.
Yves Saint Laurent Elle: too conventional.
Guerlain Shalimar: too mature.
Jean Patou Joy: she loves it, but it might be too fancy for her.
Ilari perfume oil: another one she loves, but it's $65 and she can't afford it.
What say you?