Today's subject, Alia, has been waiting patiently for her Monday Mail article, which did not appear yesterday due to various & sundry technical difficulties. Alia is a mother of twins in her late 20s, and she's looking for a casual fragrance to match her casual but smart style. She says she loves perfume but doesn't know much about it, and many strong fragrances give her a headache.She can pay up to $200, and she lives in Seattle and has good access to perfume stores.
Alia likes citrus and ginger notes, so long as they aren't too strong, and clean fresh scents, again, so long as they aren't too strong. Her favorite perfumes, in descending order, are Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue, Clinique Happy, Carolina Herrera Chic, Banana Republic W, Ralph Lauren Romance and The Body Shop White Musk. Estee Lauder White Linen would have been a hit if it weren't so strong.
Alia doesn't like strong florals, especially jasmine, or sweet cloying perfumes. Perfumes she doesn't care for include Thierry Mugler Angel, the mainstream Chanels, the Burberry line (she does like Burberry Sport & Brit, just not on her).
Here is what Alia has tried so far:
Jo Malone line: she tried them all in Nordstrom and didn't really like any of them.
L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons: too strong.
Apothia IF: too strong.
Guerlain: she tried the Guerlain fragrances she could find at Sephora, and none of them clicked.
What say you? Oh, and it would be a big help if those of you who suggest a niche fragrance would mention where it could be purchased as Alia is not familiar with niche brands.