Today we're helping Kate, a regular commenter (as KateReed) here at Now Smell This. Kate wants to find a nice bedtime /downtime scent — not too loud, not too quiet. It would be great if it was a natural fragrance, or at least, not "heavily chemical". She says she has less than $90 of wiggle room in her budget every month, so it has to be reasonably priced. She usually shops online. Here is what we know about Kate:
She's in her mid-30s, single, and works in insurance sales. She says she can sometimes be perverse simply to be perverse.
For fun, she reads and writes. She loves sci-fi and sci-fantasy books, and for movies, westerns.
She says she has little if any sense of style.
She hates being cooped up, and likes the windows open.
Kate likes dry and powdery fragrances, but she also likes many other kinds of fragrances; she has gone through floral, aquatic, woody and green "phases". She doesn't like melon or banana, or anything too sweet, and while she doesn't mind vanilla, she'd rather find something that doesn't have a strong vanilla presence. She doesn't mind oils or solids, but she'd prefer a spray.
Here is what she has tried recently in her search:
The Lavanila line: all too focused on vanilla.
Pacifica Spanish Amber: she really liked this one, but then got tired of it. It started her powdery kick though.
Pacifica Sandalwood: ok but dull.
The Smell Bent line: her favorites are Never Never Land, Tibet UR Bottom $, Violet Tendencies and Bollywood or Bust, but she likes them all for day or work, not to relax.
What say you?