Today we're helping Lee. She says every perfume she tries ends up "going to sugar" in the dry down, and she wants our help finding something dry — nothing fruity, nothing amber-y, nothing sugar-y and definitely nothing powdery. She is open to fragrances geared towards either gender, and she's love to find something under $100.
Here is what we know about Lee:
She's in her late 30s.
She works in science, but in an office, not a lab.
If she could make a California Girl perfume, it would smell like hiking through the grassy, sage and California laurel hills of Marin County on a hot day, then down through the wet redwoods, pine sap and black earth of Mt. Tamalpais, then coming out at last through the gardens of Stinson Beach to the beach itself with its cold breeze off the ocean.
Lee likes earthy and vegetal smells: wet dirt, sun-heated rock, brick, lumberyards, sage, grass, lime, tomato leaves, campfires. She loves salty fragrances. She wore Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme for years, but she got bored with it eventually. She currently wears Hermès Concentré d'Orange Verte, and she likes that too, but again, she's getting bored of it, and while she appreciates the staying power, it doesn't have that lovely initial sparkle of Eau d'Orange Verte.
Here are some of the perfumes Lee has tried or worn in the past:
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood: It smells great, but it's a little too realistic — she would like more complexity and abstraction.
Caron Yatagan: She found it interesting and appealing but her husband politely requested she never wear it again.
Tauer Perfumes Lonestar Memories: Fun, but too much burning tar.
Tauer Perfumes L'air du Desert Marocain: She likes it, but it's too sweet for her.
Diptyque Eau de Lierre: Too watery.
Estée Lauder Azurée: Smells like soap and powder to her — she missed the herbal, leather and marine notes she expected after reading a review here.
What say you?