Today we're helping Bedo, who wants to find a new everyday scent for fall and winter. She'd like something with oomph and staying power, and since she is far from good stores, she wants to shop online. Right now she's interested in buying samples from niche houses or niche retailers— if you have suggestions for what she might try, you might also list the place where she could buy a sample. Here is what we know about Bedo:
She's in her early 60s and works with computers.
She lives in the woods in the upper Midwest.
She thinks of herself as an artist, potter and gardener.
Bedo wore Chanel No. 5 for many years, and more recently, Guerlain Samsara, but now they don't smell as appealing as they used to. She also adores Diorissimo, but it doesn't last on her skin. She recently used up a small bottle of Jour d’Hermès, which smelled lovely but also didn't last. Her husband is fonder of Cashmere Mist that she is, but she wears it happily at home for him.
Bedo loves sandalwood and amber and leather and vanilla and nutmeg and fresh flowers, especially lily of the valley, linden, carnation, honeysuckle and roses. Citrus is ok in moderation, but it's often zingy and irritating.
She is very allergic to tobacco, and just doesn't like patchouli, which always smells moldy to her. The whole candied fruity arena holds no attractions, and she finds lily irritating. Some jasmines are lovely, but some smell sort of rancid. Tuberose and gardenia also often smell "off."
What say you?