Vanessa wants our help finding her perfect perfume. For years she wore and loved Avon Soft Musk, but they no longer sell it in the US, and the last time Avon released it here as a limited edition, it did not smell the same to her. Vanessa is on a budget and wouldn't pay more than $40; she's willing to shop online and has local access to Walgreens, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, K Mart, TJ Maxx, JC Penny and Dillard's.
Here is what we know about Vanessa:
Vanessa is in her early 30s and lives in Tennessee.
She works as an adjunct guitar teacher, and teaches in a tiny lesson room in a music store so she can't wear extremely strong scents.
Vanessa likes patchouli but finds that those around her do not (her patchouli oil sometimes offended others, and her husband did not appreciate Prada Amber although he didn't mind Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely). She also likes vetiver, bergamot, nag champa, and soft leathers (she liked Avon Pink Suede). She occasionally uses Youth Dew bath oil but the fragrance is too strong for regular wear, and likewise Dana Tabu, which she does wear sometimes, is too much for casual wear. Musks she likes but that aren't quite perfect for her include The Body Shop Red Musk, Jovan musk oil, Alyssa Ashley musk oil, Body Time Egyptian Musk, Body Time China Rain. Body Time Lite Musk wasn't earthy enough. She tends to wear Clinique Happy Heart, but it doesn't seem right for winter, and it also isn't earthy enough.
Vanessa thinks (but isn't sure) that she doesn't like ylang ylang, and she definitely doesn't like anything that resembles sun tan oil. Perfumes that have not worked for Vanessa include:
Body Time Lady Gray: a disaster... smelled of fake ylang ylang disinfectant.
Revlon Ciara: it's ok, but did not smell like nag champa, just vanilla, coke and baby lotion.
Avon Haiku: smells like disinfectant.
Cacharel Anais Anais: hair spray and rancid Haiku.
Kate Spade Walk on Air: she thought she loved it, but then it morphed into Adidas Sport which she does not like.
Coty Vanilla Fields: locker room mid-90s mixed with the smell of gym class.
Estee Lauder Sensuous: she thought she liked it, but someone else whom she found difficult wore it regularly, so now she would not want to wear it.
More "no" scents: Avon Passion, Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss, Lady Gaga.
Fragrances she can't wear because others in her family wear them: Calvin Klein Obsession, White Shoulders, Wind Song, Sweet Pea.
What say you?