Today we’re helping Poppie, who has just retired and wants to update her fragrance wardrobe — she feels like she’s been in a rut and is due for big changes. She’d like to find a special occasion perfume, plus a few everyday scents that will survive sports and hopefully not attract mosquitoes. She wants her new fragrances to be generally happy, uplifting, fresh, warm and friendly, and to have good lasting power — she’s not looking for anything “femme fatale” or “grand dame matriarch”. Here is what we know about Poppie:
She’s in her early 60s and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
She says she is fair and thin skinned with freckles, green eyes, peachy cheeks, a few wrinkles and dark brown hair with some grey. She uses minimal makeup and bright coral lipstick.
She’s mostly worked in finance/accounting, where close, non-confrontational scents are the norm.
She says she is a visual, analytic type of person, quiet most of the time with occasional bursts of activity. She loves camping, hiking, cross country skiing, Siberian husky dogs, and horses.
Poppie’s previous “standby” fragrances now seem too bland and lightweight to her — this would include Elizabeth Arden Green Tea (she loves the rhubarb and mint) and Green Tea Lavender (her nighttime comfort scent); several of the Clean fragrances; Clinique Happy and Happy Heart (safe work fragrances). Farther back, she used to like Estee Lauder Aliage and Cinnabar; Clinique Aromatics Elixir (way too much for her now); Madame Rochas; Norell by Norell; Ralph Lauren Safari (more sexy than she cares for now); the ‘old’ Chantilly by Houbigant and Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass.
Here are some of the fragrances she has tried:
Sung by Sung: too high pitched and screechy.
Bvlgari Blv Notte: intriguing, but too light and short-lived.
Chanel Chance: too sweet.
Perfumers Workshop Tea Rose: beautiful but too heavy.
Avon Imari: she liked the incense.
Avon Rare Gold & Elizabeth Arden Red Door: she hates them both.
Lolita Lempicka: a wonderful complex rich scent, but too heavy/oily on her skin.
Philosophy Amazing Grace: a little too sweet and simple, and didn’t last.
What say you?