The Monday Mail ~ help Vanessa find a new perfume

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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…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Cat find a new perfume

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Cat wants our help finding her fall 2015 perfume – she’s says she’s been moving towards a “daily wear seasonal model” and has come up short for this time of year. The weather where she lives is still too hot for traditional fall fragrances, but she want something beyond greens or florals, which are too spring-like. She’d like to keep the cost below $250.

Here is what we know about Cat:

She’s in her 30s and she lives in the desert.

She works in a semi-conservative office.

She loves yoga, hiking (when it’s cooler), reading and luxury handbags…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Alissa find a new fragrance

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The Monday Mail is our not-so-regular feature where readers help other readers find the perfect fragrance. Today’s subject: Alissa. When Alissa was young, her grandmother gave her some cute perfume samples and started her on the road to collecting, first for the bottles, later, as she grew older, for the juice.

She needs help today on a very specific quest. On a trip to China with her boyfriend, they visited several temples. Inside the temples, there was incense burning. She loved the smell, and after doing some research she thinks the incense was probably sandalwood. Alissa wants to find a perfume that will smell like the incense from those temples. She is willing to spend up to €250 euro, but she’d like that price to fetch her a large bottle (150-200 ml)…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Fabio find a(nother) new fragrance

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Fabio is back for a third round of the Monday Mail, our not-so-regular feature where readers help other readers find the perfect fragrance. Fabio wants a new summer fragrance for 2015. He’d like something sophisticated and elegant, and perhaps sexy as well. He’d like to stick to a price range of $80 – $120, and while niche is fine, he’d rather not have something difficult to find.

Here is what we know about Fabio…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Maneki find a new perfume

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Maneki, who lives in Sweden, wants our help with a very particular scent quest. She’s primarily interested in finding the right samples, so price isn’t an issue. Do read on and see if you can help:

I’m dreaming of summer evenings, of sitting on a hill watching the sunset while a gentle wind blows in the hair. And there’s one scent I imagine being part of this scene: coumarin. Or, rather, the coumarin-laden plants on that very hill: “vanilla grass”/sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum) and sweet grass (Hierochloe odorata). While I can always go sniff the sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) in our garden …I’d love a scent for those grey and cold days when I long for the beautiful white nights of June…

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