By  on June 10, 1994

Mary Davin, an international trade specialist at the Department of Commerce, said, "I think fragrances are too expensive, which is why I've never in my life bought one. I always use just samples I pick up at department stores."

Jija Davis, a full-time mother, said, "I use Chanel No. 5 or [Chanel's] Coco. I do think fragrances are too expensive, but I don't use that much because I have a baby. I usually just use lotion or powder because perfume is too strong, but when I go out I use perfume."

Susan Pettee, a lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission, said, "I love Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant and also Byblos. I just love things that smell good. I grew up on Chanel No. 5 and Dior; my father used to bring it back for me from Paris. Yes, I think fragrances are too expensive, but I just like them. Drugstore things on the whole I find a little vulgar."

Brenda Crawford, an organizational development consultant, said, "I use White Linen by Estee Lauder. I also like [Giorgio's] Red and Caroline Herrera. I don't mind spending a little something on a fragrance. I haven't tried Sunflowers."

Theresa Conaty, a program manager, said, "I usually wear [Liz Claiborne's] Vivid when I go out to dinner and Realities by Liz Claiborne when it's more casual. I also like [Calvin Klein's] Obsession and Beautiful by Estee Lauder. Usually I buy when I can get a bonus, in a set, so it's not too expensive."

Anne Pena, a secretary, said, "Beautiful is my favorite. I got it for Christmas two years ago and have been using the same bottle ever since. I didn't use too much before that. I won't buy perfume because it's too expensive, but I will buy cologne. Sometimes I'm interested in a fragrance from a magazine sample, but I've never bought one based on that."

Julie Mulhern, a recruiting coordinator for a law firm, said, "I wear mainly patchouli and Ralph Lauren. I also really like the Elizabeth Arden Spa products. I wear the Elizabeth Arden in the summer because it's nice and light. I don't really pay attention to the price -- I buy what I like. I buy perfumes one or two times a year, but body mists and things like that I go through pretty regularly."Joyce Niedner, a manager of a research department for a law firm, said, "I only wear The Body Shop's White Musk; everything else gives me a headache. I absolutely love Cristalle by Chanel, but even Chanel gives me a headache. I don't think fragrances are too expensive; if I could find one that doesn't give me a headache, I'd buy it in a heartbeat."

Carol Card, a bank loan processor, said, "I like Estee Lauder's Beautiful, I like White Linen and Obsession. Fragrances are too expensive; I don't buy them unless there's a promotion going on. Sometimes I'll use a lotion that has a light, delicate fragrance like Jergens, but cheap store brands aren't really nice."

Minerva Ramirez said, "I wear Obsession and [Lancome's] Tresor and I also like [Calvin Klein's] Eternity. When I'm looking for a fragrance, I look for it to stay on long. I think fragrances are a little bit too expensive, so I go to the Cosmetic Center.

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