We talked about scent substitutes a while back and I wish I had thought to include this one. A lovely friend of mine at work has a growing interest in perfume; she enjoys Fracas and Kai, among others, but feels the loss of her much-loved original Kate Spade, launched in 2003. According to Fragrantica, its notes are jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, honeysuckle, lily-of-the-valley and coconut.
It’s long been discontinued and bottles of it go for a king’s ransom on eBay. And until one of us wins the lottery, that’s not an option, alas. She did like Kate Spade’s Live Colorfully and Twirl (I think), but the original is still her top scent.
So I told her I would appeal to all you knowledgeable fragrance fiends out there for help. Have any of you who loved the original Kate Spade found something that might be a decent substitute? A scent that might help scratch the fragrant itch when she’s craving Ms. Spade’s debut perfume?
One perfume pal of mine suggested Estee Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia, so I’ll dig up my sample of that for her to try. I only vaguely recall the original Kate Spade (and even the samples on eBay are pricey), but am thinking it was a bit softer and more subtle than the Tuberose Gardenia. But maybe the EL body lotion or cream might do the trick.
Anyway, I hope someone has some suggestions. Thanks!