And we have a WINNER - debbborra has correctly named the contents of C
as, Dazzling Silver
by Estee Lauder!
Notes (from the Estee Lauder site) are: monet lily, wild lotus, Japanese mountain orchid, rare purple vanilla orchid, Sunset orchid, passion flower and rose, magnolia and ginger lily. The nose behind this fragrance is Evelyn Lauder, daughter of Estee Lauder (which we hinted at in the story above).
Lauder came out with Dazzling Gold and Dazzling Silver in 1998 - the year that many of the perfume houses took a lot of risks and pushed the envelope on edgier, more modern takes on scents (Feu d' Issey
by Issey Miyake and Black
by Bulgari to name a few...).
The first time I smelled DS, it really did smell like a metallic floral. I think bront82 (who I never see on BN anymore) described DS best when he said, '...The icy floral arrangement was almost funereal, obsessively clean and utterly proper. It smells like a bundle of lilies got dumped in a sink and are being scrubbed under cold water with a new soapy scouring pad. Try as I might, I didn't hate it ... I just kept smelling it. It reminded me of this extremely upright and virginal girl I used to go to school with. I can imagine her wearing it with shorts and a sweater tied around her shoulders. To be fair, this is probably the opposite of my kind of scent, but I have respect for it...'
Of course I assume the metallic vibe is arrived at using the lily at the top and bottom notes - but it is those exotic orchid notes compromising the top and middle notes that really weird out ones nose when smelling DS. They're so strange and of course smelling them blind conjures up all kinds of notes and accords (like the salt and Calone guesses) - so it didn't surprise me that you ladies took the longest to solve this one.
I smelled the EdT when I first tested DS, but I was able to get the parfum
version of DS - which is what you ladies sampled. It is
less metallic (if you can believe it) than the EdT. I was afraid you might not get the metallic accord, since the parfum is so floral, so I had SMM put that part in the story.
Here's the conclusion to this story...I'll post a concluding post-script after this post before we officially end Round 3.We were questioning what seemed like the hundredth white-coated scientist. Getting information out of them was like reading the phone book but slowly and surely we were making progress. Just like a dentist doing a root canal, and we were also finding that there was a rot at the center of Auto Scents. Everyone had confirmed that only Dr. Sterling had access to MISS and it was only his badge that allowed for entry into the lab that contained The Robot Girl. All roads were leading back to Dr. Sterling.
The Triple Play had finished with the sample we sent over and identified it as the Parfum version of Dazzling Silver by Estee Lauder. Lt. Perez was right he had smelled it before and we had now caught Dr. Sterling in a lie. It was time to go visit the good doctor and finish the root canal.
We arrived at Dr. Sterling’s house and he greeted us in a dark purple bathrobe while still drying his hair.
“Ahhh detectives, have you made any progress? I need to inform our investors about the tragedy and I’d like to be able to tell them something.”
Lt. Perez asked, “Our forensics team has identified that scent you pump into the air as a commercially bought scent and not a proprietary scent as you claimed when we met this morning.”
While talking Lt. Perez was waving behind his back toward a large armoire.
As I started to move towards it Dr. Sterling was looking at me but replying to Lt. Perez’s question, “Every business has a little fiction behind it detective its important for the employees to think what they’re doing is……Detective what are you doing?”
The last was right at me.
Lt. Perez handed Dr. Sterling a piece of paper and said, “Detective Metro Man is carrying out the search warrant you’ve just been served with.”
With those words I opened the armoire and found a huge flacon of Dazzling Silver and right next to it a rectangular circuitboard. MISS’ missing module, I presume.
Lt. Perez took out his cuffs and began, “Dr. Stephane Sterling you are under arrest for grand theft, You have the right to remain silent….”