I'm pretty much a first-generation fragrance wearer and have my online friends to thank for helping this novice.
My mom's purse often contained paper perfume samples, and they bore that leather purse overtone (is that why I like Dzing!?).
Something I've meant to mention for a long time is the smell of my mother's mother's bathroom. Loving family members would give Grandma gifts of (probably) Avon frags. And all the bottles sat on a glass shelf above the toilet, contributing to a steady mixed haze of womanly scent. The tiny bathroom also smelled like, ah, a bathroom. This made a very strong and positive impression, believe it or not.
Have to mention that the bathroom was adjacent to Grandma's pantry, which was deliciously aromatic with yeast. God, I miss that extraordinary woman who called me "Choy"(Germans have difficulty pronouncing the letter J the American way). By the way, she died on Mother's Day about 30 years ago.