My mother has the same problem. She has largely British ancestry; very pale, somewhat dry skin; reddish brown hair. Fragrance is mainly my hobby - scents last moderately well on me, though some disappear almost instantly - but finding even one fragrance that lasts or stays pleasant on her has been incredibly difficult. A related problem that I've noticed is that scents tend to change drastically on her. I didn't believe her at first when she said that Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose smelled like a rubber raincoat on her, but it was true.