Like a few others over here, I am also quite picky with fragrances. After all, smell is something I value.
Unfortunately, Australian shops tend to stock only the more commercial perfumes - it is very hard to find the gourmand smells which I like. You find lots of the florals/musky smells here and, of course, the 'celeberity stuff'. Not my cup of tea.
So, every now and again, I go to a department store, try quite a few of perfumes (and usually the SA will have no idea of what gourmand perfumes are anyway), mostly with no success. Unfortunately I do feel guilty, but I don't required assistance - I know what I like and what I'm after, so I am happy to 'browse' by myself.
Besides, you cannot predict how a certain fragrance will smell on your skin or how it will develop after an hour or two.