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Basenotes Reader Awards 2012 Winners

March 23, 2012

Bna

I always look forward to the results of the Basenotes Reader Awards. They inspire me to try fragrances I wouldn't have thought of seeking out.  So, I'm off to smell Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Havane.

Best New Fragrance for Women

Bottega Veneta [Coty]

Best New Fragrance for Men

Royal Oud : Creed

Best Fragrance Flanker 2011

A*Men Pure Havane : Thierry Mugler [Groupe Clarins]

Classic (Women's)

Opium : Yves Saint Laurent

Classic (Men's)

Terre d'Hermes : Hermes

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Top Selling Feminine Fragrances 2011 USA : Popular Perfumes

January 27, 2012

Coco

Top Selling Feminine Fragrances for 2010 USA

Top Selling Feminine Fragrances for 2010 France

Top Selling Masculine Fragrances 2010 USA

Curious to see what sold well last year? Here are the top 20 best selling fragrances in the USA for the past year. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle was the number top seller, but note that the rest of the list is not organized by selling rank. In parentheses, I indicate the year of launch.   

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (2001)
The popularity of Coco Mademoiselle does not surprise me; it is a bold, memorable, distinctive perfume. It is also a high-quality perfume.  It has been the number one seller for several years in a row. 

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (2010)
A twist on Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, but with a more sparkling fruit and red berry note. Even though Chance Eau Tendre is not very original, it is nicely done. 

Clinique Happy (1997)
A trendsetting fruity-floral. It is a good choice for those who love effervescent citrusy-fruity notes paired with crisp florals and sheer woods.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (2001)
Green apple and dry amber--a trendsetting fragrance with a great character.

Chanel No 5 (1921)
Iconic perfume! No further comment is needed. I am just glad to see it on the top-seller list.

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Flavor Trends for 2012

January 10, 2012

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Perfumer & Flavorist recently reported the flavor trends for 2012 (information was obtained via Sensient Flavors, a company that specializes in such predictions.)  They sound interesting, and I am particularly curious where black garlic and peach-rosemary flavors might show up.  

"Aji Amarillo—Native to South America, the orange aji amarillo chile flavor offers a profile that features medium heat and fruity notes.
Black Garlic—Popular in Asian cuisine, black garlic is fermented garlic that offers a sweet, syrupy flavor.
Coriander—The seed of the coriander plant, this spice is native to the Middle East, southern Europe and Asia, and offers a fragrant profile with citrus and warm spice notes.

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Jean-Claude Ellena on Gourmand Fragrances

December 06, 2011

Jean-Claude Ellena, the exclusive perfumer for Hermès and author of “Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent,” admires [Thierry Mugler] Angel for its structure. “It has a strong shape,” he said. “People can recognize you in the street as somebody who wears Angel.” But he refuses to use sugary notes in his own perfumes. “When you use the sugary gourmand product, I know by experience that you please easily,” Mr. Ellena said. “And when you please easily, people are pleased for the moment, but after they forget. I prefer a perfume that is more difficult to understand.”

From New York Times's article A Little Confection Behind the Ear. Thanks to Tom for a link!


Fragrance Trends: from 1991 to 2011

November 29, 2011

Although the increase in fragrance launches is obvious enough from a visit to any department store, considering the trend reveals the incredible surge in the number of perfumes marketed each year. What will 2012 be like? While many trade sources say that there are fewer launches, I do not expect that we will see a significant decrease next year.

 

1991

2001

2011

Total

76

372

1200

Feminine

42

234

766

Masculine

28

99

305

Unisex

6

39

129

Limited Editions

0

32

236

Flankers

3

52

197

Celebrity

3

9

73

Niche

9

61

219

Source: Michael Edwards's FragrancesoftheWorld.info


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