Fragrance

By Michelyn Camen

(Compiled by Michelyn Camen, BN Fragrance Editor and Karen Dubin, Founder of Sniffapalooza)

I hate having to make definitive decisions. Inadvertently, I worry. What if I make a mistake? I’ll obsess about it for weeks. I am instinctive and passionate about fragrance, but I also have one nose. Fortunately, I met Karen Dubin, Founder and Director of Sniffapalooza, (www.Sniffapalooza.com), the world-wide organization for fragrance aficionados, through Chandler Burr, the Perfume Critic for the New York Times. She enthusiastically agreed to co-author BN’s First Annual Best Scent (2007) Awards . Karen is a true “sniffa” chick; she’ll do just about anything (short of cutting her way through the Amazon with a machete) to find the most amazing fragrances. I don’t have to work quite that hard… but I won’t give up until the latest, greatest and most spectacular scents find their way into Beauty News Magazine.

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Between Karen and I, THOUSANDS of fragrances have been tested, sniffed, and spritzed. Together, we chose the categories and then selected our respective Best Scent winners; we sealed our envelopes. Agree or disagree, the winners are:

…(Drum Roll)…


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
**Best Limited Edition L’Artisan Parfumeur Iris Pallida L’Artisan Parfumeur Iris Pallida
Best Scent to “Drink” Frapin 1270 Ginestet Botrytis
Best Scent to “Eat” Apothia Velvet Rope Parfumerie Generale Musc Maori


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Scent for a Teen Girl Moschino Funny ! Oilily Papillion
Best Men’s Scent Ulrich Lang Anvers Narciso Rodriguez for him
Best Unisex Fragrance The Different Co. Sel De Vetiver Penhaligon’s Quercus
Best Designer Scent Gucci by Gucci Armani Prive Pierre de Lune
Best Celebrity Scent Cumming by Alan Cumming Unforgivable Sean John


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Single Note Scent Santa Maria Novella Mimosa i Profumi di Firenze Vaniglia Del Madagascar
Best Skin Scent i Profumi di Firenze Muschio e Ambra Creative Scentualization Peace Comes from Within
##Best Amber Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan L’Artisan Parfumeur Amber Extreme and Hermes Amber Narguile


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Scent Masterpiece Parfums DelRae Bois De Paradis Parfums DelRae Bois De Paradis


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Scent You Never Heard of Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline Ineke Chemical Bonding
Best Cult Scent By Kilian Straight to Heaven Etat Libre D’Orange Rossy De Palma Eau de Protection
Best Scent Name Etat Libre D’Orange Jasmine And Cigarettes Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance
Best Avant Garde Scent Etro Messe De Minuit Mandy Aftel Tango


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Scent For Seduction Costume National Scent By Kilian Liaisons
Dangereuses
Best Scent for a Second Date Narciso Rodriguez for her Creed Love in White
Best Scent to Give As a Gift Hors La Monde Shiloh Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint
##Best Scent for the Office Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrian Beth Terry Element of
Surprise
and Prada Infusion D’Iris


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Scent For Hot Weather Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil Manuel Canovas L’Ile Bleue
Best Cold Weather Scent Serge Lutens Chergui Parfumerie Generale Aomassai
Best “Go To” Scent” L’Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant Ajne Collection Luxe Lakshmi


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  Karen’s Picks BN Editor’s Picks
Best Bottle Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory Lubin Idole
Best Classic Scent Guerlain Mitsouko Rochas Femme
Best Buzzzzzz Thierry Mugler Angel Tom Ford Black Orchid


(# = tie)
(* = independently, we both agreed!)

Many of these award winning fragrances can be purchased online at www.luckyscent.com, www.beautyhabit.com, www.aedes.com and www.lafcony.com.

Most are available at the fragrance’s company’s website or free standing store. We also recommend Barneys NY, Henri Bendel, Takashimiya, Bergdorf Goodman, Apothia at Fred Segal Melrose and Select Saks Fifth Avenue Stores.

Originally published December 2007
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