Fragrantica Best Perfumes of 2016 According to Readers & Editors

Best Perfumes of 2016 According to Readers & Editors

12/14/16 21:24:32 (44 comments)

by: Elena Knezhevich

 


Traditionally, at the end of the year we sum up which perfumes have been the most popular among our members.  (top list of 2015)

 

BEST PERFUME 2016 for WOMEN

Angel Muse Thierry Mugler is our winner. It has been declared as an almost independent fragrance, but unmistakably it has the perfume blood of its famous ancestor. Being a Mugler creation, it collects both love and hate emotions. It is definitely not boring.
 

Poison Girl
Dior
Narciso Poudree
Narciso Rodriguez
Chanel No 5
L'Eau
Poison Girl perfume Narciso Rodriguez perfume Chanel No 5 L'Eau perfume

Looking at the winners, we must say that ladies are still either very much into  confectionery and sweet fruity fragrances or into great, nostalgic lady-like scents with a vintage vibe. All of the chosen perfumes are firmly supported by their original versions, at least in their names, but nevertheless, some of these new winners have the potential to grow into big perfumes by themselves.

 

BEST PERFUME 2016 for MEN

Giorgio Armani Code has enjoyed a constant big success since its launch in 2004. Its Profumo version confirms the fruity fougere trend that was started at the end of  2000 by 1 Million Paco Rabanne and Creed Aventus.
 

A*Men Pure Tonka
Thierry Mugler
Uomo Intense
Valentino
L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum Guerlain
A*Men Pure Tonka Thierry Mugler perfume Valentino Uomo Intense Valentino perfume L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum Guerlain perfume

Men prefer warm and sweet perfumes with tonka beans! Just look at their color!

 

BEST SHARED PERFUME 2016

Hermes keeps proving year after year that it is possible to be different and popular at the same time. Again, its Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate that stands out among the rest in the popular niche for its choice of composition and its quality.

CK2
Calvin Klein
Soleil Blanc
Tom Ford
Ambre Eternel
Guerlain
CK2 Calvin Klein perfume ad Soleil Blanc Tom Ford perfume ad Ambre Eternel Guerlain perfume

Traditionally, in this category we have a little bit more freedom than in the quite narrow feminine and masculine frames, and thus more interest! We have here the sweet exotic and perverse Tom Ford and Ambre Eternel against the quite neutral citruses and refreshing waters. Amber and tobacco are not new, of course, but new in our top list. Coziness and warmth are on demand.

 

EDITORS' CHOICES

This year we decided to choose the best fragrances according to our own very special categories. We will not count "doors", as it is usually done, because our love for a perfume has nothing in common with doors.
 

Bella Van Der Weerd portrait

Best Enduring White Floral Sophistication: Marfa by Memo Paris; orange blossom and tuberose against a creamy vanilla-marshmallow accord. This is a sillage monster that starts strong and holds its power for a long time, but even when it starts to get softer and the vanilla becomes more prominent in the dry down, no effort is needed to smell it. Still, it oozes sophistication. perfume Marfa
Best Greener than Green: Ambergreen by Oliver & Co.; a green bomb with an overdose of greens like basil, coriander, fig leaf, grass, green pepper,and green mandarin that I like best on a guy's skin. Sure to give you an early morning boost to get you going but settles on the skin more woody, with a slightly animalic amber sweetness that creates a glow. Addictive! Ambergreen perfume
Best Floriental Woody Vanilla with Most Mesmerizing Name: Hundred Silent Ways by Nishane; Begins as a fruitchouli, but ends with a white creamy flower, vanilla and sandalwood: this beauty definitely speaks in many silent ways (as perfume does). It starts big, but give it time to find its soft woody, creamy and gardenia voice heavy with vanilla. Hundred Silent Ways Nishane
Best "I Crave This for the Bottle": Nettuno by Mendittorosa; the image speaks for itself and ever since I read Miguel's review I have been placing this bottle in my dreams on my middle perfume shelf.....it would get the whole shelf for itself. Stunning. Nettuno Mendittorosa


Miguel

Nohiba Coudray perfume Best comeback: Here I have to mention two. Caron Montaigne 2016 and E. Coudray Nohiba 2016. Montaigne, a scent from 1987 has more than 50% Mysore sandalwood inside. It had been discontinued but now it's back with minor changes and it's great. Nohiba, a close relative to Opium and Youth Dew, is a relevant relaunch of oriental extravagant sensuality.
Ma Bete Eris Parfums Best Animalic: Eris Parfums Ma Bête. Barbara Herman was an influence on so many vintage lovers and she is bringing vintage floral animalics to the new millennium with a good punch and beastly manners. 2017 will see a new fragrance from this brand and it's totally different from the first line.
Peau d`Ailleurs Starck Best puzzling fragrance aka I don't know what I am smelling here: Starck Peau d'Ailleurs. Besides the amazing bottle, the scent is an abstract creation from the genius Annick Menardo and it evokes dampness and rain showers with synthetic wonders in between.
Oud Nihal Tiziana Terenzi Best family values: Tiziana Terenzi Oud Nihal. This brand launched some great stuff this year, but Oud Nihal, with the oud and rose extracts from the Terenzi family that macerated more than 45 years, has to be put on a pedestal.

 

Best 2016 discovery of a niche scent not launched in 2016 - Penhaligon's Eau de Verveine is a little known and rather surprising combo of bright lemon citrus, vanilla and sage that completely won my heart. It's strange how sometimes love blooms in the most unexpected places! Please read my review HERE. Eau de Verveine Penhaligon's perfume

Most impressive American designer launch - Robert Graham's trio of scents. I quite like all three of the scents but my favorite is the patchouli, tonka & tobacco harmony of Fortitude. And the bottles are rather striking as well!

Fortitude Robert Graham perfume
Weirdest "what the ????" fragrance moment - Dark Ride by Xyrena is a wonderful example of a fragrance that captures an aromatic memory perfectly and poignantly. Yes, it does indeed smell like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney  - chemically treated water and gun powder - and I love it. Dark Ride Xyrena perfume
The indie perfumer who deserves your attention - Shelley Waddington is an absolute wonder whose work I've been enjoying for almost 5 years now. Everything she's crafted I have a positive response to and she recently joined a fantastic artisan fragrance project with her Zoologist Hummingbird. Her 2016 release, Rainmaker, under her EnVoyage label reinforces her talents. Shelley Waddington perfumer in her lab


 

Mat Yudov portrait

Apsu perfume

The farthest escape from orientals & ouds award goes to APSU Ulrich Lang. An aquatic green and juicy leaves aroma and sensible presence of water is a great solution for those who are tired of perfume confectionery, ouds and orientals in general, but do not want to come back to the abstract freshness of the 90s.

Stark perfume bottle

The Martian award I give to Philippe Starck for sending us even farther than APSU away from Earth, with his trio of fragrances. They are the most abstract, devoid of relations to natural objects, which does not mean they are unpleasant.

Olivier Polge portrait

Olivier Polge receives the I am the Champion award for his unattainable perfumer skills. He once experimented with the scent of A Lab On Fire L'Anonyme ou OP-1475-A, but then he reworked its details and brought his plan to perfection in an excellent modern glass of wine with Mugler Fougere Furieuse. Do not forget his Chanel No 5 L'Eau! The bar is raised very high, we will inevitably compare with his creations any future serious work - both academic and innovative.

uer mi perfume The most unusual interpretation of an ordinary subject (meaning Eaux de Cologne) award goes to OR ± Ange UER MI for the most unconventional pairing of citruses with pumpkin. Oranges and tangerines in a sweet creamy, almost gourmet tropical, fruit underlined rose and supported by a balsamic base.

 

Sergey Borisov portrait

The Guy Robert  award goes to CK2 Calvin Klein. Excellent proof of the perfumer's axiom that “Perfume must smell nice first of all”. It is a happy simple perfume which is easy and comfortable to wear. CK2 Calvin Klein

The most provocative perfume project goes to Renegades, of course. Bertrand Duchaufour, Geza Schoen and Mark Buxton started something new, interesting and funny. We should watch them closer for more exciting provocations.

Renegates logo detail
The winner in two categories, Best cologne of the year and The Revival of the year, I award Green Water Jacques Fath. My endless gratitude to Rania Naim and Cecile Zarokian for my new favorite cologne creation. Green Water Jacques Fath perfume
A perfect glass of champagne: L’Attesa Masque Milano. It is perfect to the extent that I, being an avid hater of bubbles in alcohol, recognize its splendor. Salute! L`Attesa Masque Milano perfume

Jodi Battershell

El & Ella perfumes Sexiest perfume couple of 2016: Arquiste El and Ella. (I tried to think of an equivalent "celebrity" couple for an analogy but I'm having a hard time now that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have split...)
Nightingale Zoologist Perfumes

Best fragrance that coincidentally shares its name with a Leonard Cohen song: Zoologist Nightingale ("Tho' you are singing somewhere still, I can no longer hear you." RIP, Mr. Cohen.) Can't get enough of this wonderful old-school chypre style perfume. It's my favorite from Zoologist so far—no easy feat considering how many wonderful scents there are in the Zoologist collection already!

Grace Grace Coddington Best bottle design for crazy cat ladies:  TIE - Grace Coddington and Salvador Dali La Belle et L'Ocelot Eau de Toilette. I consider myself a crazy-cat-lady-in-training and these bottles make me purr... Haven't tried the scents yet but a scan of your reviews suggests they're both pleasant and safe choices. 
Stash SJP Sarah Jessica Parker bottle The "Don't Call it a Comeback, I've Been Here for Years" Award: TIE - Ava Luxe, with multiple releases this year; and Sarah Jessica Parker with Stash SJP. Both of these amazing women showed us they're still in fine form with their 2016 scents and I hope they'll continue to dazzle us with their talents for many years to come. 

 

Sandra Raicevic-Petrovic portrait

The safest blind buy for a present: Chanel No5 L'Eau. More modern and approachable for a younger audience with the same Chanel DNA. "If the fragrance you like not, packaging will certainly do" - Master Yoda would say. Chanel No 5 L'Eau

The most realistic candy of the year award goes to Dolce Passione by Pantheon Roma. Arturetto Landi made a real chocolate-nutty blast, decorated with sweet and juicy red fruits. Dolce Passione I can announce as the best chocolate perfume not only for this year. Careful: Wearing it means chocolate fans will follow you everywhere.

Dolce Passione Pantheon Roma
The best match of fragrance and flacon design: Narciso Poudree. A "What you see is what you get" type in a good way. It's an elegant, light, cold, make-up powdery, light pinkish and a bit creamy, well polished, more than trendy, non-seasonal edition.  Narciso Poudree
The best body line and hair fragrances prize goes to Casamorati 1888 for their Luxury bath and body collection launched as an extension of the main perfume collection. It is a great step for the Casamorati 1888 collection, as well as the implementing of 30 ml flacons in their regular offer, beside the 100 ml ones. Casamorati 1888 Luxury Bath Collection

 

Sanja Pekic portrait

Aoud Legend Montale Best Suit & Tie perfume of the year is Montale Aoud Legend. This spicy patchouli-oud combination is very cold and elegant. Created to go with your business executive look or the YSL suited lady in a Helmut Newton's photograph look.

The New Hyperbole by Courrèges

The Coolest Campaign and Concept goes to Courrèges Hyperbole and its Grace Jones inspired theme. Personally, I am not very impressed by its fragrance, but the campaign is so good it almost makes you want to buy it anyway.
Basic Bitch Xyrena perfume The Funniest Name goes to Basic Bitch by Xyrena. I know the joke is everywhere, but it’s still funny. Now you have a scent to go with your irrelevant self, your pumpkin spice latte, UGGs and all the other “basic” clichés. The notes and the scent itself are, ironically, not that basic.
Galop d`Hermes The Highest Hopes I have for Galop d`Hermes. Still didn’t get the chance to try it, but from the look of the notes that combine quince, rose and leather, I doubt that I wouldn’t like it. It also represents a good example of how to properly honor a brand’s heritage in perfumery.

 

Elena Knezhevich portrait in the snow

Best perfume bottle ever created: the first fragrance by Salvador Dali. This bottle was made by the genius, as well as the perfume. Nothing can compare to it, it was my big encouragement to explore and love perfumes. There are so many great designs, but Salvador Dali's flacon has remained an unattainable perfection. Salvador Dali black bottle original design
Best perfume commercial 2016: Kenzo World. I am not alone in distinguishing this great work by the beautiful actress Margaret Qualley.

The most realistic garden after the rain 2016: Promenade des Anglais Guerlain is the most realistic English park after the rain: big trees and a vast green lawn with picturesque bushes and a lake nearby. I had been after this kind of naturalistic scent for a long time, until I found it in Promenade des Anglais.

Promenade des Anglais Guerlain perfume
The most synthetic perfume about nature 2016: Lankaran Forest Maria Candida Gentile is a very good fragrance which feels artificial and futuristic, really cool and advanced. I can imagine it on a metrosexual who is taking some selfies in the forest, while on a short escape from city life where he belongs. Lankaran Forest Maria Candida Gentile perfume

 

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz perfumer portrait

Favorite Perfumer for Retro Nouveau Animalics: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, hands-down. From her Rendezvous, which wears like a vintage Lanvin in its prime [Feral jasmine! What joy!] to her recent Chinchilla [clearly an homage to the great late Zibeline by Weil with its honeyed furriness – compare the notes], Musc al Madina [John Singer Sargent's Bedouin paintings in perfume form] -  Dawn has studied the greats and utilized amazing materials, sparing no expense.

Best New Vanilla-With-A-Twist: Aroma M Geisha Vanilla Hinoki. Every detail from its marvelous traditional hand-crafted Yuzen paper to the spicy/woody/leathery/ smoky/herbal hues of the perfume itself defies categorization, thankfully. It is elegant, sophisticated and bridges East-West with élan. Maria McElroy's use of lavender is pure genius; even if you feel 'hinoki-weary' of late, this might well change your mind.

Cadavre Exquis Bruno Fazzolari perfume

Favorite Fragrant Maverick Collaboration: Antonio Gardoni / Bruno Fazzolari Cadavre Exquis My favorite ghoulish gourmand from two talented fellows with one hell of an imagination. The artwork alone is to die for, never mind the fascinatingly indescribable fragrance [I did try, honestly, I did ;-) ].

Equestrian Sonoma Scent Studio

Best Horsey Homage: Sonoma Scent Studio Equestrian. Laurie Erickson demonstrates so poignantly what it's like to mingle with horses and well-oiled tack, harnesses and saddles: sun-dappled hay, the aroma of apples/the cider house, the sensitive shivering of your steed beneath your fingertips. It's so evocative, faithful and easy to wear. A real pleasure.

 

Elena Vosnaki portrait

Galloping StyleGalop d'Hermes is the first major new release by Christine Nagel, taking the baton from Ellena for the venerable saddler, and the stakes were high. Contrary to her sumptuous orientalized style, yet true to herself, she managed to adhere to the refinement and effortlessness that Hermes is revered for. This rose-water infused suede will be kicking up a storm in the discussions on how luxury is interpreted. Galop Hermes
Trendiest Trendsetter: It might seem on first reading that Poison Girl (Dior) would cater to airhead buyers of a very young age who would be lured for all the wrong reasons: syrupy sweetness, flashy pink packaging, badass designer brand emblazoned on the bottle. And yet, by rehashing their mega-bestseller Hypnotic Poison for the millennials with a luminous fruity top note and a lightening of the amaretto load of the original, Dior managed to have a success on their hands.  poison girl
"Deer Caught in the Headlights" Advertising: If the liquid is lovely why bother with too much fuss? No.5 L'Eau (Chanel) apparently did make one of the loveliest flankers around, a very credible DNA-embossed citrusy take on the sacred cow of the French establishment, but choosing to shoot Lily-Rose Depp in the most nonsensical advertising campaign of the last few years left me a bit bewildered. What about you? Chanel no.5 l'eau
"Pass me the Windex" Bottle Award: Few perfumes have the cojones to spin pop culture on its head and laugh with themselves in a way that is audacious and insolent at once. Fresh Couture (Moschino) is probably the best tongue-in-cheek bottle of recent years, an ironic nod to functional perfumery formulae entering into fine fragrance. If this doesn't get into the Museum of the Sublime Mundane I don't know what should! fresh couture

 

Julietta ptoyan portrait

Neroli Portofino Forte Tom Ford

The best flanker of 2016 is Neroli Portofino Forte, inheriting traits of his older brother, but served in just the right way: it is really a) forte, b) Tom Ford - a class you guess immediately, and it is Cologne! It is almost impossible to ignore.

Kingdom of Dreams LM Parfums

In the category Incense of the Year, the winner is Kingdom of Dreams Laurent Mazzone, which could be described with the words "undead, suspense, Satan".  Welcome to Hell!

Rose Oud Yves Rocher

The best mass market perfume goes to Rose Oud Yves Rocher! It shows us that oud and rose can be beautiful and not expensive.

Galop d`Hermes

The disappointment of the year goes to Galop d`Hermes, and to the new fragrances with pheromones of the Argentinian brand Fueguia. Here I go without comment.

 

Eugeniya Chudakova

The Peter Pan award that brings us back to the story, the blue ball with the magic powder inside, Angel Étoile des Rêves. It is really beautiful in and out.

Angel Étoile des Rêves Thierry Mugler

For the best answer to the consumer worldDon't Get Me Wrong Baby, YES I DO.

Don`t Get Me Wrong Baby, YES I DO bottle

For the vitality and boldness, that I can only feel and can't exactly express in words, but I will find the right words someday, Fauni Angela Ciampagna.

Fauni Angela Ciampagna

The main award in my nomination for the category Perfumery is not dead I give to the brilliant intellectual works by Renegades Project, Gri Gri Parfums, Mercurio Perfumes, STARCK PARIS, AETHER and Parfums Quartana

Mercurio Perfumes

John Biebel Writer Editor Fragrantica.com

Bapteme du Feu Serge Lutens perfume

Hansel and Gretel’s Favorite Award for The Best Perfume Trip to a Gingerbread House: This year it is a tie! Two perfumes duked it out and both are still standing. These gingerbread powerhouses are still going. Though Hansel and Gretel have ripped all the candy off the walls and the witch herself left on her broom, gingerbread inspired scents are addictive and seductive, and they're at war! But in this case, they both win and the awards go to Hi Wildflower Botanica’s Lovers Rock and Serge Lutens’ Baptême du Feu.

Elizabeth and James perfumes

Best Twin Perfumes Released by Twins Award: What began as something that seemed like a marketing gimmick (The Olsen twins - making “serious” perfumes?) blossomed into something rather fantastic this year. Although the Nirvana Bourbon is a nice boozy leather, Nirvana Rose really hits on a great combination of patchouli, vetiver and dry rose that’s modern and lovely. They are sophisticated perfumes in chic packages. Well done, twins.

The Tragedy of Lord George Penhaligon's perfume

Best Perfume Bottle Disguised as a Reindeer: This bottle, with its conveniently designed travel-friendly cap of enormous ears, snout and antlers, is more likely to be mistaken for a glorious chess piece or Medieval mead tankard than a perfume bottle. Penhaligon's The Tragedy of King George is a fascinating wonder. I happen to find it beautiful, but it might poke someone in the eye. Carry with caution, but it IS fascinating on a shelf, isn't it?

Fathom V BeauFort London perfume

Best Pirate Perfume Award: You’ll be ready for “Talk Like a Pirate” Day with the salty, woody, and ultimately fascinating sea-faring perfume from new British perfumer Beaufort: Fathom V. It’s one of my favorite releases of 2016 and a must for lovers of unusual, historic, nautical-themed scents with oak moss, juniper and lily. Trust me on this one: It is one of the rare perfumes that capture the feeling of a sea voyage as vividly as seen from the crow's nest.


We are sure you have your own winners and categories,
just as it should be, when we talk about perfumes ;-)

 

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veda
veda

I can say that I like the ad of No.5 L'Eau de Chanel but I love this clean, let me say here "authoritative" and luxury smell.
Thank you Fragrantica Team for the great pics :)

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LadyPilot
LadyPilot

Yves Rocher will discontinue this beauty anyway - they always do...:((( Unless a miracle happens!;)

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Angelica 000
Angelica 000

Very, very enjoyable...thank you all. There will be much re-reading to be done!

Mar
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pearlbelle
pearlbelle

What about celebrity fragrances? They barely make an appearance on this list! I feel like Britney Spears and Beyoncé are among the many that gave us great perfumes in 2016!

Mar
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2017
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Funny, funny, funny! You all have me giggling with pure, unadulterated happiness. I appreciate an irreverent handling now and again of my absorbing love.

Love, but not worship! It is best not to take oneself or one's loves TOO seriously. ;)

Jan
24
2017
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Oh dear, I only just managed to sober up after the festive season to notice this article! Great suggestions all! For me it is Caron Sacre and most of the Caron line.

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Sherihan
Sherihan

I wonder if this is just another advertisement/commercial that have been sponsored?

Jan
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raw umber
raw umber

Jodi-

What about Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis for the Arquiste perfume pair?
; )

Jan
22
2017
mginawy
mginawy

Nice work fragrantica.
from lover

Jan
21
2017
miracleborgtech
miracleborgtech

Bravo to you all! Loved the awards, the perfumes, and the fun!

Dec
19
2016
Violetta*11
Violetta*11

Very well done Fragrantica.
Congratulation for a successful 2016 and all the best in 2017. Please keep spoiling us.

Dec
17
2016
karrieann
karrieann

You all are so adorable and you feed my addiction.
A match made in heaven!

Happy Holidays to all my fellow Fragranticans ~
xoxo

Dec
17
2016
carneiro7
carneiro7

Fragrantica is the best! Great articles and great pictures, always with the best spirit. I agree with @jeca, let's make this awards tradition and value what is really important: the passion for fragrance.

Happy Holidays!

Dec
17
2016
Fragrant Desert
Fragrant Desert

Favorite beloved hater fragrances of 2016 are for me, White Diamonds Night "by" Elizabeth Taylor. Stylish black bottle in the traditional, hair spray style. Musk Apricot and Night Blooming Jasmine. Elizabeth Arden keeps the line alive and updated. Add to this a New Britney Spears which Isn't a Fantasy flanker! New bottle design and new fragrance but still queen of sweet with Dulce De Leche Coffee and Cream. You only get to hold your head up high and annouce these with love because you really do adore them and are happy to see the lines continue. Question is whether or not Jennifer Lopez can stay relevant post Glow? Oh yeah, I got the new L'Eau N5 and love that line now for all the controversy surrounding whether or not we actually wear the bottles we own on our shelves. I do.

Dec
17
2016
LadyIva
LadyIva

Very interesting reviews, thank you! I'd love to try Promenade des Anglais recommended by Elena - so far I haven't seen it in stores where I live, but I will travel to London in January, so I'm sure I'll find it there. (I don't do blind buys, I prefer to sniff things first.)
This year I only bought two scents 'made in 2016': Noix de Coco by Yves Rocher (which is not really a new scent, but the same ol' Noix de Coco repackaged and relaunched - yum!), and Mmmm... by Juliette Has A Gun. Now, that's an interesting one: a floral gourmand, with a surprisingly warm and cosy raspberry note combined with iris, jasmine, tuberose and the likes.

Dec
17
2016
matty64
matty64

I really enjoyed the holiday pictures the most, because I'm sitting in Florida in 80 degree weather. Hey, pass me that pitcher of margaritas please!

Dec
17
2016
rochie
rochie

Lovely Christmas tree Sandra! Totally agree with your description of Narciso Poudre. Bottle and scent perfect match. The only new release I bought this year,...love it.

Dec
16
2016
jeca
jeca

I like four feminine fragrances (Readers' choice), Narciso is unbelievable, Chanel I wear myself regularly with a great pleasure ;o)

In general, I think, we have a very very good perfumes in stores ;o)

Dec
16
2016
petrapet
petrapet

Hello! I have some of the Yves Rocher perfumes. And, in general, i'm not into perfumes with roses. But this: Rose Oud Yves Rocher for women...i actually like. Maybe for the woodsy base. And i would want to try Fauni Angela Ciampagna for women and men. Thank you! Happy Holidays to everyone! <(^-^)>

Dec
16
2016
milkyway
milkyway

Mat Yudov - you are my inspiration for all things green. Your pure undiluted love for APSU inspires me. I want to smell it, and own it and possibly paint my entire flat green.

Dr. Marlen - Eau de Verveine!!

So glad you guys are doing these things. I could read reviews for days. Thank you ^-^

Dec
16
2016
Lady Vengeance
Lady Vengeance

Got a sample of Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming and I love it!

Dec
15
2016
klix27
klix27

woww so many new perfumes that i havent heard of.. and surprise.. i have all the best men perfumes 2016 in my collection... what a nice coincidence i guess i have the best nose like a perfumer... :-)

thx editors for doing this, though the perfumes listed here are rare and hard to find, still the categories are funny but make sense.

Dec
15
2016
deb.martinez
deb.martinez

Definitely agree with Muse being the top!!!!!

Dec
15
2016
jeca
jeca

We will definitely make these awards our tradition! I've felt so uncomfortable about fifi awards, about our awards based on statistics, any awards based on numbers (doors, people, marketing exposure).

On one side, you know leaders, and they deserve recognition, but the thought of competition in art and emotion was so unnatural. So we decided to start from "the end", i.e. from the final effect of perfume, from its purpose, instead of its starting predisposition (number of selling doors, original owners/corporations, marketing potential) what is usually taken under consideration.

I am happy of your approval. ;o)

Dec
15
2016
cnidaria
cnidaria

the christmas pictures are the best! you all look so cute :) Congrats and happy holidays!

Dec
15
2016
NathalieMireille
NathalieMireille

So much fun! So many lovely, festive photos! So many ways to spend my birthday/Christmas money! And for that I'm not sure whether to bless or curse you all, :-) but I definitely wish the happiest of holiday seasons to each editor and all Fragranticans.

Dec
15
2016
valcookiequeen
valcookiequeen

Galop is my parfum of the year. It's gorgeous. CQ 2016!

Dec
15
2016
relle
relle

Best original, humorous, snarky, endearing categories EVER! Kudos Fragrantica! You made me LOL! Outstanding work! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dec
15
2016
allACes1
allACes1

Wow!!! So many more fragrances I wouldn't have known about before but am super intrigued to try now. Thanks Fragrantica members:)

Dec
15
2016
rosesbecomeme
rosesbecomeme

I too love Nohiba and Montaigne .I have the Nohiba body oil too.I think mine is the original ( bought in late 1990's ?)

Dec
15
2016
Zoologist
Zoologist

A wonderful list! Super excited to learn that Zoologist Nightingale is one of the editors' best perfumes of the year! And the mention of Shelley Waddington's perfumery talent! Hummingbird is definitely people's all-the-favourite from Zoologist.

Dec
15
2016
Q80
Q80

@perfumecritic thnx Dr.

@jane_wonder don't be, I enjoyed your comment that day and still enjoying it every time I see it, although I struggled in wanting to love "fauni" because of that comment but couldn't :) eventually you made my year :)

Dec
15
2016
aliyubabba
aliyubabba

Wow! Plenty collection to reckon with.. Am not seeing le Labo frag house.. When u see the best you need to see worst? Overall good job.

Dec
15
2016
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

@Q80: Thanks for pointing out those two link errors: now fixed!! ;-)

Dec
15
2016
Jane_Wonder
Jane_Wonder

Q80: Oh, I'm so sorry for that! But on my skin (very cold indeed) it's really something really strange and beautiful. This is the bad trick of perfumes that come to develope in different ways.

Dec
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2016
Q80
Q80

"Mat Yudov" page leads to "Jodi Battershell" page & "John Biebel" link is broken. Try fixing this ;)

Evgeniya Chudakova: You tricked me with your amazing review of fauni when you wrote "either a girl or an old witch trying to create a delusion and make us see her as a young beauty. And it's also not a gardenia, but its image - not pretending to be real. A strange and marvelous fragrance. They sometimes say about such things: "repulsingly attractive"" in your field in "MUST TRY From Esxence: Writers' Choices" article.

Fauni is never what you have described! i wanted to sniff the drawing you illustrated but couldn't! just the first minute precisely worked fine then it turned quite balsamic vinegar all the way and unfortunately it vanishes within 20 minutes. I was about to purchase it just because of that beautiful picture you drew in your mind and translated by your writtings, thank GOD i didn't.

After all, that comment was the best i've seen in the past few years, thank you for that.

Dec
15
2016
Calvini
Calvini

Yes L'Attesa! That's the most impressive new release this year! I'm sooo close to purchase >_<
I actually acquired quite a few bottles (in my standard) this year, and ironically none of them are new (except Sycomore EdP).

The bottle of The Tragedy of Lord (not King) George is surprisingly well made; I almost took one home just for the topper (the juice is only adequate) :p

YES, I DO is hilarious! xD
I only hope it's better than I Don't Swallow (in every sense) so I can finally own an Etat Libre..

Fresh Couture is almost equally funny, but to my disappointment, you cannot spray with the red handle; instead you have to take the cap off (which reveals its silver spray top) like any other :/

Galop d'Hermes was disappointing...

Here are my "Most anticipated yet unable to try (mostly because I live in the U.S. West Coast)" award nominees:
Nightingale (easy fix, just have to buy the sample)
Kingdom of Dreams (I hope LuckyScent will eventually carry it)
TT's Harrods Oud collection (forever out of reach)
Armani Privé Cuir Majesté (Harrods wins again + too expensive anyway)
Bvlgari Le Gemme Men collection (Harrods +3)
The Merchant of Venice (Harrods +4)
L'Artisan Parfumeur Natura Fabularis collection
Roberto Cavalli Gold collection
Elie Saab La Collection des Cuirs/Essences

Dec
15
2016
Fragaria
Fragaria

It's a joy to see people being themselves! I loved this! I feel all giddy for Christmas just reading this! The photos are wonderful! Dare I say...more wonderful than the perfumes!?

Dec
15
2016
esteban747
esteban747

I see Hermes Galope repeated a few times. Must check it out.

Dec
15
2016
Pavleena
Pavleena

My favourite perfume that I have: Rose Oud by Yves Rocher
My favourite perfume that I do not have yet: Eau Sensuelle by Bottega Veneta
A perfume that I definitely want to try (based on the reviews here): L'Attesa by Masque

Thank you guys for making this place amazing. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Dec
15
2016
smellagent
smellagent

I really am falling in love with L'attesa by Milano Masque. What an Iris with Mysore Sandalwood and yeasty champagne. So that gets my this is odd but I think I might love it award. Poison Girl is nicer than I was expecting and good for all ages. My they are still pretty good award goes to Chanel, they made their Exclusive edts into edps and for the most part, except for a couple, I really love them. Thanks to you all for all your hard work this year and for bringing us the info we need.

Dec
14
2016
jeca
jeca

Guys, you are so festive and cute here ;o))) Happy Holidays!

We were thinking about the worst... Will see, often, they just are not worthy of mentioning. But you know, some sensitive brands are going to hate us for some nominations already ;o)

Dec
14
2016
Jomoves
Jomoves

So entertaining. How about the worst perfumes of the year? Now that I'd like to see.

Dec
14
2016
zoka
zoka

As an insider I have to admit last few weeks we had tons of giggle brainstorming categories and winners our conference meetings use to go to laughter to tears. I hope you enjoy this article as much as our editors creating it.

Dec
14
2016

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