• Basenotes Reader Awards 2012: Finalists

    Here are the finalists of the 2012 Basenotes Reader Awards as voted by you. The winners of each category will be announced later this week:

    Best New Fragrance for Women

    • Bottega Veneta [Coty]
    • Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio
    • Prada Candy [Puig]
    • Shalimar Parfum Initial : Guerlain [LVMH]
    • Violet Blond : Tom Ford [Estee Lauder]


    Best New Fragrance for Men

    • A*Men Pure Havane : Thierry Mugler [Groupe Clarins]
    • Aqua Fahrenheit : Dior [LVMH]
    • Eau d'Ikar : Sisley
    • Royal Oud : Creed
    • Santal 33 : Le Labo

    Best Fragrance Flanker 2011

    • A*Men Pure Havane : Thierry Mugler [Groupe Clarins]
    • Angel Eau de Toilette : Thierry Mugler [Clarins]
    • cK One Shock : Calvin Klein [Coty]
    • Shalimar Parfum Initial : Guerlain [LVMH]
    • The Taste of Fragrance : Thierry Mugler [Groupe Clarins]


    Best Fragrance Packaging 2011

    • Freak : Illamasqua
    • Blood Concept
    • Kokoriko : Jean Paul Gaultier [Shiseido]
    • Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio
    • Idole Eau de Parfum : Lubin


    Best New Celebrity Fragrance


    • Boyfriend : Kate Walsh
    • Dita Von Teese
    • Jennifer Aniston
    • Phoenix : Keith Urban
    • Second Cumming : Alan Cumming [CB I Hate Perfume]


    Best Marketing Campaign 2011



    • Axe/Lynx Excite Angels Will Fall : Unilever
    • J'Adore : Dior [LVMH]
    • Prada Candy : Prada [Puig]
    • Shalimar Parfum Initial : Guerlain [LVMH]
    • Violet Blonde : Tom Ford [Lauder]


    Best Perfumery


    • Aedes [New York]
    • Barney's [New York]
    • MiN [New York]
    • Les Senteurs [London]
    • Scent Bar [Los Angeles]


    Best Online Perfumery


    • Aus Liebe zum Duft
    • escentual.com
    • Fragrancenet
    • Luckyscent
    • Perfume court


    Perfumer of the Year 2011


    • Andy Tauer
    • Bertrand Duchaufour
    • Francis Kurkdjian
    • Jean Claude Ellena
    • Mono di Orio


    House of the year 2011


    • Bond no.9
    • Creed
    • Guerlain
    • Mona di Orio
    • Serge Lutens


    All Time Best (Women's)


    • Angel : Thierry Mugler
    • Chanel No. 5 : Chanel
    • Mitsouko : Guerlain
    • Opium : YSL
    • Shalimar : Guerlain


    All Time Best (Men's)



    • Aventus : Creed
    • Dior Homme : Dior
    • Fahrenheit : Dior
    • Habit Rouge : Guerlain
    • Terre d'Hermes : Hermes



    We'll be announcing the winner later in the week, but we'd be interested in hearing who you think should win in the comments below.

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    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Daze's Avatar
      Daze -
      I suppose 'Auf liebe der duft' (finalist in the category 'Best Online Perfumery') should be 'Aus Liebe zum Duft'?
    1. Grant's Avatar
      Grant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daze View Post
      I suppose 'Auf liebe der duft' (finalist in the category 'Best Online Perfumery') should be 'Aus Liebe zum Duft'?
      Whoops! Changed -- I knew I should have just written 'First in Fragrance'
    1. Kevin Guyer's Avatar
      Kevin Guyer -
      In the All Time Best (Women's) Shalimar: Opium? Ooops!
    1. grauzone's Avatar
      grauzone -
      Best New Fragrance for Women
      Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio


      Best New Fragrance for Men
      Santal 33 : Le Labo

      Best Fragrance Flanker 2011
      A*Men Pure Havane : Thierry Mugler [Groupe Clarins]


      Best Fragrance Packaging 2011
      Idole Eau de Parfum : Lubin

      Best New Celebrity Fragrance
      Second Cumming : Alan Cumming [CB I Hate Perfume]

      Best Marketing Campaign 2011
      Violet Blonde : Tom Ford [Lauder]

      Best Perfumery
      Les Senteurs [London]


      Best Online Perfumery
      Aus Liebe zum Duft


      Perfumer of the Year 2011
      Andy Tauer


      House of the year 2011
      Mona di Orio


      All Time Best (Women's)
      Mitsouko : Guerlain


      All Time Best (Men's)
      Aventus : Creed
    1. petruccijc's Avatar
      petruccijc -
      LOL @ Aventus as a nominee for "All Time Best". I think that is one of the most funniest and ridiculous damn things I have ever read!
    1. Grant's Avatar
      Grant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
      In the All Time Best (Women's) Shalimar: Opium? Ooops!
      Well, it's one of my faves... (cheers for the heads up.)
    1. katchan's Avatar
      katchan -
      MiN New York all the way for best perfumery!
    1. annat6's Avatar
      annat6 -
      One more for Min New York!
    1. Diamondflame's Avatar
      Diamondflame -
      Newbie releases in Basenotes' All Time Best list?? Ridiculous!
    1. Wee Scottish Scent Lover's Avatar
      Wee Scottish Scent Lover -
      My mum-in-law has just given me a sample of Bottega Veneta, which I'll try tonight when I go home. I can't quite believe the best all time women's fragrances. Angel? Opium? What?! I would have expected CN5 to be there, even though it's not to my taste, but the others are humbug! What a load of pants! Who voted?
    1. SoGent's Avatar
      SoGent -
      Best New Fragrance for Women
      • Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio

      Best New Fragrance for Men
      • None of THOSE

      Best Fragrance Flanker 2011
      • The Taste of Fragrance : from that list anyway

      Best Fragrance Packaging 2011
      • Freak : Illamasqua

      Best Marketing Campaign 2011
      • J'Adore : Dior [LVMH]

      Best Perfumery
      • Barney's [New York]
      • Scent Bar [Los Angeles]

      Best Online Perfumery
      • Aus Liebe zum Duft

      Perfumer of the Year 2011
      • Mono di Orio

      House of the year 2011
      • Mona di Orio

      All Time Best (Men's)
      • Habit Rouge : Guerlain
    1. Dernier_Cri's Avatar
      Dernier_Cri -
      I am heartened to see that Aventus is poised to take the All Time Best Mens award. I have a pot of water I keep on the stove to humidify the apartment. Is it too late to enter the competition?
    1. FumeHood's Avatar
      FumeHood -
      I suppose it is understandable to accept that scents need to be popular.. so actually SMELLED... to have a chance at this. Still, and at least as it pertains to the masculine categories, I will now replace the word "BEST" with the phrase "SUFFICIENTLY HYPED RUN-OF-THE-MILL" in order that any of these lists begins to make sense to me.
    1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
      Redneck Perfumisto -
      My flacon of Aventus is shocked to see itself nominated for such an honor, when so many more well-regarded classics - including many by CREED - go unmentioned. Aventus humbly requests that its name be withdrawn.
    1. MikeNY's Avatar
      MikeNY -
      Min NY!!!!
    1. Francop's Avatar
      Francop -
      Aventus...? No way as best frag for "All time Best"; Guerlain Vetyver/Heritage...YES, YES, YES...