• Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced.

      Basenotes is pleased to announced the finalists of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year.

      Below is a slideshow of the finalists, followed by a text list.



      Best New Fragrance for Women

      • Alien Essence Absolue : Thierry Mugler
      • Coco Noir : Chanel
      • Interlude Woman : Amouage
      • Jour d'Hermès : Hermès
      • Fame : Lady Gaga
      • La Petite Robe Noire : Guerlain
      • Orangers en Fleurs : Houbigant
      • Pear + Olive : Slumberhouse
      • Santal Majascule : Serge Lutens
      • Seville à L'Aube : L'Artisan Parfumeur


      Best New Fragrance for Men
      • 1 Million Absolutely Gold : Paco Rabanna
      • Colonia Intensa Oud : Acqua di Parma
      • Déclaration d'un Soir : Cartier
      • Eau Sauvage Parfum : Dior
      • Interlude Man : Amouage
      • Norne : Slumberhouse
      • Spicebomb : Viktor & Rolf
      • Tom Ford Noir : Tom Ford


      Best New Niche/Artisan Fragrance
      • Aedes de Venustas : Aedes de Venustas
      • Amber Oud : By Kilian
      • Anima Dulcis : Arquiste
      • Djenné : Parfumerie Generale
      • Enchanted Forest : The Vagabond Prince
      • Interlude Man : Amouage
      • Pear + Olive : Slumberhouse
      • Seville à L'Aube : L'Artisan Parfumeur
      • Norne : Slumberhouse


      Best New Celebrity Fragrance

      • Dita Von Teese : Dita Von Teese
      • The Essence : David Beckham
      • Instinct Sport : David Beckham
      • James Bond 007 : Procter & Gamble
      • Fame : Lady Gaga
      • Midnight Heat : Beyoncé
      • Nude : Rihanna
      • Rebelle : Rihanna
      • Truth or Dare : Madonna
      • Wonderstruck Enchanted : Taylor Swift


      Best New Flanker
      • A*Men Les Parfum De Cuir : Thierry Mugler
      • A*Men Pure Shot : Thierry Mugler
      • Acqua di Gio Essenza : Giorgio Armani
      • Alien Essence Absolue : Thierry Mugler
      • L'Ambre des Merveilles : Hermès
      • Coco Noir : Chanel
      • Declaration d'Un Soir : Cartier
      • Dior Homme Sport 2012 : Dior
      • Eau Sauvage Parfum : Dior
      • Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée : Guerlain


      Best Fragrance Packaging 2012
      • Aedes de Venustas : Aedes de Venustas
      • Alien Essence Absolue : Thierry Mugler
      • By Kilian (range)
      • Coco Noir : Chanel
      • Florabotanica : Balenciaga
      • Interlude Man : Amouage
      • Interlude Woman : Amouage
      • Lady Gaga Fame : Lady Gaga
      • Ramon Monegal (range)
      • Spicebomb : Viktor & Rolf


      Best Marketing Campaign 2012
      • Axe/Lynx Final Edition
      • Chanel No.5 : Inevitable
      • Dolce & Gabbana : Pour Homme / Pour Femme
      • Florabotanica : feat Kristen Stewart
      • Lady Gaga Fame
      • La Petite Robe Noire : Guerlain
      • Spicebomb


      Best Perfumery
      • Aedes de Venustas, New York
      • Barneys New York
      • Les Senteurs, London
      • Liberty, London
      • Kobberger, Frankfurt
      • MiN New York
      • The Perfume Shoppe, Vancouver
      • Osswald, Zurich
      • Scent Bar, Los Angeles
      • Skins, Amsterdam


      Best online Perfumery

      • aedes.com
      • Aus liebe zum duft
      • escentual.com
      • cheapsmells.com
      • fragrancenet.com
      • parfum1.com
      • The Perfumed Court
      • luckyscent.com
      • strawberrynet.com
      • MiN New York


      Perfumer of the year

      • Andy Tauer
      • Bertrand Duchaufour
      • Dominique Ropion
      • Francis Kurkdjian
      • François Demachy
      • Jean-Claude Ellena
      • Josh Lobb
      • Olivier Polge
      • Ramon Monegal
      • Thierry Wasser


      House of the year

      • Amouage
      • Bond No 9
      • Chanel
      • Creed
      • Dior
      • Guerlain
      • Hermès
      • L'Artisan Parfumeur
      • Thierry Mugler
      • Tom Ford


      New House of the Year (formed since 2007)
      • Arquiste
      • Atelier Cologne
      • Blood Concept
      • Kerosene
      • Maison Francis Kurkdjian
      • Neela Vermeire Creations
      • O'Driu
      • Ramon Monegal
      • Slumberhouse


      Best Ever Women's Fragrance*
      • Angel : Thierry Mugler
      • Carnal Flower : Frederic Malle
      • Feminité de Bois : Serge Lutens
      • Fracas : Robert Piguet
      • Hypnotic Poison : Dior
      • J'Adore : Dior
      • Mitsouko : Guerlain
      • No.5 : Chanel
      • Portrait of a Lady : Frederic Malle
      • Shalimar : Guerlain


      Best Ever Men's Fragrance*
      • A*men : Thierry Mugler
      • L'Air du Desert Marocain : Andy Tauer
      • Antaues : Chanel
      • Aventus : Creed
      • Dior Homme: Dior
      • Eau Sauvage : Dior
      • Green Irish Tweed : Creed
      • Habit Rouge : Guerlain
      • Jubilation XXV : Amouage
      • Millesime Imperial : Creed


      *YSL Opium and Terre d'Hermès won the "Best Ever" award last year, so these have been retired to a "Basenotes Classics" category. Future winners of this award will join them.

      We will announce the winners shortly, as well as the winner of the gift certificate.
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      Comments 11 Comments
      1. Maggie_Everk123's Avatar
        Maggie_Everk123 -
        This is a good list!!
      1. surge's Avatar
        surge -
        A*Men Pure Shot : Thierry Mugler ? No f-ing way. That stuff was awful...
        I hope TF's Noir wins best new for Men -- I love that stuff.
      1. andym72's Avatar
        andym72 -
        I'm glad to see that some of my shortlist suggestions made it...
      1. Papi Le Bon's Avatar
        Papi Le Bon -
        Very nice slideshow!
      1. jpgcasual's Avatar
        jpgcasual -
        Interesting.
      1. Francop's Avatar
        Francop -
        Great Stuff! Thank You!

        I voted for Tolu by Ormonde Jayne in most categories; where is it?
      1. Sandy's Avatar
        Sandy -
        Yesterday I gave one more chance to Aventus from my official Creed sample. After an hour I had to wash it off. How nice it is we are so different
      1. Scentsucker's Avatar
        Scentsucker -
        Hey, all my choices made it into the finalist list!
      1. sin_is_in's Avatar
        sin_is_in -
        "Best Marketing Campaign: Chanel - Inevitable"
      1. PureBoy's Avatar
        PureBoy -
        Quote Originally Posted by surge View Post
        A*Men Pure Shot : Thierry Mugler ? No f-ing way. That stuff was awful...
        I hope TF's Noir wins best new for Men -- I love that stuff.
        Agree! Completely! Pure Shot sucks!

        - - - Updated - - -

        The few ones that I voted (now on the list) are:

        - Carnal Flower
        - L'Air du Desert Marocain

        - Liberty, London (perfumery)

        OMG!

        LOL.


        ...Some hid scars and some hid scratches
        It made me wonder about their past
        And as I looked around, I began to notice
        That we were nothing like the rest...
      1. Kiliwia's Avatar
        Kiliwia -
        Hoping that the Brad Pitt "Inevitable" ad doesn't win.