• Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - WINNERS

    Basenotes are pleased to announced the winners 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.

    The results were previewed to attendees of the last London Perfume Lovers meet up, and we are now officially revealing the winners. Finalists can be found here.




    Best New Fragrance for Women Interlude Woman : Amouage
    Best New Fragrance for Men Spicebomb : Viktor & Rolf
    Best New Niche/Artisan Fragrance Interlude Man : Amouage
    Best New Celebrity Fragrance Truth or Dare : Madonna
    Best New Flanker L'Ambre des Merveilles : Hermès
    Best Fragrance Packaging 2012 Spicebomb : Viktor & Rolf
    Best Marketing Campaign 2012 Chanel No.5 : Inevitable
    Best Perfumery Les Senteurs, London
    Best Online Perfumery luckyscent.com
    Perfumer of the year Bertrand Duchaufour
    House of the year Guerlain
    New House of the Year (formed since 2007) Slumberhouse
    Best Ever Women's Fragrance* Shalimar : Guerlain
    Best Ever Men's Fragrance* Aventus : 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.

    Winner of the $100 gift certificate is frostiblack

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    1. Dernier_Cri's Avatar
      Dernier_Cri -
      PETRUCCIJC? Where are you, Petruccijc. Aventus was voted Best Men's Fragrance..........EVER. Petruccijc?
    1. trex57's Avatar
      trex57 -
      Wow, quite underwhelming. Aventus, best ever? The Chanel No. 5, was the funniest not the best of the year.
    1. kalli's Avatar
      kalli -
      Lo ciento Ramon Monegal.
    1. Kiliwia's Avatar
      Kiliwia -
      Inevitable was the best Marketing Campaign? Good grief!
    1. Dernier_Cri's Avatar
      Dernier_Cri -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kiliwia View Post
      Inevitable was the best Marketing Campaign? Good grief!
      Yes, Lucy, good grief.
    1. JON RODGERS's Avatar
      JON RODGERS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dernier_Cri View Post
      Aventus. Best Men's Fragrance of ALL TIME......EVER.
      Wasn't April 1st last week ?.
    1. Dernier_Cri's Avatar
      Dernier_Cri -
      Jon, as you know, this years "Best Ever" winner, Aventus, will be "retired" to the "Basenotes Classics" category. I think that we are all anxious about exactly which batch number will be retired and whether other batch numbers will still be available for future "Best Ever" voting.
    1. EDJA's Avatar
      EDJA -
      Looks like there are two differen groups in basenotes - readers and voters...
      It's the end of the world if spice bomb and aventus are classics
    1. Dernier_Cri's Avatar
      Dernier_Cri -


      I think the question of classic fragrances takes care of itself over the long run.
    1. drseid's Avatar
      drseid -
      Save Shalimar, the less said the better about the individual fragrance choice winners.
    1. hednic's Avatar
      hednic -
      Interesting choices to say the least.
    1. PureBoy's Avatar
      PureBoy -
      Save Shalimar (and Truth or Dare, maybe), Fragrantica did it better!!!

      Sorry but truth must be told!

      ...and EDJA you're absolutely right! Let the Apocalypse begin...

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      Quote Originally Posted by EDJA View Post
      Looks like there are two differen groups in basenotes - readers and voters...
      It's the end of the world if spice bomb and aventus are classics
      I'm with you!
    1. nonnative's Avatar
      nonnative -
      I'm very appy that my beloved BeDu (Bertrand Duchafour) won. And I love Les Senteurs in London, great place, great staff.
    1. frostiblack's Avatar
      frostiblack -
      I'm so thrilled to have won this year's gift certificate. Thanks Grant!
    1. Akahina's Avatar
      Akahina -
      Spicebomb? OK. Last year was not a great one for fragrances...
      Slumberhouse! Congratulations.
    1. deadidol's Avatar
      deadidol -
      Slumberhouse!

      Totally deserving of the win!
    1. voodoodanny's Avatar
      voodoodanny -
      Good to see Les Senteurs in there - they were very generous with the samples when I popped in.

      I bought my first Bertrand Duchaufour fragrance this week too - I can see why he won his category too!
    1. Picassoutine's Avatar
      Picassoutine -
      Aventus.... I just don't get it.
      Not into pineapple on my pizza or in my fragrance.

      Congrats Slumberhouse and Bertrand D.
    1. Cylob's Avatar
      Cylob -
      Grats Guerlain: well deserved!
    1. Pour_Monsieur's Avatar
      Pour_Monsieur -
      Spice bomb and Aventus , was it only teenage boys that voted ?