• Final three fragrances announced in Basenotes / CPL Aromas Fragrance Project

    Well, here are the results you are eagerly awaiting. The names of the winning briefs that will go on to be made into real fragrances by CPL Aromas.

    The winning three are:

    Beverley Bayne will be creating 'Her Purse':
    ‘A women’s life is carried in her purse and I was intrigued to use the base of a purse – leather - and build a fragrant history of the purses content from there. Musky woods, resins and mosses will be key in the fragrance along with suede notes and powdery orris to represent a soft worn leather. Classic floral notes will represent the combination of fragrance blotters in the purse along with some spicy tropical florals and fruit notes that bring in the contemporary lip gloss elements’.
    Mike Parrot is bringing Dimitri's brief to life:
    ‘I like the unexpected and this brief allows me to create something unexpected. At the moment I’m not sure how the unexpected part of the fragrance will manifest itself but I am initially thinking of building something around a slightly toxic herbal note such as absinthe. Along the alcoholic route I also quite like dark rum notes so these may also appear, I’m not sure yet. The absinthe note tends to suggest the fragrance may be slightly more masculine rather than unisex but we’ll see how it evolves……
    Perfumer David Ruskin, said of Ruggles No. 1:
    "I love leathery chypre fragrances and as I said in my initial interview I like to revisit old fragrance styles and update them with modern aromachemicals. For this brief I will be looking at a contemporary soft suede take on the classic leather accord. I’m initially thinking of a green floral top note backed by a warm woody, powdery, oriental base all centred around a contemporary, sensual suede accord."
    So, what's the next stage? Well, our three expert perfumers are busy creating three versions of each brief to send out to the Basenotes Members on the sampling programme. Members who have joined get to have their say on how the fragrance is developed. Find out more by clicking here.

    But that's not all - some, if not all, of these fragrances are going to need a name - and there's packaging to design too. Stay tuned perfume lovers!


    Comments 41 Comments
    1. the_good_life's Avatar
      the_good_life -
      Way to go, guys. Your briefs certainly deserve smelling. Let me rephrase that.
    1. Wakeup Your Makeup's Avatar
      Wakeup Your Makeup -
      WOW! How FANTASTIC! Congratulations to all the winners - Dimitri, Ruggles and Quarry. But I need to say a special SO FABULOUS to Dimitri - I know how very much this would mean to you. So excellent!
    1. socalwoman's Avatar
      socalwoman -
      Congratulations to each of you!!
    1. silverdog's Avatar
      silverdog -
      Huge congratulations and very best wishes to the winners. This is such a great move by Basenotes and a wonderful privilege for those who submitted the winning briefs.

      Mosses, leathers, musky woods, revisiting and updating old fragrance styles... all totally up my straße! I think the winners were very well chosen. Is there still time to sign up to the Sampling Programme?!

      Naturally, I'm gutted that my brief wasn't selected - and almost more disappointed for some of the other Basenoters that really entered into to the spirit of the project with such enthusiasm and creativity - but didn't make it. My best wishes to them too.

      Andrew Dell
    1. shadesofbleu's Avatar
      shadesofbleu -
      Congratulations to the winners, Dimitri, Ruggles, and Quarry! I'm so very excited for you.

      Congratulations to everyone that entered. I was blown away by the talent and the wonderful briefs. There were some very orginal ideas presented and I'm sure the decision was a tough one.

      Congratulations to all of us at Basenotes! We are going to be exposed to some awesome new frags soon!
    1. RHM's Avatar
      RHM -


      I really have enjoyed following this entire process. But, my goodness, how difficult to choose just three. (In my mind, I had conjured each and every one into fabulous scents.) I very much appreciate everyone who spent the time & effort to submit their briefs.

      Can't wait to try these, they sound absolutely wonderful.
    1. Asha's Avatar
      Asha -
      shadesofbleu has really spoken my mind! I'm very happy for the winners, and so proud that all of BN had such high quality submissions. The three chosen fragrances sound absolutely fabulous--I can't wait to try the samples!
    1. ComDiva's Avatar
      ComDiva -
      Bravo, congrats, and hurrah for Quarry, Dimi and Ruggles!!!!!

      The briefs were fantastic, the winners well-deserved, and I am confident the fragrances will be glorious!!!!

      What a marvelous undertaking...
    1. BlackCat's Avatar
      BlackCat -
      Congrats to Quarry, Dimitri, and Ruggles, as well as to all the other brief writers submitted. It was so fun reading them all!
    1. Niles's Avatar
      Niles -
      Congratulations to the winners: Dimitri, Quarry and Ruggles!
    1. Haunani's Avatar
      Haunani -
      Congratulations to Dimitri, Quarry, and Ruggles! I'm thrilled for you! And let me add my thanks to all who submitted their wonderfully creative briefs. What a day for Basenotes! Hooray!!!

    1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
      Redneck Perfumisto -
      Awesome! Those are definitely great choices. All very original and creative. Congratulations, all!

      I'm excited to see what Quarry's scent will be like, as I mentioned originally. And Dimitri's has a lot of room for play. I look forward to seeing how that concept is done. Absinthe is definitely a winner with me! And I'm pleased that Ruggle's leather won, because I'm very short on leather fragrances but swimming in colognes, with several new ones coming out soon, so it's a better fit to my wardrobe than his floral cologne would have been, despite the fact that I loved that one so much.

      Very cool. Let the development and sniffing begin!
    1. Morgaine's Avatar
      Morgaine -
      Mahvahllous choices! Huge congrats to the very creative souls whose briefs deservedly made it.
    1. Sunnyfunny's Avatar
      Sunnyfunny -
      Congratulations, Dimitri, Quarry, and Ruggles! What a wonderful experience for you three. I'm so excited to be witnessing all this!
    1. ECaruthers's Avatar
      ECaruthers -
      Add my congratulations. I look forward to all three. Some I can compare to things I have smelled. And it will be good to smell an absinthe 'fume so I don't have to drink the drink.
    1. mikeperez23's Avatar
      mikeperez23 -
      Congrat's to the winners. How exciting!

    1. jen77's Avatar
      jen77 -
      very cool project - hopefully something good will coem out of it - scienceuticals
    1. Diamondflame's Avatar
      Diamondflame -
      Congrats, you guys!
      I'm pretty pumped myself! For orris, leather, suede, absinthe and rum notes are among my most favorite! Iirc 'green', 'oriental' and 'chypre' were mentioned too! Yippee!!
    1. kewart's Avatar
      kewart -
      Adding congratulations to the three winners!
      Will be awaiting the outcomes with interest.
    1. donnajade's Avatar
      donnajade -
      They all sound so amazing x well done guys xx

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