The Fragrance Foundation UK have teamed up with Basenotes to create the first ever FiFi niche award. Here is your chance to have your say on the best independent niche fragrance launched in the UK in 2009.
Please find below descriptions of each fragrance from the houses.
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Nominees for Best Independent Niche Fragrance
Boadicea the Victorious : Seductive
"This strikingly physical fragrance is constructed around a core of precious musk and ambergris, bringing layers of warmth and depth to the skin's own smooth, natural scent. Dense oils from sandalwood and patchouli provide a dark and velvety background for a camphoracious structure in the fragrance's opening, created by a deft blend of rosemary, for and other resins. Seductive dries down to a rounded, bodily softness punctuated with jasmine. Part gourmand, part sensual musk, Seductive works equally well for a man or a woman."
Bond No. 9 : Harrods for Her, Harrods for Him and Harrods Swarovski Crystal Oud Edition
"Harrods, the celebrated London emporium, and Bond No. 9, Lower Manhattan purveyor of New York-centric perfumes, jointly announce what well may be the first British-American fragrance venture in history: Harrods for Him
eau de parfum (Rhubarb leaf, star anise, chamomile, lavandin, pimentos berries, violet leaf, birchwood, musk, sandalwood), along with its partner scent, Harrods for Her
(Neroli petals, mandarin, wild chamomile, tuberose, clary sage, nutmeg, amber, leather, sandalwood, vetiver).
Harrods Swarovski Limited Edition perfume combines ancient tradition, modern panache, and unapologetic, out-and-out sensuality. Everything OUD is New Again (Notes: Black pepper, cumin, amber, myrrh, oud, vetiver)"
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle : Geranium pour Monsieur
"This delivers the long lasting freshness that most men want. It is a sophisticated alternative to the all-too mundane fern-type smells that dominate men's perfumery. Geranium from China, rhodinol, mint, aniseed, spices such as clove and cinnamon, sandalwood, and a large dose of white musks, are the main players of this new breed of men's perfume. The formula also contains rare warm exotic notes like incense resinoïd and styrax benzoin from Siam to add comfort and sophistication. Geranium pour Monsieur is Dominique Ropion's answer to men seeking ultra-chic freshness."
Grossmith : Hasu-no-Hana, Phul-Nana and Shem-el-Nessim
is a bright, radiant Floral composition with pronounced Chypré and Oriental facets on a woody, dry, very sensual base.
Originally created in 1888 this scent has a timeless quality which comes from its pioneering spirit. From the dawn of modern creative perfumery it is one of the scents that paved the way for modern fragrances.
Phul-Nana is a fresh, sweet Floral composition with Aromatic Fougère overtones on a soft, warm, woody base.
Originally created in 1891, this scent is a rare marriage of the herb garden with the flower garden, unusual in a feminine fragrance. It paved the way for the ‘oriental’ fragrances that were to follow.
The current trend for orris comes full circle with the rebirth of Shem-el-Nessim.
This fragrance reprises the original orris formula, using Florentine iris, known for its rarity and expense, costing three times more than gold bullion.
Originally created in 1906, this rich, luxurious creation typifies the L’Origan style with its warm, soft, powdery, floral aspect. A scent which personifies the Edwardian era in which femininity was fêted.
Les Nez : Manoumalia
"Sandrine Videault takes inspiration from the tropical extravaganza of the South Seas and the flora of the Wallis Islands and pays homage to it's great perfuming traditions.
Here she paints a lush vision of gorgeous flowers in an island paradise: torrents of tiare, ylang ylang, frangipani, tuberose & orange blossom on a rich soft base of vetiver and sandalwood. Hyper-feminine, simmering sensuality."
Miller Harris : Fleur de Bois
"Inspired by walks through the secret garden in London's Regent's Park, Lyn Harris presents this exquisite bouquet which captures the moist crispness of dewy grass and the gentle beauty of a traditional English garden."
Nasomatto : Black Afgano
This bottle of perfume is part of the project Nasomatto.
The fragrance aims to evoke the best quality of Hashish. It is the result of a quest to arouse the effects of temporary bliss
Ormonde Jayne : Tiare
Like precious jewels resting on dark green foliage, the unsurpassed beauty of the Tiare flower is hand picked whilst still unopened and laid in oil for 15 days to extract the fragrance.
Like the woman who wears Tiare, this is a perfume that totally ignores seasons and the time of day, a perfume so artfully blended and infinitely refined... but with a dash of scintillating appeal.
Parfumerie Generale : L'Eau Guerriere 20
The warrior’s scent...described by its creator as very modern, brutal, devastating. A light but penetrating blend of cinchona bark, olibanum resin, aloewood, musk and myrrh: spicy and slightly peppery. Warm but airy. Sophisticated to a degree and applicable to both men and women: for Athena as well as Mars
Perfumer's Guild : Anniversary Homme
A carefully hand-blended gentlemen's cologne, as elegant as a well cut suit from London's Saville Row. Anniversary Cologne is an original composition of uniquely fresh chypre top notes, hints of mandarin and neroli, leading to heart notes of warm spice on a woody base of Atlas cedar and vetiver.
Click here to vote for your favourite niche fragrance of 2009
(Voting open to UK Residents only - contact us here if you think there should be a niche FiFi offered by you local Fragrance Foundation.)
Next week we will take the Top Six that have been voted for, and these will become the finalists, from which you will vote the winner.