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  • 5th January 2016, 02:54 PM
    PerfumedLady

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post
    Scarce, thank you very much. It is true, I am too timid in my approach and am determined that 2016 will be the year in which I finally let loose.
    Oh, have mercy on us all. I, for one, cannot wait!
  • 4th January 2016, 05:09 PM
    ClaireV

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    In case anyone missed it...



    Next time tell us how you really feel, Claire. Don't hold back so much.
    Thank you, PerfumedLady for both your congratulations (I'm thrilled!) and your commiseration on the Sauvage-wearing husband. I've given him a cheap oud oil by Ajmal that smells like the arse end of a sheep, and even that is more bearable to me, but he insists on saving that one for special romantic occasions and the Sauvage for every day. Lucky me, huh....

    Scarce, thank you very much. It is true, I am too timid in my approach and am determined that 2016 will be the year in which I finally let loose.
  • 3rd January 2016, 03:29 PM
    Scarce

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post

    And delighted to see that Claire will be joining the editorial team! Much deserved! I bet she already knows I agree with her "worst" pick. I am so sorry for your suffering Claire!
    In case anyone missed it...

    Worst of the year? I don’t think anyone asked me, but Imma gonna say it anyway – Sauvage (Dior). My husband was supposed to bring me back a huge box of decants I’d been forced to leave behind in a recent move (from one country to another), but he arrived home with a massive bottle of this for himself instead. “What”, he said, puzzled at the incredulous look on my face, “But it had a poster of Johnny Depp next to it – I’m sure that means it’s good, right?” It’s been two months and every morning since, a cloud of harsh chemical stink emanates from his bathroom, infecting the corridors and kitchen with its noxious presence, reminding me that my precious decant of vintage Diorling was sacrificed to make way for THIS. And the fucker wasn’t even flying Ryanair.
    Next time tell us how you really feel, Claire. Don't hold back so much.
  • 3rd January 2016, 01:06 PM
    PerfumedLady

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Great work, everyone! Really enjoyed this. Lots of things there I still need to try. Of those I know, I strongly agree with Kiliwia's Teazzurra pick. An unusual green tea scent that is so pleasant to wear.

    Judith's Truth or Dare pick was a total surprise! Agree with every word; love this one, too.

    And delighted to see that Claire will be joining the editorial team! Much deserved! I bet she already knows I agree with her "worst" pick. I am so sorry for your suffering Claire!

    Thanks to all for your entertaining efforts!
  • 2nd January 2016, 08:42 AM
    drseid

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
    No love for the Ephemera line? I thought BASS and NOISE were both really good, with NOISE being the edgier of the two, especially at the opening. Acrid smoke that gives way to pepper and earth -- very nice.
    Plenty of absolute loathing for those with me. The two mentioned were headlining my own *worst* releases of the year list (I don't care whether they were technically released in late 2014 or not, as sniffing Noise early 2015 in particular (not to mention hearing the "music" all of them were based on) will haunt me for the rest of my life). Scary bad stuff, those, IMO. Still, as Alfarom indicates in his reply, you are far from alone in your highly favorable point of view. These are quite polarizing releases, and I think whether one enjoys the music they were based on helps in "getting" them.

    As for best...? For me, it was easily Scent & Chemistry Kiss My Ass by O'driù. That one blew everything else I sniffed last year released in or around 2015 out of the water.
  • 2nd January 2016, 12:43 AM
    RedRaider430

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    Agree with ClaireV & her remarks on Sauvage - it is indeed a f'ing chemical mess.
    Yes, really unimpressive stuff for me, too, when I tried it. And I would add Eau Sauvage Cologne into the "horrible" mix for Dior lately as well.

    I don't know who is approving these things, but they are doing the name "Dior" a disservice.
  • 2nd January 2016, 12:09 AM
    badarun

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Ultra Zest being a # 1 for someone did shock me :( ...

    I did not venture into buying too many new releases this year, but of the ones I tried & ended up buying, Slumberhouse Kiste gets my vote. Bruno Fazzolari's Room 237 is my pick for the runner up.

    Agree with ClaireV & her remarks on Sauvage - it is indeed a f'ing chemical mess.
  • 1st January 2016, 11:43 PM
    pluran

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Bruno Fazzolari Room 237

    A semi-strange freshy-soapy salubrious thing. Quiet but with adequate character. Jack in 237, out of his mind needing sex ("just a problem with the old sperm bank...."). Kubrick set it up so well. The vague wet hair smell of costus, the vinyl, a fragrance that matches the idea. It's great to have this man Bruno Fazzolari around.

    But, really, it isn't as interesting as the big and bad animalic thing that is Papillon Salome. Amazing stuff that to some extent almost gets me off like smelling my girlfriend's panties after she's worn them on a three day hike. :-) It also feels like there's a condensed version of the sublime radiance of L'Heure Bleue lurking in there. Sure hope this great perfumer (Liz Moore) keeps making this kind of stuff. Really appreciate the style and the quality ! Nasty girl............
  • 1st January 2016, 10:34 PM
    freewheelingvagabond

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Ultra Zest...holy cow!
  • 1st January 2016, 06:12 PM
    AlanG

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Just ordered Boss The Scent based on your comments Grant, thank you for (indirectly, I respect your opinion) recommending something I otherwise wouldn't have given any attention to.
    A healthy and happy new year!
    Alan.
  • 1st January 2016, 12:22 PM
    Bavard

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Between last year and this year, Papillon Artisan Perfumers are getting a lot of love. I may need a decant care package of their stuff.
  • 31st December 2015, 07:06 PM
    Jack Hunter

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    I agree on Salome, as soon as I smelled this I knew I had to get a bottle. It smells like a throwback to the old vintage fragrances.
  • 31st December 2015, 04:12 PM
    MrsDalloway

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Great article - I have some more to try!
  • 30th December 2015, 10:32 PM
    diredior

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Sticking with tried classics. I have too many of them anyway!
  • 30th December 2015, 09:52 PM
    DerangedGoose

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Total love for Ephemera on my side but they've been technically released in 2014….
    Ah, a mistake on my part then. You guys are definitely more informed than I!
  • 30th December 2015, 08:30 PM
    Circo

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Great Article. Nice suggestions to try in 2016.

    My fave for this year - Devil In Disguise - Mark Buxton
  • 30th December 2015, 07:16 PM
    alfarom

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Quote Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
    No love for the Ephemera line? I thought BASS and NOISE were both really good, with NOISE being the edgier of the two, especially at the opening. Acrid smoke that gives way to pepper and earth -- very nice.
    Total love for Ephemera on my side but they've been technically released in 2014….
  • 30th December 2015, 06:36 PM
    DerangedGoose

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    No love for the Ephemera line? I thought BASS and NOISE were both really good, with NOISE being the edgier of the two, especially at the opening. Acrid smoke that gives way to pepper and earth -- very nice.
  • 30th December 2015, 05:58 PM
    Queenie

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    My favourite perfume of 2015 without doubt is Papillon Salmoe. Very unique and can be worn as an everyday or for special occasions. Papillon also have some other perfumes if you prefer not to make such a statement as Salmoe does.
  • 30th December 2015, 04:19 PM
    Ken_Russell

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Thanks for publishing - quite a few impressive fragrances here, rated from the perspective of BN members for the BN community, hence really enjoyed reading the article
  • 30th December 2015, 04:12 PM
    hednic

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Enjoyed reading about the choices and their reasons by the Basenotes contributors. Many were surprises
  • 30th December 2015, 04:02 PM
    Kaern

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    I don't know what to say Grant -- Boss ? Pick me up someone

    Ultra Zest ??????? FFS!

    Haniya Rae nailed it -- she has exquisite taste
  • 30th December 2015, 03:39 PM
    nyneve

    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Incarnata by AnatoleLeBreton: is better than Vecchi Rossetti Soliani, Misia Chanel and Lipstick Malle, very french, very chic

    Narcisse-émoi by Thierry Blondeau: THE perfect daffodil, it remember me wonderful flowers on Aubrac, France

    Fundamental Rubini by Cristiano Canali, art director Ermano Picco, on my skin is a lovely scent: iris, tobacco.. OH MY!!! a long lasting & sillage extra
  • 30th December 2015, 01:57 PM
    Basenotes Robot

    Best fragrances of 2015:

    We ask our contributors to look back on 2015 and reveal what their best fragrances of the year were.

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