Final three fragrances announced in Basenotes / CPL Aromas Fragrance Project

by Grant Osborne, 10th February, 2010

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!

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    • Sorcery of Scent | 10th February 2010 16:49


      I am without words! THANK YOU!

      Mike, it is an honour and a privilege that you will dedicate your time and efforts to making this concept work. I am BESIDE MYSELF right now. :cheesy:

      Congrats to Ruggles and Quarry too - I am in the most remarkable of company. Many thanks also to those who commented on my brief... I am seriously gobsmacked! :laugh:

    • 30 Roses | 10th February 2010 16:53

      Congratulations to all the winners!! :)

    • hmedlock | 10th February 2010 16:59

      Congrats! It sounds like these will turn into some really amazing scents.

    • JDBIII | 10th February 2010 17:16

      How exciting. Three wonderful briefs, three talented perfumers and an incredibly revved up and supportive community. This is too much fun.

    • dareka | 10th February 2010 17:27

      Congratulations to the winners. I'm sure the fragrances will be very interesting.

    • Quarry | 10th February 2010 17:30

      Dear Beverley, I’m excited beyond reason. Hope you have lots of fun virtually sticking your head in purses.

      Grant, thank you for giving us — oh, heck — ME(!) a milestone opportunity to be part of the creative process. Seriously, a high point in my existence.

    • Giustino | 10th February 2010 17:33

      Congratulations Dimi and the other ones. Knew you'd make it, haha.. the creative mind

    • Riannon | 10th February 2010 17:48

      Dimitri, Quarry and Ruggles....congratulations!

    • Kevin Guyer | 10th February 2010 17:58

      Wow, holding back the tears of joy! I feel quite honored having my brief turned into a reality by David Ruskin. I am also honored to be in the esteemed company of Quarry and Dimitri.

      I can't wait for the sniffing to begin.

      Thank you Grant for giving us this incredible opportunity.


    • michailG | 10th February 2010 18:00

      Congratulations to the winning briefs and their authors! All remarkable!

      I was wondering if Basenotes considers to establish a kind of institution with this fragrance project? A fragrance project every 2 to 5 years? What do you think? Woudln't that be creative fun?

    • TwoRoads | 10th February 2010 18:04

      Congratulations, Dimitri, Quarry and Ruggles!

    • kbe | 10th February 2010 18:24

      Congratulations to Dimitri, Quarry and Ruggles for your outstanding submissions!

      And thanks to everyone for your submissions. It was a pleasure to read them. You are all winners in my view!

    • yepyep | 10th February 2010 19:26

      Congratulations Dimitri, Ruggles and Quarry! They all sound great and I can't wait to buy each one!

    • JON RODGERS | 10th February 2010 19:43

      Many congratulations Dimitri, Ruggles, and Quarry. Worthy winners indeed.

    • bluesoul | 10th February 2010 20:26

      You've been working with natural botanicals like myself, you know how difficult a note absinthe, or wormwood, is to work with, so in the hands of an expert nose (there's an interesting mental picture) I think we're going to have something seriously interesting on our hands. :)

    • lilkcceleb | 10th February 2010 20:43

      Congratulations Winners! This Was Fun & I Wouldn't Mind Doing It Again! :)

      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    • ubuandibeme | 10th February 2010 21:15

      Quarry, Dimitri & Ruggles ~ Thank you for providing such heartfelt inspiration for these three scents. Your concepts represent the passion, creativity and appreciation of fine fragrance that basenoters are well known for! We celebrate you!

    • Mimi Gardenia | 10th February 2010 21:27

      Hurray ! Fab! Well done and congratulations to Dimitri, Ruggles and Quarry ! :) :)

    • Zibeline | 10th February 2010 22:15

      Congrats to the winners. Everthing was so fascinating and I loved ever brief I read.

    • the_good_life | 10th February 2010 22:35

      Way to go, guys. Your briefs certainly deserve smelling. Let me rephrase that. ;)

    • Wakeup Your Makeup | 10th February 2010 23:13

      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! :kiss:

    • silverdog | 10th February 2010 23:37

      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


    • shadesofbleu | 11th February 2010 01:24

      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!

    • RHM | 11th February 2010 02:36



      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.

    • Asha | 11th February 2010 02:41

      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!

    • ComDiva | 11th February 2010 02:53

      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...

    • BlackCat | 11th February 2010 03:55

      Congrats to Quarry, Dimitri, and Ruggles, as well as to all the other brief writers submitted. It was so fun reading them all!

    • Niles | 11th February 2010 03:59

      Congratulations to the winners: Dimitri, Quarry and Ruggles!

    • Haunani | 11th February 2010 04:32

      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!!!

    • Redneck Perfumisto | 11th February 2010 06:10

      Awesome! Those are definitely great choices. All very original and creative. Congratulations, all! :beer:

      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! :D :thumbup:

    • Morgaine | 11th February 2010 09:52

      Mahvahllous choices! Huge congrats to the very creative souls whose briefs deservedly made it.

    • Sunnyfunny | 11th February 2010 15:38

      Congratulations, Dimitri, Quarry, and Ruggles! :grin: What a wonderful experience for you three. I'm so excited to be witnessing all this!

    • ECaruthers | 11th February 2010 19:32

      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.

    • mikeperez23 | 11th February 2010 19:58

      Congrat's to the winners. How exciting!


    • jen77 | 15th February 2010 14:10

      very cool project - hopefully something good will coem out of it - scienceuticals

    • Diamondflame | 17th February 2010 17:19

      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!! :)

    • kewart | 22nd February 2010 17:37

      Adding congratulations to the three winners!

      Will be awaiting the outcomes with interest.

    • donnajade | 25th February 2010 14:08

      They all sound so amazing x well done guys xx

    • rtamara41 | 17th March 2010 03:34

      I'm so late to this party, but thrilled upon reading the briefs...all sound bequiling, inviting and beautiful!

      Congratulations Dmitri, Ruggles and Quarry! :rolleyesold: