The best perfumes of 2016 according to our contributors

30th December, 2016

As has become tradition, we ask our contributors, writers and forum moderators to look back at the last year and let us know which have been their best scents of 2016. If nothing wowed them in 2016 they could choose something new to them.


I've found 2016 to be particularly uninteresting fragrance-wise. Loads of old fragrances with just new labels slammed on the flacon, loads of me-too lines and very very little artistry. If someone tried to contextualize fragrance into art in the past years, 2016 represented instead the moment when this facade fell off to reveal the true nature of contemporary perfumery. Just another slice of the luxury market. As simple as that.

L'Attesa by Masque
With that said, I stumbled upon a few pearls and L'Attesa by Masque was definitely one. A classic iris with woody-leathery facets. Straight forward and grand, classic and yet not nostalgic. A real gem in this overly crowded field. I've also been quite impressed by Goti's new Fuoco. For starters, I particularly appreciate their low-key marketing strategies and given all the aggressiveness we witnessed in the last bunch of years, this is quite a plus for me. The fragrance could easily be a more dense version of some of the woodiest CDGs. Incense galore, smoke, woods and some amber. More complex than your usual straight up campfire type of woods, less liturgical than most current incenses. A nice surprise and probably their best delivery so far together with their previous Smoke.

Cadavre Exquis
Last but not least I'm gonna mention Cadavre Exquis. Born from the collaboration between Bruno Fazzolari and Antonio Gardoni. These guys are among the nicest and most interesting people currently populating perfumery and their collaborative effort is the proof that perfumery can still express something as long as it comes from passion. A cocoa-patch with a camphorous quality up-top and a dark, woody-spicy base with smooth animalic facets.

That's really it for this year. You folks have a fantastic 2017!

Alfarom, is a regular contributor to the Basenotes Forum and has his own fragrance blog, Nero Profumo



Fragrance of the Year: Wūlóng Chá by Nishane

This Istanbul-based brand founded by Mert Güzel and Murat Katran was undoubtedly my 2016 standout, but which extrait de parfum to choose? Between the hedonistic coconut, rum and tobacco aroma of Fan Your Flames, the modern opulence of Ispartan rose paired with Egyptian jasmine in Rosa Turca, and the intoxicatingly musky green delight that is Sultan Vetiver it was a tough call.

Surprisingly however, my personal favorite comes in the form of the comparably discreet Wūlóng Chá. It’s hard to say whether it was the bursting freshness of its bergamot and mandarin opening, the warmth of its oolong tea heart note, or the creamy fig and musk base that did the trick. What really defines it as my scent star of the past year is the fact that it successfully took me out of my olfactory comfort zone. 

For someone who would stay as far away from a citrus scent as a bottle of Mr. Clean, falling in love with this scent was nothing short of a revelation. Gone were my misconceptions that anything centered around lemon, lime & co. would inevitably make me smell like a cleaning solution or be doomed to have a substandard sillage. Instead, the multi-dimensional and captivating Wūlóng Chá reawakened me to a previously dismissed genre of perfume. Quite the extraordinary achievement for one 50ml bottle of scented liquid if you ask me.

Based in New York, Carla Seipp is a Freelance fashion, art and fragrance journalist. Contributor for Twin, A Shaded View on Fashion, Dazed Digital and more.



Designers had a strong showing this year, didn't they? Thierry Mugler's Angel Muse was the clear standout for me, but I thought Chanel's Boy, Sarah Jessica Parker's Stash, and Cartier's L'Envol were also pretty good. Not knock-down amazing, but pretty good. Angel Muse is probably my most worn perfume in 2016. I found myself sneaking spritzes of it here and there, and generally cheating on my other perfumes with it. A perfume focusing on whipped hazelnut cream could have been just another brain-dead little flanker and nobody would have blinked. But Quentin Bisch nailed it. The play-off between the sweet, creamy elements and the harsh, woody patchouli is perfect. A pleasure to wear and smell!

Angel Muse

Niche-wise, many new releases failed to leave a mark, and some even scraped out the insides of my nostrils with ice-picks (Sheiduna, Noir Exquis, Grand Soir). Relief came in the form of natural perfumes, such as the beautiful Arbole Arbole by Hiram Green, which I loved for its ability to transmute patchouli and woods into something completely different every time I wore it. If you look at the reviews, nobody seems to agree on the notes, and for an all-natural perfume to come off as a shape-shifter without any synthetics like hedione or Iso E Super helping out, that is quite a feat. I love its waxy, oily "green-brown" smell - it makes me feel like I am wearing galoshes and splashing about in muddy puddles, like Peppa Pig. It is comfortable and sexy. Yes, I realize I put the words "sexy" and "Peppa Pig" way too close to each other there, sorry.

Aeon 001

I found the hype around Aeon 001 a little gimmicky, but when I got over myself a little bit and ordered a sample, I thought it was excellent - a smoky, animalic vetiver with a retro-floral background. It is very similar in style to Antonio Gardoni's other work, notably Maai and his discontinued Ker, so I am surprised it look almost nine months for people to figure out who the mystery perfumer was (Luca Turin spilled the beans). Now that I've mentioned Luca Turin, can we all agree that 2016 was just that much better because of his decision to come back to blogging? It was all too brief, but the experiment,, was brilliant while it lasted.

Claire Vukcevic is an Irish freelance writer, contributor at Basenotes,, and author of the blog



Work has kept me tied up for much of this year, and I haven’t felt particularly driven to keep up with new releases. With that said, this year’s standouts for me include Slumberhouse’s New Sibet, Xyrena’s Dark Ride (2015, technically), Hermessence’s Muguet Porcelaine, as well as Antonio Gardoni’s Aeon 001.

New Sibet

Slumberhouse is the line that never fails to bowl me over and New Sibet conjures up a cinematic, bronzed landscape — one that’s less literal than Norne. It’s a cerebral, scorched-earth musky leather perfume that hovers rather than cloaks you. Dark Ride remains the standout of the 2016 IAO Awards for me, largely because it pushed the envelope while staying on the right side of wearable. Muguet Porcelaine was a surprise. I dig the glassy watercolor aesthetic of Hermessence but I didn’t expect to enjoy this particular one as much as I do. Last, although I’m not a vetiver fan, I found Aeon 001 very easy to get along with and just enough of a detour from the familiar Bogue aesthetic. The bottle was something else, too.

Perfumes that impressed me but weren’t quite the right fit include Parfums Dusita’s Oudh Infini, House of Matriarch’s Kazimi, Scriabin in the Himalayas (2015, technically), Hiram Green’s Dilettante, and Masque’s L’Atessa. There were a lot of perfumes that I wanted to check out this year but wasn’t able to get my nose on, so hopefully I’ll play catch up in 2017.

Deadidol is a writer and academic working in the arts. He’s a contributor, editorially as well as in the forums, and is also one of the site’s moderators



Sometimes, ‘perfume critic’ can feel like a dirty title, so arrogant and so hipster in connotation; so inept at dealing with the multivalent pleasure and response systems at work in the perfume experience. Equally as toxic can be arbitrary definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ which serve to underline the hegemonic control of those who don’t want the industry to progress. However, out of indecision more than anything else, for this year’s list I have decided not to write about my favourite fragrance as such but instead the one I consider to be the most important for the industry – the scent which, for me, signals the fruition of true change that has been bubbling in niche circles for years. 

La Colle Noire

That scent is La Colle Noire by Dior. 

Having partnered with two southern French rose farms, Le Clos de Callian in its eponymous town and Le Domaine de Manon near Grasse, La Colle Noire is the hero scent of Dior’s radical material sourcing initiative designed to guarantee provenance, promote quality, boost local French economy and the farming industry, and elevate brand storytelling that resonates emotionally with the consumer and all those involved in the production process. Dior has patronage and protection over the entire rose de mai harvest from each farm, procuring it in small amounts into the Miss Dior franchise and La Collection Privée – most significantly as the focal ingredient in La Colle Noire. Yes, there are many other brands and individual scent launches that have highlighted material derivation, but none have been as high-profile, as comprehensive, as transparent, as willing, and as honest about the flower-to-bottle mechanic as Dior with La Colle Noire

With control and insight into the whole process, in-house perfumer François Demachy is able to speak truthfully and intricately about the where, why, and how of his creations, advancing authenticity, authority, and above all the human story of perfumery. As the brand puts it, ‘cultivating Dior flowers for Dior fragrances’. In today’s climate, provenance matters; and this is one way the big companies (so scared for so long by niche’s allure) can fight back – they can nurture, monitor, and publicise their own ingredients. Being cynical, one could comment that the prime driver of all this is only to solicit mentions in magazines; but I’m fine with my rose being commodified as long as I know someone has put love, care, and attention into growing it and using it. 

The cherry on the cake is that the scent is fantastic. A many-faced rose accord that is as nuanced as it is simple. 

Check out this awesome interactive 360° video Dior made – if you have a keen eye, you’ll spot me sporting a Huckleberry Finn hat and a sunburn trying to catch up with the rest of group.


Eddie Bulliqi read History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and has been working in the fine fragrance industry for the past three years. A Londoner at heart, but with American and Kosovan descent, his primary interests lie in interdisciplinary research and how olfactory associations form. He loves cats, playing the jazz sax, and being by the water.




Dilettante by Hiram Green

Notes: Orange blossom, Petitgrain, Orange essential oil, Resins. (No lavender? I smell lavender)

Hiram Green's Dilettante
I have only tried a handful of 2016 releases and the only one that stood out was Dilettante

It's a brisk herbal tonic that took a couple of wearings to get used to as the bitterness took me by surprise. 

Orange blossom scents can go a bit soggy but Dilettante stays airy and radiant, and bitter. Though it softens a bit as it develops, it never becomes particularly sweet or floral. IT has good If you want something that is not as blindingly bright as Bigarade Concentrée or are looking for a less floral Séville à l'Aube, Dilettante is worth a try.

Furrypine is one of the Forum Moderators and is a contributor to the fragrance directory. He is based in Norway.



I received a small sample of Musc — Ex Nihilo's newest addition to its Les Sublimes Essences line and upon dabbing a small bit of it on my wrist, I was instantly transported to a moment in childhood when one of my Middle Eastern aunts had worn something similar. It's extremely Parisian — it smells as if you're walking through the Les Halles market, taking everything in. Cloves, freesia, patchouli, rose, orange blossom, and of course, serenolid musk; it's a dreamworld unto itself. The best part is that I could smell it on my clothes days after I had applied only a few drops. Though it's pricey (€380.00 for 15 ml), it's such a wonderfully enveloping (but light!) scent that I can't bear to leave behind in my memory banks.

Sublimes Essences Musc

Haniya Rae often writes about art and architecture for Architectural Digest, and has been a perfume fanatic since she was a child. Her website is at



I’m going for the mainstream this time and plumping for Chanel. I’ve always appreciated rather than enjoyed No.5; whilst I can recognise that it’s a classic, it’s never really suited me, being far too beautiful and sophisticated. More importantly, on my skin it veers towards smelling like an upmarket furniture polish. My favourite version has always been the edt, so maybe that’s why I’m impressed by the new No. 5 L’Eau.

Chanel No. 5 L'Eau

I’ll be honest, the fizzy opening notes are a tad too much for me - but I really start to enjoy it at about thirty seconds in. Once the fragrance settles down - despite it not being in the listed notes, I mostly get a lovely powdery iris that lingers for hours.

Hot Thrills

My other discovery of 2016 is Hot Thrills from the Poundshop. It’s pinky, it’s perky, it costs a quid - and I’ve smelt much, much worse.

As well as working tirelessly behind the scenes at Basenotes, Judith Brockless is a Jasmine Award shortlisted writer.



My favorite fall/winter release of 2016 is Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli. It's a lovely chocolate rose scent. I especially love the combination of the rose and powdery iris in the top notes. The note list includes patchouli, cocoa, woods, iris, Bulgarian rose, leather and fruit. It's part of the exclusive Collection Extraordinaire line.

Moonlight Patchouli

Other cold weather favorites are Amouage Lilac Love and The Different Company Adjatay Cuir Narcotique.

Last spring/summer my #1 favorite of 2016 was Chanel No 5 L'Eau, which is an updated version of the original No 5. My favorite part is the sparkling top notes of aldehydes and citrus notes, makes it very bright and fresh. The note list includes lemon, mandarin, orange, aldehydes, rose, oxygenated jasmine, ylang ylang, vetiver, cedarwood and soft cottony musk notes. No 5 L'Eau is very well done and is more unisex than the original.

Other warm weather favorites are Hiram Green Dilettante and Arquiste Ella.

These are the 6 fragrances that made the biggest impression on me in 2016.

Kiliwia is one of the forums moderators



When I was presented with Serge Lutens Baptême du Feu at the Shiseido offices last summer, my heart literally skipped a beat. I knew this fiery brew would be worn a lot this winter.

It took me to oranges and burnt copper in an instant.  The tangerine concierge note is tart and crisp but the intro fades into the most luscious osmanthus, making the heart large and oval.

The dryness in the base notes of ginger hits the back of the nose in a coppery spicy net, trapping the cinnamon and clove like fiery embers.

Five roaring flames up for this one.

Marian Bendeth is a Global Fragrance Expert based out of Toronto, Canada. Marian has won six fragrance industry editorial awards for her writing. You can find out more on her website



The new additions to my fragrance collection this year are: Lonesome Rider by Andy Tauer and Bonbon Couture by Viktor and Rolf. But my absolute favourite fragrance for 2016 is Oriental Brulant by Guerlain, created by Christine Nagel. It was relaunched as part of the Colour Collection Flacon Quadrilobé, which features five very exclusive fragrances (650 euro’s anyone?)

The collection is a response to the challenge of creating associations and synthesis between certain colours and scents. Oriental Brulant is my personal favourite because it’s perfectly balanced, spicy, nutty a little sweet and and has an excellent longevity. I imagine wearing this red gem on a warm evening in the city of Marrakech, overlooking the square of Jamaa el fna.

The fragrance that I’m looking forward to in 2017 is Superstitious, a collaboration between Frederic Malle and Alber Elbaz. It’s unmistakably a tribute to the master of elegantly draped cocktail dresses who left the fashion house in 2015. 

Marloes Hagenaars comes from the very small town Langeraar in the Netherlands. Her interest in fashion started growing when she did her Bachelor Journalism in Utrecht and later did a Masters in Fashion Journalism at the London College of Fashion. During her Masters she started Freya Magazine (, a fashion magazine that explores current issues through fashion. Currently she is working as an editor for Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands.



2016… Well. What a year. The global turmoil has been exhausting. On a personal note, it’s been a pretty good one: launching Love to Smell and Olfiction with Pia Long, and Fume Chat with Candy Perfume Boy, aka Thomas Dunckley - I’ve made myself very busy!

Black Pepper
We’ve seen some really fantastic fragrances launching in the designer-prestige section of the market, whilst the niche-luxury market segment continues to launch new brands and scents at breakneck speeds. 

My favourite launch of the entire year has got to be Blackpepper by Comme des Garcons. I’m a card carrying CDG enthusiast, but after Floriental last year (which was perfectly lovely for an amber but wasn’t particularly exciting to me), I wasn’t holding my hopes high. But my goodness did they deliver. Blackpepper is an explosion of pepper notes, in turn mouthwatering and sparkling, woody and dry, dark and luminous, roasted and fresh. It’s an absolute marvel.

Nick has been working in the world of fragrance for over 15 years. He is co-founder of Olfiction, a creative scent agency offering fragrance development, training, copy and content production. He is frequently quoted in the press and has provided perfumery training globally, from London to Seoul.



In a year which saw most independent brands playing things disappointingly safe, Ulrich Lang showed that non-mainstream houses do still have the power to surprise. His Apsu - named after an ancient water god - mixed pepper with at least three different shades of green notes to create an olfactory chord of serenity.


And as I seem to have developed something of a reputation (??!?!?) for being Mr Oud, I ought to give a shout-out to Patricia De Nicolai's Oud Sublime, which showed that it is still possible to bring something new to the agarwood bandwagon. The composition links its eponymous note with a super-bitter artemisia, places it over the characteristically elegant Nicolai base of rose and amber and creates a thoroughly debauched delight.

Persolaise is a twice Jasmine Award winning writer and amateur perfumer with a lifelong interest in the world of fine fragrance. His perfume guide, Le Snob: Perfume, is published in English by Hardie Grant and in German by Süddeutsche Zeitung. His blog is at



"Pardon me. May I help you?"

"Sorry if I was staring. I just thought you might be one of the award winners from the event letting out."

"I am indeed. Mr. Burberry. Pleased to make your acquaintance. I just won Best New Masculine in Redneck Perfumisto's Wardrobe."

"Honored. Ultime here. L'Homme Ultime. And coincidentally, I just won Best New Flanker in Redneck Perfumisto's Wardrobe."

"Really! Well, then, the honor is mine."

"Why, thank you, Burberry."

Mr. Burberry
"Mr. Burberry."

"Mr. Burberry it is."

"I don't mean to be formal - it's the wife. She lays claim to the name. As I like to say, 'The only Burberry is My Burberry.'"

"Well, that's sweet. Married long?"

"Just a year."

"Then, congratulations again!"

"Why, thank you. And you said your name was Ultime?"

"Yes. L'Homme Ultime. But you can just call me Ultime. That's what Redneck calls me."

"I've heard quite a bit about your win, if I'm not mistaken. I seem to recall something about him wearing you for a month non-stop."

"Yes. That was a bit of an ego-boost, I have to admit. Of course, it's nothing like when he went crazy for Bleu de Chanel or Dior Homme Eau For Men, but still - it's not every year that he goes big on a flanker."

"Don't sell yourself short. You're extremely popular. I, on the other hand, have had quite a few insults hurled at me. Though not by anybody in Perfumisto's inner circle."

"Not just that, Burberry. I mean Mr. Burberry. One of his closest friends thought you were magnificent. The one with the good nose, who drops big money on classics."

"Yes. That was quite a moment. It's my herbal side. I'm quite mainstream overall, but get to know me, and my herbal nature comes out."

YSL L'Homme Ultime
"I think it's your sandalwood, too."

"Really! Well, I never thought anybody would notice."

"Redneck commented on it. He was having one of his 'aha' moments, when he realized you had a creamy sandalwood facet not unlike that highly-regarded old surfer."


"Yes, that's him."

"You seem to have all the inside information. Do you know why you were picked?"

"Two things. Staying true to the original, and smooth, persistent woodiness layered onto that. Keep it simple, and that's exactly what YSL did."

"So who won top honors? I was backstage when it happened."

"Me too. Let's ask that gal over there. She looks like she attended."

"Fixing a broken heel next to a streetlamp? I'm not so sure..."

"Excuse me, Miss! I beg your pardon, but I can't help thinking you must have just left the award ceremony."

"You wouldn't happen to have any super-glue on you, would you, Mister...."

"Ultime. L'Homme Ultime. No, I'm afraid I don't. But you're welcome to catch a cab with us. It's on me."

"Super. Yes. I was there. I introduced the winner."

"Which was....?"

"You didn't hear?"

"No! We were runners-up. Both of us. We were backstage."



"Number 5 L'Eau. The new Chanel."

"Good God. Sorry to butt in, Ultime. It's Mr. Burberry. Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss...."

"Opium. Black Opium."

"Well no wonder you were making introductions. Rumor has it that RP was very impressed with you. 'Perfect blend of cute candy and serious sexy.' I think that was the quote."

"Yeah. I dug that one. Now if only he could convince his wife to like candy, which ain't gonna happen in a million years. Not exactly a surprise I'm stuck doing intros."

"So what's the story on L'Eau? What's the attraction? I thought he was eternally smitten with Eau Premiere."

"Oh. Let me tell you. EP is history. That is one cougar who is off the ranch."



"Americanism. It means lady."

"Oh. You have no idea. It's his wife. She thinks L'Eau walks on water. And HE thinks his wife smells like a movie star when she wears it. He's like buying her dresses to go with it."

"Well, now, that is serious."

"Oh. There was no way it was going to be anybody else. L'Eau was going to win before he even met her. She's one of Kid Polge's creations. The guy totally has Redneck's number."

"Does he wear L'Eau himself?"

"All the time. He couldn't stop at first. And THEN he realized she was even better on his wife."

Chanel No. 5 L'Eau
"So we never had a chance. Eh, Ultime?"

"Look, guys. You fancy pants may have a lot of class and connections, but it's the chicks who run perfume. Get used to it."

"Now, L'Eau is actually quite strong, I hear."

"Yes. Don't be fooled by the diminutive free spirit girly act. Nor all the 'transparency' PR. Even her name is a psy-op, if you ask me. Her ylang-ylang is some kind of kung-fu invisibility shape-shifter variety that can whistle a boy down from 10 yards away, for hours on end."


"Oh, the innocent anime girl thing is totally an act. Trust me. She inherited all the moves from Eau Premiere. One would think she couldn't find Cleveland on a map of Cleveland. But one would be wrong."

"I'm impressed."

"Be impressed. Luca Turin spotted her trashy side, but almost nobody else does. Red's friend David can't stand her. But you didn't hear that from me."

"Oh, my."

"Look - you don't wear the Chanel name without a little controversy. Please. I mean, who was Coco? NOT a schoolgirl. Fragrances - women - same thing. If you can't find the beautiful dirty mystery that opens the puzzle, you don't know her."

"And you're saying Red found it?"

"More like he walked into it like a grade A chump. He's still a bit clueless if you ask me."

"You're quite right, Mr. Burberry. We never had a chance."

"Boys - you just go right on thinking you run the place. We like it that way."

"I think I owe you an entire bottle of super-glue."

"Forget it. Cabbie! Three to go. Take these chumps wherever they want. It's on me."

'Red' is one of the sites moderators and his interests include Science, Politics, Anime, Snowboarding, Programming, Rock Climbing and Hiking.



For me 2016 was a year that "naturally" followed my vintage binge from late 2015. This wasn't helped by the introduction of the new Vintage forum board which has been a regular place for me. I've done really well in keeping some from 2015 - Kouros for example has been one of my most worn scents of all time according to my stats on the site. As has Azzaro Pour Homme and Ralph Lauren Safari. Some major niche discoveries (for me personally) from a while ago have included some more hidden gems from Lorenzo Villoresi. Namely Spezie and Piper Nigrum. Not to mention Chanel's very good modernisation of No. 5, L'Eau.

Chanel No. 5 L'Eau

Aside from this, I've really tried to like the mainstreams from 2015 - most notably Dior's Sauvage. No mater what, I just haven't been able to get it to work for me. If anything though, Dior's "natural ambroxan" marketing has propelled me to discover more about aroma chemicals in 2016. Ambrox of course and ISO E Super being my main focus points here.

But perhaps most notable of all in 2016 has actually come from the niche area. Tauer's LADDM has had a face lift (Au Coeur de Desért) - and I've talked for it! A really refined, less spicier, but perhaps woodier extract has been launched and for me it was an instant thumbs up. Andy has taken the world by storm again - and he's done it with very little tweaking if you ask me.

Here's to an ever more fragrant 2017!!

Rum is one of the sites moderators and is based in the UK



One TV set manufacturer, Hisense, likes calling themselves “the biggest TV manufacturer you’ve never heard of” to Americans. And yes, I own one of their products. So it’s only fitting that my choice this year came from a perfumer that I knew very well, but a house that I had never tried until recently. That perfumer is Francis Kurkdjian, and the fragrance is Aqua Universalis.

Aqua Universalis

The ideal clean soapy musk fragrance has been my holy grail for an eternity (pun intended). I had loved Mugler Cologne for eons, but then lost interest in it. So I began a search. Dior Homme Cologne was almost it. Guerlain’s L’Homme Ideal Cologne started promising during a visit to Epcot, but fell flat in harsh summer heat testing. But Aqua Universalis is the exact scent that I’ve been scouring the earth for. It’s clean, light, has a unique twist of florals on top of the citrus and musk, and lasts all day. It scored an instant place in my collection. And it’s been on the market since 2009. What took me so long?

A resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana since 2005 and an honors graduate of marketing from Indiana Institute of Technology, Zachary McConnell (you can call him Zach if you like) has been a fan of fragrances since a very young age. In 1994, he got a bottle of Hermes Equipage from a globe-trotting friend, but it wasn't for him. That didn't stop him from trying other fragrances, then joining Basenotes in 2004. Since then, Zach has been a big fan of fragrances, and even plans to launch a fragrance store in his hometown in the future. In the meantime, he’s working as a Mad Man at an agency owned by none other than another fragrance fan.


Further Reading

Here's a selection of other Best of 2016 fragrances from around the web:

Now, your turn

What were your best fragrances of the last year? Let us know if you agree with our contributors in the comments.

We'll be also be opening up voting for the Annual Basenotes Awards very soon....

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      • sophi | 31st December 2016 10:30

        Mr. Burberry, L[eau No5 Chanel, Angel Muse TM among are the best designer/massive market frags! Happy New Year of 2017 :)

      • Ken_Russell | 31st December 2016 15:16

        Thanks for a fascinating overview, covering an immensely and fascinating diverse array of solid perfumes

      • hednic | 31st December 2016 15:30

        Enjoyed reading the article and the viewpoints expressed.

      • cazaubon | 1st January 2017 01:44

        Guerlain pisses me off - they take a scent (Oriental Brûlant) that is already overpriced at $260 and then rebottles it and charges 650 euros for the same scent. Grrr.

      • Scarce | 2nd January 2017 15:41

        Quite anemic list, by and large. About as expected though for what seemed to be a particularly lacklustre year.

      • Kaern | 6th January 2017 11:51

        +1 -- It's a travesty imo

        Marian has nailed it with Bapteme de Feu -- this just gets better and better with every wearing

      • Scarce | 14th January 2017 19:07

        I'm astonished I actually like Angel Muse. Given my dislike of all things hazelnut and/or gourmand this shouldn't work at all for me, but it does as an updated version of the original. I wouldn't wear it, but for a young (or not so young) lady in the colder months it's really quite good. (Still shaking my head in disbelief.)

      • Redneck Perfumisto | 14th January 2017 21:26

        I see a lot of love for this one on the boards, and a lot of recommendations, in the same places where Angel is ignored at best. I may have smelled it once, and I recall liking it, but I was in the middle of some other quest and just put the thought aside.

      • Redneck Perfumisto | 14th January 2017 21:55

        LOL! :grin:

        Quite happy about this, actually, David. Somebody needs to keep it real. When Chanel makes things some people like, they keep making things that some people like. But if they get the impression they can do no wrong, it's all wrong.

        I will admit being a bit shocked that my wife went for this one at all, much less in a big way. She had disliked all forms of No. 5, including Eau Premiere, and not even modern versions of No. 19 (she has an old bottle of the EDT that she still respects). Her biggest Chanel love has probably been Bleu on me, until L'Eau came along.

        Bleu did the same thing to her that it did to the market in general - snuck a bit of interesting into the mix behind a blizzard of fresh. The main function of Bleu for her, seems to be giving her largest and perhaps most inadequately washed accessory the illusion of freshness. :wink:

        I'm hoping that Chanel does something really novel in the men's line, given Olivier's long list of masculines. Antaeus and Egoiste were both unusual, and remain so. My wife loves Egoiste as long as I don't overdo it, which is always a temptation. I think that the diversity of those two scents gives Chanel some freedom with the next stand-alone masculine - provided they take up the challenge. On the other hand, Bleu Sport probably beckons from the cash register! :rolleyesold:

        Or, when the next opportunity for a No. 5 product comes along, they could go in a different direction of modern. Not really sure what that would be, but I'm sure I'd love to try it.

      • Scarce | 15th January 2017 17:12

        A lot of the feigned indifference to Angel is either from the mistaken belief that if something is that ubiquitous and popular it cannot be good, or perhaps also from all the dreck it's spawned since it came on the market with the particularly loathesome "fruity patchouli" genre.

      • Monsieur Montana | 15th January 2017 17:26

        "This is vile and Chanel should be ashamed."

        Your last words written in your review. Changed your mind or did you mean Chance Eau Vive?