7th Annual Basenotes Awards

Thanks to all of you for voting in the 7th Annual Basenotes Awards. Unlike some other Beauty Awards, The Basenotes awards are chosen by you, the consumer.

This year, the awards are sponsored by Aedes de Venustas, who kindly donated a $200 Gift Card to one lucky winner (to be announced shortly).

About this year's sponsor: Aedes de Venustas

Founded in 1995, Aedes de Venustas (latin for temple of beauty) is a New York-based perfumery, specialising in niche fragrance and beauty products. Aedes is based on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, NY, but for those not in the neighbourhood, products can be ordered via mail-order or from their website Aedes.com. Their product ranges include, amongst others, Acqua di Biella, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Creed, Diptyque, Escentric Molecules, Etro, Jalaine, Lorenzo Villoresi, Mark Birley, Mona di Orio, Montale, Parfums de Rosine, Penhaligon's, Santa Maria Novella and Serge Lutens.


Best Men's Niche Fragrance

Bois du Portugal
Creed (1987)

Creed's Bois du Portugal takes the Gold, and Green Irish Tweed, the Silver. Stopping Creed taking all three is Luten's Chergui.

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Best Women's Niche Fragrance

Carnal Flower
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (2005)

Gold Winner Carnal Flower took two years to create, was created by perfumer, Domonique Ropion, and contains the highest amount of natural tuberose absolute in any fragrance.

Bond No.9's China Town takes the Silver, and Linda Pilkington's Ormonde Woman takes the Bronze.

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Best Women's Fragrance Packaging

Bond No. 9 (2005)

After two years of No.5 winning this one, it is pushed out of the top three to be replaced by Bond No.9's ornate China Town, Mugler's starry Angel and V&R;'s Grenade-like Flowerbomb.

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Best Celebrity Men's Fragrance

Alan Cumming (2004)

Cumming by Alan Cumming is a celebrity scent with a difference. It's not made by Coty or Arden but maverick perfumer, Christopher Brosius. It doesn't take itself too seriously either, just take a look at the advertising campaign which spoofs classic fragrance ads.

Silver and Bronze go to Sean John's Unforgivable (Lauder) and Beckham's Instinct (Coty).

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Best Perfume Blog

Now Smell This

The last few years have seen a large increase in the amount of blogs devoted to fragrance. This is good news for the fragrance consumer as it provides a wider variety of opinions and comments to help shape their fragrance purchases

Winning the Gold Award is   which was launched in 2005 by Robin K.  Regular topics include fragrance reviews, news, perfume shopping tips, and new & upcoming fragrance releases. Now Smell This also cover related areas such as home fragrance, scented bath & body products, and perfume books.

Bois de Jasmin takes the Silver Award and Perfume-Smellin' Things takes Bronze. Well done to all.

Best Men's Fragrance Packaging

Dior Homme
Christian Dior (2005)

Dior Homme's tube-in-a-glass bottle picks up the 2007 Award for best men's packaging. Previous winner's A*Men and Gucci pour Homme take Silver and Bronze.

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Best Overall Men's Fragrance

Égoïste / L'Égoïste
Chanel (1990)

A first-time win for Chanel¹s Egoiste in this category which normally is won by Guerlain¹s Vetiver or Mugler¹s A*Men.

Egoiste started life in 1987 as a fragrance called Bois Noir which was only available in selected Chanel boutiques. The fragrance was relaunched, slightly re-orchestrated, and renamed in 1990.

Egoiste is a woody-oriental fragrance with notes of rosewood, sandalwood and vanilla.

Guerlain¹s classic Vetiver picked up the Silver Award and Creed¹s popular Green Irish Tweed takes the Bronze Award.

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Best Fragrance House


Guerlain have not won this award since the very first Awards back in 2000.

Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world - founded in 1828 by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain. It was family-owned until 1994 when it was sold to luxury goods company, LVMH.

Guerlain recently renovated their flagship store on the Champs Elysees, which as well as the popular Guerlain's once can also find exclusives and once-lost classics.

Best Women's Fragrance for Day

Light Blue
Dolce & Gabbana (2001)

Dolce & Gabanna takes the Gold Award for Best Female Daywear fragrance for its Light Blue fragrance and 2007 will see the launch of Light Blue pour Homme.

We were surprised to see Lolita Lempicka placed in the nominees for this award, as it is often considered an evening scent.

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Best Women's Celebrity Fragrance

Sarah Jessica Parker (2005)

The last few years have seen a glut of Celebrity fragrances appear on the market - but which ones are any the stars?

Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely (by Coty) seems to have won most of you over by collecting a large proportion of the final vote. Silver goes to Hilary Duff's With Love (Arden) and Bronze goes to the scent that started it all (this time round at least), Glow by JLo (also Coty).

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Best Men's Fragrance for Evening

Yves Saint Laurent (2002)

Looking at the previous winners it seems that if you aren't out in the evening's wearing M7, or runners up, A*Men or Gucci's Envy, then you're no-one!

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Best Designer / Mainstream Women's Fragrance

Mitsouko Eau de Parfum
Guerlain (1919)

A new category this year, which Guerlain take both the men's and women's Gold Award and Mugler takes the Bronze. Chanel No. 5 is awarded Silver.

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Best Overall Women's Fragrance

No. 5
Chanel (1921)

Last year¹s winner, Shalimar takes second place this year to Chanel No. 5.

Created by Earnest Beaux, No.5 was the first perfume ever created using so much aldehyde, which gives the fragrance its sparkle. No.5 is now over 80 years old and shows no sign of losing popularity.

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Best Men's Mass-Market Fragrance

Old Spice
Procter & Gamble (1937)

Old Spice really have this Award sewn up. 4711 is runner up.

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Best Women's Fragrance for Evening

Shalimar Eau de Parfum
Guerlain (1925)

Guerlan's Shalimar takes the Gold Award for best female evening fragrance.

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Best New Women's Fragrance

Songes Eau de Toilette
Annick Goutal (2006)

Annick Goutal's Songes contains notes of Frangipani, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Vanilla and was created by perfumer Isabel Doyen. Close behind in terms of votes were Guerlain's Insolence and Tom Ford's Black Orchid (Lauder).

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Best Women's Mass-Market Fragrance

Dana (1932)

Dana's Tabu fragrance wins the award this year.

Created in 1932 by perfumer, Jean Carles it has endured the test of time and was recently nominated for Fifi Hall of Fame Award .

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Best Men's Fragrance for Day

Terre d'Hermès
Hermès (2006)

Newcomer, Terre d'Hermes knocks the crown off Green Irish Tweed for this award.

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Best New Men's Fragrance

Terre d'Hermès
Hermès (2006)

New launches by Hermès always create excitement amongst the voters of the Basenotes Awards. The previous two years have seen Hermès win the Best New Female Fragrance awards for Eau des Merveilles and Un Jardin sur le Nil and now it's time for them to take the men's award too.

Calvin Klein's Euphoria for Men takes Silver, and Burberry London for Men takes Bronze.

Viktor & Rolf's Antidote missed out on Bronze placing by just four votes.

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Best Designer / Mainstream Men's Fragrance

Guerlain (1961)

A new category this year, which Guerlain take both the men's and women's Gold Award and Mugler takes the Bronze. Dior Homme is awarded Silver.

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