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Ah, the Millennials! Gen Y, born between early ‘80ies to early ’00s!

Who are they, this cohort of young people, generally marked by increased use and easy-going familiarity with digital technology, media, and communications? Are they App-friendly dreamers? Achievers? Peter Pans? Well, it’s a Millennial World we are living in now, take a better look around. They’re not kids anymore, and they’ve turned out just fine!

There I was, at Esxence 2018., standing at the Carner Barcelona stand. Mr. Joaquim Carner greeted me, we talked a bit about previous collections, and then he asked me if I knew about the new collection – three signature bottles right in front of me – the new, 2018. Oriental Collection.

Joaquim simply said, his hand hovering over the bottles: “This is Spain.“

Three different facets of Spain, to be exact. The Roman, Moor, and Catholic heritage of this great country, thousands of years, uncountable history-changing events, art and science and the art of war, discoveries, conquests and losses, generations of people, their destinies, lives, individual contributions and feelings sublimed into three perfumes?

I just stood in front of them, reluctant where to start first, digging out of my memory everything I have learned from history books (I am a history freak, you might have noticed) and travels, recalling images of numerous paintings I stood before in museums, going back in time and space to many cities and historic sites in Spain that I have visited, trying to remember all the scents and sounds and images which I have accumulated over many years.

Images swirled around my head like a wild roller coaster: Alhambra of Granada, Alcazaba, Cordoba, Sevilla, Madrid, Toledo, Malaga, Barcelona and everything in between.

My sweet memories: feeling of a hot summer’s morning and scents of the fish market in Malaga, simple beauty of the oldest church in Barcelona, Gaudi, more Gaudi (mind the trams!), El Greco and elonged somber-faced bodies on his paintings in Toledo, sound of my footsteps in labyrinth of streets in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, miles, and miles of beaches, sun, sea and wine, jamon – jamon, of course, late-night and hours-long dinners in Madrid, dancing in the streets, squinting and looking high up at noon underneath the Columbus Monument….sea again, I love sea, I can almost hear seagulls…the way my mind works!

For some reason, while I looked at those square, wood capped bottles my first association was dire of Gibraltar through which I have sailed. Pillars of Hercules.

That was quite a memorable experience! We were on a cruiser which sailed through Gibraltar at midnight, on our way to Morocco and I remember standing at the deck, cold wind and salty air striking my face while I looked up at those dark, almost threatening edges of two continents, so incredibly close and yet so dividing. A magical place where Africa and Europe almost touch…and did you know that the vertical lines on the Dollar sign, (the US dollar has origins from the Spanish Dollar) represent the Pillars of Hercules?

That “Spain“ memory chip in my head went wild.

Three perfumes, equaling Spain? Impossible! I alone could think of a thousand different ones!

I have been sniffing around Carner Barcelona for quite some time. They won numerous awards because of their dedication to producing high-quality lifestyle perfumes.

Their scents are manufactured in Barcelona by artisans and some of the most notable perfumers, they support local artisans, even their bottles are made from locally sourced wood. The famous culture of Spanish workmanship at it’s best. No wonder that soon after their launch in 2010. Carner became a cult niche perfume house. Nice.

Presentation is featuring minimalist design, fine craftsmanship and perfumes are meant to make a connection between scents and emotions. Emotions and olfactory memories.

Sarah Carner:”It’s not only about creating scents but also about evoking memories, sharing experiences and transmitting emotions.”

I am especially fond of the „Black Collection“, Black Calamus being my favorite.

Broody, dark, resinous, sensual and labdanum woody. I still have some of it left. Sandor 70’s – leathery, tobacco, mossy black. Rose&Dragon – what a story! What a dark, demanding, ferocious wild rose! One more thing: there is a base note present in all three of these perfumes: frankincense.

I am talking about the Black Collection because it was a bit different from the previous perfumes, mostly fine woody gourmands.

Are the Orientals a new chapter in this new direction?

This is Spain. Three different facets of Spain. Symbolic, just as you can see them in Gaudi’s work if you visit Park Guell in Barcelona…if you look carefully.

Megalium – The Roman Heritage of Spain

“Megalium, an ancient fragrance passed down through the ages, from a time when rose water flowed from fountains and balsams perfumed the lavish private lives of the Romans from their bathing rituals to their chambers and boudoirs.„

The perfume was used in ancient societies to bring believers closer to gods or to cure the body and spirit. Theophrastus, Greek philosopher and the father of botany (he wrote “On Sense Perception“ – about fragrances), was the first known writer to record Megalium – a sweet-smelling mixture that was considered capable of relieving the inflammation caused by any wound. That was a very important mixture at those times! Of course, Greeks inherited this mixture from Egyptians, only to pass this remedy on to Romans.

It is recorded that Megalium contained resin and oil of Balanos (oil that was used in ancient Egypt as a base for perfumes!), cinnamon and myrrh. This is certainly a more elaborate, modern Megalium! Yes, times are a-changing, but even today you can see remains of rich Roman influence in Spain and this perfume shows just how past and present mingle. I tested it to soothe my soul.

A spicy oriental it is, quite gentle. If you are expecting a screaming, loud oriental, this is not it.
Here we go again with calamus (remember Black Calamus?) but it is much sweeter, brighter, mandarin coated and thus much fresher in the opening.

Cinnamon is soft and light, not overwhelming. Half an hour later, a few rose petals are floating gently, brightened with berries, and covered with nutmeg dust.

When spices fade a bit, frankincense and myrrh dance with them and start to lead in a slow and relaxed pace, not being “dark“ at all.

Longevity is very good, sillage not extreme (I took 2 spritzes each time I tested it on my skin-it remains “at arm’s length” which is perfectly acceptable) and I feel that its heart gives it personality. Wearable.

As I tested it, I recalled images of the subterranean maze 16 feet below the ground in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the streets of the ancient city modern Barcelona is built on, literally. You can visit the Roman Ruins located in Placa del Rei – Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA). It’s a great place to take a break from busy streets above and harsh sunshine during Summer.

Top notes: Royal cinnamon essence from Laos, Cinnamon tree leaves from Sri Lanka, Mandarin integral extract, Calamus essence India
Heart notes: Nutmeg essence from Moluccas, Indonesian Pimento Berry essence, Indian White pepper absolute, Bulgarian rose extract
Base notes: Olibanum extract Somalia, Ethiopian Myrrh extract, Yemeni Opoponax extract, Styrax resin

 

Ambar del Sur – The al-Andalus heritage of Spain

„Reminiscent of a time when royalty perfumed their hair with exquisite musks, the scent of amber wafted in the air, and enchanted patios bloomed with florals and romance. Ambar del Sur is an aromatic tribute to the al-Andalus of the past.„

The scent of Moorish Iberia… The scent of more than 700 years of al-Andalus…Yes, there were constant conflicts and blood was shed but there was also a period considered to be a Golden Age when trading and science flourished and the scent of imported spices and musks filled the air inside hammams and castles built.

I wore it for days, even managed to find my Damascene earrings bought in Toledo.

Funny, this perfume did not take me to Alhambra or Cordoba as expected, no, Toledo was the first place that came to my mind.

This perfume also reminds me of the art of damasquinado – steel decorated with threads of gold and silver, an ancient craft passed from generation to generation, coming from Damascus at the times of al-Andalus…

I wouldn’t call Damascene jewelry “pretty“. It is not “pretty“, it is different, cold and bright, steel and gold, quite unusual. It is a work of artistic craftsmanship, developed through centuries. It is a statement.

So is this perfume: rich and shiny but somehow bold. Again, if you expect a loud, blunt oriental, this is not it. It does open with bright Bergamote, shining like the flash of gold on Damascene jewelry, the first thing you notice. Then you begin to see shapes, birds, flowers and petals, dainty details, a playful jasmine note.

As time passes, the black steel surface behind all that glitter is more and more visible: its heart starts beating strong, stronger by minutes turning it into a true oriental, almost hedonistic.

Amber from the South. Ambergris…This is what this whole introduction was about…I did spray some on my hair and it woke me up in the morning.

The amber, sandalwood, vanilla wear all the way through the dry down, a very creamy tonka smooth one. Sensual.

I think this could be my favorite in the line, but please do not forget that I do tend to wear perfumes that many would consider more “masculine“ than others.

Top notes: Italian Bergamote
Heart notes: Water jasmine, Indonesian patchouli, Australian sandalwood, Accord amber
Base notes: Myrrh, Spanish citrus, Venezuelan tonka bean, Madagascan vanilla absolute

Botafumeiro – the Catholic heritage of Spain

“Botafumeiro: rings of biblical times when pilgrims traveled on foot along the pastoral Camino de Santiago in route to the tomb of St. James resting below the historic stones of the Cathedral. Swinging to great heights along the church, the Botafumeiro censer expels billows of scented smoke filling the air with a heavenly aroma.”

Do you know what the Botafumeiro is? Literally – a smoke expeller in Galician. The one and only, a huge censer in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral!

It has been used since the Middle Ages, to clean the air when many pilgrims arrived, after walking the route for months, after a long journey, tired and – unwashed.

It was believed that this ritual could stop the plague from spreading… and there is an element of silent prayer present as well. Scented prayer.

I can only imagine how spectacular it is to watch the Botafumeiro in full swing! All that frankincense surely affects everyone attending!

I have never been to Santiago de Compostela, nor walked El Camino, but I do know how censer works and how frankincense from a censer or burnt at home smells.

My late grandmother used to burn frankincense at her home, that is one of my earliest olfactory memories of her. I don’t exactly recall when or why, but I do remember chunks of nice smelling yellowish resin material. Where and how she obtained it, I do not know. I only know there was always some in her house. Did she use it to honor saints on their day to achieve a spiritual connection or to chase away evil spirits, I will never know.

I have read somewhere that it helps focus the mind and overcome stress and despair, so all this might have had something to do with it.

It isn’t that simple and this perfume is definitely not only about frankincense, but it is also more than that. Again, this perfume does not shout. It sings divinely and it immediately reminded me of vocal music of Middle Ages, choral songs, chants. It starts out with a scent of flowers from the altar, warm and heavy. That turns swiftly into a sweeter tone with a soft layer of spices – nutmeg is subtle but remarkable.

From somewhere deeper Muguet accord emerges but it is tamed, rather clean and sharp.

Sandalwood and incense warm things up. Styrax adds a dash of smoky, dry with a fine bitter incense facet. It is definitely adding a twist from an antique to a modern feeling, making it quite multifaceted, meditative and spiritual in almost a New Age way.

Botafumeiro is very wearable. I wore it all day long and it felt very comfortable as my scent of the day.

On my skin, it is long-lasting, with moderate sillage. I did spray only twice in the morning and didn’t mind reapplying every five hours, even though it stayed close to my skin.

Top notes: Italian Bergamote, Pink peppercorn, Indonesian Nutmeg
Heart notes: Freesia accord, Muguet accord, Spanish cistus, Indonesian patchouli
Base notes: Styrax resin from Honduras, Mystikal‬, Musks

These fine perfumes are available as 100 and 50 ml Eau de Parfums, and the prices range from 95 EUR (50ml) to 145 EUR (100ml) at the official Carner Barcelona site.

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. As I will enjoy Barcelona, soon…

The Plum Girl

Photos: The Plum Girl, Carner Barcelona catalog
Samples supplied by Carner Barcelona
Disclaimer

Gold and scented pixie dust!

Just a week ago we were impatiently heading towards the Esxence fair in Milan, in anticipation of all it has to offer…ah! Sweet and fragrant memories!

I would like to share with you my impression and personal experience of visiting the 10th Esxence – The Scent of Excellence Fair in Milan 2018- for the first time.

The Plum Girl blog started just around a year and a half ago, so this was a kind of debut for me. First impressions about the fair itself? Here it goes, I give you a survival guide for Esxence:

Intro

A fair? I would rather call it an exclusive exhibition of the finest niche perfumes. The 10th edition of Esxence – The Scent of Excellence in Milan made sure that you feel like you are entering a sacred place when walking inside The Mall building. The Mall is located on Lina Bo Bardi square. She was an Italian born, Brasilian modernist architect, famed also for her furniture and jewelry design.

The contrast of a bright sunlit April day and the entrance hall dressed in black, featuring Esxence 10 years sign (gold!) accentuated the perfect Insta photo hot spot:

This black and gold combination, together with spaghetti curtains did its job. Like in all temples, you must walk through a niche or grotto before you enter the shrine itself.

Plot

I went down the hole. Ops! there goes my meticulously drafted plan of the first-day visit- poof! in air. Scented air. A lot of scents filling the air. I lost it, right then and there. A slight panic attack. I had just stepped out of my car after seven hours of driving, parked and plunged straight into heaven!

My thoughts: ok. I can do this. Just start slowly, from the left side and take it from there…you’ve got time before scheduled meetings…yap.

Feeling like Alice in Wonderland. Crazy Ice Age squirrel in a barrel of nuts!

Such an abundance! Any niche perfumes geek’s dream come true…

This is a world where most of the business cards are scented, “juice” doesn’t refer to a diet drink, sniffing is not an illegal activity and spriz…well, it’s not Aperol Spritz. Not here.

The first day was meant to give me an insight and full coverage of terrain, on the second and third day I executed previously planned visits and meetings and Sunday was just a quick recap. I did make a mistake: being too overwhelmed, I mostly forgot to take photos. Which is fine, really, because I focused on meeting people, sniffing, sampling, networking and having very interesting conversations. Next time I’ll fail better…

Special thanks to Meganmeganinsaintmaxime and JakubPersefume! They are ever so kind, helpful and sharing. As Megan said when I thanked her: “Someone helped me on my first visit to Esxence. I am helping you. You will help someone as well. Isn’t that wonderful?”

Bonus

You have a chance of meeting and talking to some of the most renowned people behind the perfumes you love! Art Directors, Noses, Creative Directors or Perfumers.

It gets even better when you don’t connect names and faces (I am a lousy perfumer/Nose groupie), this happened to me twice in Milan. Yep, I am learning from my mistakes. Even so, that turned out to be really cool because I was really relaxed while having a conversation with those two VIP’s (half an hour later, when I connected the dots, I was like: okeeey. Aha.)

This wonderful man I did recognize at once. I am a big fan of Aedes de Venustas and their new perfume is one that I fell in love with immediately!

Ralf Schwieger::: Perfumer (he doesn’t really like to be called a Nose…) and Musc Encense! for Aedes de Venustas. The list of perfumes he signs is quite impressive. I enjoyed our little chit-chat ❤️

Luca Maffei – sparkling personality, patience in presenting and renowned creativity, at Olibere Parfumes press launch:

If you are following my FB account, you can find more photos (the ones I managed to take – prepare yourself for the next Esxence) 🙂

Knot

The first day I wore heels for an hour. Spare flats were a relief. On the second day, flats were fully in action. Third and fourth day? Business Casual with -sneakers (I seldom wear sneakers if not practicing adequate sports activities…). Be gentle to your feet: you have 200+ stands to cover, starting at 10 AM until 5 PM …and all the fun doesn’t stop there.

Suggestions?

Smile, sincerely. You are in heaven, after all.

Wait patiently for your turn at stands to talk to brand representatives. Schedule your meetings.

Network proactively.

We are all here because of perfumes, right? Enjoy them!

Use wardrobe services. I dislike walking around with a bunch of bags in my hands. It’s not practical and I don’t think it’s polite to drag heaps of promo materials from one stand to another.

Reversal

Note to Organiser: Chapeau! You did a wonderful job!

Thank you, Agnese from the Press Office for having patience with me: hug!

Note to Exhibitors:

Feedback: (as one of my friends, a public speaking coach, likes to say: feedback is feedback. There’s no feedback to feedback. The purpose of feedback is to improve things!)

First, allow me to say that in my corporate days I did create, organize and manage quite a few stands on international fairs and trade shows. On the other side of the stand, as an Exhibitor, so I pretty much know what I am talking about.

I met truly amazing, wonderful and helpful people who treated my Press accreditation with respect and did a great job in representing brands. Thank you!

On the other hand, a few brand representatives’ behaviors can only be described as simply rude, uninterested, arrogant and haughty.

As a coach, I see possibilities for your improvement, guys. Do prepare yourself for fairs and trade shows.Train/coach your brand representatives or hosts/hostesses. It pays back. Yes, things get busy, yes, it is tiresome to take care of a stand all day long, day in, day out and talk to hundreds of people asking thousand of questions, but – hey! This is brand building at it’s most direct form. Besides being press people, we are – customers as well, right?

First impressions are made in 7 seconds and last for a very, very long time. Do mind that bloggers and press people exchange their impressions and that a repeated faux pas might really affect your brand reputation. Do you boast about your brand’s core values? Live them. It’s called authenticity.

Recognition

Esxence makes this world a better place.

It is truly an amazing, international display of fine perfumery at it’s best! Such a whirlwind of amazing fragrances. I highly recommended it! If I might help you next time I’m there – just let me know!

I am thankful for meeting so many simply wonderful people! That is the greatest benefit. Secondly, I did take home some new perfumes to review, for you! Some more should arrive by post, so this will provide material for more reviews for you to read!

Just follow #theadventuresofacuriousnose!

P.S. On one of the stands, their brand representative told me that I am a Meryl Streep look-alike. Maybe I am, but apart from looks I also share this statement:

“I no longer have the patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship, I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience”. -Meryl Streep

See, I didn’t write about perfumes at all 🙂

Will do, will do, soon…

See you next year in Milan!

The Plum Girl

Photos: ThePlumGirl, Olibere Parfums (Luca Maffei)

 

(I used storytelling drama structure principle, based on Aristotle’s “Poetics”)

I got the mail. I cried. I laughed. Danced. Simultaneously.

My first reaction? A blast of emotions! (I can’t keep calm, I’m Croatian!) Of such intense that I emailed Ms. Linda G. Levy, the President of The Fragrance Foundation in reply, saying something like “OMG, wow, faint, swoon, thank you, thank you, thank you!”
It took me a whole day (and a sleepless night) to reply properly, blaming my SOTD for this outburst of emotions 😀

Let’s do the official part first. Later on, I will let you know my thoughts on the subject of prizes, awards, game-changers, players and newcomers.

Here it goes:



The Fragrance Foundation Awards (formerly named the FiFi awards) & Celebration is an annual event hosted by The Fragrance Foundation that honors creative excellence and achievement in the fragrance industry. The Awards events have been held annually in New York City since 1973 and are attended by around 1,000 members of the international fragrance community, designers and celebrities from the fashion, theatre, film, or television industries.

These awards are known as the “Oscars of the fragrance industry”!

The Fragrance Foundation announces The 2018 Top 10 Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards as follows.

The Top 5 Finalists Of The Top 10 Will Be Unveiled At The Annual Fragrance Foundation Finalists’ Luncheon On Friday, April 6, 2018, At 538 Park Avenue In New York City.

Winners Will Be Unveiled For Editorial Excellence, Social Media Campaign, and 360-Degree Marketing.

“The Fragrance Foundation is pleased to have an impressive array of compelling fragrances in Luxury, Prestige, Popular, Indie and Consumer Choice categories,” said president Linda G. Levy. “Our member companies continue to inspire all of us to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance.”

Winners in all the other categories will be announced at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, to be held Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Here are the 2018 Top Ten Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards:

Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage
Feature

• ALLURE – The New Fragrance Frontier
• ELLE MAGAZINE – This Is Your Brain On Vetiver
• MARIE CLAIRE – Into The Wild
• MARIE CLAIRE – Popping Bottles
• MARIE CLAIRE – Something’s In The Air
• NEZ –THE OLFACTORY MAGAZINE – Critical Effects

Article
• ALLURE – Going Rogue
• ELLE MAGAZINE – Dream Catchers
• ELLE MAGAZINE – Scent-Sational
• MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Haley Bennett
• MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Jennifer Aniston

Online
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Elizabeth and James Nirvana French Grey “Shades of Grey”
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Opium Den: Studio 54 and the Launch of Yves St. Laurent Opium
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Perfume, Poetry and Rock: The Scented Intersection of Transformation
• COLOGNOISSEUR – The Scent of Christmas Past
• ELLE.COM – Notes From Underground: Can a Fragrance Help Us Embrace Mortality
• FRAGRANTICA.COM – Gold As a Parfumistic Concept
• HARPERSBAZAAR.COM – How I Fell Back In Love With An Old Perfume
• THECUT.COM – It Took 150 Tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit Perfume for Millennials
THEPLUMGIRL.COM – The Scent of Slavic Melancholy – Elena Cvjetkovic
THEPLUMGIRL.COM – Cuir de Russie – Elena Cvjetkovic

Fragrance Of The Year
• ARMANI/PRIVÉ NEW YORK – Giorgio Armani
• BYREDO VELVET HAZE – Byredo
• CLÉMENTINE CALIFORNIA – Atelier Cologne
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• JASON WU EAU DE PARFUM – Parlux
• LTDMISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Christian Dior
• TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – HermèsParfums
• WOMAN IN GOLD – By Kilian
Men’s Luxury
• ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA PURA EAU DE COLOGNE – LVMH
• DIPTYQUE VETYVERIO – diptyque Paris
• ENGLISH OAK & HAZELNUT COLOGNE – Jo Malone London
• GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian
• L’ENVOL DE CARTIER – Cartier
• MYRRH & TONKA COLOGNE INTENSE – Jo Malone London
• TOM FORD OUD MINÉRALE – Tom Ford Beauty
Women’s Prestige
• BLACK TULIP – NEST Fragrances
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE EAU INTENSE – Shiseido Fragrances
• GOLDEA THE ROMAN NIGHT – Bvlgari
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• JUICY COUTURE VIVA LA JUICY GLACÉ – Revlon
• NARCISO RODRIGUEZ PARFUMS-FOR HER FLEUR MUSC – Shiseido Fragrances
• TERRE DE LUMIÈRE EAU DE PARFUM – L’occitaneen Provence
• WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Men’s Prestige
• AZZARO WANTED – Clarin’s Fragrance Group
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• DOLCE&GABBANA LIGHT BLUE EAU INTENSE POUR HOMME – Shiseido Fragrances
• GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY – LVHM
• BOSS – HUGO BOSS
• BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.
• JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon
• MISSONI PARFUM POUR HOMME – Euroitaly
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG
• SALVATORE FERRAGAMO UOMO CASUAL LIFE – Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums
• Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté
Popular
• DIAMONDS BLUSH – Jafra Cosmetics International
• ELIZABETH ARDEN WHITE TEA – Revlon
• GLOSSIER YOU – Glossier Inc.
• NAVIGO OCEAN HOMME – Jafra Cosmetics International
• ORIGINAL PENGUIN ICONIC BLEND – Falic Fashion Group
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
• SHAWN MENDES SIGNATURE –Revlon
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Perfume Extraordinaire
• CHANEL
• COSMO INTERNATIONAL FRAGRANCES
• FIRMENICH
• FUEGUIA 1833
• GIVAUDAN
• INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES
• MANE
• ROBERTET
• SERGE LUTENS
• SYMRISE
Breakout Star
• CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SILHOUETTE – The Fragrance Group
• COMMODITY GOLD – Commodity
• DIOR SAUVAGE – Parfums Christian. Dior
• INDIGO – NEST Fragrances
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• MIU MIU EAU DE. PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE – Jo Malone London
• TORY BURCH EAU DE PARFUM –The Estée Lauder Companies
• VODKA ON THE ROCKS – By Kilian
Packaging of the Year
Women’s
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• JASON WU EAU DE PARFUM – Parlux, LTD
• KENZO WORLD INTENSE – KENZO Parfums
• LES PARFUMS LOUIS VUITTON – Louis Vuitton
• TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
• WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances
• WOMAN IN GOLD – By Kilian
Men’s
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian
• GUCCI GUILTY ABSOLUTE POUR HOMME – Coty, Inc.
• JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon
• ORIGINAL PENGUIN ICONIC BLEND – Falic Fashion Group
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG
• SALVATORE FERRAGAMO UOMO CASUAL LIFE – Shiseido Fragrances
• Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté
Home Collection of the Year
• CIRE TRUDONLES BELLES MATIÈRES MADURAÏ, REGGIO, TADINE– Cire Trudon
• COMMODITY HOME and BODY – Commodity
• DIPTYQUE 34 BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN – diptyque Paris
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA CANDLES – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• MOONLIGHT IN HEAVEN SCENTED CANDLE & SOAP – By Kilian
• SUGAR COOKIE COLLECTION – NEST Fragrances
• TOCCA VOYAGE HOME FRAGRANCE COLLECTION – Tocca
Bath & Body Collection of the Year
• AROMATHERAPY COLLECTION FROM BATH & BODY WORKS – Bath & Body Works
• BYREDO ROSE HAND CARE COLLECTION – Byredo
• CLÉMENTINE CALIFORNIA TREATMENT LINE – Atelier Cologne
• DIPTYQUE DO SON FRAGRANCE GESTURES – diptyque Paris
• ELIZABETH ARDEN WHITE TEA BATH AND BODY LINE – Revlon
• JOMALONE LONDON EXFOLIATING SHOWER GEL – Jo Malone London
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK BATH LINE – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• VICTORIA’S SECRET ANGEL GLAM COLLECTION – Victoria’s Secret
Home Holiday/Seasonal Fragrance Product of the Year
• LES CONSTELL¬ATIONS – diptyque Paris
• GREEN ALMOND & REDCURRANT CANDLE – Jo Malone London
• HOLIDAY LIQUIDLESS DIFFUSERS – NEST Fragrances
• HOLIDAY PAJAMAS –philosophy – Coty, Inc.

Indie Fragrance of the Year
• ARTIST – Phuong Dang
• EAU D’INITIE – Exemplaire
• EL COSMICO – D.S. & Durga
• LOS HUMOS SAGRADOS – Fueguia 1833
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN BRUMA
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN II (DEUX)
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN MORTEL
• OUD DU JOUR – Amouroud
• PELARGONIUM – AEDES DE VENUSTAS
• POTENTIA AMBER GOD – House of Potentia
• THAYS – Fueguia 1833

Social Media Campaign of the Year
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.
• KKW CRYSTAL GARDENIA – KKW Fragrance
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty
• Y, YSL– YSL Beauté
360-Degree Marketing Campaign of the Year
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• EMPORIO ARMANI – Giorgio Armani
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Media Campaign of the Year
Women’s
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Men’s
• ARMANI CODE COLONIA – Giorgio Armani
• ETERNITY CALVIN KLEIN – Coty, Inc.
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
Consumer Choice Awards Finalists
Fragrance Hall of Fame
• CUCUMBER – Bath & Body Works
• CURVE FOR MEN – Revlon
• PHILOSOPHY AMAZING GRACE – philosop¬hy–Coty, Inc.
• TRÉSOR – Lancôme
Fragrance Vlog of the Year
• 5 REASONS TO WEAR FRAGRANCES – Jeremy Fragrance
• 10 FRAGRANCES YOU NEED IN YOUR COLLECTION WHEN STARTING OUT | MEN’S DESIGNER – Sebastian Jara
• HOW TO BE MORE ATTRACTIVE | 4 LIFE HACKS THAT WORK! – Edward Zo
• TOP 12 FORMAL OCCASION FRAGRANCES WITH REDOLESSENCE – Carlos J Powell and Steven Gavrielatos
Women’s
• AT THE BEACH – Bath & Body Works
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.
• KKW CRYSTAL GARDENIA – KKW FRAGRANCES
• LA VIE EST BELLE L’ECLAT – Lancôme
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Men’s
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• HUGO BOSS, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG

Congratulations and good luck to all the top ten finalists, in all categories!

The Plum Girl

Elena Cvjetkovic, Editor-in-Chief

Source: The Fragrance Foundation, Cafleurlebon, Fragrantica