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Fragrance for Breakfast

By Nancy Jeffries, Contributing Editor | April 22, 2013

The Fragrance Foundation announced finalists.

The scent stars came out earlier this month at New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, as The Fragrance Foundation announced the finalists for the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards at a gala breakfast presentation. Actress Christine Baranski, star of The Good Wife, hosted the award program, noting that her friend, fragrance designer, Ann Gottlieb had invited her to host and she couldn’t refuse.
 

 
“What better place to have breakfast, overlooking the city, with people who smell divine,” she quipped.
 
Each year The Fragrance Foundation announces the top Five Finalists for Fragrance of the Year in Women’s and Men’s Luxury, Popular and Prestige categories. Also recognized are winners in the categories of Best Packaging, Best Media Campaign, Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage, Bath and Body, and Interior Scent Collection.
 
Elizabeth Musmanno, president of The Fragrance Foundation, explained that this year, once the Five Fragrance Finalists were unveiled, attendees would have the opportunity to impact the vote by making their own preferences known. Every 10 votes cast, equaled one corporate vote, clearly a chance for the industry to show support for their favorites. “We are very excited to offer everyone this year the opportunity to vote for Fragrance of the Year,” said Musmanno.
 
Awarding Excellence
 
Winners were announced for three categories in Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage, with top honors going to Allure, for The Descendants, for Scent Feature; Allure, The Fragrance Guy: Raw Power, for Scent Bite; and Elle’s How To Be Unforgettable, for Blog Post of the Year.
 
Interior Scent Collection finalists were Aerin Home Fragrance Collection, by NEST Fragrances; After Midnight Candle Collection, by NEST Fragrances; R. Nichols Candle Collection, by R. Nichols Candles; Ralph Lauren Home Fragrance Collection, by Maesa; and The American Boardwalk Candle Collection, by Bath & Body Works. Aerin Home Fragrance Collection by NEST Fragrances took home the honor as Interior Scent Collection of The Year.
 
Bath & Body Line of The Year finalists included Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime; Forever Red, by Bath & Body Works; Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Sport, by Beauté Prestige International; and Pink Wild & Breezy, by Victoria’s Secret. Bath & Body Line of The Year honors went to Crabtree & Evelyn for West Indian Lime.
 
Top Five Finalists
 
Fragrance of the Year - Women's - Luxury
Coco Noir - Chanel
Florabotanica - Balenciaga Paris - Coty Prestige
Gucci Premiere - P&G Prestige Products
Miss Dior Le Parfum - Dior
Tom Ford Café Rose - Tom Ford Beauty
 
Fragrance of the Year – Men’s - Luxury
Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée - Beauté Prestige International
Bond No. 9 New York Musk - Laurice & Co./Bond No.9 New York
Colonia Intensa Oud - Acqua Di Parma
Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze: Italian Bergamot - Aramis & Designer Fragrances, The Estée Lauder Companies
 
Fragrance of the Year – Women’s – Popular
Forever Red - Bath & Body Works
Halle Berry Closer - Coty Beauty
Justin Bieber's Girlfriend - Elizabeth Arden
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj - Elizabeth Arden
Seduction - Dark Orchid - Victoria's Secret
 
Fragrance of the Year – Men’s – Popular
Gap Established 1969 - Inter Parfums USA
James Bond 007 - P&G Prestige Products
Perry Ellis Aqua - Falic Fashion Group
Rocks by Original Penguin - Falic Fashion Group
Unplugged for Him - Avon Products, Inc.
 
Fragrance of the Year – Women’s – Prestige
Coach Poppy Blossom - Aramis & Designer Fragrances, The Estée Lauder Companies
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme - P&G Prestige Products
Dot Marc Jacobs - Coty Prestige
Jimmy Choo Eau De Toilette - Interparfums Luxury Brands
Midnight Fleur - Nest Fine Fragrances
 
Fragrance of the Year – Men’s – Prestige (due to a tie there are 6 finalists)
Acqua di Giò Essenza - Giorgio Armani
Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême - Chanel
Encounter Calvin Klein - Coty Prestige
Montblanc Legend - Interparfums Luxury Brands
Spice Bomb - Viktor & Rolf
Tom Ford Noir - Tom Ford Beauty
 
Best Packaging of the Year – Women’s (due to a tie there are 6 finalists)
Amazon Lily - Nest Fine Fragrances
Donna Karan Woman - Aramis & Designer Fragrances, The Estée Lauder Companies
Florabotanica - Balenciaga Paris - Coty Prestige
Gucci Premiere - P&G Prestige Products
Issey Miyake Pleats Please - Beauté Prestige International
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj - Elizabeth Arden
 
Best Packaging of the Year – Men’s
Acqua di Giò Essenza - Giorgio Armani
Bond No. 9 New York Musk - Laurice & Co./Bond No.9 New York
James Bond 007 - P&G Prestige Products
Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge - P&G Prestige Products
Montblanc Legend - Interparfums Luxury Brands
 
Media Campaign of the Year – Women’s
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme - P&G Prestige Products
Gucci Premiere - P&G Prestige Products
Issey Miyake Pleats Please - Beauté Prestige International
J'adore - Dior
Lady Gaga FAME – Coty
 
Media Campaign of the Year – Men’s
Acqua di Giò Essenza – Giorgio Armani
Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême – Chanel
Dolce & Gabbana the one for men Sport - P&G Prestige Products
ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein - Coty Prestige
Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge - P&G Prestige Products
 
Fragrance Hall of Fame
A*MEN by Thierry Mugler - Clarins Fragrance Group
Annick Goutal Petite Chérie - Beauté Prestige International
Jivago 24K - Ilana Jivago Inc.
Red Door - Elizabeth Arden
 
Perfume Extraordinaire of the Year
Drom
Givaudan
Mane
Robertet
Symrise
 
Musmanno thanked the event sponsors, including Cosmopolitan, Pampadour, Firmenich, Givaudan, IFF, LVMH, Mane, and Nordstrom, and noted that The Fragrance Foundation Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, where the winners will be announced and honored that evening. Linda Wells, Editor in Chief, Allure, will be honored with the Hall of Fame Award, and Dana Carvey, Emmy award-winning actor and comedian, will be the emcee for the event.
 
 

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