Today I’m participating in a group blogging event with DSH Notebook, EauMG, Perfume Shrine, Scent Hive, Smelly Blog, and The Non-Blonde. We are all blogging about the best perfumes of 2011. You should know that I restricted myself to perfumes that were released this year. And, what fun are lists like this if they are not highly opinionated and subjective? None. Please take the list in good fun.
Best Perfume of 2011
Worst Perfume of 2011
L’esprit de Oscar by Oscar de la Renta. I found this to be sour, mildewed, bitter, and generally vile.
Best Perfume Marketing of 2011
Miriam, Tableau de Parfums collaboration between Andy Tauer and Brian Pera has a wonderful aesthetic (see photo above). So much attention to detail, great idea to use cameos, and such beautiful curves to the bottle.
Worst Perfume Marketing of 2011
Dita von Teese perfume. The press release created confusion about whether the perfume is called ‘Dita von Teese’ or ‘Femme Totale’, and it went downhill from there. A bunch of buzz, write-ups in stateside media, and then no clear launch date for the U.S. Then conflicting information about online sales, inconsistent use of social media (almost worse than not using it at all), and the sudden dearth of talk that not surprisingly follows when consumer expectations are created and not met.
Best Perfumed Body Product
Fig Tree Shea Butter by Sonoma Scent Studios. The texture is luxurious, it is super emollient, and it smells phenomenal. (My review of the perfume here)
Most Underrated Perfume of 2011
Thierry Mugler Taste of Fragrance flankers. I liked the concept behind these flankers, bringing together food and fragrance, and every one of them was interesting and unique.
Most Overrated Perfume of 2011
Idea Whose Time has Come
Eau Pear Tingle by Opus Oils. This perfume for anosmics is such a wonderful, generous idea. Those of us who aren’t anosmic can enjoy the smell, anosmics can enjoy the sensation, and we can all enjoy the packaging.
Epic Fail of the Year
Dior, for renaming Miss Dior as ‘Miss Dior Original’ and Miss Dior Cherie as ‘Miss Dior’, and for changing the Miss Dior Cherie juice without doing a single thing to the packaging or bottle to make it distinguishable. As a fan of both Miss Dior and Miss Dior Cherie (the pre-reformulation version), I think I am on the more tolerant end of the spectrum on this issue, but it left a bad taste even in my mouth. It’s just so unnecessary. What about you? What bests and worsts did 2011 bring, in your opinion?
Image courtesy Fragrantica.