There are links to a further 29 Perfume: Best of 2013 Lists further down the page.
The Fragrant Man is presenting Perfume: Best Of 2013 (which will include Highly Favoured Fragrances from previous years) as follows:
The Jatamansi Awards 2013
The Jatamansi Awards are subjectively selected, and the fragrances have been wafted and judged by The Fragrant Man.
Jatamansi Awards – Fragrance
The Atmospheric Award
– Amouage Fate Man
The Best in Show Award
– Puredistance BLACK
The Best New Publication Award
– ODOU magazine
The Best Perfume Fiction Award
– Aphrodesia by John Oehler – Perfume Thriller set in the ISIPCA Perfume School in Versailles.
The Best Perfume Non-Fiction Award
– Scent & Subversion – Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume by Barbara Herman
The Best Presentation Award
– Ineke Scent Library
Best Presentation – Special Mention
I especially like the black band on the boxes for ease of entry and light-free storage. Mr Huber also presented himself well in Australia and New Zealand this year.
The Classic-to-be Award
– Amouage Fate Women
The Classic Vetiver Award
– Lalique Encre Noir (2006 release)
The Enchanting Award
– The Vagabond Prince The Enchanted Forest – a stroll through the wilderness (2012 release).
The Everyday Everywhere Award
– Le Labo Cuir 28
The Fair Trade Award
– The 7 Virtues Blend Box – hours of fragrant fun.
The Feral Award
– Phoenicia Perfumes RealOud Feral – although I think that this should have been called RealOud Rank.
The Fragrant Garden Award
– a private garden designed to be fragrant by day and by night. An outdoor bath with hot and cold running water and a privacy gate are features along with the scented air. St Andrews Escape in Havelock North, New Zealand.
The Fragrant Ingredient Award
– Kampot Peppercorns now have geographic appellation status because of their unique taste and scent.
The Great Writing Award
– Kafkaesque for Perfume Review: Absolue Pour Le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
The Hot Award
– Arquiste Anima Dulcis (2012 release)
The Innovative Award
– Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia – Olfactory Orgasm
The Into the Night Award
– Boutonnière No. 7 The Male Gardenia for steppin’ out (2012 release).
The Justified and Ancient Award
– Aftelier Ancient Resins – contains The Secret Accord.
The Man Rose Award
– Le Labo Rose 31 (2006 release)
The Masterpiece Award
– Neela Vermeire Créations Trayee (2011 release, but I have not yet found another masterpiece since).
The Modern Vetiver Award
– Olfactive Studio Autoportrait is Encre Noire released from the woods and flying above the clouds. The vetiver smells like the roots have been washed by a waterfall leaving a clear hint of something that is usually more vegetal. (2011 release).
The Muse Award
– The Grain de Musc herself, Denyse Beaulieu for musing around with my head. An inspiration to me and to many others.
The Natural Award
– Sonoma Scent Studio Spiced Citrus Vetiver
The New Perfume House
– David Falsberg, The Man with the Alpha-Dog Nose for Phoenicia Perfumes. Skank, skunk and real Oud.
The Olfactive Scribe Award
– Katheleen Tessaro for The Perfume Collector
The Oud Oil Award
– The Khao Yai Experiment. Incense grade agarwood, resinous of the kind reserved usually reserved for carving, gave a dense blend. I open the bottle every 6 months for a swipe; it’s scent profile is ageing beautifully into scents that I have never smelt before or even dreamed of.
The Oud Wood Award
– Oud Wood chips from Brunei, Khai Yai forest and other traceable sources from Ensar Oud.
The Powerhouse Award
– a drop of EnVoyage Zelda is sufficient. 3 drops will fill the room.
The Scented Candle Award
– Mérida – this xxx based candle, composed by Carlos Huber of Arquiste for Cire Trudon, is worth sniffing out to see how you react to this unique scent. I do not mean x-rated, I just do not want to be a
The Showgirl Award
– this showstopper magnolia blooms and dances. EnVoyage; Her name was Zelda, she was a showgirl…
The Sleep Scent Award
– Neela Vermeire Créations Mohur for the sweetest dreams (2011 release). As scent has an immediate brain connection I have found that dreams can be induced by perfume.
The Sustainable Ingredient Award
– TFS Australia for the 14 year project planting and harvesting Santalum album Sandalwood.
The Sweetest Story Award
– Drakkar Noir – are you responsible for this happy marriage?
Sweetest Story – Special Mention
– Scent & Autism
The Peace Correspondent Award
– Amer for Riot Spring
The Warm and Embracing Award
– Neela Vermeire Créations Ashoka – Buddhism in a Bottle, Fig in a Floral Forest.
The Welcome Back Award
– Luca Turin for Message in a Bottle at Style.com/Arabia
The Vintage Award
– Vintage Chloe
Jatamansi Awards – Commentators
The “I am a 21st Century Woman” comment
The Jatamansi Award for the best comment from a Fragrance Commentator goes to…
Poodle on Australian Perfume Junkies in response to this:
If you would like to encounter this scent and look after your own or your loved one’s feet leave a comment….
Perfumery Insight comment
Cross Cultural Comment
There are a thousand or more opinions in Perfumeland on most perfumes. I love the manners of the on-line Perfume Community. They are courtly manners in the sense that they bespeak of an old fashioned salon for discussion and edification. The occasional flare-up, ‘your nose is smelling the wrong notes‘, the boycott of a perfumer and other such matters are usually handled with aplomb and a cheerful and respectful ability to disagree considering the diversity of strongly held opinions. Usually, but not always, these opinions are backed up by a wealth of knowledge, study and experience. The disagreements only highlight the usual smoothness of communication.
In a moment we will roam around the world and see the variety of opinions on The Best of 2013. I thought this to be a great year for perfume releases. There were over 1,330 perfumes released in 2012; I do not have the stats for the current year yet. Rather than reviewing 3.64 reviews per day most Olfactive Scribes bring you the best as well as warn you of the worst and the most boring. These scribes write their passion and also their knowledge into words that are read across The Fragrant Stratosphere.
There is so much diffusion of Perfume knowledge, more so than at any time in the history of the world. There is a theory* in perfume circles that each writer has a dedicated core readership of 99 people who read everything that they write. 10% of these readers comment and engage a blog or website and other readers prefer to just read. Other readers may zoom in periodically or catch up with a site on weekly basis, usually the weekend. Of course many websites have 100’s and even 1000’s of readers every day or every week and the same theoretical percentage may still apply. And some of us have tried to read everything! Over time you tend to read the people that resonate with your own tastes or the writers that slake your own thirst for knowledge as well as the ones that you love to disagree with.
The Fragrant Man covers male-interest ‘fumes as well as Olfactory Science, Art, Gardens, Fragrant Ingredients, Myths and Legends. For a more comprehensive view of all perfumes there are many websites to discover then explore and enjoy, a selection of which you will find below.
There are storytellers, poets, historians and analysts who review perfume. There are also writers who work within the Perfume industry as well as students, several architects, a marine, a lawyer, a movie star, a DJ, a Perfume Theorist and even a chemist or 3 and at least 2 accountants that I know of. All of these people I call Olfactive Scribes. Some of these Olfactive Scribes have been writing for many years and have treasure chests of knowledge stored on their websites and available for you to read should you wish to know more. Some have several degrees across many disciplines and some are students of the world and especially of Perfumeland. We can go armchair traveling right now from London to Texas then New York and Greece, carry on up to Sweden and then sweep down to Down Under in Sydney. Fasten your web-belts; this is a journey of several days reading. These links are but a few that will give your access to the wealth of Perfume knowledge that is now available on this world-wide-web. Lists have been made. Let’s go aroaming…
Happy Reading and Merry Holidays to you Perfumistas. Which ‘fumes did you reach for the most in 2013?
Interaction Law of Content Social Media
There is an Interaction Law of Social Media called 90-9-1
The Alembicated Genie summarises it as follows:
We shall for the sake of argument state that the readership of blogs and web content is 100%. Ninety percent of blog readers will simply enjoy the content they find there. They will not comment nor participate in any ongoing debates. In blogger-speak, they’re known as lurkers. This is by no means a perjorative word in this context. Nine percent more will choose to participate in any ongoing conversations by commenting, liking, linking, retweeting and so on.
And then, we have the (other) One Percent. These are the content creators, who write blogs, create websites, e-zines, FB pages and groups, the Twitter profiles and Instagram accounts and Pinterest boards etc. etc.
All told, this is not a static group – some bloggers will lurk on other blogs. Regardless of the subject matter or topic, this is a maxim that seems to hold true across the entire field of social media.
I elaborated on these and other concepts as regards Planet Perfume in:
And continued that conversation here:
– The Alembicated Genie