The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Happy New Year…and a Belated 2012 in Review

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VictorianNewYearAhhhh, 2012 is finally over and 2013 is finally here!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve.  Ours went out with a bang as we went to see Cheyenne Jackson MadMenwith the National Symphony Orchestra performing songs from the “Mad Men” era at the Kennedy Center.  It was hands down the best concert that I have experienced in many years and Cheyenne Jackson is an extraordinary talent.  It was a wonderful way to end 2012.

I meant to post this listing prior to the end of the year, but I always seem to be running late these days.  Like some of the other wonderful bloggers out there, I will comment on some of the perfume like and dislikes for the year.  However, as I can’t claim to be privy to all of the new releases, my opinions will include both new and existing discoveries.

newgeorgesandBest Fragrance Find of the Year:

George Sand by Nicolas de Barry – OK, I have raved about this numerous times and I’m sure that you are all tired of hearing my praises about this fragrance, but this has to be my favorite for the year.  It is my comfort scent and the one fragrance that I just can’t get enough of.  Although it was previously labeled under Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, it now is part of the Maison de Haute Perfumerie Nicolas de Barry collection.  I like being in love!

Runners up:  Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain and Trayee by Neela Vermeire Creations

Favorite Fragrance House of the Year:

P'dEParfum d’Empire – Wonderful niche perfumes at a very reasonable cost.  I own more Pd’E perfumes than any other fragrance house.  Iskander and Azemour les Orangers were my mainstay this past summer and I am itching to add Wazamba and Aziyade to my collection.  The wonderful oakmoss base on these fragrances is so smooth and luxurious.  Big yummy!  Which then leads to…

Biggest Disappointment of the Year:

Musc Tonkin by Parfum d’Empire. This was a blind buy that was based on my love of their perfumes and the fact that it is a limited edition.  I wore this again the other day and once again it left me cold.  Does anyone want to purchase a slightly used bottle?

Best Marketing of the Year:

By Kilian smartly sends out samples of their new releases to all their Facebook friends.  Smart, smart, smart.  I wish more perfumers would do the same.  Although I understand that the LVMH, by Kilian’s parent company, has more money than most fragrant houses which makes this easily possible.

carlos huberArquiste is a close 2nd in this category.  The ever so cute Carlos Huber is out there constantly stirring up publicity.

Anyone who says they’re not influenced by marketing in the least is in my opinion very self unaware.  We all get sucked in to a degree.

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Best Packaging of the Year:

By Kilian again has the most remarkable and beautiful packaging.  The “In the Garden of Good and Evil” clutches are absolutely breathtaking.  Unfortunately they come at a high price and the perfumes were underwhelming at best.

Best Fragrance Personality of the Year:

Neela VermeireI don’t know if I labeled this category correctly, but this honor goes to Neela Vermeire.  Her warmth, friendliness, support and personal attention is only matched by the trio of magnificent perfumes that were developed for Neela Vermeire Creations with Bertrand Douchaufour.  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2013.

Worst Blind Buy of the Year:

We all do it on occasionally, but for me it was Royal Pavillon by Etro.  I purchased this for a song and I can see why it was such a deal.  This fragrance is like fingers on a chalkboard to me.  Unfortunately my better half likes it and wears it on occasion.  When he does, I can’t stand being in the same room.

orangestarBiggest Scrubber of the Year:

Orange Star by Tauer Perfumes.  I know this is an either you love it or hate it perfume.  For me, I can still smell it in my head months after testing it and the memory can still make me nauseous.

2012 Me Against the World Award:

I think that 90% of the fragrance world loved Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan Perfumeur.  For me it was just a sour mess.

Best Online Retailer of the Year:

Is there any question that Lucky Scent remains the king of niche perfume retailers?  I love their service and love their site and their ever increasing stock of interesting niche perfumes.  Unfortunately, my wallet suffers continually at their hands!  I hope to one day soon visit the infamous Scent Bar!

OK, I could go on and on with lists and my thoughts on the best and worst of the year, but I have to go put my New Year’s ham in the oven and get my first day of 2013 going.  All the best to my perfume friends in 2013!  I look forward to the year’s journey ahead with you.

Steve

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

28 thoughts on “Happy New Year…and a Belated 2012 in Review

  1. Happy New Year!
    I am so happy to see Neela as the best personality. 🙂 She is just such a warm and nice person.
    I am one of those people who love Seville but I can see why it might not work for some people. And many Tauers are love/hate for me which I find a bit strange, I must admit.

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  2. Happy New Year, Houndy! I also really wanted to like the Killian scents because that packaging is fabulous but alas, they didn’t have any wow factor for me either. I hope 2013 is good to you.

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  3. Happy New Year Steve,
    I loved reading this post. So many wonderful points.
    I have to say that I love a good advertising campaign to me they are like the movie star face of a presentation if you will. All glamour and smoke and mirrors and I fall in love with that kind of trickery every time. I am a sucker for it.
    I have “liked” Kilian on facebook but they don’t have a “friend” button so I never got a sample… boo hoo! And you are not alone in the world with your feelings on Seville a L’Aube… it left me cold too. Not every perfume can be a Dzinger!
    I want to thank you for your blog. You have taught me so much over the last year.
    Lanier

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  4. Happy New Year! Hope that you had a great NYE and a nice and relaxing NYD!

    These Best and Worst of 2013 lists have been so much fun to read. It’s interesting to see what made people’s lists and what didn’t. I agree with you: The Garden of Good and Evil has the absolute best packaging ever. I want that clutch so badly. In the City of Sin was my favorite. I actually really liked it . . . but I will admit to being influenced by fashion 🙂

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  5. Hi Houndy 🙂
    Lovely little selections here. Hillarious about Orange Star being the number 1 scrubber!! :’) I hope you thought of me when writing that bahhaha. Scarred you now.
    Sorry to hear Musc Tonkin hasn’t worked for you 😦 It didn’t work for me either as you know.
    Arquiste for marketing? Totally understandable, there must be so many investors in that company and unreal amounts of money behind it, otherwise I’d struggle to see how it kicked off so big… scary!
    Keep up the great work Steve, you know I’m a huge fan of your blog! 😛

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    • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND NEW YEARS my dear Freddie. I always know that I can count on you for providing me with the unusual and different take on fragrance. That’s what I love about you. Hard to believe that we are going on 1 year!!! My anniversary post will be coming in the next 2 weeks. Thanks for always being here for me. xoxoxox Steve

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      • I know I decided to do mine early 🙂
        Owww that’s so sweet Houndy ❤ Thank you 😀
        It is exciting isn't it, we pretty much set up at the same time it's insane we've hacked it out and each have our little place in the bloggin world 😛
        Can't wait to read your anniversary post! xxx Congrats 😀

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  6. Hey Steve,
    i think you have my email or PM me on twitter about Musc Tonkin please.
    In other news, great wrap up, I love Pd’E too.
    Portia xx

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  7. Enjoyed the post. I’m glad that the perfumer whose work you liked and who had been so kind to you actually did get his own brand. I’m curious if the perfume stayed exactly the same or if he had to adjust the formulae somehow.

    I agree about By Kilian’s strategy and packaging. But, unlike you, I really liked two out of three perfumes and I’m trying to decide now which one I want to buy (as much as I like that clutch I definitely do not need two of them 😉 ).

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    • U – I’m not quite sure if the formula is the same or not. I do believe so since his historic perfumes were not created specifically for MeG, just marketed under their label. The licensing for the perfumes ran out so all of the fragrances were transferred over his private label.
      I’m so glad that you like the new Kilian line. Which of the 2 are you considering? Maybe I need to grab my samples again and give them another go!!!

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      • I think my favorite is In the City of Sin with Forbidden Games being the close second. And I don’t even like cinnamon! They just work on my skin – I have no explanation.
        If you didn’t like them the first time you tried, most likely, they’ll never cross that line where you’ll suddenly want to spend that sum of money to own a bottle of them but you might like them more the next time you try since now you don’t have good expectations any longer 🙂

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  8. Good afternoon in 2013 Steve! Lovely to see you in a new year!

    I love your summary article and in fact I agree with you on many of your choices. Parfum d’Empire became by favourite house this year (already own 2 bottles).

    I didn’t like Seville a L’Aube too and Orange Star smelled like a plastic orange toilet washing liquid to me!

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Azemour was one of the most enchanting things I’ve smelled in a very long time when I tried it a few weeks ago. I will definitely be buying a full bottle. I am also so, so intrigued by Iskander, but haven’t yet had the chance to sample it.

    I have to say, your George Sand shoutout (and related review) piqued my interest and I was able to procure a bottle of the older version for quite cheap (I don’t know if they are actually different formulations, or if the packaging/labeling just changed). While it’s not what I would normally go for, I too find it incredibly beautiful and completely comforting. Agree that it can work on a man, but I honestly think all scents are unisex at their heart and that if one has confidence they can and should wear whatever they’d like. A nice find, and one I’d never in a million years have tried had I not found your blog, so thanks!

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