Perfume News – The Fragrance Foundation’s 2013 FiFi Awards: List of Finalists

CaFleureBon (“CFB”) has just posted the names of all the FiFi perfume award finalists for 2013. For those who aren’t aware, the FiFis (or, as they are now known, The Fragrance Foundation) awards honour perfume in different categories, much like the Oscars.

To quote Wikipedia, “The FiFi Awards are an annual event sponsored by The Fragrance Foundation which honor the fragrance industry’s creative achievements and is the most prominent and prestigious celebratory event of the fragrance industry. These awards 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.” So, just like the Oscars celebrate the prior year in movie-making, the Fragrance Foundation will recognize perfumery from 2012 with their 2013 finalists and awards.

Relying on a report from Women’s Wear Daily, CFB writes that

[t]he top five finalists in each category will be announced at the Finalist Breakfast, April 19 ,2013 at the Mandarin Oriental.  The winners will be named at The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2013 on June 12 at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.The event, hosted this year by actress Christine Baranski, will also honor Allure editor in chief, Linda Wells for her contributions to the fragrance industry.

The finalists are:

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Luxury
ALIEN Essence Absolue by Thierry Mugler (Clarins Fragrance Group)
Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée (Beauté Prestige International)
Bond No. 9 Central Park West (Laurice & Co./Bond No. 9 New York) Perfumer Laurent Le Guernec 
Chanel Coco Noir  Perfumer Jaques Polge
Florabotanica by Balenciaga Paris (Coty Prestige)
Gucci Premiere (P&G Prestige Products)
Hermès L’Ambre Des Merveilles (Beauté Prestige International) Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena 
Jivago Rose Gold (Ilana Jivago Inc.)
Miss Dior Le Parfum by Dior
Tom Ford Café Rose by Tom Ford Beauty  Perfumer Antoine Lie

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Prestige
Coach Poppy Blossom by Aramis & Designer Fragrances (The Estée Lauder Companies)
Dahlia Noir EDT (LVMH Fragrance Brands)
Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme (P&G Prestige Products)
DOT Marc Jacobs (Coty Prestige)
Issey Miyake Pleats Please (Beauté Prestige International)
Jimmy Choo Eau De Toilette (Interparfums Luxury Brands)
La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain
L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney
MARCHESA parfum d’extase by Sephora  Perfumer Annie Buzantian 
Midnight Fleur by NEST Fine Fragrances Perfumer Jerome Epinette

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular
Christina Aguilera Red Sin (P&G Prestige Products)
Forever Red by Bath & Body Works
GAP Established 1969 (Inter Parfums USA)
Halle Berry Closer (Coty Beauty)
Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend (Elizabeth Arden)
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj (Elizabeth Arden)
Seduction Dark Orchid by Victoria’s Secret
So Elixir Purple (Yves Rocher Amérique du Nord inc.)
Unplugged for Her (Avon Products, Inc.)
Victorinox Swiss Army (Victoria Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc.)

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) Perfumer Laurent Le Guernec 
Colonia Intensa Oud by Acqua Di Parma
Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Italian Bergamot by Aramis & Designer Fragrances (The Estée Lauder Companies)

Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Prestige
Acqua di Giò Essenza by Giorgio Armani  Perfumer Alberto Morillas 
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême
Code Ultimate by Giorgio Armani
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)
Montblanc Legend (Interparfums Luxury Brands)
Play Sport by Parfums Givenchy
Spice Bomb by Viktor & Rolf  Perfumer Olivier Polge
Tom Ford Noir (Tom Ford Beauty)

Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Popular
GAP Established 1969 (Inter Parfums USA)
James Bond 007 (P&G Prestige Products)
Paris for Men by Bath & Body Works
Perry Ellis Aqua (Falic Fashion Group)
Playboy VIP for Him (Coty)
ROCKS by Original Penguin (Falic Fashion Group)
Unplugged for Him (Avon Products, Inc.)

Best Packaging of the Year: Women’s
Amazon Lily by NEST Fine Fragrances
Betsy Johnson Too Too Pretty (Inter Parfums USA)
Brooks Brothers Miss Madison (Inter Parfums USA)
Chanel Coco Noir
Donna Karan Woman by Aramis & Designer Fragrances (The Estée Lauder Companies)
Flora Garden by Gucci (P&G Prestige Products)
Florabotanica by 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 (due to a tie there are 11 finalists)
Acqua di Giò Essenza by Giorgio Armani
Bond No. 9 New York Musk (Laurice & Co./Bond No.9 New York)
Code Ultimate by Giorgio Armani
Dolce & Gabbana the one for men Sport (P&G Prestige Products)
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport (Beauté Prestige International)
James Bond 007 (P&G Prestige Products)
Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge (P&G Prestige Products)
Montblanc Legend (Interparfums Luxury Brands)
Playboy VIP for Him (Coty)
Unplugged for Him (Avon Products, Inc.)
Victorinox Swiss Army Forest ( Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc.)

Media Campaign of the Year: Women’s
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme (P&G Prestige Products)
Donna Karan Woman by Aramis & Designer Fragrances (The Estée Lauder Companies)
Gucci Premiere (P&G Prestige Products)
Issey Miyake Pleats Please (Beauté Prestige International)
J’adore by Dior
Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend (Elizabeth Arden)
Lady Gaga FAME (Coty)
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj (Elizabeth Arden)
Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold (Victoria’s Secret)
Wonderstruck Enchanted Taylor Swift (Elizabeth Arden)

Media Campaign of the Year: Men’s
Acqua di Giò Essenza by Giorgio Armani
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême
Code Ultimate by Giorgio Armani
Dolce & Gabbana the one for men Sport (P&G Prestige Products)
ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein (Coty Prestige)
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport (Beauté Prestige International)
James Bond 007 (P&G Prestige Products)
Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge (P&G Prestige Products)
Montblanc Legend (Interparfums Luxury Brands)

Interior Scent Collection of the Year
AERIN Home Fragrance Collection by NEST Fragrances
After Midnight Candle Collection by NEST Fragrances
Cider Lane Home Fragrance Collection by Bath & Body Works
i.relax Aroma Diffuser by Oregon Scientific
R. Nichols Candle Collection by R. Nichols Candles
Ralph Lauren Home Fragrance Collection by Maesa
Sa Majesté La Rose by Belle Fleur New York
The American Boardwalk Candle Collection by Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Line of the Year
Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime by Crabtree & Evelyn
Forever Red by Bath & Body Works
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport (Beauté Prestige International)
PINK wild & breezy by Victoria’s Secret

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 by Elizabeth Arden

(source: Women’s Wear Daily)

NICHE/INDIE perfumes:

I should add that the 2013 FiFi award finalists for the niche “Indie” category were announced long ago and consisted of the following fragrances:

”Indie” is defined as an established brand that has been on the market for at least two years, is not distributed or owned by a large company and is sold in one to 50 stores in the U.S.

The official 30 Indie fragrance nominees recognized by The Fragrance Foundation and the Indie committee are:

  • Amber Oud by Kilian (By Kilian Inc.)
  • Boutonnière No. 7—Arquiste Parfumeur (Arquiste Parfumeur)
  • Bowmakers by D.S. & Durga (D.S. & Durga)
  • Broderie by Hayari Paris (Hayari Paris)
  • “Calling All Angels” April Aromatics (April Aromatics)
  • Cuirelle—Ramon Monegal Barcelona (Ramon Monegal Perfumes Barcelona)
  • Eau de Flog, Opus Oils (Opus Oils)
  • Eau Monumentale by Thirdman (Third Man Inc.)
  • Edward Bess “Eau La La” (Edward Bess)
  • Glam Monster (Donato Style LLC)
  • Ineke Hothouse Flower (Ineke LLC)
  • Intimacy eau de parfum (JoAnne Bassett)
  • Lady Day by Maria Candida Gentile (Maria Candida Gentile)
  • Le Cherche Midi No. 30 Eau D’Hive (Le Cherche Midi)
  • “Le Smoking” for Denver Art Museum (DSH Perfumes)
  • Lightscape Ulrich Lang New York (Ulrich Lang New York)
  • Meadow & Fir—Phoenix Botanicals (Phoenix Botanicals)
  • Moss Gown—Providence Perfume Co. (Providence Perfume Co.)
  • Purusa Root by Sebastian Signs (Sebastian Signs Fragrances Company LLC)
  • Qajar Rose—Lalun Naturals, Inc. (Parfums Lalun, Lalun Naturals, Inc.)
  • Raw Spirit”Firetree” Fragrance Oil (World Senses Pty Ltd.)
  • Rima XI—Carner Barcelona (Carner Barcelona)
  • Rodin, L. Rodin, LLC (Rodin Olio Lusso)
  • Speakeasy by P. Frapin & Cie (P. Frapin & Cie)
  • Strawberry Passion by Skye Botanicals (Skye Botanicals)
  • Terrasse A St-Germain, Jul et Mad (Jul et Mad)
  • Trayee, Neela Vermeire Creation (Neela Vermeire Creations)
  • Treazon by Ayala Moriel Parfums (Ayala Moriel Parfums)
  • Wild Roses by Aftelier Perfumes (Aftelier Perfumes)
  • Woody by Smell Bent (Smell Bent)

The winner was announced on January 28, 2013 and was By Kilian’s Amber Oud.

 

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34 thoughts on “Perfume News – The Fragrance Foundation’s 2013 FiFi Awards: List of Finalists

      • The immense difference, and I am struggling for words here, as well as trying to be polite; the immense abyss between the brand By Kilian and say, anyone else on the list. A category for niche AND independent would show that this organization had an understanding of the industry it purports to represent. At the moment it understands mainstream-commercial-designer-branded, excuse me I am yawning, Perfume $’s. The tokenism is unbelievable. Please delete this comment if you feel it endangers your safety or mine. Please feel free to educate further on this venerable foundation.

        • I think you’re dead to rights on all of it, Jordan. The lumping of niche and independent was baffling to me but, try as I might, I couldn’t find any separate category for niche perfumery. In addition, I completely disagree with their short-sighted, non-inclusive, extremely narrow definitions or concepts of “Luxury” -vs- “Prestige.” I think your description of “tokenism” is absolutely brilliant. I really do. I wish I could find out exactly how the judging works and what the criteria are for those who are on the panel. The panelists for the Indie judging is everything from influential perfume bloggers to magazine figures and some people in the industry:

          “The judging panel members were: Paul Austin, president of Austin Advisory Group; Anne-Marie Guarnieri, senior beauty editor, Allure magazine; Virginia Bonofiglio, chairperson, cosmetics & fragrance marketing, FIT; Raymond Matts, The Art of Perfumery; Emily Dougherty, beauty director, Elle magazine; Lucy Raubertas, Indie Perfumes; Gaia Fishler, The Non-Blonde; Bruce E. Teitelbaum CEO, RPG; Ann Gottlieb, president, Ann Gottlieb Associates, Inc.; and Rayda Vega, consultant, Aromadyn.” http://www.gcimagazine.com/marketstrends/segments/fragrance/2013-FiFi-Indie-Award-Winner-Named-188851101.html?utm_source=Related+Items&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=Related+Items

          But who decides for categories like the ones which encompass Justin Beiber? For Prestige or Packaging? I would bet you that PR/marketing groups have to play *some* role in all of that, and perhaps not just for the ad campaign award either. I’ll try to look into it when I have some extra time. Or perhaps that might be a good avenue for you to pursue?

          In fairness, however, the growth of niche perfumery is a relatively new phenomenom. On the other hand, it’s not THAT new and it’s certainly been around long enough to warrant a far more equal treatment in categories.

          • Indie Awards
            Here is what Mr Hennessy had to say about his FF award ” Just learnt that AMBER OUD won the Indie’s award tonight and I couldn’t go because sick in bed…:-(( ”

            I guess he was sick of being Indie. Or maybe he was feeling constricted by the snake around his neck. Don’t get me wrong I admire Kilian. I would like to comprehend FF.

            Ron from Notable Scents had this to say on the occasion of the award: “Congratulation to Amber Oud from The Body Shop”

            NB: The Body Shop released a fragrance of the same name as By Kilian

            The crystalline Christophe commented ” Who won best niche, Nicki Minaj? Seriously, how uninspired your perfume journey must be to think Amber Oud was the best of 2012. They should disclose the list of “judges”.

            Sorry Christophe, niche does not exist. If it did your guess would be spot on.

            Well looks like we have a panel of judges here including you Kafka for our soon to be registered Pluto Foundation. Also open to other naming suggestions; The Magdelena awards? I own a star so lets register it there. I always knew you were a star Pluto.

  1. Sigh. I like Amber Oud, but I can see others on the list who I would have been much more excited about winning.

    Somehow, I think the mainstream winners are going to be a bit of a let-down too. Fingers crossed that Spicebomb gets some Fifi love!

    • I think there are a *number* of others on that list that I would have been happier to see win than Amber Oud. Trayee for absolute starters!

      As for the mainstream list, Dot by Marc Jacobs? Jimmy Choo? La Petite Robe Noire (which I do NOT like)? Nooooo. I am also one of those who simply cannot stand Ambre de Merveilles, and can’t stand the fuss about it. I just *know* that one will win.

      Also, totally OT, I can no longer see Halle Berry’s name in the context of perfume without IMMEDIATELY thinking of her comment about spraying perfume between her thighs….

      • My thoughts exactly! Trayee, Rima, Arquiste, Wild Roses, and so many others.

        I actually think La Petite Robe Noir or Dot will take it. Weirdly, I think Ambre is too “obscure.”

        • I will be very unhappy if La Petite Robe Noir takes it but, the more I think of it, the more I suspect you’re right. The ad campaign for it certainly was a tidal wave that almost no other launch had. Not even Coco Noir (which I like to say is neither Coco nor Noir. LOL). One perfume that will make me even more bitter if it wins: Justin Beiber’s Girlfriend. Honestly, the world does not need to encourage that creature any more than it already has. *sniff*

          • That’s exactly what I was thinking! The ad campaign for Petite Robe Noire has been overwhelming! Whereas I hear and see practically nothing for Coco Noir. Since the launch, I kind of forget it’s part of the line-up to be honest.

            I actually do feel kind bad for Justin Bieber. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to grow up with no normality whatsoever. That being said, it’s still not right to have a monkey as pet.

          • It’s also not right to walk around with your underwear showing and your pants down to your knees like a young punk, but I am digressing….. *grin*

            Do you ever read the Mr. Guerlain blog or see it on FB? The amount of photos showing La Petite Robe Noire on buses, street corners, bus stops, etc….. overwhelming. And it doesn’t seem to have slowed down one iota since the launch! Yes, you’re right, it will have to be LPRN for the win.

            On second thought, I went back to the list: Guerlain is in the women’s “Prestige” category, and Coco Noir, Ambre and that ghastly Tom Ford Café Rose are all in the separate “Luxury” category. So, I think either of those 3 could win as well with perhaps Coco Noir having the highest profile of the lot.

          • Aw! Well, I’m willing to cut the Biebs more slack 🙂

            Yes, I have seen the Mr. Guerlain blog, but not for a while. Thanks for the reminder to check in on that!

            Regardless what wins, I think what got nominated just points to sad, sad trends.

  2. Daisy and Kafka- your digression on Justin really made me chuckle!!
    But getting back to the perfume…the packaging for the Nest and those bottles are unbelievably beautiful! And Britt (my daughter) owns Midnight Fleur…smells divine on her..if she is going to be wearing a sweet scent it might as well be high end niche!

    • NEST definitely has some very pretty packaging!! I love how addicted to perfume your daughters are but, then, with you as a mother, it’s not very surprising. I’m glad you instilled your love of fragrance in them. 🙂

      • My son is addicted as well and drives my husband crazy! He once sprayed half of a one ounce bottle of EDP in one of our bathrooms to “freshen it up” after making it unfresh (if you know what I mean :(!!). Luckily it was Pacifica Sandalwood and not a $400 bottle of OJ!!!

          • Yes, Jordan, there are so many wonderful perfumers whose “artisan” perfumes do not get the recognition that they deserve (I won’t mention any names,Kafka, but one of my favorite begins with the letter “S” 😀 !!). If I am going to spend my hard earned money I would be happier applying it towards supporting the artisanal lines that make quality and not quantity…(OK time to get off my soapbox!)

  3. Please anyone but Bieber who I suspect is on drugs now, or holier than thou Taylor Swift. I’m rooting for Yves Rocher. They have consistently good, affordable fragrances.

  4. All very jolly to make money and support magazine advertisers. You would think though that something called a Fragrance Foundation would be abreast of new phenomena within their stated realm. Will you talk with Gaia? Let’s set up our own foundation of analysts and criteria. O my Magdelana, I just received an email from FF. Did you? Maybe you should delete this post.

  5. We know what was the process of “nomination” for the indie/niche category. I wonder how it works for all other categories? Is every (?) brand is allowed to present one perfume per category? How are perfumes judged? Is it a blind sniffing? Or numbers of sales (items or total)? Or some other criterion?

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