Fra­grance Awards

Our first ever fra­grance awards hon­ours the best scents

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woMen’s fra­grance of the ye ar chanel no. 5 L’eau

Per­fumer Olivier Polge’s reimag­in­ing of Chanel’s most beloved clas­sic is an ar­tic­u­la­tion of the Chanel woman of the present: spon­ta­neous, so­phis­ti­cated and al­ways chic. A cho­rus of cit­ruses de­lights at first spritz, trans­form­ing into a time­less flo­ral heart of rose, jas­mine and ylang-ylang against a volup­tuous musk and cedar dry down. RM410 (50ml)

Best for Sun­day brunch Gucci Flora Gar­de­nia Lim­ited Edi­tion

A re­fresh­ing, easy fruity-flo­ral that takes what­ever you’re wear­ing and dresses it up in red berries and a posy of gar­de­nias on patchouli and brown sugar, per­fect with mi­mosas at your favourite café. RM295 (50ml)

Best first date fra­grance Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo Sig­no­rina In Fiore

This­newver­sionofSal­va­toreFer­rag­amo’s well-loved Sig­no­rina fra­grance is a fresh take on the fruity-flo­ral com­bi­na­tion, open­ing with a juicy bou­quet of Nashi pear sor­bet and pomegranate, backed up by cherry blos­som and jas­mine blooms. If you like your scents bright, light and airy, this is a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple. RM201 (30ml)

Best rose fra­grance Bul­gari Rose Goldea

Rose fra­grances are ev­ery­where, but this one is dif­fer­ent. The light, youth­ful per­fume was in­spired by Cleopa­tra’s fa­mous love for roses, and the bot­tle by the Egyp­tian queen’s sun­ray head­dress and ser­pent totem. Fi­nally, a rose per­fume that’s not just beloved by grand­mas. RM404 (50ml)

Most all ur­ing Dip­tyque Do Son EDP

Ev­ery fra­grance house has their own ver­sion of tuberose which, in dif­fer­ent hands, can be trans­muted into a fresh, spring-like scent or a heady, sen­sual one. Dip­tyque has given the white flo­ral a back­ing of spicy pink pep­per, while African or­ange flower and rose add del­i­cacy and fresh­ness. This is a scent that will leave a trail of ad­mir­ers in your wake. RM639 (75ml)

Most ro­man­tic Yves Saint Lau­rent Mon Paris

A scent in­spired by the city of love was al­ways go­ing to play on our ro­man­tic in­stincts. Mon Paris opens up with a fresh blend of ripe berries and pear, and a heart of datura flower, peony, or­ange blos­som and jas­mine that dries down to a warm, woody base. It’s a fem­i­nine, sen­sual scent with a slightly heady over­tone that evokes balmy Parisian nights and silk slips. RM390 (50ml)

Best day­time fra­grance Dior J’Adore In­joy

Like all the best scents, In­joy, the new­est in­car­na­tion of Dior’s cel­e­brated J’Adore fra­grance, trans­forms through­out the day. Dior per­fumer François Demachy wanted to cre­ate some­thing re­fresh­ing and joy­ful, so he com­bined ylang-ylang, peach and fleur de sel ac­cords then added a salty un­der­tone to bring out new notes in th­ese fa­mil­iar in­gre­di­ents. RM465 (100ml)

Best fra­grance for the of­fice Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne

Jo Malone ex­cels in sim­ple but ex­cit­ing com­bi­na­tions, and this is one of the brand’s most ef­fec­tive. It’s all about the neroli – del­i­cate, flo­ral and bright – with a cit­rusy, pep­pery edge pro­vided by basil. White musk com­pletes the trio with a touch of warmth and sen­su­al­ity. A clean scent that’s per­fect for long days at the of­fice when you want to stay fo­cused with­out drown­ing your desk­mates. RM245 (30ml)

Best uni­sex scent Calvin Klein CK All EDT

CK All takes the spirit of the orig­i­nal, rev­o­lu­tion­ary CK One and pro­pels it into the Gen-Z age on the back of a cit­rusfresh cho­rus of berg­amot, man­darin and grape­fruit flower. Along­side this throwback sig­na­ture is the clean, ex­pan­sive jas­mine-de­rived par­adis­one, all swathed in am­ber, musk and ve­tiver for warm com­plex­ity. RM239 (100ml)

Best for hot cli­mates El­iz­a­beth Arden White Tea

There is no more uplift­ing mid-af­ter­noon rit­ual than sip­ping on tea, an ex­pe­ri­ence recre­ated in this pow­dery, fem­i­nine yet fresh fra­grance thanks to the de­cid­edly un­fussy notes of white tea vapours and sea breeze, with a woody, musky fin­ish. RM268 (50ml)

Best is­land hol­i­day fra­grance Anna Sui Luck y Wish Se­cret Wish

The lilac, fairy-topped bot­tle may not im­me­di­ately scream “beach!”, but a whiff of the juice – a sparkling, zesty cit­rus cock­tail – sig­nals other­wise. Use as a balm against life’s re­al­i­ties away from the sea. RM264 (50ml)

Best for uptown girls Coach Eau de Toi­lett e

This clean, preppy con­coc­tion is the kind strangers stop to ask about. It be­gins with a radiant blast of green man­darin, guava, vi­o­let and wa­ter lily around a heart of white flow­ers, tem­pered with mi­mosa. But the star of the show is jas­mine, a ray of sun­shine af­ter the rain against a back­drop of am­ber and cedar. RM375 (90ml)

Best celeb rity cam­paign Guer­lain Mon Guer­lain

Pair legacy per­fume house Guer­lain with su­per­star, film­maker and ac­tivist Angelina Jolie (in her first ever fra­grance cam­paign, natch) and you have a dream team. Even bet­ter – Angelina do­nated ev­ery penny from this cin­e­matic cam­paign to char­ity. RM432 (50ml)

Best bot­tle Marc Ja­cobs Di­vine Deca­dence

Marc Ja­cobs is re­spon­si­ble for some of the most mem­o­rable per­fume bot­tles in re­cent his­tory, and this fla­con is no ex­cep­tion. Its youth­ful au­dac­ity is fil­tered through the la­bel’s vin­tage, art-chic aes­thetic and emerges as a gleam­ing purse crafted in glass, metal and turquoise faux snake­skin. And who can re­sist a tas­sel? RM390 (50ml)

Best fra­grance for the young, and young at heart An­nick Goutal Rose Pom­pon EDT

Whilethere­are­many­wor­thy­gate­waysfor fra­grance rook­ies, we pro­pose this ten­der take on the queen of flow­ers. A jam-like open­ing of rasp­berry and black­cur­rant with a pep­pery bite melts into a bloom­ing rose and pink peony bou­quet, sweet and sul­try. The ef­fect lingers as notes of musk, cedar and patchouli round off this sweet, tart and airy de­light. RM510 (50ml)

Best new flo­ral Sis­ley Izia EDP

Rose, but not as you know it. Gen­er­ous green and fresh notes make this one the scent of an en­tire bou­quet – stems, leaves and all. The touch of dry­ness in Izia’s foun­da­tion of cedar, am­ber ac­cord and musk trio com­pletes the jour­ney. RM850 (100ml)

Best fresh up­date Miu Miu L’Ea u Bleue

The first Miu Miu fra­grance stopped plenty of peo­ple in their tracks, and now with L’Eau Bleue the berries are swapped out for dew drops and green notes, adding an aquatic qual­ity to the orig­i­nal lily-of-the-val­ley blend. Aki­gala­wood ac­cord lends a pep­pery, woody un­der­tow to pro­ceed­ings, com­plet­ing an ex­u­ber­ant ad­di­tion to any dresser. RM365 (50ml)

Best for sum­mer in the city Her­mÉs Ea u des Merveilles Bleue

This take on the de­light­fully woody orig­i­nal takes a de­tour through the ocean. Ma­rine salt spray sum­mons im­ages of waves crash­ing on the rocks, lend­ing crisp­ness to patchouli and warm woods. It’s sure to im­bue any city slicker (man or woman) with just a touch of the out­doors. RM503 (50ml)

Best for boho bab es Ch loÉ Sig­na­ture EDP

Like a breezy eye­let dress, Chloé’s name­sake scent is easy to wear, freespir­ited and fem­i­nine. Un­cap the el­e­gant ribbed glass bot­tle for an ini­tial blast of peony, freesia and ly­chee that trans­forms into a sub­lime pow­der-puff cloud of rose, lily-of-the-val­ley and mag­no­lia, then softly ebbs into Vir­ginia cedar and musk. RM489 (75ml)

Best for par­ties Prada Ca ndy Kiss EDP

Awhim­si­cal blend of grown-up, pow­dery musks lay­ered on sweet vanilla and a splash of or­ange blos­som make this one a wel­come com­ple­ment to any state­ment­mak­ing dress. RM366 (50ml)

Ed­i­tor’s Choice Dip­tyque 34 Boule­vard Sa int Ger­main EDT

For Dip­tyque’s 50th year, per­fumer Olivier Pescheux dreamt up a sym­phony of el­e­ments from the house’s most iconic scents, from Philosykos and L’Om­bre Dans l’Eau’s sweet ripe black­cur­rant and leaves, to the spark of pep­per, cit­rus and spices via L’Eau and rich tuberose and Egyp­tian gera­ni­ums from Do Son. This el­e­gant com­po­si­tion lan­guorously flits be­tween cool and warm. To­tally di­vine. RM609 (100ml)

Men’s fra­grance of the ye ar Gucci Guilty Ab­so­lute

This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Gucci cre­ative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele and per­fumer Al­berto Mo­ril­las draws from the tra­di­tions of woody scents, but with two new notes: a cus­tom leather note that pays trib­ute to the house’s roots, and a new ex­tract of the Nootka cy­press that Mo­ril­las dis­cov­ered in the Royal Botan­i­cal Gar­dens’ ar­chive. RM429 (150ml)

Best for the man about town Valentino Uomo EDT

The man who knows where to go and what to do also knows that a dar­ingly off-kil­ter fra­grance is the one to turn heads. Like Valentino Uomo, a blend of berg­amot, myr­tle and darkly roasted cof­fee, along with cho­co­late and hazel­nut cream, chased down with cedar and deeply lux­u­ri­ant leather. RM263 (50ml)

Best sporty fra­grance Chanel Al­lure Homme Sport

Per­fumer Jac­ques Polge might have been dream­ing of dis­till­ing a cit­rus or­chard while cre­at­ing this in­cred­i­bly zesty com­po­si­tion. Think or­ange, man­darin or­ange, grape­fruit, neroli, berg­amot, and lemon fused with alde­hy­des for a squeaky clean sen­si­bil­ity. Then spices are lay­ered on, for a lin­ger­ing fresh­ness long af­ter he’s left the gym. RM270 (50ml)

Best for evening Mr Burberry

Ev­ery once in a while, a fash­ion house at­tempts to recre­ate an iconic gar­ment in ol­fac­tive form, and Mr Burberry is ex­actly that for Burberry’s trench coat. The cool streets of Lon­don by night are the per­fect foil for per­fumer Fran­cis Kurkd­jian’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion: spicy top notes of tar­ragon and cin­na­mon, lay­ered on patchouli and a smoky, woody ve­tiver and am­ber base. RM430 (100ml)

Best up­date Dior Sa uvag e Very Cool Spray

When Dior in­tro­duced Sau­vage in 2015, the cologne’s evo­ca­tion of wide, wild out­door spa­ces made it a bright new star in the house’s sta­ble of fra­grances. This year’s Sau­vage Very Cool Spray is a fresh new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the al­ready ex­cit­ing fra­grance. A splash of grape­fruit in the top notes gives the orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion of berg­amot and am­broxan a cit­rusy lift, while a com­bi­na­tion of pink and Sichuan pep­pers add warmth and spice. RM315 (100ml)

Most Mem orable Bot­tega Veneta Pour Homme Pa rfum

Bot­tega Veneta’s bold­est of­fer­ing is a bot­tling of a crisp, cool moun­tain ad­ven­ture and the warmth of aged leather. Wood and spice of cedar leaf and car­damom con­cen­trates are bol­stered by fir resin and red pi­mento while leather, tonka bean and lab­danum base lend sweet­ness to the blend. RM342 (50ml)

Best for day Hugo Hugo Boss Iced

Start your day clear-eyed and fo­cused with this in­vig­o­rat­ing scent with its ex­tra cool top note of iced mint. Be­neath that is a cock­tail of stim­u­lat­ing wild tea, ju­niper and bit­ter or­ange, grounded by wild ve­tiver for a deep and in­tense base. RM254 (75ml)

Best for hot cli­mates L’Oc­c­i­tane L’Homme Cologne Ce­drat

For a scent that screams sum­mer, look to this zesty, re­vi­tal­is­ing blend of ce­drat peel and frosted mint, black pep­per, pink pep­per­corn and gin­ger – at once ice cold and spicy. RM240 (75ml)

Best her­itage fra­grance Ac­qua di Pa rma Colo­nia Club EDC

It’s hard to be­lieve a fra­grance this ‘clas­sic’ has only been around for two years. Colo­nia Club draws from the tra­di­tions of woody aro­matic scents, open­ing with a clean, cit­rusy cloud, with a herbal blend of mint, neroli, laven­der and gera­nium fol­low­ing, rounded off by an en­er­getic base of woody Haiti ve­tiver, warm­ing musk and grey am­ber. RM366 (50ml)

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