The Fragrance Foundation Awards were held last night, which means we all know exactly what defines awesome in the fragrance right now. Take a look at the rundown of the big winners of the 2014 newcomers in the women's perfume category, and you'll see a pattern emerge: This moment is all about powerful scents that stay on your skin for hours on end. Here, a breakdown of the top award-getters of the evening.
Fragrance of the Year, women's luxury: Tom Ford Velvet Orchid ($112, sephora.com)
The scent: It's an oriental floral that's hits you with orchid, yet manages not to be too sweet thanks to warm, smooth vanilla, and suede notes, all made a touch lighter thanks to fresh citrus notes. This is the exact scent you'd imagine every femme fatale in history wishes she had on her dresser.
Fragrance of the Year, women's prestige: Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum ($70, sephora.com?
The scent: It's a chypre, which means it's in the oaky-mossy family of fragrances with a contrasting citrus or floral top note. Musky and woodsy, this one lingers, making it perhaps the best date-night fragrance ever made.
Fragrance of the Year, women's popular: Taylor Swift Incredible Things, $26, target.com)
The scent: The creamiest of the creamies, thanks to a soft mix of vanilla, veviter, and musk flower. This is what you want to smell like after a day of daydreaming while laying in the grass. Or at least thinking about daydreaming while laying in the grass.
Indie Fragrance of the Year: Intoxicated by Kilian, ($270, netaporter.com)
The scent: Imagine the most expensive, luxurious coffeehouse in the world and you're in the neighborhood of what this smells like. The unisex mix of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coffee is unique, sexy, and powerful—a good one to wear to a board meeting or a late-night rendezvous with someone tall, dark, and handsome.
Perfume Extraordinaire: IFF Perfume for Aramis Calligraphy Saffron ($130 , neimanmarcus.com)
The scent: This complex fragrance centers around saffron, a hypnotic ingredient that's rare to find in perfume and is equal parts exotic and delicious. The other notes, including Turkish rose, tonka bean, and bergamot, are thoughtful, chosen for their power to keep you guessing and never quite falling on just one adjective.
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