Best Perfume of 2007

It is once again that time of year when we look back over 2007 and put on our magical perfume sorting hats and declare which scents are the best of the 2007 entries.

  • Amouage XXV Men – Lee says: you get those perfumes that you sniff and instantly you know – it’s a bang! whee! Ka-pow! moment. There aren’t many. But this one did it. Fruity incense drying down to a smoulder of exquisite velvetty richness, like the warm afterburn of a casked single malt. Duchaufour has done a marvellous job here with the best naturals, probably shaped, polished and refined by an exceptional palette of synthetic tones.
  • Amouage 25 Women – Patty says: “What the world needs now is skank, cedary skank.”  Lovely and dirty.
  • Bellissima Perfect Night – Lee says: On Louise, it smells hot. Nuff said.
  • Bond No. 9 Silver Factory – March says: easily the best of the Bonds to my nose; who knew incense could smell so fun and lighthearted and trippy? I wonder what Andy would think.
  • CB I Hate Perfume Wild Hunt Water Perfume  — Patty says: forest on the best day of your life
  • Chanel 31 Rue Cambon  Patty says: reinvented chypre, as if needed it.  Well, maybe it did.
  • Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia  — Patty says:  Just pretty, and there’s plenty of room on this list for pretty
  • Guerlain Spirituese Double Vanille – March says: and Guerlain does it again with a scent that sounds sooo not me but has enough smoke and heart to win me over.
  • Guerlain Iris Ganache – March says: another surprise success for me; I seem to have killed off the sweet notes. It’s true, iris and ganache can smell good together.
  • Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance – Patty says:  Who cares about the juice?  Good enough, not groundbreaking but kudos on the name, which puts it on the list.
  • Hermes Kelly Caleche – Patty says:  Again, just a pretty perfume, and JCE did it.  JCE will always be on any list of mine. 
  • Lostmarc’h Lann-ael – March says: okay, maybe not Perfume Genius, but it’s warm and cuddly vanilla and cereals. The sort of thing I’d hate if you described it to me. Smelling it brought me around.
  • MDCI Enlevement au Serail (formerly FK3) — Patty says:  All of the MDCIs could have made this list, but limiting it to one, this has to be it
  • Micallef Note Vanillee — Patty says:  A  beautiful vanilla, very different from the Guerlain one. But no less deserving.
  • Serge Lutens Rousse – Lee says: still a cinnamon dream, an autumnal reverie, a Keats poem bottled.
  • Miller Harris L’air de Rien – Lee says: a wonderful oakmoss drydown, though for some reason that bran accord at the opening keeps making me think of Coke…? (March says: smells like something died in the barn. Don’t go in there, man, it’s fierce.)
  • Narciso Rodriguez Musc for Him – Lee says: Patty pointed out that the oil is a superior beast, and so it is. The middle structure of the scent is pretty much the same as the edt, but the first ten minutes dazzle, and the drydown is delightful.
  • Parfum D’Empire Fougere Bengale – Lee says: take Sables or Eau Noire; strip out the sweetness; add a playful tarragon / anise ‘wtf is going on?’ mobility that drifts off, unanchored, in all directions, and weld all this onto an animalic beast that lasts for days. Glorious. There’s been a lot of fuss about the marketing schtick that goes with this scent, and I admit that I find all the tiger hunt imagery distasteful. But no more so, perhaps, than the same line’s idealisation of Napoleon, the Ottoman empire and so on. Perfume names are rife with the blood, sweat and tears of culture – I always find it odd that people get more worked up over animal cruelty than war and the massacring of innocents, but there you go.
  • Vero Profumo Onda – Patty says:  Djedi is dead, long live the new Djedi. 
  • Les Parfumes de Rosine Rose Kashmirie – Patty says:  saffron, rose, gorgeous, probably one of the best things Rosine has done in years
  • Roja Dove Unspoken – March says: wow, where did the love go for this one? Or this line? Are we just buried in releases?
  • Serge Lutens Sarrasins – Patty says:  Okay, maybe just on my list, but this is a great jasmine and I think will get more love as the years go by
  • Tom Ford Private Blend Moss Breches – Patty says: A couple of the Tom Fords could have made this list, and others may be more popular, but this one is the most inventive of the line. 
  • Worth Courtesan – March says: I have almost killed a bottle of this, which for me is, let’s face it, unheard of. Its very very slight cumin-y note is sensual rather than in-your-face. In fairness, I’ve now been teased by folks who smell a pleasant fruit salad scent and cannot figure out what I love about this.

Join other perfume blogs as they weigh in with their thoughts on perfume in 2007.  Aromascope :: Bois de Jasmin :: Now Smell This :: Perfume Posse :: PerfumeSmellin’ Things ::

Helg at Perfume Shrine also has some thoughts on 2007 in Perfume

52 Comments
greeneyes December 30, 2007

Lee, I too loved L'air de Rien this year. I will have to try the others you mention. Best wishes to you all in the New Year! :)

Malena December 29, 2007

i really love your list :) you picked so many of my favourites (though i need to sniff the amouage jubilation scents as well as silver factory). IMO 2007 wasn´t such a bad year - perfumewise. i love several of the chanel exclusifs (coromandel, 31, rue cambon & no.18) & i was surprised that i didn´t loathe the TFs, i really thought they´d be much more worse! moss breches is among my favourites, too. moreover, i´m really grateful ;) you mentioned roja dove unspoken :x ! my biggest perfume discovery was my love for chypre scents - i never paid attention to them before & now i can´t recall how i lived without chypres LOL one fragrance i would like to add to the list is vero profumo´s kiki. it´s a lovely, smooth, powdery lavender scent, comforting but not boring & very feminine. i like onda & rubj as well & couldn´t pick a favourite one in her line, but kiki is definitely unique.

helg perfumeshrine December 29, 2007

Oops, that should have been placed under your reply to mine, Patty. Sorry!

helg perfumeshrine December 29, 2007

Thanks for commenting Patty. I guess I will have to sample them both and form an opinion. I trust your judgement that they are worth it! :)>-

Dusan December 29, 2007

Great lists, my lovelies! 2007 will not go down in my book as one of the nicer years I'm afraid, but having you in my everyday life means more than I could ask for. :x Have a happy New Year everyone, wishing us good health, smiling faces and, of course, tons of pleasant scented surprises in 2008! >:d<

Ina December 28, 2007

Love your versatile list! I'm with Judith on Silver Factory - just fail to see the appeal. It smells like an old man on me. Go ahead, throw tomatoes at me now! :d :-\"

Kelly December 28, 2007

Stop the press! I got ahold of a sample of l'eau d'epices - I think maybe this is Andy Tauer's but it doesn't say on the bottle. This is what heaven smells like!n Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Maria, don't you have an inside track?? ;)

tmp00 December 28, 2007

Love your list! But wasn't l'Air de Rein 2006?

Victoria December 28, 2007

Love your list! I must try Worth Courtesan at last. :) And yes, there are just too many releases.

Kim December 28, 2007

My best of 2007 was discovering this great blog and the wonderful Perfumed Court. :x:x:x I loved the Chanels, especially 31 and Coromandel but was disappointed to see Chanel make the classic perfumes exclusive to Paris (22, Bois des Iles, Cuir de Russie, Gardenia). Yeesh, at least carry the perfume strength somewhere in the US so we can experience them in all their glory and actually support the house by buying the product! (OK, I'm done ranting). As a newbie, I am enjoying discovering the Lutens line - none of the new releases from this year wowed me but discovering Douce Amere was a highlight for me (surprised this one doesn't get more love).

Catherine December 28, 2007

This sounds like a wonderful list...certainly one to go through carefully. I see how very lucky I was to have been picked for the draw. I humbly thank you. The item I am most excited to try is Vero's Onda. It sounds marvelously unique. I hope, like Judith, her line comes to Lucky Scent. It would give great exposure to her methods and vision and certainly cut down on shipping. One of the best things to have happened to me, because of reading the blogs, is the discovery of individuals, not off-shoots of corporations, who craft such exquisite scents. Ormonde Jayne, Mona di Orio, Mandy Aftel, Tauer, CB, Roja Dove, now Vero....My shelves are primarily filled with works from these sorts of individuals. I'd rather follow their developments than any other. Perhaps that's just the artist/artisan in me.

helg perfumeshrine December 28, 2007

Thanks for the link, P. I enjoyed reading your team's thoughts. Glad to see the L'air de Rien club is growing and I am eager to sample Fougere Bengale and Courtesan (fruit?? did you say fruit?). :x

Louise December 28, 2007

Great choices, wise ones. It makes me realize what a perfumed year I've had when I note that there are few I haven't tried (and samps of most of those are in the mail). Several of my tops are on the list-Perfect Night (thanks, Lee!), Mosses Breches, Rose Kashmirie, Kelly Caleche, Rue Cambon, Wild Hunt. I deeply admire, but don't well so well the Amouages, the Guerlains, Unspoken (Enslaved is better on me). And will spray, not dab SF, promise. To add? Got to go with the CdG Patch. So many other delights are just new to me in 2007, and some are very old (en Avion). What a fabulous year!

Robin December 28, 2007

Awesome list guys, and so well rounded. To March: yes, we are buried in releases!

Judith December 28, 2007

Wonderful choices (though see my note on Marina's post):) I have been really liking Onda for awhile, ever since I got hold of a sample; I've only been putting off buying the bottle in the hope that it will come to Luckyscent or something and be cheaper (well, the shipping will, anyway). Love it that Moss Breches (far and away my fave TF) made the list. Compelled to add CdG Patch (despite the ridiculous price) and Querelle (a really original fragrance, I think).

Anne December 28, 2007

What a perfumed year! I have a two-way tie for 1st, Ambre & Diamont Noir and the Amouage 25 Women. Amazing list, many that I need to revisit and devote some time to and there are 5 more lists at the other blogs! :x and :)>-

Elle December 28, 2007

Love these lists!! As I've said, the Amouage Jubilation scents are my hands down favorites for the year. Look forward to trying Onda! And I'd like to add that Isabela Capeto's scent may be sneaking under the wire into my favorites list. Can't resist the pimento and cardamom and *love* the bottle! I don't normally keep bottles out, but I have left this one on my desk just because it's so wonderfully silly and makes me smile every time I glance over at it.

Marina December 28, 2007

Ok, so everybody praises the Amouages, ELPCTG, Chanels and Silver Factory. Either the scents really are that good or we all have been...you know...:d:d:d

MattS December 28, 2007

Man, I haven't smelled nearly enough this year. I have some catching up to do, it seems. Waiting on the Amouage samples with bated breath, but I'm finding my nose drawn to the Fougere Bengale, PETA be damned, and the L'air de Rien. Something strange in me wants to smell this death in a barn business. Great list, anyway, the ones I've smelled, I love, the ones I haven't, I want to. Good job!