What Was Your Favourite 2014 Fragrance Release?

YoooHoo! Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and I have been looking through this years cache of new releases. There have been HUNDREDS!!! There was no way I could keep up with them all even though I tried my best. I did get my sniff on quite a lot of what was offered though because Surrender To Chance has an excellent Recent Release page and I also grab the LuckyScent sample bags when they’re offered (don’t get me started on those freaking annoying .7ml dabs), all you have to do is give them your email address and they send you loads of great offers. I can always tell you my Favourite 2014 Fragrance but what the heck were yours? So it’s time to fess up….

What Was Your Favourite 2014 Fragrance Release?

As always I have no one good answer so I’m going to do a little list, these are in no order but as they came to my mind.

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron Aramis Fragrantica

Mainstream Favourite 2014 Fragrance

Terracotta le Parfum – Guerlain: Not groundbreaking but soft, fresh and pretty yet hefty and very Guerlain. Love the bottle too.

Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique – Bottega Veneta: Love this crisp cologne style aromatic, very sexy.

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron – Aramis: Discovered this extremely sensual glamour puss in LA with Tom Pease & Andrew on a shopping excursion and wish I’d purchased it.

Sunshine Amouage Fragrantica

Mass Market Niche Favourite 2014 Fragrance

Iris Tubereuse – Creed: Much more tuberose than iris but stunning, simple and elegant from a house I rarely click with.

L’Orpheline – Serge Lutens: Love this, cool green incense that fades to dry wood.

Sunshine – Amouage: The most fun bottle ever. The fragrance is a reminder that the best ingredients make a difference (a very modern Guerlain style Amouage)

Or du Serail Naomi Goodsir Fragrantica

Niche Favourite 2014 Fragrance

Or du Serail – Naomi Goodsir: Review on the backburner for months. Totally more-ish, bought the bottle.

Wit – Parfums DelRae: The best Parfums DelRae offering ever. You must try Wit.

Liqueur Charnelle – Huitieme Art Parfums: Fell instantly in love with this warm boozy beauty and bought it at OSSWALD NYC.

Mohur Extrait Neela Vermeire Creations Fragrantica

Independent Favourite 2014 Fragrance

Mohuir Extrait – Neela Vermeire Creations: So ME it hurts. I have a decant but need to get to Europe to collect my numbered bottle.

Narcissus – CB I Hate Perfume: This is gorgeous and disgusting narcissus in equal measure, love it.

Chenonceau – King`s Palace Perfumery: Best surprise newby of the year for me. This is the ultimate comfort scent for cool weather and a furry amber bomb in summer.

Palimpsest – Aftelier Perfumes: Mandy Aftel = Genius. The naughtiest honey/white flower mix of the century. FABULOUS!!


Most of these are available to sample at Surrender To Chance

Righto! So now it’s your turn. What was your Favourite 2014 Fragrance?
Portia xx


All photos supplied Fragrantica


riverlife_callie December 20, 2014

Wit is lovely. But my favorite of those I have tried is Mojave Ghost by Byredo. Haunting. I'm saving up for a FB.

Hina | http://makeupbyhina.com December 20, 2014

I loved Elle Saab & Midnight Rain by La prairie.. My new favs of 2014 ? Makeup By Hina ?

Tara C December 19, 2014

Loved Liqueur Charnelle and L'Or du Serail, they both joined my collection this year, as well as Papillon Anubis and Tobacco Rose. The other big hit for me was Aedes Copal Azur, which was love at first sniff. Oh, and Ombre Indigo from Olfactive Studios - a lovely leather scent. It was a good year.

Solanace December 19, 2014

Mohur extrait, no question about it. Sexiest and most satisfying rose ever. Mohur puts to shame Guerlain Rose Nacrée, my former holy grail rose. I'll be saving for that gorgeous numbered bottle.

Ann December 19, 2014

Howdy, dear! That Creed and the Mohur extrait were mighty fine, I must say. But I think I fell most in love (and wore the most) with the Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia. But now I've got to get on the stick and try some of the other beauties you and others have mentioned. Thanks!

sandipants December 19, 2014

for me, papillon's tobacco rose & anubis were both stunning new releases for 2014. april aromatic's SF rose is just gorgeous. i lovelovelove frapin's nevermore. and o'driu's peety.

mikasminion December 19, 2014

I have to agree on Wit. It has had the most skin time of any other 2014 release that I can think of and I should probably just woman up and buy a bottle. I also really enjoyed all three of the Papillon releases with each being my favorite when I wear it. I'm quite sure there was at least one other I really enjoyed and when the best of 2014 lists start pouring out I'll remember, but right now I'm far too tired to think of anything.

Ingeborg December 19, 2014

L'Orpheline wasn't really my thing, but I was happy to score a sample in the draw here earlier this year, and having the possibility to try it multiple times. I really liked Masque Milano Russian Tea (that is from this year, right?), which sits better on my skin than Tea for Two. A mainstream scents I would love in FB is Knot, haven't a clue if it was released this year, but it seemed like a perfect scent for winter when I tried it a month or two ago. And the botte has a catching design, always a plus.

Sun Mi December 19, 2014

Man I just got into perfume a couple months ago and so the only 2014 releases I think I've tried so far are the dept store ones - oh and Patchouli Absolu (but Patchouli is not really my thing yet). There are so many on this list I really *want* to try though - Or du Serail, Palimpsest, Do Not Ask Me Why, Violettes du Czar, The Dark Heart of Old Havana... I better get on this before 2015 rolls in!

sandy921Sandy December 18, 2014

I haven't tried that many new scents this year, but I just wanted to say that I am a big fan of CB IHP Narcissus also and find that to be a scent that I can wear and enjoy anytime. I need to sniff Palimpset though! Thanks Portia : )

Jennifer Counts December 18, 2014

Man, I haven't kept up at all.. I've hardly smelled anything on that list. I think Palimpsest might be the only one. I ordered a sample of Maai from Luckyscent a couple weeks ago after it was recommended to me by a couple of people on Facebook, but I haven't received it yet. Mail service to my apartment complex can be weird. Some packages get to me quickly, and sometimes packages that should take a couple of days to reach me will say they're delivered in tracking, but it might not show up in my mailbox for a month. I've never had this problem anywhere else I've lived -- just this complex.

eldarwen22 December 18, 2014

You know, I haven't sniffed one perfume that was released this year and hope that my perfumista card won't get yanked.

Ellen December 18, 2014

Sensei, Maai, Honey Blossom by Note, L'Orpheline. I don't know when it was released, but I fell in love with Memoirs of a Trespasser by Imaginary Authors. The market is so saturated with fragrances that for me they lose the sense of being special, and I have a hard time trying to decide what to sniff and what not. I just may pull back until the dust settles.

Lisa D December 18, 2014

I can't keep up - it seems like there are a dozen new launches every day. I think the only new one I tried this year was Delrae's Wit (which I liked very much). I often wonder how the high number of launches can be supported - are there really that many people buying perfume? I know I buy enough for ten, but let's face it, I'm not normal (and neither are any of you here, you lovely fume freaks!). It just doesn't seem possible that the world's perfume demand in any way matches the supply.

Musette December 18, 2014

Loved Sunshine, as you know - also the new Creed Iris Tubereuse. The surprise mainstreams I really enjoyed are the Diana Vreeland line. They are in my queue to review. Wish we'd had time to sample them when you were at N-M! xoxoxoA

Dina C. December 18, 2014

Looking over the lists of 2014 releases on STC and NST sites, it looks like I've only sniffed about 8 scents so far. Please don't take away my perfumista card! Of those, several were very nice (Cuir d'Ange, 1932 extrait, Eau de Magnolia); a few I need to sniff again before I make up my mind (Rosa Nobile, BV Knot, PW Girl); I was indifferent to GA Si, and I couldn't scrub TF Velvet Orchid off fast enough. I'll have to be very brave indeed to re-test that one. No real stand-out fav yet.

Erica Golding December 18, 2014

Hi!! Love this topic :) Reflecting on this year, my favorite release (and favorite scent ever created) is: *Sensei* by Piotr Czarnecki. It is a part of me always. Runners up that I adore and also own: *Sotto La Luna* from Andy Tauer *Maai* from Bogue Profumo *Sweet Jasmine Brown* from Providence Perfume Company *Vanille Debauche* from Perfumes by Terri *Criminal of Love* by Kilian

rosarita December 18, 2014

Perfume has taken a back seat for me this year - I didn't smell any mainstream releases at all and my other sampling has been sporadic at best, but I won a sample of En Voyage perfumes Fiore di Bellagio from CaFleurebon and it's absolutely gorgeous. Florals aren't usually my thing but this is a deep complex melange that breathes rich and classy. Shelley Waddington is brilliant. I also have fallen in love with Imaginary Authors Yesterday Haze. Fig, cream, walnut.....it's on the buy list for next fall.