The Fragrance Foundation Finalists Luncheon: Sniffing Out The Best In The Business!

I was so happy to be able to attend my first-ever Fragrance Foundation Finalists Luncheon (at the lovely 583 Park Avenue event space) as I am a complete fragrance maniac. On my way there, I wondered how Gucci Bloom, my official fragrance fave of 2018, would fare–and sure enough, it was nominated in several categories.

Beyond the obvious purpose of this event is the fact that it lets people from all the brands get together in a fun atmosphere, catch up and share a meal. There is a half-hour of fun mingling around the tables (which were filled with stunning centerpieces of pastel roses and other spring blooms) and every fragrance brand that you have ever heard of (and some that you haven’t) is represented! I saw signs on tables for Chanel, Estée Lauder, Firmenich (whose nose Olivier Cresp creates most of the celeb fragrances out there in a top secret New York lab), LVMH, Coty and more.

In a nutshell, there are five semi-finalists who are announced in each of about two dozen categories during the annual 90-minute ceremony. A representative from each of the fragrance brands nominated accepts the nomination up at the podium–and undoubtedly these individuals will obviously be turning up for the actual Fragrance Foundation Awards ceremony at Alice Tully Hall on June 12th. (This year’s host is the multitalented Jane Krakowksi and for info on how to get tickets, go to www.fragrance.org/awards-2018/.) Most of the execs in attendance on Friday were the ones who voted for the fragrances and fragrance makers who made the Fragrance Foundation’s cut.

So, here is the actual list of The Fragrance Foundation Awards Finalists for 2018 below. You’ll see a lot of legendary fragrances and fragrance creators there, that’s for sure. This past year was a great one for fragrance as social media gave more exposure to this beloved industry than ever before. (If you have not heard of some of the fragrances below, the Fragrance Foundation urges you to seek them out and try them firsthand; remember that department stores are still the best place to score trial vials of everything that’s new, as well as Sephora and Ulta).

Also listed below are special awards that were actually given out at the Fragrance Foundation’s Finalists Luncheon for people who went above and beyond the call of duty in the fragrance industry, including the very special and very scent savvy Victoria’s Secret model, Romee Strijd:

THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

FACE OF THE YEAR: Romee Strijd

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Winner

MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior

Finalists (In alphabetical order)

GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.

MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior

TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty

Y, YSL – YSL Beauté

360-DEGREE MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Winner

GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

Finalists (In alphabetical order)

CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG

GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

EMPORIO ARMANI – Giorgio Armani

MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior

VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret

EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE IN FRAGRANCE COVERAGE

FEATURE

Winner

ELLE Magazine — This Is Your Brain on Vetiver

Finalists (In alphabetical order)

ALLURE – The New Fragrance Frontier

ELLE Magazine — This Is Your Brain on Vetiver

MARIE CLAIRE – Into The Wild

MARIE CLAIRE – Popping Bottles

MARIE CLAIRE – Something’s In The Air

ARTICLE

Winner

ELLE MAGAZINE – Dream Catchers

Finalists (In alphabetical order)

ALLURE – Going Rogue

ELLE MAGAZINE – Dream Catchers

ELLE MAGAZINE – Scent-Sational

MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Haley Bennett

MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Jennifer Aniston

ONLINE

Winner

THECUT.COM – It Took 150 Tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit Perfume for Millennials

Finalists (In alphabetical order)

ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Perfume, Poetry and Rock: The Scented Intersection of Transformation

ELLE.COM – Notes From Underground: Can a Fragrance Help Us Embrace Mortality

FRAGRANTICA.COM – Gold As a Parfumistic Concept

THECUT.COM – It Took 150 Tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit Perfume for Millennials

THEPLUMGIRL.COM – Cuir de Russie

THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION AWARDS 2018

TOP FIVE FINALISTS

(All finalists listed in alphabetical order)

FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR

WOMEN’S LUXURY

BYREDO VELVET HAZE – BYREDO

GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL

TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.

TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty

TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums

MEN’S LUXURY

ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA PURA EAU DE COLOGNE – LVMH

GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian

L’ENVOL DE CARTIER – Cartier

TOM FORD OUD MINÉRALE – Tom Ford Beauty

VIKTOR & ROLF MAGIC SAGE SPELL — Viktor & Rolf

WOMEN’S PRESTIGE

BLACK TULIP – NEST Fragrances

CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG

GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

JUICY COUTURE VIVA LA JUICY GLACÉ – Revlon

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ PARFUMS-FOR HER FLEUR MUSC – Shiseido Fragrances

WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances

MEN’S PRESTIGE

COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums

HUGO BOSS, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.

JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon

PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG

Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté

POPULAR

ELIZABETH ARDEN WHITE TEA – Revlon

GLOSSIER YOU – Glossier Inc.

ORIGINAL PENGUIN ICONIC BLEND – Falic Fashion Group

SHAWN MENDES SIGNATURE – Revlon

VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret

PERFUME EXTRAORDINAIRE OF THE YEAR

FIRMENICH

GIVAUDAN

INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES

MANE

ROBERTET

BREAKOUT STAR

DIOR SAUVAGE – Parfums Christian. Dior

MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK – Maison Margiela Fragrances

MIU MIU EAU DE. PARFUM – Coty, Inc.

PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE – Jo Malone London

TORY BURCH EAU DE PARFUM – The Estée Lauder Companies

INDIE FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR

ARTIST – Phuong Dang

MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN BRUMA

MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN II (DEUX)

MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN MORTEL

POTENTIA AMBER GOD – House of Potentia

PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

WOMEN’S

CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG

JASON WU EAU DE PARFUM – Parlux, LTD

TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.

VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret

WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances

WOMAN IN GOLD – By Kilian

 

MEN’S

COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums

GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian

GUCCI GUILTY ABSOLUTE POUR HOMME – Coty, Inc.

JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon

Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté

MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

WOMEN’S

CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG

GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL

GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior

TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums

VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret

MEN’S

ARMANI CODE COLONIA – Giorgio Armani

ETERNITY CALVIN KLEIN – Coty, Inc.

PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group

HOME COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

COMMODITY HOME and BODY — Commodity

DIPTYQUE 34 BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN – diptyque Paris

MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA CANDLES – Maison Margiela Fragrances

SUGAR COOKIE COLLECTION – NEST Fragrances

TOCCA VOYAGE HOME FRAGRANCE COLLECTION – Tocca

BATH & BODY LINE OF THE YEAR

AROMATHERAPY COLLECTION FROM BATH & BODY WORKS – Bath & Body Works

DIPTYQUE DO SON FRAGRANCE GESTURES – diptyque Paris

JO MALONE LONDON EXFOLIATING SHOWER GEL – Jo Malone London

MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK BATH LINE – Maison Margiela Fragrances

VICTORIA’S SECRET ANGEL GLAM COLLECTION – Victoria’s Secret

HOME HOLIDAY/SEASONAL SCENT OF THE YEAR

LES CONSTELLATIONS – diptyque Paris

GREEN ALMOND & REDCURRANT CANDLE – Jo Malone London

HOLIDAY LIQUIDLESS DIFFUSERS – NEST Fragrances

HOLIDAY PAJAMAS – philosophy – Coty, Inc.

CONSUMER CHOICE AWARDS

WOMEN’S

AT THE BEACH – Bath & Body Works

CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG

KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.

KKW CRYSTAL GARDENIA – KKW FRAGRANCES

LA VIE EST BELLE L’ECLAT – Lancôme

VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret

MEN’S

COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums

HUGO BOSS, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.

PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG

FRAGRANCE VLOG OF THE YEAR

5 REASONS TO WEAR FRAGRANCES – Jeremy Fragrance

10 FRAGRANCES YOU NEED IN YOUR COLLECTION WHEN STARTING OUT | MEN’S DESIGNER – Sebastian Jara

HOW TO BE MORE ATTRACTIVE | 4 LIFE HACKS THAT WORK! – Edward Zo

TOP 12 FORMAL OCCASION FRAGRANCES WITH REDOLESSENCE – Carlos J Powell and Steven Gavrielatos

FRAGRANCE HALL OF FAME

CUCUMBER MELON- Bath & Body Works

CURVE FOR MEN – Revlon

PHILOSOPHY AMAZING GRACE – philosophy – Coty, Inc.

TRÉSOR – Lancôme

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