Votes for the 9th annual, consumer-led Basenotes awards are open! Grant Osborne’s fragrance website, which boasts a whopping 300 000 monthly visitors, offers 40 000 consumer reviews, a database of over 12 000 fragrances and a lively forum of which, I imagine, several of my readers are members. You do have to register to vote, and can do so until 21st January 2009.
Categories this year are:
- Best new fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best overall fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best fragrance for day (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best fragrance for evening (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best fragrance packaging (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best designer, mainstream or fine fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best niche, independent, artisan or boutique fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best mass-market, drugstore, budget or direct-sell fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best celebrity fragrance (Masculine and Feminine)
- Best fragrance house
- Best home fragrance
- Best fragrance blog
Although, with all the more established, more popular and more frequently updated blogs around, Grain de Musc doesn’t stand the proverbial snowflake’s chance in hell, you can vote for it in the “best fragrance blog” category.
A kind reader has also nominated Grain de Musc for the Fragrantica Awards, a perfume online magazine I admit I seldom browse: they feature reviews, frequently updated articles, a database (notably for raw materials) and a forum. Votes are open until 22nd December 2008.
As for me, I’ve had a bit of a fallow period for the simplest of all reasons: I felt like kicking back and enjoying the fragrances I own, without testing new ones (though I did pop in stores to do a bit of sniffing – couldn’t help it!).
Stand by for reviews of Divine’s two new fragrances by Yann Vasnier, L’être aimé for women and L’être aimé for men, as well as a post on the first open-source perfume in history!