Best Perfumes of 2010 – A Blogging Event

2010. This was a good year for me in the beauty and fragrance world. I feel that I’ve really expanded. This year I’ve diversified my range, trying more brands. I’ve been introduced to so many wonderful lines that I haven’t tried before: Smell Bent, Pirouette Essentials, OLO Portland, Strange Invisible, Aftelier, Vero Profumo just to name a few. 2010 was a year of growth for me. I’ve exposed myself to new launches and old favorites. I have also made lots of new perfume pals. This has been my favorite fragrance related thing to happen in 2010 as cheesy as it sounds.

It is difficult for me to do a “best of” because I can never just pick one thing. I love too much! And I’m indecisive 🙂 So, I broke this down into what “new” fragrances I wore the most for each season. Of course, I go for old seasonal stand-bys but I’ve met some new juices that will soon be my old stand-bys.

Best of Winter: DSH Perfumes dominated my winter fragrance wardrobe. Who am I kidding DSH Perfumes dominates my fragrance wardrobe all of the year! I found myself wearing Cafe Noir, a moody beatnik perfume blend with hot spices, coffee, and moss. I spent many January nights drinking coffee and reading books while wearing this. Here’s my review of Cafe Noir. The other that I wore frequently was the spicy amber/gourmand with a generous amount of honey, DSH Perfumes Cimabue, my review. I have to say that these two were my all time favorite finds of 2010. I’m such a Dawn Spencer Hurwitz fan girl. But, if you read EauMG, you already know that.

Best of Spring: I spend most of spring wearing old classics heavy on lily of the valley and moss. I also wore 2010’s launch, DSH Perfumes Bancha, a mossy, meditative natural citrus. Review here. Later in the spring, I really fell for this year’s launched, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio. It was just what I wanted: a citrusy, milky fig that got me ready for summer. Here’s my review.

Best of Summer: This summer I finally found an orange blossom that works with my skin and is long-lasting. I wore Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino everyday in July! Read about it here. I also found myself wearing the tart yuzu and green tea /rice bran blend of Smell Bent Tok’Yo Mama. What a refreshing scent for sweaty no air conditioner summer days!  Review here. Me liking both of these fragrances is a big deal. This year citrus blends really grew on me.

Best of Fall: Earlier in the fall, when it was still sunny and the Seattle monsoon hadn’t started yet, I wore Thierry Mugler Womanity. 2010 was definitely the year of the fig, a good thing for me. Fig is one of my favorite fragrance notes. I found Womanity charming, a great fragrance to wrap up summer and to transition into fall. Oh, and I love the bottle. I appear to be one of the few that does…read more here. Later when the rain came, I went for spice and warmth. Jacomo Art Collection #08 was exactly what I wanted this fall. It’s a spicy chai with honey. I’m very happy with this one. Here’s my review. It’s 3rd runner up for favorite of 2010.

There were many other wonderful launches such as Marc Jacobs BangL’Artisan Parfumeur Traversee du Bosphore and Diptyque Eau Duelle. And of course, so many others that I have yet to try but will most likely love such DSH Perfumes Cuir et Champignon, CdG Wonderwood, and Aftelier Wildflowers.

So, what were your favorite perfumes, products, or trends of 2010? What scent will have you remembering 2010? What new houses have you been introduced to this year? What did you get tired of in 2010? What do you hope to see in 2011? Any beauty or fragrance 2011 resolutions?

Check out these 14 wonderful perfume bloggers Best of 2010…

A Rose Beyond The Thames

All I Am – A Redhead

Ça Fleure Bon

DSH Notebook

I Smell Therefore I Am


Portland Fragrance Examiner

Roxana Illuminated Perfume

Scent Hive

Schreibman’s Live

Smelly Blog

Sorcery of Scent

The Non-Blonde

Image Courtesy of Roxana Villa

17 thoughts on “Best Perfumes of 2010 – A Blogging Event

  1. Great list! I was lucky enough to sit next to Dawn Spencer Hurwitz during lunch at Sniffapalooza last spring. She’s incredibly nice, humble and funny. I need to get to know her perfumes better.

    I love Annick Goutal.

    1. That’s really cool. How badly I wanted to go that Sniffapalooza! I agree that she is very down to earth and nice.
      I’m on the Annick Goutal “team” too. There are very few that I dislike, in fact, some of my favorite perfumes are Annick Goutal.
      Happy New Year!

  2. He, he, I feel that once you smell anything by DSH, you’re hooked for life. 🙂 My last year sounds like your 2010 in regard to DSH.
    Btw, it seems Ninfeo Mio and Traversee de Bosphore made it to a lot of lists this year. 🙂
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    1. Haha, I had many of DSH scents towards the end of 2009. Throughout 2010, my fondness continued to grow!
      I noticed that AG and L’AP were on lots of lists too but I like them both so it makes sense to me!

  3. You had a busy year! I always enjoy your posts!

    I’ve discovered a lot of new fragrances here, and even tho’ I’m not much of a makeup gal, I love your vintage makeup tutorials.

    Happy new year!

    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful new year!
      You know that the Fragrance Foundation listed over 350 new launches for 2010. That was excluding all the niche and indie stuff that we seem to like the best! I joked that there was a new fragrance launched everyday, but that’s true! It’s not a joke!
      Glad you enjoy my posts. I always enjoy your comments 🙂

    1. Thank you for coordinating this!
      People are going to think she’s paying me. She isn’t. She is just that good! Love DSH Perfumes.

  4. Ooh, here’s more DSH love! Great list – I have been wearing the oil version of Cimabue on cold days, it’s divine!

  5. yes, it looks like a lot of nice crossover in perfume taste amongst us perfume pals! My son calls my perfume pals “flower buddies” because “all you ever talk about is flowers” (his quote) 🙂 Happy New Year All! X Monica Ca Fleure Bon

    1. Ha! But, I think you’ll be happy. There are so many wonderful, rich blends and all are very easy to wear. Since you like “cold weather” scents, I think you’ll find some real gems.

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