A few bloggers have decided to give their 2 cents of the most popular scents in the U.S. – best-selling feminine perfumes of 2011. You can find the list here at Bois de Jasmin. The list is in no particular order. And here are my informal observations/mini-reviews.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
If I smell perfume when I go out, 8/10 times it’s Coco Mademoiselle. It doesn’t surprise me at all that this made the list. Coco Mademoiselle is one of my least favorite Chanel feminine fragrances. I’m a Coco gal. Don’t take me wrong. Just because Coco Mademoiselle isn’t my favorite doesn’t mean that I dislike it. I think it is a very well done fragrance. And many perfumes have tried to copy it.
Chanel Chance eau Tendre
There are so many Chance flankers, I can’t keep up. This one is a little fresher but I find it boring.
Very few fragrances give me headaches. Clinique Happy gives me a massive headache. It’s the shrill mix of citrus and florals. Clinique Happy is everything that I am not. It’s the antithesis of fragrances I enjoy. That being said, I think it is well done and frankly, a happy and bubbly fragrance. And when I’m out and about, I still smell it on people.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
I’ve always liked the feminine version of Light Blue. It was never “me” but I really like it. It was so good/popular that many niche brands have attempted to copy it. Why bother with the niche when Light Blue smells great and is affordable?
Chanel No. 5
Isn’t it amazing that a fragrance this old is a best-seller? It really is a classic even if I don’t “get” it.
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Soft and powdery. It’s not amazing but it isn’t bad. I know so many people that claim this as their signature. For some reason it makes them so happy. And feeling beautiful and good is one of the reasons why perfume exists.
Here’s my review of this fragrance. I call it an updated (read that as “more boring”) Lancome Tresor. I think most of its success is that it is was launched at a good time and the brand is well-known and trusted. Other than that, I don’t see it being a top seller next year. But, I’m often wrong.
Estee Lauder Pleasures
I think Pleasures is extremely well done but I still hate the name. I can overlook the stupid name.
Estee Lauder Beautiful
Beautiful is not “my” Estee Lauder fragrance but I do feel it is well-done. There’s something very special about it. I’ve heard that Andy Warhol was buried with it.
Thierry Mugler Angel
I’m on Team Angel. I love it. I think it is genius and I’m glad it’s still a best-seller. How many perfumes did this fragrance inspire? So many people want to be Angel but there is only one Angel. It’s the Madonna of gourmands.
Chanel Chance eau Fraiche
No more Chance flankers, please. No more. With this one they somehow managed to make Chance smell even “safer” than before. They took all the fun out of it. But, I think it’s a good scent choice for young girls.
Fendi Fan di Fendi
I wasn’t impressed with this on in store. I wasn’t impressed with it on my skin either (actually I couldn’t wait to scrub it off). Maybe I’ll try it again. But, why should I? Life is too short for boring fragrances.
I swear, this is the perfume of my generation. Because of that, I hate it. It’s over-saturation for me. It’s going to take at least 10 more years for me to properly analyze Chance without thinking of it as the most generic fragrance ever loved by women born 1980-1985.
Clinique Aromatics Elixir
One of my favorite chypres. Once again, I feel it deserves to be on this list. And I’m actually surprised that it is! In my opinion, it’s one of the best mainstream fragrances ever. Here’s my review.
Ralph Lauren Romance
A flaccid clean floral that I always forget. I don’t feel this should be a best-seller. There are better clean florals out there. Actually out of this entire Top 20 list, Romance is my least favorite just because it is so dull. And I never smell this on people when I’m out. Who is buying this?
Christian Dior J’Adore
My bottle of J’Adore is from 2002. I love it. I haven’t sniffed the newest version, but I feel even if it had a terrible reformulation, it can’t be as bad as half of the mainstream stuff sold at department stores.
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck/Justin Bieber Someday
Are these together because they are the same fragrance or because they tied? They both smell very similar to me. Obviously these aren’t my demographic. And obviously young people buy perfume. And I predict you won’t see either of these on the top sellers list next year. I think you’ll see the Selena Gomez perfume because these young people are buying perfume.
Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude
I actually tried this recently and really liked it. It’s a mix of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess and the original Sensuous. It’s warm, soft, comforting and has enough saltiness in it to remind me of skin. I think it’s a great mainstream perfume and I’d love to have a bottle in my collection.
Estee Lauder Knowing
It really surprises me that this is on the top 20 list. I never hear people say that they wear Knowing. I’m a huge Estee Lauder fragrance fan but Knowing is the only one that I don’t own. It seems the most “dated” to me and that’s saying something with this line.
Here’s my review. You guys know that I enjoy it. I think it’s an awesome perfume for the price. Have you noticed many niche perfumes are now jumping on the sweet benzoin bandwagon?
- Out of these 20, I own 8. How many do you own?
- I actually find this list to not be so bad. (Or as bad as I expected). I expected more Pink Sugar and Victoria’s Secret fragrances. There really are classics on this list. As an Estee Lauder fan girl, I’m happy to see these on there. I am surprised that Issey Miyake isn’t on the list or any other aquatic. Finally! It seems that women like gourmands, orientals, and florals.
- I believe that Scents of Self participated in this event. If you are a blogger and you have participated, please say so in the comments so I can add you to the list.