The 4th Fragrantica Readers Awards – The Best Perfumes 2020
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by Elena Knezevic
12/29/20 15:15:37 ( 50 comments )

Best Perfume for Women 2020
 

Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense Guerlain (female) ~ 2019 Winner
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense Guerlain (female) ~ 2019

 

Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense is a deliciously sweet edition of Mon Guerlain, with an emphasis on the quality and intensity of tonka beans which acquire a caramelized, cherry-nutty facet. The fragrance is also considerably warmer than the original, suitable for cold weather. You can find an overview of different Mon Guerlains in Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose: New Roses from Guerlain.

 

Libre Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 2019
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Libre Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 2019

Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 2019
3
Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 2019

Pure Musc For Her Narciso Rodriguez (female) ~ 2019
4
Pure Musc For Her Narciso Rodriguez (female) ~ 2019

La Belle Jean Paul Gaultier (female) ~ 2019
5
La Belle Jean Paul Gaultier (female) ~ 2019

Shalimar Philtre de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 2020
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Shalimar Philtre de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 2020

Black Orchid Parfum Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2020
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Black Orchid Parfum Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2020

Libre Intense Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 2020
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Libre Intense Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 2020

L'Interdit Eau de Parfum Intense Givenchy (female) ~ 2020
9
L'Interdit Eau de Parfum Intense Givenchy (female) ~ 2020

Coco Mademoiselle L'Eau Privée Chanel (female) ~ 2020
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Coco Mademoiselle L'Eau Privée Chanel (female) ~ 2020


 

Best Perfume for Men 2020

 

L'Homme Idéal Extrême Guerlain (male) ~ 2020 Winner
L'Homme Idéal Extrême Guerlain (male) ~ 2020

 

Guerlain L'Homme Idéal Extrême is a rare fragrance for men with a very prominent fruity facet, particularly, almond and plum, which transforms the tobacco-leather base in a very unusual yet delightful way. Read more about the fragrance in our announcement.

 

Le Male Le Parfum Jean Paul Gaultier (male) ~ 2020
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Le Male Le Parfum Jean Paul Gaultier (male) ~ 2020

Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum Tom Ford (male) ~ 2020
3
Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum Tom Ford (male) ~ 2020

Acqua di Giò Profondo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2020
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Acqua di Giò Profondo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2020

Toy Boy Moschino (male) ~ 2019
5
Toy Boy Moschino (male) ~ 2019

Explorer Montblanc (male) ~ 2019
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Explorer Montblanc (male) ~ 2019

Interlude Black Iris Man Amouage (male) ~ 2020
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Interlude Black Iris Man Amouage (male) ~ 2020

Pasha de Cartier Parfum Cartier (male) ~ 2020
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Pasha de Cartier Parfum Cartier (male) ~ 2020

Sauvage Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2019
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Sauvage Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2019

Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020
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Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020


 

Best Perfume Unisex 2020

 

Black Orchid Parfum Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2020 Winner
Black Orchid Parfum Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2020

 

Black Orchid Parfum Tom Ford is a worthy successor of the original Black Orchid. Not the easiest one to wear, but certainly one of the most complex and intriguing. Darker and sweeter, in which the note of truffles is realistic and delicious. We have a great write-up about it in comparison with the rest of the Black Orchid perfumes: Black Orchid Parfum by Tom Ford: The Blackest of Black Flowers.

 

Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020
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Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020

Ani Nishane (unisex) ~ 2019
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Ani Nishane (unisex) ~ 2019

Mémoire d’une Odeur Gucci (unisex) ~ 2019
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Mémoire d’une Odeur Gucci (unisex) ~ 2019

Whispers in the Library Maison Martin Margiela (unisex) ~ 2019
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Whispers in the Library Maison Martin Margiela (unisex) ~ 2019

L'Ombre Des Merveilles Hermès (unisex) ~ 2020
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L'Ombre Des Merveilles Hermès (unisex) ~ 2020

Bee Zoologist Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2019
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Bee Zoologist Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2019

Iris Torréfié Guerlain (unisex) ~ 2020
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Iris Torréfié Guerlain (unisex) ~ 2020

Instant Crush Mancera (unisex) ~ 2019
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Instant Crush Mancera (unisex) ~ 2019

Coromandel Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2019
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Coromandel Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2019


 

Best Niche Perfume 2020

 

Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020 Winner
Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020

 

Kilian surprised us with two exceptional fragrances inspired by fine spirits. Angels' Share includes dozens of appealing notes and cozy sensations, it is the fragrance of quiet happiness as it was called in our review: The Liquors By Kilian: Angels' Share and Roses on Ice.

 

Interlude Black Iris Man Amouage (male) ~ 2020
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Interlude Black Iris Man Amouage (male) ~ 2020

Ani Nishane (unisex) ~ 2019
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Ani Nishane (unisex) ~ 2019

Bee Zoologist Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2019
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Bee Zoologist Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2019

Instant Crush Mancera (unisex) ~ 2019
5
Instant Crush Mancera (unisex) ~ 2019

Enigma Pour Homme Parfum Cologne Roja Dove (male) ~ 2019
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Enigma Pour Homme Parfum Cologne Roja Dove (male) ~ 2019

Coromandel Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2019
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Coromandel Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2019

Interlude 53 Amouage (unisex) ~ 2020
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Interlude 53 Amouage (unisex) ~ 2020

Encens Mythique Guerlain (unisex) ~ 2019
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Encens Mythique Guerlain (unisex) ~ 2019

Rose & Cuir Frederic Malle (unisex) ~ 2019
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Rose & Cuir Frederic Malle (unisex) ~ 2019


 

Best Perfume Bottle 2020

 

Shalimar Eau De Parfum Serie Limitee Guerlain (female) ~ 2020 Winner
Shalimar Eau De Parfum Serie Limitee Guerlain (female) ~ 2020

 

Very often, we choose perfumes not exclusively for their smell, but for their look as well. Guerlain has adapted the look of its old design in its modern editions. That is why it is so fascinatingly different and appealing.

 

Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020
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Angels' Share By Kilian (unisex) ~ 2020

Sky Anna Sui (female) ~ 2020
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Sky Anna Sui (female) ~ 2020

Soleil Lalique (female) ~ 2019
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Soleil Lalique (female) ~ 2019

Avon Charmed Avon (female) ~ 2020
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Avon Charmed Avon (female) ~ 2020

Shalimar Souffle d'Oranger Guerlain (female) ~ 2019
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Shalimar Souffle d'Oranger Guerlain (female) ~ 2019

Keep Glazed The House of Oud (unisex) ~ 2019
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Keep Glazed The House of Oud (unisex) ~ 2019

La Belle Jean Paul Gaultier (female) ~ 2019
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La Belle Jean Paul Gaultier (female) ~ 2019

Cherry Blossom 2020 Millésime Guerlain (female) ~ 2020
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Cherry Blossom 2020 Millésime Guerlain (female) ~ 2020

Fantasia Mermaid Anna Sui (female) ~ 2019
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Fantasia Mermaid Anna Sui (female) ~ 2019


 

Perfume With Best Fragram Photos

 

Lost Cherry Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018 Winner
Lost Cherry Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018

 

Honestly, I would award every one of our wonderful photographers! Fragram pictures posted by our readers are often so much better than official pictures by brands. You, guys, rock!

 

Shalimar Souffle de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 2014
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Shalimar Souffle de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 2014

Eau des Merveilles Bleue Hermès (female) ~ 2016
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Eau des Merveilles Bleue Hermès (female) ~ 2016

Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels (male) ~ 2010
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Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels (male) ~ 2010

Pure Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 2004
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Pure Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 2004

Encre Noire Lalique (male) ~ 2006
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Encre Noire Lalique (male) ~ 2006

Narciso Poudree Narciso Rodriguez (female) ~ 2016
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Narciso Poudree Narciso Rodriguez (female) ~ 2016

Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992
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Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992

Byzance Rochas (female) ~ 1987
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Byzance Rochas (female) ~ 1987

Mémoire d’une Odeur Gucci (unisex) ~ 2019
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Mémoire d’une Odeur Gucci (unisex) ~ 2019


 

Best Women’s Perfume of All Time

 

Shalimar Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1925 Winner
Shalimar Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1925

 

It is amazing to see the level of loyalty people have towards beautifully made perfumes no matter when they were created. I hope perfume producers will make note of it. Read our overview of different Shalimar editions in Best in Show: Shalimar by Guerlain.

 

Hypnotic Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1998
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Hypnotic Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1998

Coco Mademoiselle Chanel (female) ~ 2001
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Coco Mademoiselle Chanel (female) ~ 2001

Alien Mugler (female) ~ 2005
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Alien Mugler (female) ~ 2005

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1986
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Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1986

Mon Guerlain Guerlain (female) ~ 2017
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Mon Guerlain Guerlain (female) ~ 2017

Dior Addict Eau de Parfum (2014) Christian Dior (female) ~ 2014
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Dior Addict Eau de Parfum (2014) Christian Dior (female) ~ 2014

Coco Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1984
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Coco Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1984

Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1989
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Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1989

Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015
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Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015


 

Best Men’s Perfume of All Time

 

Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011 Winner
Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011

 

Every time Dior launches a new perfume, it is remarkably well accepted, however, there are a number of true gems created some time ago that people don't want to see discontinued. Read our overview of different Dior Homme editions and their reflection in ads in Overcast Twilight in May: DIOR HOMME.

 

Terre d'Hermes Hermès (male) ~ 2006
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Terre d'Hermes Hermès (male) ~ 2006

Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988
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Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988

Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014
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Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014

La Nuit de l'Homme Yves Saint Laurent (male) ~ 2009
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La Nuit de l'Homme Yves Saint Laurent (male) ~ 2009

Aventus Creed (male) ~ 2010
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Aventus Creed (male) ~ 2010

Acqua di Gio Profumo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2015
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Acqua di Gio Profumo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2015

Bleu de Chanel Parfum Chanel (male) ~ 2018
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Bleu de Chanel Parfum Chanel (male) ~ 2018

The One for Men Eau de Parfum Dolce&Gabbana (male) ~ 2015
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The One for Men Eau de Parfum Dolce&Gabbana (male) ~ 2015

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Chanel (male) ~ 2014
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Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Chanel (male) ~ 2014


 

Best Niche Perfume of All Time

 

Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007 Winner
Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007

 

Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford is simply unbeatable, it is in our top unisex perfumes winning first or second place already for four years in a row! Read our Subjective Classification Of Tobacco Fragrances.

 

Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015
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Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015

02 L'Air du Desert Marocain Tauer Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2005
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02 L'Air du Desert Marocain Tauer Perfumes (unisex) ~ 2005

Oud Wood Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007
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Oud Wood Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007

Aventus Creed (male) ~ 2010
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Aventus Creed (male) ~ 2010

Grand Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2016
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Grand Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2016

Layton Parfums de Marly (unisex) ~ 2016
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Layton Parfums de Marly (unisex) ~ 2016

Portrait of a Lady Frederic Malle (female) ~ 2010
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Portrait of a Lady Frederic Malle (female) ~ 2010

Interlude Man Amouage (male) ~ 2012
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Interlude Man Amouage (male) ~ 2012

Coromandel Eau de Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2016
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Coromandel Eau de Parfum Chanel (unisex) ~ 2016

 


Best Perfume With No Sugar Whatsoever

 

Encre Noire Lalique (male) ~ 2006 Winner
Encre Noire Lalique (male) ~ 2006

 

We include this category because we observe a strong demand for unsweetened perfumes. Sweet perfumes are easy pleasing, but there are simply too many of them. To create a beautiful fragrance that is not sweet requires much bigger effort, but it always pays off. Encre Noire is enormously loved and deserves it.

 

Acqua di Gio Profumo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2015
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Acqua di Gio Profumo Giorgio Armani (male) ~ 2015

Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988
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Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988

Ombré Leather (2018) Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018
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Ombré Leather (2018) Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018

Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011
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Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011

Terre d'Hermes Hermès (male) ~ 2006
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Terre d'Hermes Hermès (male) ~ 2006

Oud Wood Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007
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Oud Wood Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007

Eau des Merveilles Hermès (female) ~ 2004
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Eau des Merveilles Hermès (female) ~ 2004

Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014
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Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1986
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Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1986


 

Best Leather Perfume

 

Ombré Leather (2018) Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018 Winner
Ombré Leather (2018) Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2018

 

This year, we decided to highlight leather fragrances, since there has been a strong interest in this particular category in recent years. Read our very informative Leather Fascinations: a Perfume Genre Like No Other.

 

Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014
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Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014

Tuscan Leather Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007
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Tuscan Leather Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007

Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988
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Fahrenheit Christian Dior (male) ~ 1988

Gucci Guilty Absolute Gucci (male) ~ 2017
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Gucci Guilty Absolute Gucci (male) ~ 2017

Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta (female) ~ 2011
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Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta (female) ~ 2011

Shalimar Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1925
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Shalimar Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1925

Colonia Leather Eau de Cologne Concentrée Acqua di Parma (male) ~ 2014
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Colonia Leather Eau de Cologne Concentrée Acqua di Parma (male) ~ 2014

La Yuqawam Homme Rasasi (male) ~ 2012
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La Yuqawam Homme Rasasi (male) ~ 2012

Bentley for Men Intense Bentley (male) ~ 2013
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Bentley for Men Intense Bentley (male) ~ 2013


 

Best Iris Perfume

 

Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011 Winner
Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011

 

Iris is indeed an amazing material we fall in love with again and again. A notably complex, noble fragrance. Read our Powdery Scents: That Well-Groomed Feeling.

 

Infusion d'Iris Prada (female) ~ 2007
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Infusion d'Iris Prada (female) ~ 2007

Prada L'Homme Prada (male) ~ 2016
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Prada L'Homme Prada (male) ~ 2016

Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014
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Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014

Valentino Uomo Intense  Valentino (male) ~ 2016
5
Valentino Uomo Intense Valentino (male) ~ 2016

Chanel No 19 Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1970
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Chanel No 19 Parfum Chanel (female) ~ 1970

Dior Homme Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011
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Dior Homme Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011

L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1912
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L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum Guerlain (female) ~ 1912

Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain (female) ~ 2011
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Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain (female) ~ 2011

Prada L'Homme Intense Prada (male) ~ 2017
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Prada L'Homme Intense Prada (male) ~ 2017


 

Super Sillage 6ft Plus Mask For Women

 

Alien Mugler (female) ~ 2005 Winner
Alien Mugler (female) ~ 2005

 

I do not like this category, it is a sad reflection of this unfortunate year. But I love the current representation of mighty fragrances, especially, their leader, remarkable otherworldly jasmine Alien Mugler.

 

Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992
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Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992

Black Orchid Tom Ford (female) ~ 2006
3
Black Orchid Tom Ford (female) ~ 2006

La Vie Est Belle Lancome (female) ~ 2012
4
La Vie Est Belle Lancome (female) ~ 2012

Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015
5
Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015

Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant Kenzo (female) ~ 1996
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Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant Kenzo (female) ~ 1996

Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1985
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Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1985

Hypnotic Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1998
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Hypnotic Poison Christian Dior (female) ~ 1998

Dior Addict Christian Dior (female) ~ 2002
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Dior Addict Christian Dior (female) ~ 2002

Opium (1977) Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 1977
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Opium (1977) Yves Saint Laurent (female) ~ 1977


 

Super Sillage 6ft Plus Mask For Men

 

Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014 Winner
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2014

 

Perfume lasting power has become an important characteristic, sometimes too important. Read our Dior Homme Parfum: Europe Looks to the Orient about the coveted Dior Homme 2014 edition.

 

Interlude Man Amouage (male) ~ 2012
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Interlude Man Amouage (male) ~ 2012

Sauvage  Christian Dior (male) ~ 2015
3
Sauvage Christian Dior (male) ~ 2015

Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011
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Dior Homme Intense 2011 Christian Dior (male) ~ 2011

Spicebomb Extreme Viktor&Rolf (male) ~ 2015
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Spicebomb Extreme Viktor&Rolf (male) ~ 2015

Ultra Male Jean Paul Gaultier (male) ~ 2015
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Ultra Male Jean Paul Gaultier (male) ~ 2015

A*Men Mugler (male) ~ 1996
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A*Men Mugler (male) ~ 1996

Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015
8
Baccarat Rouge 540 Maison Francis Kurkdjian (unisex) ~ 2015

Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007
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Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford (unisex) ~ 2007

Bentley for Men Intense Bentley (male) ~ 2013
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Bentley for Men Intense Bentley (male) ~ 2013


 

I Hate This Perfume

 

1 Million Paco Rabanne (male) ~ 2008 Winner
1 Million Paco Rabanne (male) ~ 2008

 

Just because everybody hates it, doesn't mean it's not good (©Gru).

 

La Vie Est Belle Lancome (female) ~ 2012
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La Vie Est Belle Lancome (female) ~ 2012

Invictus Paco Rabanne (male) ~ 2013
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Invictus Paco Rabanne (male) ~ 2013

Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992
4
Angel Mugler (female) ~ 1992

Sauvage Eau de Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2018
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Sauvage Eau de Parfum Christian Dior (male) ~ 2018

Pink Sugar Aquolina (female) ~ 2004
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Pink Sugar Aquolina (female) ~ 2004

Office For Men Fragrance One (male) ~ 2019
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Office For Men Fragrance One (male) ~ 2019

Sauvage  Christian Dior (male) ~ 2015
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Sauvage Christian Dior (male) ~ 2015

Joop! Homme Joop! (male) ~ 1989
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Joop! Homme Joop! (male) ~ 1989

Secretions Magnifiques Etat Libre d'Orange (unisex) ~ 2006
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Secretions Magnifiques Etat Libre d'Orange (unisex) ~ 2006

 

All Perfumes Participating in
The 4th Fragrantica Readers Awards

 

Author

Elena Knezevic

Elena Knezevic Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

Elena Knezevic founded Fragrantica together with Zoran Knezevic in 2007. Since then Elena has taken care of its design and content as the Editor-in-Chief. Elena was born in Russia, studied Slavic languages and literature in Moscow, and lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade, where the idea of Fragrantica was born. Now she resides in California.

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epona1705
Mon Guerlain Florale

epona1705

I don't understand why people love Alien so much. Yuck. Too heavy, too thick of a Fragrance.
Blueangel51
Woman by Ralph Lauren

Blueangel51 01/08/21 21:45

Omg! How did these specific perfumes end up in the top ten women’s??? The only decent one was Chanel Chance Tendre. Especially Mon Guerlin #1, yuck!
Mikemucles21, I’ll take it for the team, Make Perfume Great Again. 🍾
samantham-123
Libre Intense

samantham-123 01/05/21 23:39

Well I'm just happy to see my favorite of all time hypnotic poison, get up in the best of all time lol.
But we all know taste in scents are purely subjective and I don't understand all the whinging about the results.
saidesses

saidesses 01/05/21 11:31

Best male fragrances of all time list without LIDGE, KOUROS or ADP ESSENZA in the top 5, seems a bit sad .
Atheos
L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDP

Atheos 01/04/21 13:44

Congrats to the winners. Interesting reading. To those that are butt hurt by the results lol.
Try and understand that smell is a sense, like the sense of taste, and is different for everyone.
Someone loves a fragrance, someone else dislikes the fragrance.
Someone loves a taste, someone else dislikes the taste.
So what?
There is a high wank factor in food evaluation, but this factor is much higher in fragrance evaluation.
So due to there being 7.8+ billion different takes on the sense of smell it is a risk in purchasing only on others recommendation.
But that said, so far I've found if a fragrance has a 4.20+ rating with many votes, it's a good gamble.
Best wishes for all in 2021!
klix27
Habit Rouge Eau de Toilette

klix27 01/01/21 20:09

The most hated perfume every year (1 Million) is actually the best selling multi million dollars perfume in the world.
While fanatics keep hating it, Paco Rabanne keeps making money.
barayamane
Rosarium

barayamane 01/01/21 18:36

Oh, my favorite perfume was also ranked in! Many perfumes and a variety of our tastes beyond that. I am looking forward to the wonderful work of the leading perfumer. Please seduce us endlessly and make us feel envious.
Tamirah
Organza Indecence

Tamirah 01/01/21 17:16

During lockdown my perfume comforts were Alien, Alien Musc Mysterieux, Angel, Pink Sugar, La Vie Est Belle, and Dior Addict (2002) so the Super Sillage and I Hate This Perfume categories both definitely speak to me :P
Wishing everyone a happy new year, with more love and peace for us all.
hairytoeknuckles
Cedrat Boise

hairytoeknuckles 01/01/21 16:32

6' Sillage and NOTHING by Montale or Mancera is on it!? Ooookkkk...
mikemuscles21
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum

mikemuscles21 01/01/21 10:30

I agree that the winners are good perfumes, I own most of them lol. I don't complain when niche brands become popular. Afterall, I am here because I love perfume.
I merely said it would be cool if the more "unknown", or "niche" scents stood more of a chance. Since they are not as well distributed, not everyone gets the same chance to try them. That's all. I'm not "offended" that the winners won. Lol
Anamandy
London

Anamandy 12/31/20 20:12

Wow, this was so much fun this year. I love all the selections. So many I now want to try. Wishing all my Fragrantica family a fantastic 2021!!!
Kronstadt

Kronstadt 12/31/20 14:54

Congrats to all the winners and whilst it may not completely reflect my preferences, that’s kinda the point. A great award process that rewards the broadest appreciation of the art of fragrance development. It’ll be some additional guidance for my future purchasing decisions. But to the teams behind each of the fragrances, thank you and well done. It’s a better world for the work you do and it’s greatly appreciated.
SearchingScents
Pour Un Homme de Caron

SearchingScents 12/31/20 13:37

So many people are butthurt about the winners. Stop whining and calling peoples tastes mediocre just because they enjoy whats popular - this is nonsense.

I personally don't care for Tom Ford fragrances but I appreciate that my tastes are unique and won't bash Tom Ford fans. Just revel in the fact that you might have unique taste in fragrance - no one will smell like you and I think that's even more special - and if someone likes what you wear then you can recommend it with all enthusiasm.

If anything 2019 releases should have been filtered out of "Best of 2020" categories.

Scent is all subjective so its useless being mad at the winners of this competition, or the thumbs down button of all things.
foxy_minxy
Plumeria

foxy_minxy 12/31/20 12:37

Dear Phirun, many greetings, please allow me to explain from my end that my criticism of established corporate brands stems from my dislike of the way they do business and the fact they are merely profits-driven. I am a corporate lawyer and I see these things behind the curtains. I would love to see independent artists being rewarded for their vision and their effort. That is all. It's not that "I love to complain". I wanted to make a more general statement about the perfume industry. In any case, art in every form deserves to be acknowledged. Best wishes to all fragranticans!
COSMICSCENTS

COSMICSCENTS 12/31/20 10:33

Wow a lot of Guerlain winners, my favorite perfume house. I don't know if Angels Share deserves second place for best perfume bottle, I went to Saks to smell it and when I saw the bottle on display from far away I could tell the cap was plastic which I think does not go well with the glass bottle, it should have been glass also for the top.
Phirun
Ambre Nuit

Phirun 12/31/20 08:51

Complaining about mass-marketed mainstream brand winning a popularity contest “groundbreaking!” *YAWN* 🙄 If your brand doesn’t have accessibility and lives in obscurity, then don’t blame people. These are the same people that will also complain about a obscure brand becoming popular because they just love to complain *GAG*.

Congrats to all the winner and hopefully this is sending a message to Dior to go back to their OG Homme line instead of the 2020 mess. People love DHI and DHP, so please make them available in the US! I agree with you @Annemarie I see any blue stuff I thumb down too! We need more fun categories for next year: like overrated and boring, complacent and safe, worst/best blind-buy, stinky oud, another vanilla, unimaginative etc... haha
foxy_minxy
Plumeria

foxy_minxy 12/31/20 07:29

I agree with Finerthingsinlife and mikemuscles 21. Just boring, predictable (big business) choices for the most part. Guerlain? Dior? Tom Ford? Yawn. I wish we could give independent houses more of a chance, since true quality and imagination comes mainly from them IMO. Anyway, interesting to get to know people's tastes! I for one hate Shalimar and all its flankers, hee hee...
mikemuscles21
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum

mikemuscles21 12/31/20 06:41

The masses have spoken! Lol I just wish that more of the population could try more of the fragrances. Maybe then the result would be different all the way down the charts and less fragrances from mass produced companies would be in all the top spots. But we like what we like, and this is a fragrance democracy. At least I haven't heard anyone say, "Make Fragrantica Great Again". Ooops sorry, that was supposed to be a joke. Am I making things political again?
Finerthngsinlife
Woody Style

Finerthngsinlife 12/31/20 05:14

Unfortunately it is about more popularity then quality. Less known but much better parfumes didn’t make the top of the list.
Annemarie

Annemarie 12/30/20 17:52

I enjoy the 'thumbs down' feature - makes it more interesting. I get a wicked little frisson from voting Sauvage down every chance I get.

The 'no sugar' category is fun for those of us who enjoy a sugar-less rush. Very glad to see Eau des Merveilles up there. What a masterpiece that is. And Encre Noire as the winner - a fragrance that can easily be obtained for less than $100. Boom!
Fleurdamane
Mystic Aromatic

Fleurdamane 12/30/20 17:26

My favourite Awards of the year! Thank you amazing Fragrantica Team for this, so much more to discover...hope will be able to smell and spray Perfume bottle soon on my wrist from the stores (without hiding from the staff or camera :-))
Christos.S
Light Blue Forever pour Homme

Christos.S 12/30/20 17:18

Well, the results were pretty much what I expected and for the most part they did justice. I'm very happy not only for the first place of DHI but also for the success of the Men's perfumes of the house of Dior in general. Dior Homme line is, by far, my beloved one but with the EDT (2011)
and Parfum discontinued ( one can't be sure about the new Homme Parfum formulation), the line disintegrates and the house is definitely going the wrong direction in my humble opinion. Alas, the hunt for sale numbers is relentless...
drugstore classics
Dalal

drugstore classics 12/30/20 16:35

Wow, this is so fun! I especially appreciate the addition of the best sillage category. It's USEFUL as well as wonderful. :D
Mbabba
Interlude Man

Mbabba 12/30/20 13:31

The choices are almost perfect, fun always, I hope more categories will be included ike best project perfume, best longevity etc
Ronald J
Le Male Le Parfum

Ronald J 12/30/20 13:05

It is interesting to see how the globe voted. Naturally you'll see popular fragrances highly ranked because many people will actually own them, but this just shows how loved Tom Ford, Dior and Guerlain are.
gloom

gloom 12/30/20 10:14

La Vie Est Belle is a worldwide bestseller (and i love it too ) and still in the hate nomination weird
And i did,nt vote for Shalimar this year because i knew it would be the the winner anyway as every year. But i like to see Shalimar Initial as one of the best iris( I vote too)I hope it comes back

Maybe a best vintage perfume category works better because modern perfumes also deserve an award even if they can,t beat shalimar, there are so many pretty scents which never get the chance
rickyrebarco
Mandarino

rickyrebarco 12/30/20 09:29

This is always a fun contest to see what readers like best. I need to sample Angel's Share and Nishane Ani since they got so many votes. Happy to see other people love Zoologist Bee as much as I do.
jeca
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 12/30/20 09:05

@FragFrog, all fragrances were selected by readers. Editors nominated perfumes and voted just like everybody else, no advantages.
MademoiselleMaya
Sicily

MademoiselleMaya 12/30/20 08:54

Congrats to the winners and i love this contest ! :)

The only downfall - a 2019 release scent won. Did not it win last year as well? Seems unfair.
Maybe in the Best for 2020 cathegory should be a filter for earlier releases?
Mistella

Mistella 12/30/20 08:38

Ha! I don't know why, but that "I hate this" category cracked me up. Fun list! Great to see everyone's choices.
14ME
Bade'e Al Oud Oud for Glory

14ME 12/30/20 08:23

Dior in da house! Win 20% of the Awards. Love that.
chinook
Shalimar Eau de Parfum

chinook 12/30/20 06:33

Glad to see Shalimar still being the best for women’s! Also Mugler angel does not deserve the hate. It’s not even that extreme. This year’s new releases have not really excited me. I hope there will be more interesting releases next year and that the pandemic will be done so I can sniff in stores again
KimmyoftheValley
Reb'l Fleur

KimmyoftheValley 12/30/20 06:21

I really enjoyed looking through this! Also, I would love to see a "Best Affordable Fragrance" category next year, maybe a "Best Nostalgic Fragrance" (like the best fragrances to trigger nostalgia) category, too :)
FragFrog
Vodka on the Rocks

FragFrog 12/30/20 04:57

I admit I was expecting something different . Who selects the candidates ?
The editors, the members ?
I am a bit disappointed with the winners. Nothing exiting . Nothing new .
Sharlimar is winning year after year.
I tried very hard to like it but the scent is heavy and definitely outdated ( to my nose) and I suspect it must be reformulated from the original masterpiece.
A lot of TOM FORD . In my opinion all equally good perfumes but nothing exiting .
I agree with thumbs down being unnecessary .
I don't understand Bacarrat 540 but I admit I have differed preferences , No Hermes this year ?
MSC

MSC 12/30/20 04:40

Very cool tradition. Guerlain steals the show this year, well deserved!
NicoleDiver
Azzaro pour Homme

NicoleDiver 12/30/20 04:26

It was a fun contest and it was interesting to see other people's opinions on some of my personal favourites. Very happy that Shalimar still reigns, my favourite composition of all time. I would personally love for the best discontinued category to be brought back for 2021. Best jasmine perfume would also be interesting to see - I know white flowers have been done in 2018, but jasmine specifically seems to always create polarised opinions.
MartinFord

MartinFord 12/30/20 04:05

Next time don't add thumbs down. It really doesn't make any sense.
pgs

pgs 12/30/20 03:10

It looks like most people like loud (and often vulgar) fragrances and don’t care much about quality: L’homme ideal extreme, Le Male parfum, Angels’ share, Hypnotic poison. In my opinion Tom Ford is not niche (one can find it almost anywhere, due to Estée Lauder’s unwise distribution) while Chanel‘s Les exclusives surely is. There are big differences between what you can easily find and try in Europe and what is available in the U.S. , of course.
MiniMonimolimnion

MiniMonimolimnion 12/30/20 01:52

“Attack of the Flankers”.
Ralphlaurensports92
Taiga

Ralphlaurensports92 12/29/20 23:18

Tom Ford and Chanel on the Niche category is beyond me.
I have a different concept about being Niche. Overall : Well Done.
Angel's Share deserve all the hype and props, by far the best fragrance of the Year. 10/10.
raduungureanu
Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme

raduungureanu 12/29/20 22:01

A small clarification for some. These lists are the result of users voting. Anybody can vote. It was a big ad on the website for a few weeks. So if something should've been or not on the list, obviously, other people thought otherwise. As always, it's good fun to vote and see the results.
Jabouba
Sunset Glow

Jabouba 12/29/20 21:39

I hate this perfume, I highly agree with la vie est belle and sauvage. They should have added baccarat Rouge, flowerbomb, j adore and coco mademoiselle.
jeca
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 12/29/20 20:50

The Hated list usually reflects the popularity ;o) Very often the most liked and the most hated perfumes are the same or close to that. Another reason would be – they are just super strong with enormous sillage, so it bothers other people, especially if you smell them from almost everyone around.
Fragaria
Love's Baby Soft

Fragaria 12/29/20 20:42

Why are several very popular perfumes that are well loved on the hated list?
GooseWithAGrudge
Bombshell Beach

GooseWithAGrudge 12/29/20 20:29

Lol, Alien was the winner for sillage 6+ feet. That’s definitely no lie.

Angel’s Share has a beautiful bottle. Would love to be able to smell it some day.
Mystères du Château de Dé
Miss Dior Esprit de Parfum

Mystères du Château de Dé 12/29/20 18:13

Chanel No 5 EDT deserves to win over EDP.
applejack78

applejack78 12/29/20 17:50

Wow, Angels' Share was killing it this year. It's everywhere! Hats off to Killian. I think Anna Sui's Sky got robbed for best perfume bottle this year. That Shalimar bottle looks just like the original but with stencils.
jeca
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 12/29/20 16:25

1000% for the scent of very close encounters and hugs in 2021!
Barbamama
Aqua Celestia

Barbamama 12/29/20 16:02

Fun as always. Now let’s hope for a «Best skin scent for close encounters» category for december 2021

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