The entrants for the Indie category of the Fifi awards have been announced, and I wish my indie friends good luck! I had thought about entering Nostalgie but couldn’t finish it in time. Maybe next year. Incense Pure would have been nice to enter, but it was released in 2010 and the contest was just for scents created in 2011. It’s great that The Fragrance Foundation is now offering an indie category. Companies that entered range from one person businesses like mine all the way up to much larger indies, with the restriction of being in a maximum of 50 stores. Companies nominate themselves, and then a panel of judges will narrow the field to 5 finalists and one winner in January.
Bell Fragrance and Flavors announced its list for the top trends in fragrance notes for 2012. I don’t know how accurate their past predictions have been, but their list for 2012 is as follows: Ginger Orchid, Orange Flower, Tart Guava, Gold Amber, Green Pear, Spicy Bergamot, Root Beer, Pink Pepper, Leather, Tomato Leaf. Seems like we’ve already seen a lot of pink pepper. Leather has been making an appearance in quite a few new releases. Chypres seem to be coming back, though in a different form than those of the past, partly because of oakmoss restrictions and partly because of changing tastes.
I’ll close the holiday draw soon, probably tonight, and will announce winners.
Updated to add: I also wanted to mention a fun series of fragrance blogger interviews being posted on the Scents of Self blog. It’s a great way to get to know more about the bloggers you enjoy reading. What a great idea by Arielle of Scents of Self!