As we sink deeper into the melee affectionately described as 'awards season', some of you might like to make your own voices heard about your favourite perfume releases of last year. If so, here are a couple of opportunities. If you click on this link, you'll be taken to the Basenotes Reader Awards page, where you can select your favourites in several different categories, from Best Niche Fragrance, to Best Perfume Ever and Best Perfumery. Your choices are not restricted in any way: you can vote for whichever perfumes you like. However, you do need to be signed up to Basenotes to be eligible to vote. It's also worth noting that this year, the Basenotes team have put together a prize draw for anyone who submits votes. The deadline for submission is 28th February.
The second opportunity is perhaps less exciting, but no less interesting. If you click here, you should be directed to a Basenotes poll I put together a few days ago. It features a list of the perfumes which came up most frequently in various critics' Best Of charts. All you have to do is choose the one perfume which you think is better than all of the others. I concede that, as far as polls go, it isn't entirely scientific and it doesn't take into account the fact that most people won't have had a chance to sniff all the scents on the list. But hey, even the American film Academy's members aren't obliged to watch all the movies nominated for Oscars, so on this occasion, perhaps we can push technicalities to one side. And besides, I always think it's fascinating to see what does well in such polls: they provide telling insights into which perfumes manage to filter through to a wider audience. As I write these words, Dior's Cuir Cannage is in the lead, but of course, that could change.
Finally, whilst I'm in a Basenotes mood, I'll mention this article (click on the link) in which various contributors to the site, including yours truly, were asked to name some of their scent highlights of 2014.