Kokorico Jean Paul Gaultier

Kokorico – One of 2012’s most distinctive fragrance bottles

Jean Paul Gaultier and unconventional are synonymous – from Men’s skirts to tuxedo overalls there’s hardly anything he hasn’t experimented with. The fragrance line has not been far behind; Le Male completely broke stereotypes int he 1990s with its male torso bottle and a potent mix of ingredients that you could smell from one end of the fragrance counter.

Kokorico is an all-new fragrance from Jean Paul Gaultier and has just recently won The Fragrance Foundation of France’s award for the Best Men’s fragrance as part of its list of winners for Les Parfums 2012. This fragrance is all set to be launched in India. You will love the conversation bottle shaped like the silhouette of a man.

While the fragrance lists a medley of notes like fig leaf, patchouli, vetiver and cedar it is the cocoa bean that dominates this scent and sets it apart. It works best as an evening wear fragrance and would make a great all-day office wear scent if longevity was better. (Price on request)


Fifi Awards 2012 – List of finalists

Prada Candy one of 2011's finest women's fragrances

The Oscars of the fragrance industry are back! The 40th edition of the Fragrance Foundation’s Fifi awards will take place on May 21, 2012. The semi-finalists have been announced and the winners in these categories will be picked from the 5 or so fragrances shortlisted. There is also a consumer choice category for which voting will be on till May 14. More info on the Fifi awards blog

Top 5 Women’s Luxe

  1. Beyoncé Pulse – Coty Inc.
  2. Bottega Veneta – Coty Prestige
  3. Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray – PUIG USA (Available in India)
  4. Someday By Justin Bieber – Give Back Brands, LLC
  5. Tom Ford Violet Blonde – Tom Ford Beauty

Top 5 Men’s Luxe 

  1.  Armani Code Sport – Giorgio Armani Beauty (Available in India)
  2. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme – P&G Prestige (Available in India)
  3. John Varvatos ★ U.S.A. – Elizabeth Arden
  4. L’Homme Libre – Yves Saint Laurent
  5. Un Jardin Sur Le Toit – Hermès – Beauté Prestige International

Top 5 Finalists Women’s Nouveau Riche:  

  1. Dahlia Noir – Parfums Givenchy
  2. Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection: Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Wood, Velvet Love, Velvet Patchouli, Velvet Sublime, Velvet Desire – P&G Prestige
  3. Jersey – Chanel
  4. live in love – Oscar de la Renta
  5. Maison Martin Margiela (untitled) – L’Oréal
  6. Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge – Private Blend – Tom Ford Beauty

Top 5 Men’s finalists – Nouveau Riche 

  1. Boss The Collection: Cotton & Verbena, Silk & Jasmine, Wool & Musk, Velvet & Amber, Cashmere & Patchouli – P&G Prestige
  2. Incense Oud – by Kilian
  3. L’Homme Cologne Gingembre – Yves Saint Laurent (Available in India)
  4. New York Oud – Bond No. 9 New York
  5. Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge – Private Blend – Tom Ford Beauty
    YUZU – Caron

How to buy a fragrance

  • One of 2011’s best men’s fragrances – Carolina 212 VIP Men

    Don’t sniff too many fragrances: Unless it’s an unplanned visit to a fragrance store, be clear about what kind of  fragrance you are seeking (office or party, summer or aquatic etc) and don’t even go close to the rest. Always keep aggressive salespersons in check and don’t let them decide what you want unless you are not sure yourself!. Try not to smell too many scents; even with the coffee beans they all start to smell the same at some point.

  • Shortlist what you fancy: and keep that list to a maximum of 3 or 4 fragrances and request the sales person to spritz that on different different points of the hands and not too close to each other! Don’t make your purchase on the basis of how these scents smell on the blotter. They usually smell very different on your skin.
  • Let the fragrance interact and settle down on your skin: Most fragrances are sold on the first impression that is usually created by the top notes but these notes usually vanish very quickly and its the base notes  that linger.
  • Take a walk: leave the counter, walk around the mall or the store for a while (Longer the better) and let the scent settle down and allow the real fragrance to emerge. You can also test the longevity and staying power of the fragrance.
  • Now you’re good to go: If you’ve selected the fragrance you like, check for offers and gifts/giveaways so that you can get the best deal!