Perfume Bestsellers

There’s a few sad things to note in the world. The first is that more and more people are flocking to fruity floral fragrances. The second is that in fifty years, these fruity florals might be classics. I have no issue with fruit florals, I just think there’s too many of them. Certainly with more and more celebrities, hocking their names to fragrances, there isn’t a sign that the flood of celebuscents will end soon. Yes, some celebrity scents are done well. But by and large, they are a large splatter of the same fragrance groups. We have the candy-like sweet, the fresh floral, or the fruity floral.

So it comes as a surprise to me when Forbes magazine released the list of the top five selling perfumes for 2009 and it looks a little something like this:

  1. Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle (fruity floral)
  2. Giorgio Armani’s Acqu Di Gio Pour Homme (aquatic)
  3. Estee Lauder’s Beautiful perfume (floral)
  4. Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue (fresh)
  5. Chanel’s Chanel No. 5 (aldehyde floral)

True, there’s no smoky vanillas in there, or musky roses, or incense and lavender. But it isn’t a grim projection at all. And it’s nice to see Chanel No. 5 is still turning heads. I’m no big fan of Coco Mademoiselle, but at least it’s not Britney Spears Fantasy. Nothing harsh on you, Fantasy, but if I see another teeny-bopper insisting that Fantasy is the bestselling and best smelling perfume of all time, I’ll probably cry.

Thanks to Forbes.

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