Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Favorite Perfume Releases of 2016 + Ring In 2017 GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)


Well another year has come and gone. 2016 has certainly has been a roller coaster of a year! The presidential election took a toll on many, myself included. We had the loss of many beloved musical artists. Prince, David Bowie, Maurice White, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Pete Burns and George Michael on Christmas Day. There were many celebrity deaths as well. Florence Henderson, Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, Muhammad Ali, Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder, Alan Thicke, Debbie Reynolds, and Carrie Fisher among others.

Some of my personal high points were meeting my brother and sisters who I never knew I had until one of them found me on Facebook. It was a wonderful time I spent with them in Florida this past July. Another special moment was the completion of The Godspell Project. Cast members from a 1978 production we did in Junior High School reunited and recorded five songs from the show. I was the musical director and producer, played piano, organ and percussion, as well as reprise my role as Jesus. One more high point for me was reaching 7K subscribers on my BFL YouTube Channel. I thank you all very much for the support. It truly means a lot.

Through all the ups and downs, perfume has kept me sane. I am happy to share my favorite releases of 2016. I wish I could say that I smelled every single release, but that wasn't the case, and of course would be very hard to do. Okay, lets go!



Filippo Sorcinelli, photo by Yuri Kolesnikow

SAUF is a brand founded by Filippo Sorcinelli. There are 3 perfumes in the collection, all of which were inspired by the grand organ of The Cathedral of Notre Dame. All 3 are well done, but it was Contre Bombarde 32 that spoke to me. A gorgeous church incense, with sweet Oriental undertones that was a joy to wear. You can watch my review here.






Nasomatto Baraonda came out early in the year, but I never got around to testing it. I finally had a chance to try it at Barney's last Sunday, and I knew immediately that it was going to make my year end list. This boozy, floral, woody, creamy caramelized concoction created by house perfumer Alessandro Gaultieri completely blew me away. Bravo. You can watch my review here.



                                       

L'Attesa composed by perfumer Luca Maffei for Italian niche house Masque, is one of the best iris based perfumes I've ever worn. Orris butter heaven which is a powerhouse on skin. Not every perfume gets the eyes roll back in my head reaction, but this one certainly did. You can watch an interview I did earlier this year with Masque founders Riccardo Tedeschi and Alessandro Brun here and my review of L'Attesa here.



Fan Your Flames by Nishane. Boozy, smoky, incense, tobacco, and a little coconut thrown into the mix. This Extrait de Parfum has everything I love in a fragrance, and I can't even begin to express how much I love it.



                                        

The Kemi collection is the brainchild of Sergio Momo. The premier 8 perfumes were very bold and daring. Aurum was one of the 2016 additions along with Aqua Regia and Hermetic, an exclusive for Harrod's. Aurum is a gorgeous fragrance that is not as oud heavy as others in the collection. It does contain oud, but it is uniquely blended with incense and gourmand notes. Labdanum, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, heliotrope are among the notes in this absolutely delicious potion. You can watch my chat with Sergio Momo from last year, here.



Arquiste released two fantastic his and her perfumes, El and Ella. Creative director Carlos Huber and perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux were inspired by the stories that Carlos' parents told him of the 1970's disco nightlife at Armando's Le Club in Acapulco. El, a fougere, and Ella, a chypre, are both bold and sensual in the best "Shake Your Groove Thing" way possible. You can watch my review with Krista and Carla at Twisted Lily, here.




Dusita Parfums is a line launched in 2015, but didn't arrive in the states until 2016, so I am adding it to this year's list. The whole collection is magical, but Issara was my absolute favorite. A modern fougere that is phenomenal. I think every man should smell like this. Check out my review of the line here.

Osmanthus

There were several perfumes centered around osmanthus that I really loved this year.



                              

Eric Buterbaugh Florals launched in 2015 with 8 perfumes in the collection. In 2016, two more additions joined the collection, Kingston Osmanthus and Thorn Roses. Both were excellent, but it was Kingston Osmanthus, composed by Alberto Morillas, that put a huge smile on my face. Bright, fresh, fruity, and completely uplifting.


                   

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Neela Vermeire Creations line. Rahele is the seventh perfume in the collection, all of which were created in collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour. Although Rahele went in a bit of a different direction than the rest of the line, it is still a solid perfume that maintains the quality of the rest of the collection. Rahele contains notes of osmanthus, woody and floral notes, spices, patchouli, and leather.



                                  

Diptyque launched Kimonanthe, a new perfume in the La Collection 34 series. It was composed by Fabrice Pellegrin and was inspired by Japanese powdered incense (zukoh). Osmanthus and incense perfection.



 Niche Perfume




Aroma M Perfumes launched Vanilla Hinoki. Founder and perfumer Maria McElroy created this perfume inspired by her many years spent in Japan, and her love of the Japanese bathing ritual in Hinoki baths. Vanilla Hinoki, is a gorgeous addition to her collection, which includes sparkling bergamot, spices, and woody notes, as well as a smoky vanilla which she sourced from Morocco. You can watch my interview with Maria here.



Starry Starry Night from PK Perfumes. Founder and perfumer Paul Kiler created the perfume as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, his vision, and his art. The perfume has many nuances. Floral, green, resinous, and woodsy, harmoniously blended.


                    

My favorites this year from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes were Chinchilla and Kaleidoscope. Chinchilla, a retro honeyed animalic powerhouse, and Kaleidoscope, a tart and zesty citrus, with subtle floral undertones, and a smooth woody base.



Zoologist Perfumes added 3 new perfumes this year, both of which are some of the best of the entire collection to date. Founder and creative director Victor Wong enlisted perfumers Ellen Covey for Bat, Sarah McCartney for Macaque, and Tomoo Inaba for Nightingale. The initial collection from 2014, although great, were perhaps for some, challenging to wear. In 2015, Hummingbird composed by Shelley Waddington was released, and I found that one completely beautiful and certainly more approachable.  The 3 perfumes released in 2016, maintained the aesthetic and Victor Wong's vision for the line, but are much more wearer friendly. You can check out my review of the award winning Bat here. Look for another release on December 31, 2016 called Civet.






Hans Hendley of Hendley Perfumes released his 8th perfume this year called Amora. He is a Brooklyn based artisan perfumer. Amora is a fruity floral fragrance with some tobacco and resins, that warms on the skin beautifully. If you think you don't like fruity floral fragrances, I suggest you try Amora, you  just may change your mind. I had the pleasure of interviewing Hans. You can watch it here.

Dasein Winter Nights was a collaboration between Sam Rader and Josh Meyer. This was another love at first sniff. You can check out my mini review at Twisted Lily here


Secrets du Paradis Rouge continues telling the story of founders and creative directors of Jul et Mad Paris, Julien Blanchard and Madalina Stoica-Blanchard. This time it's the story of their honeymoon in Marrakech. It was composed by Italian perfumer Luca Maffei, who has quickly become one of my favorite young noses. Secrets du Paradis Rouge is a stunning fragrance with notes that include Damask rose, orange blossom, honey, benzoin, and an absolutely delicious vanilla dry down.




I've long been a fan of Parfums de Marly. Layton was their 2016 release, composed by  perfumer Hamid Merati-Kashani. It is one of the most commercial from the line, and is definitely a crowd pleaser. You can check out my review with Steven of Redolessence here.



Au Coeur du Desert is the follow up to  Tauer Perfumes L'air Du Desert Marocain, which happens to be one of my favorite fragrances EVER. This version is just as good, with more incense. Another love at first sniff. You can check out my mini review at Twisted Lily here.




Adjatay, 27th perfume in The Different Company collection. A tuberose and leather perfume that is not to be missed.





New Collections
         



Under the artistic direction of Nicolas Chabot, perfumers Amélie Bourgeois and Anne-Sophie Behaghel created the five fragrances that make up the Aether Parfums collection. The line is a tribute to synthetic molecules and chemistry. The whole collection is strong, but Carboneum was the big standout for me. You can check out my review of the line with Krista and Carla at Twisted Lily here.



Phlur is a new house founded by Eric Korman in collaboration with perfumers David Apel, Nathalie Benareau, and Ralf Schweiger. A line of six niche quality fragrances at very affordable prices. There isn't a dud in the collection, although I liked some more than others. Hanami was one of the standouts for me. They are all very well done. Former New York Times critic Chandler Burr, was brought in as an adviser with industry experience. A 50ml bottle will run you $85 and can be purchased at phlur.com.



                         

ERIS Parfums was founded by Barbara Herman. She is a vintage perfume expert, blogger, and book writer. She created the line with perfumer Antoine Lie. A trio of femme fatale perfumes, that are va va voom and naughty. If you're a fan of perfumes from the past that were daring and erotic, this house is for you. My favorite on my skin was Night Flower. I experienced the line with dab samples, and they were all very diffusive, and I can only imagine how beast mode they would have worn had they been sprayed.




The 9 Les Potions Fatales by Parfums Quartana based on poisonous flowers. Excellent concept and very well executed fragrances. My favorite was Wolfsbane. You can check out my review here.


Aedes De Venustas




Aedes de Venustas is an iconic NYC perfume shop founded by Karl Bradl and Robert Gerstner in 1995. Their perfume collection premiered in 2012, in collaboration with world renowned noses, and I absolutely adore the line. Two new additions were added in 2016, Cierge de Lune and Grenadille D'Afrique. Both are outstanding, but Cierge de Lune was my favorite. You can check out my review here.


Tom Ford


It's no secret that Tom Ford is one of my favorite perfume lines.  As much as I would love to rave about all of his releases, that was not the case in 2016. My disappointments were Ombre Leather 16  (my review is here) and Soleil Blanc (my review is here). Highlights for me were Orchid Soleil, (what Soleil Blanc should have been, my review is here), Neroli Portofino Forte (my review is here), and I absolutely loved the Vert Collection. My review of Vert D'Encens is here, but ultimately it was Vert Des Bois that was my favorite.




Designer Fragrances For Women


1.
La Femme Prada
2. Elizabeth and James Bourbon
3. Hermes Galop d'Hermes
4. Thierry Mugler Angel Muse



Designer Fragrance For Men

1. Salvatore Ferregamo Uomo
(My review is here)
2. Thierry Mugler Pure Tonka
3. Giorgio Armani Code Profumo
4. Prada L'Homme Prada
5. John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider
6. Carven L'Eau Intense
(My review is here)
7. Valentino Uomo Intense
8. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Essence de Parfum








Cecile Zarokian Parfumeur


Ms. Zarokian has had a stellar year, ending in being named Perfumer of The Year by Colognoisseur. I could not agree more. Since 2009 she has created 33 perfumes for many houses, including Amouage, Jovoy Paris, Masque Milano and many more. There were 2 perfumes created by her in 2016 that I absolutely adored.




Jacques Fath Green Water from 1947 was modernized by Cecile Zarokian. A wonderful old school cologne with a mega does of neroli, that is completely refreshing to wear.  She also created 3 new perfumes for Fath's Essentials that are all well done. You can watch my review here.




Sheiduna for Puredistance. A very modern and luxurious Oriental Spicy perfume, that is just glorious. Spices and incense that envelop the wearer with a dry and long lasting scent cloud. Definitively one of my favorite releases of the year.




I had the honor of interviewing Ms. Zarokian. You can watch it here.


Biggest Surprise


Men's grooming company 18.21 Man Made released their first fragrance called Sweet Tobacco Spirits. It was absolutely amazing! Booze and tobacco that is niche quality for under $100. You can check out my review with guests Redolessence, Cascade Scents, and Simply Put Scents here.

In Closing



Boy from Les Exclusifs de Chanel, was not a love at first sniff. It took up to 4 different trials for it to finally grow on me. It's not that it wasn't a good fragrance, it just didn't knock my socks off. When you smell so many different fragrances, this can happen at times. Has it ever happened to you? Check out my review with Steven of Redolessence here.

2016 Honorable Mentions: Memo Paris Russian Leather, Guerlain Ambre Eternel (my review here), Amouage Bracken Man (my review here), Amouage Lilac Love (my review here), Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir, Serge Lutens Baptume du Feu, Heeley Eau Sacree (my review here) Sospiro Ouverture (my review here), and Loewe 001 Man. I will be reviewing some of these in 2017.


Well that's all I have for 2016. I hope you enjoyed. Remember, perfume is subjective, so wear what you love and works for YOU.







Ring In 2017 GIVEAWAY

1. Courtesy of  Nishane

50 ml bottle of Fan Your Flames (worldwide)

2. Courtesy of  Aroma M Perfumes

Vanilla Hinoki 10ml roll-on (US only)

3. Courtesy of  Arquiste

2 sample sets (5ml each) of El & Ella (US only)

4. Courtesy of Neela Vermeire Creations

2 sample sets of Rahele with a Limoges ceramic logo (2 winners)

5. Courtesy of Eric Buterbaugh Florals

100ml bottle of Kingston Osmanthus (US only)

6. Courtesy of Kemi

100ml bottle of Aurum (worldwide)

7. Courtesy of DSH Perfumes

Dram minis of  Chinchilla and Kaleidoscope (1 winner worldwide)

8, Courtesy of Aedes De Venustas

Grenadille D'Afrique 100ml bottle (US only)

9. Courtesy of PK Perfumes

1 oz bottle of Starry Starry Night (worldwide)

10. Courtesy of Zoologist Perfumes

Civet 60ml bottle (North America only)

11. Courtesy of The Different Company

Adjatay 10ml travel spray (US only)

12. Courtesy of SAUF

Contre Bombarde 32 50ml bottle (US and Europe only)

13. Courtesy of Hendley Perfumes

Amora 7ml travel spray (worldwide)

14. Courtesy of Twisted Lily

$30 Twisted Lily gift card. (must be used on an order of $60 or more, cannot be applied towards shipping or tax, or combined with any other offers)

15. Courtesy of Phlur


Winners choice of any 50ml bottle from their collection (US only)

16. Courtesy of Jul et Mad

Secrets du Paradis Rouge 7ml  Nomad Spray

17. Courtesy of Parfums Quartana

2 Les Potions Fatales full line samples sets


To enter this giveaway you will have to subscribe to BFL on YouTube here, and then leave ONLY ONE comment down below of YOUR favorite perfume release of 2016 and you MUST comment where you reside. Second chance to enter is to LIKE BFL on Facebook here, and extra entry by leaving a holiday or festive pic of yourself on the Ring in 2017 Giveaway thread on my Facebook page. Winners will be chosen by random.org. Good Luck!

My love to all of you and hoping you have a happy, healthy, and of course fragrant 2017.

216 comments:

  1. Carlos, what an excellent giveaway..My favorite release is a tie..The two new Masque Milano fragrances, Romanza and L'Attesa. Even though Romanza was introduced last year, it was released this year!! Happy New Year to all!!

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  2. My favorite releases for 2016 AT Au Coeur du Desert, Hiram Green Arbole Arbole and the Sauf Contre Bombarde 32. However there are several mentioned on your list I have never even tried, like the Nishane Fan your Flames, the notes sound fantastic. It is funny you mention Chanel Boys...I sort of ignored the release of that one and then had the chance to buy a 12ml bottle and must say I actually like it a lot. Happy New Year Carlos...its always fun to watch your reviews :)

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  3. My favorite release of 2016 would have to be Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera, havent heard many people talk about it but it is a great new tobacco scent that is not overpowering. Would love a review. Currently living in the USA!!!

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  4. Levandes Trianon by Lancome. Excellent review and video. I'm in California.

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  5. I enjoyed reading all of your choices Carlos! My favorites for 2016 were Jo Malone Garden collection: Sorrel and lemon thyme, Hermes Rhubarb and the neroli dore. And Amouage Bracken man and Lilac love.
    I live in the USA in Ohio.

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  6. I live in the U.S. and my faves this year were Romanza Albatross and Ostara. I love reading or watching your reviews. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  7. thank you so much Carlos and Happy New Year. The new release that blew my socks off and captivated me the most was the sexy, gorgeous, animalic, sweet, woody Kemi by Kemi Blending Magic.

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    1. Thanks for the chance, doll! Angel Muse was by favorite! Not niche, but special. Chicago USA here.
      - Kelly Tudor

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  8. Best perfume release for me for 2016 is Winter Nights by Daesin. San Diego here

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  9. What a fabiulous article (which I'm keeping for reference btw) and giveaway! My favorite release for 2016 was Dusita's Isaara. I have a soft spot for fougeres, having studied them a couple years ago with Ayala Moriel, and that opening! The dry down! Bliss.
    P.S. Residing in dairy country, western Wisconsin.

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  10. My favorite release this year has been Au Coeur du Desert. I had a feeling even before I checked the entire article that Ferragamo Uomo would def. have made the list and there it was. I am in the US.

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  11. Happy New year Carlos! Awesome giveaway. I have sniffed the Au Coeur du Desertd and loved it also. I'm in the US...Ohio! Cheers!

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  12. Great list Carlos! There are so many id like to try. My favorites from 2016 are L'Attesa and No.5 L'Eau.
    I'm in Taipei, Taiwan

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  13. Haapy New Year Carlos! 2016, wow what a year. My favorites for the year include Chanel Boy, Amouage Lilac Love, Zoologist Civet, L'Attesa, and many more actually. But those stand out. In WA state. xoxo

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  14. My favorite release of 2016 is L'Attesa. Wishing you all a great, peaceful and healthy 2016. Ohio

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  15. My favorite release of 2016 was clearly Guerlain Homme Idéal EDP. Happy new year to everyone reading this. I'm in Kentucky USA.

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  16. Happy New Year!!! Sheiduna is the best release for me. I live in france

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  17. My favorite so far has been Olmstad and Vaux from Phlur. I love their entire line. I'm in TX. Thanks, Carlos!

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  18. My favorite new fragrance is Masque Romanza. That lovely narcissus note sends me into spring fields of yellow. Happy New Years from CT.

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  19. Happy New Year Carlos!my favorite fragrance for 2016 was the one EDP,California

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  20. Great Article. On my want list for new to 2016, would have to be Aroma M, as I adore the Geisha Noire. My admiration of 2016 (new to me) would have to be Angelqie Noir. Great list. Thanks for the chance at one these beauties! Have a wonderful New Year!
    I'm in Florida, USA

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  21. My favorite fragrance is inscence from kilian,and full inscence from montale

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  22. My favorite release of 2016 Uomo by Salvatore Ferragamo. I am in Ohio, USA.
    Hope you have a great 2017, Carlos!

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  23. Thank you so much Carlos and Happy New Year. My favorite fragrance for 2016 was Aurum Kemi Blending Magic. I live in Brazil

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  24. Happy new year Carlos ... Have to say 1821 Sweet tobacco and TF Ombre Leather 16. Like the opening much better than on TL ... Texas

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  25. My favorite fragrance for 2016 was SF Uomo! Cali resident here, many thanks Carlos

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  26. Best one I like was winter nights.Thanks for reviewing that one. I would love to get Aurum it sounded great from your review of it.
    Have a blast this new year and cheers to lots of new sniffing this year.
    In US.

    This is Sudi from YouTube.

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  27. So many amazing fragrances in 2016! My favorite is Chanl Boy. Happy Holidays! (I live in Europe)

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  28. My favorite release was Winter Nights! I missed out on getting a full bottle as they were sold out everywhere :(. I love the original "Winter" fragrance too. I reside in Columbus, Ohio =).

    This is TheCriticalVirgo from YouTube.

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  29. Wow, what an awesome way to end the year!! I spent a lot of this year catching up on not-new-stuff, but I enjoyed my samples/decants of at least a few new releases:

    Atelier Clementine California
    Auphorie Elfen Spring
    Kerosene Follow
    Tauer ACdD

    I am in Nevada! Thanks for the chance. <3

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  30. Best release of the year for me was DUA Mobster and Slow Explosions by Imaginary authors.
    Cant wait to try Kemi though.
    Saludos desde Arizona and happy new year ������!

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  31. Hi Carlos!! Happy new year to you and lovelies Jean et Claude
    I had several favorites this year but the most special one to me was Orchid Soleil
    Thanks for the chance

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  32. My favourite release MFK Grand soir. I love it so much that I guess I will get it sometime in 2017. Great post on ur 2016 fragrance journey ;)I live in Europe ( Poland)

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  33. I don't know that I own any that were released specifically in 2016, but my favorite fragrance that I received this year would probably be Jaipur Homme by Boucheron.. and my scent of the night, Midnight In Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Have a wonderful 2017! (Tennessee, USA)

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  34. Happy holidays to all. My favorite release was Issara by Dusita. I was fortunate to purchase a partial bottle and I can't get enough of it. Hope everyone has a safe and great New Year from TN. Thanks again for all the great reviews Carlos.

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  35. Civet and Amora were instant loves and purchases. Lubin Kismet, Masque Romanza, Zoologist Maquac and Nightingale are big favorites as well. I am in the US.

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  36. Wow. Great read. Hands down my favorite reviewer. Thank you for all your hard work. Looking forward to 2017. My favorite release of 2016
    was tom ford vert d'encense 😎WI USA

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  37. Carlos~!!! Happiest New Year!!!! I'm here in NEW YAWK NEW YAWK and I also wanna pay homage to the lovely FERRAGAMO UOMO my favorite of 2016!!!! Thank for the great reviews and exciting draw - have fun tonight!! xo

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  38. Hey Carlos! What an awesome giveaway! My favorites this year were definitely discovering the House of Matriarch line! In keeping with a2016 release, Kazimi is utterly beautiful, and has become one of my all time favorite rose scents. ♡ Zoologist Nightingale has easily become a favorite as well! Still need to try quite a few 2016 releases (Dasein Winter Nights, Hendley perfumes, Masque Milano L'attesa, and many more! ) Hope you have an amazing New Year! It's Foreverfragrantkid(youtube), and I'm here in CT.

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  39. My fav was CK eternity summer 2016 edition. Cali here. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. My favorite release is Valentino Uomo Intense.

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  41. My favorite of 2016 is Valentino Uomo Intense. Since I live in Florida I like my fragrances with a nice kick but wearable.

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  42. Hmmmmm my favorite release in 2016 would have to be armani code profumo. Love the sweetness and dimension. Good for the fall and winter comming up in sydney australia. Enjoy the celebrations look forward to to more reviews in 2017 :)

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  43. my favourite release wuld probably be grand soir by MFK :)

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  44. My favorite release of 2016 would hae to be Zoologist Humingbird! This is an awesome giveaway! Have a Happy New Year!
    Youtube name: tooka81

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  45. my favorite was Angel Muse. I live in Brighton, UK

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  46. What an amazing giveaway Carlos and that Fan Your Flames by Nishane sounds to die for! MFK's Grand Soir was definitely my favorite release. Long Island, NY over here :D

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  47. Happy New Year Carlos!my favorite fragrance for 2016 was the one EDP,California

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  48. I am loving Montale Starry Nights. Great performance. North Carolina.

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  49. My favorite Nasomatto's Baronda. I love it and when I wear it people around me love it too. Lasts on me also,so that's always a plus. Wishing you much love and success in 2017.I live in Ohio,USA.

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  50. My favorite release of 2016 would have to be Giorgio Armani Code Profumo. I love how sweet it is along with the number of complements I get when I wear it.

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  51. Happy New year to Everyone..My Favorite release of 2016 Is Mr. Burberry. Chicago IL

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  52. Happy New Year, Carlos! My favorite new fragrance of the year that isn't on your list is Ex Nihilo Devil Tender. I usually am not attracted to sweet fragrances but their is a warm leathery base in their that keeps my fascinated. I'm in Brooklyn, too!

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  53. From what I smelled from 2016, I loved Moab by Phlur and Angel Muse. I live in CA

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  54. My fave release this year is Slow Explosions by Imaginary Authors. Currently residing in Singapore.

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  55. best 2016 release neroli portifino forte

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    1. best 2016 release neroli portifino forte
      (forgot to mention where from so posted again)
      canada

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  56. Parfums de Marly Layton excellent one for 2016 . Happy new year from Romania.

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  57. My favorite for 2016 is Russian Leather...Greetings and Happy New Year from Texas

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  58. Awesome giveaway, been watching you and been subscribed to your channel for a lot of time now. My fav release of 2016, one that I have bought and tested, Paco Rabanne 1 Million Prive.

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  59. Hey Carlos! What a great giveaway!

    My favorite release is Issara. I truly love it.

    I live in The Netherlands.

    Hans Jager

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  60. Carlos, your perfume choices for the Year 2016 is Awesome. My favorite for the Year 2016 is JoAnne Bassett The Sacred Elixir Collection, Hendley Perfumes Tama, Sospiro Adagio, Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady, Puredistance M, PdM Herod, Zoologist Beaver and Slumberhouse Jeke.
    Thanks for the draw, count me in please & giving my relative address of New York, UD

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  61. Awesome giveaway, been watching you and been subscribed to your channel for a lot of time now. My fav release of 2016, one that I have bought and tested, Paco Rabanne 1 Million Prive. I am from Romania (I have a post but I forgot to mention the place I am from).

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  62. My favorite release is Armani Code Profumo. Its is a wonderful flanker

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  63. My favorite release is Layton

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  64. I found you a couple of months ago on YT and feel in love with your passion. Keep it up brother we live watching you do your thing! My favorite 2016 release is Salvatore Ferregamo Uomo.

    My location is Tulsa, OK (Okievape@gmail.com)

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  65. Happy New Year Carlos!! This is Iceburg0032 from youtube..My favorite fragrance from 2016 is Montales Oudmazing I love that sweet,fruity, floral scent..I live in Yakima Washington..if I were to win a prize from the giveaway I would love to have a bottle of Kemi because I really want to own a bottle from that house seems like a really intriguing line of fragrances.Heres to a great 2017!!Cheers

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  66. Winter Nights! Saint Paul, MN
    Judd H

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  67. Hey Carlos!! Happy new years!! My favorite this year was valentino uomo intense :)

    Greetings from Houston, TX!

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  68. Best wishes for 2017! I also very much loved Parfums Dusita Issara, and felt it was the standout of her initial trio. Pissara is such a gracious, down to earth designer, I look forward to trying her new offerings soon, especially LDdS. :) I live in the USA.

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  69. Thanks for the generous give away! My favorite was Zadig & Voltaire This is Her! Italy

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  70. Hello Carlos. Thanks for what you do for the community. My favorite 2016 release is Armani Code Profumo :-) -Slade - Chicago, IL

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  71. Tom Ford - Ombré Leather 16. Also my signature this winter season. Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  72. My favorite fragrance unfortunately didn't make a huge splash but i found it a great release. It was Loewe 001 Man by Loewe. It had a lovely iris which instantly reminded me of Dior Homme (always a good thhing in my opinion). Hope you get your nose on it soon. Greetings from Germany

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  73. My favorite perfume release of 2016 is...Armani Code Profumo.

    I'm from Hawthorne, California.

    Thank you! Have a great year Carlos!!!

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  74. Hi Carlos, wish you a happy 2017 full of good things, my favourite frag for 2016 pure tonka, winter nights and Uomo by Ferragamo, greetings from Houston,TX.

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  75. Happy New Year from Michigan Carlos! What a marvelous list for 2016. The ones I fell in love with that I was able to try were Viktor & Rolf Bonbon, and Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer.

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  76. Fav frag in 2016 is Armani Code Profumo. And happy new year from Dubai UAE.

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  77. Hi Carlos! My favorite release this year was Valentino Uomo Intense and Slow Explosions! Thanks for all you do for the community! Love your Channel. I reside in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks again.

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  78. Happy new year Carlos. My favorite perfume release of 2016 was Dunhill Icon. I live in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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  79. Hello Carlos! My favorite release should be Wolfsbane by Parfums Quartana, i love this one! Greetings from Germany!

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  80. Valentino Uomo Intense
    Reside in the Netherlands.

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  81. I haven't been able to test out new releases but I was able to smell Uomo by Salvatore Ferragamo and it was probably one of the best coffee smelling fragrance I've ever smelled.
    ~ from Canada

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  82. Happy New Years! For me Phlur's Hepcat. Wisconsin

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  83. My favorite is the Salvatore uomo as well. Thanks for the videos. Happy new year. Can't wait for the new fragrances this year

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  84. What a lovely giveaway, Carlos. I didn't get to sniff many new things this year, but I got a bottle of Stash by SJP. I would love to try all your favorites! I'm in northern Maine.

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  85. We have similar taste. I love love incense, iris and tobacco.I don't think I tried any new releases this year. Or, I didn't know they were new. The one I am dying to try is Tauer's Coeur.

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  86. Happy New Year Carlos!!! I love La Femme Prada it smell so good. Queens, NY

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  87. My favorite one was for sure Salvatore Ferregamo Uomo. Such a lovely sweet fragrance, incredible!!! Wish you all the best for 2017 Carlos, take care of you! :)

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  88. Happy Holidays Carlos! My favorite release is Chanel Boy. Thanks for the giveaway! I live in Europe

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  89. My favorite release of 2016 is chanel coromondel Eau de parfum. Greetings from France.

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  90. Happy new year 2017 my friend.

    My favorite release of 2016 is "la Douceur de Siam" from Parfums Dusita.

    Greetings from France

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  91. Love the new "Black Pepper" by CDG for sure my fav of 2016. Happy New Year from the USA

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  92. My favourite reléase of 2016 is Melodie de L'amour of Dusita and La douceur de Siam (but officially reléase is in 2017), Sex and the Sea of Francesca Bianchi and I haven't tried yet but I'm sure Civet and Rahele will be on my favourite list once I try them! I live in Europe, Spain.

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  93. Hi, Carlos!
    I loved Au Coeur Du Desert, Slow Explosions, and Baraonda. Cheers, and Happy New Year from Portland, Oregon!

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  94. What a fabulous giveaway opportunity, thanks to you and all contributors! I'm in the US Midwest and my favorites from 2016 were DSH Chinchilla, Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions, Zoologist Nightingale and Angel Muse.

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  96. Hey carlos happy new year bro !! ...gucci intense oud,million prive best 2016 Designer

    canada

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  97. So many great fragrances in 2016! My favorite was Au Coeur du Desert. Thank you Carlos for the great reviews!
    USA here

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  98. Some great choices here, some of my fav releases of 2016 as well! Currently yearning for full bottles of Fan Your Flames, L'attesa, Au Coeur du Desert, and Eau Sacree, amongst others. In time my pretties, in time!
    Happy New Year Carlos, and thanks for another great draw! Brooklyn in da house! ;D

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  99. Happy New Year! Angel Muse is my favorite perfume release.
    I live in France.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  100. My FAVORITE RELEASE WAS Uomo Intense.
    I live in Brazil.
    Happy New year

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  101. My favorite release of 2016 was Slow Explosions. USA.

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  102. Happy new year Carlos! My favorite release of this past year was Layton by Parfums de Marly. I live in the United States

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  103. Hi Carlos. I think 1 Million Prive is the fragrance I enjoyed the most from 2016. Thanks for the giveaway. I live in US.

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  104. I love your youtube channel. You are very talented. Thaank you for bringing us so much content this past year. Armani Code Profumo is my choice as the best from last year.

    All the best from this very same country of the United States.

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  105. I remember smelling Adjatay, from The Different Company and falling in love with it. That has to be my favorite release of the year.

    I wish you a very happy 2017. Your interviews are great!

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  106. Oh, this is easy. Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer is by far the best fragrance released in 2016. No question! Andy created a work of art here.

    I'm in FL.

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  107. I bought a bottle of 18.21 Man Made Sweet Tobacco from someone because I was told it smelled like Pure Havane. I think it smells even better yet. That is the best fragrance from 2016 for me.

    I live in the US of A.

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  108. So many great fragrances released last year. I enjoyed smelling many of them, of them all, Pure Tonka by Thierry Mugler was the one I enjoyed the most. I cannot wait for their new flanker next year.

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  109. Dark Rebel Rider from JV was the best fragrance of 2016 in my opinion. It improved over the original Dark Rebel.
    What an epic giveaway Carlos. You are the best!

    USA here.

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  110. I recently received a bottle of Pineapple Vintage and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I have many fragrances in my collection but from this past year, I would choose that one. Really bright pineapple note.
    I am in Florida.

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  111. I will choose Boy from Chanel as the best perfume released last year. I am in the US. Thank you for doing this.

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  113. Great work and effort you put in this year and the most catchy tunes in all of fragcom.. Your channel is the only one that actually gets me to hum or sing when I hear the opening lol. My favorite releases this year... I am not really sure.. I also enjoyed Uomo, and enjoyed pure tonka..

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  115. Fave from 2016 would have to be Cartier's l'Envol. I live in Illinois, USA.

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  116. my favorite was Valentino Uomo Intense. I reside in the United States and in Maryland

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  117. Galop Hermes Happy New Year from Romania.

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  118. Hey Carlos, Happy New Year. My favorite fragrance released in 2016 was Dasein Winter Nights I live in Florida.

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  119. One Million Prive was a hit for me!! Happy new year Carlos!

    I live in Canada.

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  120. As a fan of Thierry Mugler my favorite release was Pure Tonka.

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  121. I own many Ferragamo fragrances, this past year's release UOMO made me very happy. To me that is the best of the year.

    Have a wonderful new year Brooklyn Fragrance Lover!

    I live in the United States.

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  122. What a very detailed article this was. Such a blast! My favorite release of the year is Greylocke from Phlur. There really isn't anything bad from this collection.

    location: USA

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  123. Happy New Year from United States of America! My favorite cologne from this previous year was 1 Million Prive by Paco Rabanne. Such an improvement over the original!

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  124. Happy New Year, although Armani code profumo was in my opinion the best release of 2016, invictus aqua and valentino uomo intense were also fierce competitor

    I live in the UK

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  125. I'd say my favourite release of 2016 is Pure Tonka by the beloved house of Thierry Mugler.
    Cheers from Germany :)

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  126. I was out of the loop to most of 2016 with health problems financial ones and my seventy year old mom broke her leg in July, so I didn't really get out or have a lot of capital to invest in scents.

    The one that did wow me the most (best scent, best bang for the buck etc) was SJP Stash. For under fifty dollars I got a 30 ml EDP a body crème and oil roller of a boozy rich incense scent that smells and preforms like a niche scent...and it's a mainstream celebuscent!

    To me that's the One. Thanks C, great giveaways and I'm finally subscribed to BFL lol *hugs*

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  127. Happy New Year Carlos!!! Hermes Galop is my favorite release for 2016. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Illinois,US

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  128. I love zoologist Nightingale
    Beautiful
    Love the past year on your channel. Can't wait to see what's coming in 2017
    It's me Stanleydragonjr I don't know if it came through as that
    I live in NY

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  129. Nobile 1942, Sandalo Nobile. I'm a sucker for sandalwood and this one really is an optimal sandalscent, I love it! (And I love it in Sweden ;) kr

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  130. My favorite release was Osswald NYC No. 2, US citizen state: PA

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  131. Neroli Portofino Forte was my favorite. Thanks for the generosity!
    I live in Spain

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  132. Wow what an epic giveaway! You've outdone yourself Carlos...and about everyone else:) Wish you the best 2017. My favorite release that Ive tried was probably either PDM Layton or TF Vert de Bois. I know its not coming out til this year but i got to try Noir Aphrodisiaque By Killian and that might be in the running:) I live in UT, USA.
    Cheers Carlos:)

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  133. My favorite release is Valentino Uomo Intense.

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  134. I'm in love with Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions
    Happy new year for everyone!
    USA

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  135. Myths Man is my favorite Amouage so for me the best release of 2016.

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  136. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Forte was my favorite. Thanks for the generosity!
    From California

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  137. My favorite of 2016 Au Coeur du Desert by Andy Tauer.

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  138. Happy New Year Carlos!my favorite fragrance for 2016 was Aventus for Her,California

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  140. Happy New Year Carlos!!! Layton by Parfums de Marly is my favorite release for 2016. Thank you for the giveaway!
    U.S

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  141. Great list Carlos! There are so many fragrances to try. My favorites from 2016 is Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo.
    Florida

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  142. Designer: Thierry Mugler by Pure Tonka
    Niche: Amouage by Bracken Man
    Indie: Imaginary Authors by Slow Explosions

    California

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  143. I live in the U.S. and my faves this year was Kerosene Follow. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  144. Hey Carlos.

    By far, my favorite release - Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Grand Soir!!!

    Texas

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  145. I've no tried many fragrances in 2016 but my favorite was Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Popey Eau Fraiche

    Los Angeles, California.

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  146. I've no tried many fragrances in 2016 but my favorite was Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Popey Eau Fraiche

    Los Angeles, California.

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  148. One Million Prive and Code Profumo!! Happy new year Carlos!

    I live in the USA.

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  149. My favorite release of 2016 would have to be Nasomatto Baraonda, just a few people are talking about it but it is a great realease for sure. Would love a review.

    NJ

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  150. Best perfume release for me in 2016 was Kemi Aurum. Santa Monica, CA

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  151. Tom Ford has release many fragrances this year but my favorite was Vert Des Bois. The best of the year and best Tom Ford release since Tobacco Vanille and Tuscan Leather.

    USA

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  152. Thierry Mugler Angel Muse is my favorite. Thanks Carlos!
    I live in the U.S.

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  153. From what I smelled from 2016, I loved Demeter Caipirinha and Olfactive Studio Close Up . I live in NY

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  154. Memo Russian Leather!!!!!!! Excellent giveaway Carlos. I'm in California.

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  155. My favorite release this year has been Oudmazing by my favorite house Montale. You did awesome reviews and giveaways this past year. Keep doing this great job. I am in the US.

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  156. My favorite new fragrance is Prada L'Homme. That lovely combination of iris, geranium and amber note. Happy New Years from Colorado.

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  157. My favorite 2016 release was Stash by Sarah Jessica Parker. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it, Carlos! It's a fabulous unisex fragrance!
    I am eager to try Aroma M Perfumes Vanilla Hinoki. I loved your YouTube review with the creator on the line.
    I live in the U.S. (New York)
    Happy New Year!

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  158. Happy New Year Carlos!!! I love Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir. It smell so fantastic. California

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  159. Amouage Bracken Man was my favorite release in 2016 by one of my favorite houses, and thank you Carlosfor the tremendous amount of work you put into the community! I reside is AZ.

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  160. Fan Your Flames by Nishane was my favorite. Delicious fragrances!
    USA

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  161. Hi Carlos! Happy new Year! Orchid Soleil was my favorite release. Thank you for the great give away!

    USA

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  162. Great channel, thanks for all of your awesome content! i'm from Columbia, SC and my favorite this year was also the Salvatore Ferregamo Uomo!

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  163. Thank you for your continued dedication to fragrances.
    I'm in NYC. My most memorable discovery was Hans's Amora. Very refreshing and unique

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  164. Thank you for the awesome year-end summary. It was a great read! My favorite this year that I actually bought was Penhaligon's Revenge of Lady Blanche. It is not my favorite perfume of all time, but it is a great summer scent.

    I am in Atlanta USA.

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  165. Happy new Year Carlos!
    My favorite niche was Parfums de Marly Layton!
    U.S.A

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  166. Hey Carlos! What a nice giveaway!
    My favorite release is Chanel Boy. I truly love with it.
    I live in the U.S.
    Happy new year

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  167. What a fabulous draw! Unfortunately I didn't get to smell most of the new releases - and especially few of the niche ones. Of the 2016 releases that did smell, Vert d'Encens (Tom Ford) and Orange Bitters (Jo Malone) were the joint winners :) I live in South Africa.

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  168. Best perfume release for me for 2016 is Masque L'Attesa. Miaimi, FL

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  169. Chanel Boy is the best release. Thank you Carlos for the reviews!!!
    I live in Europe.

    merichka.po@gmail.com

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  170. My favorite release is Giorgio Armani Code Profumo.

    USA

    THANKS!!!!!

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  171. One Million Privé is definitely my favorite of last year. California

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  172. thank you so much Carlos and Happy New Year.
    My vote is Jacques Fath Green Water

    I live in the U.S

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  173. Hello Carlos and Happy New Year! Angel Muse is my favorite. Thanks so much! USA

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  174. edmond eid (archX)January 6, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    thank you so much carlos !!
    happy new year !!
    i loved 1 million prive
    and second jean paul gaultier Le male essence
    havent tried ferragamo uomo though hopefully soon

    i live in lebanon

    CHEERS !

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  175. I'd vote to Sheiduna for Puredistance. I love this house.

    USA

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  176. Happy 2017!
    Great year for you Carlos and all your subscribers.
    Man it's very hard to select just one but I'm very impressed with Valentino Uomo Intense and Thierry Mugler Pure Tonka.

    From Chicago

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  177. Thierry Mugler Angel Muse is one of the best release for worman in 2016.

    I'm in the US
    Cheers!

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  178. Phlur Moab one of the best I ever smelled.

    USA

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  179. Happy New Year Carlos!my favorite fragrance for 2016 was Le Male Essence, California

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  180. Orchid Soleil is one of my favorite releases of 2016.
    Tom Ford is always a Tom Ford!

    From US

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  181. The fragrance that most called my attention this year was Nasomatto Baraonda, Illinois

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  182. What a very detailed article this was. My favorite release of the year is Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo. great releases this year.

    location: USA

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  183. I go with Aqua Regia by Kemi. Wonderful Woody Citrus fragrances
    Florida

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  184. L'Attesa composed by perfumer Luca Maffei is fantastic one.
    US subscriber

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  185. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. It was a great read! My favorite this year was Boy from Les Exclusifs de Chanel. It is a solid release by Chanel.

    I am in California USA.

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