2012 saw more than 600 new fragrances. This will only surprise you if you don't frequent beauty blogs, because it seems every day there's a scent being touted. (Nearly twice a day by the aforementioned figure!) These are the perfumes that broke through the crowd to grab our attention this year.
Lady Gaga Fame
The advanced buzz on this was ridiculous. An offhand, offbeat comment by Mother Monster had everyone surmising her fragrance would smell like blood and semen. Not so much. Turns out it contained belladonna, incense, apricot, honey drops and tiger orchidea. The hook is that it is black in the bottle, though it sprays clear.
Victoria's Secret Bombay Fantasy
This perfume is notable for costing $500,000. The bottle is encrusted with yellow and pink diamonds, sapphires, tsavorite, rubies, and a hand-carved butterfly, whose body is made from a 10-carat white diamond. The scent itself features passion fruit, peony, and vanilla orchid, with a dry down of musk, cashmeran, and oakmoss. Unsurprisingly, this is not available online.
Burberry Body in Baccarat Crystal Bottle
Downright affordable by contrast, Burberry Body in a Baccarat Crystal bottle is only $2,545. Only a limited number of bottles were made, and contain enhanced notes of rose, sandalwood, cashmere wood, vanilla, and musk from the regular Body fragrance.
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