Le Prix Eau Faux 2014 ~ and the winner is…

Le Prix Eau Faux 2014

A huge round of applause goes out to everyone who entered the contest, to the judges who helped pick the finalists, and to everyone who voted to help us pick the winner. And, of course, thank you to Twisted Lily for providing the prize, a $200 gift certificate, which goes to…

Dude d'Oud by Cowabunga Oud, submitted by songeuse. Congratulations songeuse!

The runner-up: Paroxsym by Faramond Métissier, submitted by psammead.

And the authors of the other entries were:

Pillar Fragrance Flanker by House Mad Libs, submitted by Marjorie Rose.

Picnic in the park by #imPr0v34, submitted by Jonas.

B Spoke Perfumery: True to the Individual, submitted by Prettykitty1 (who won the contest in 2012!)

Toner by Antiperfume, submitted by 50_Roses.

Ennui by Perfumista au Passé, submitted by mrsdarcy.

I will start posting the other entries next weekend!

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  1. Marjorie Rose says:

    Congrats songeuse! I woulda voted for you if I didn’t feel the need to vote for myself! ;) Do let us know what you get with your gift certificate!

  2. Jessica says:

    Congratulations to Songeuse and to all the finalists — and really, to everyone who submitted an entry. There were so many so-bad-it’s-good submissions this year. It was very difficult to choose just a few for the final round!

  3. lucasai says:

    Bravo! Applause for Songeuse!

  4. mrsdarcy says:

    Well done all! It was an honor to lose to the creator of Dude d’Oud Doux. See you in 2016! ;)

  5. C.H. says:

    Well done songeuse! Such a perfect skewering of the deep-rich-but-also-sporty oxymoron. With a brilliant list of notes. And “chillax”–I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

    Do tell us what you get at Twisted Lily!

  6. Holly says:

    Congratulations, songeuse! Congrats to psammead and the other finalists as well, and many thanks to everyone who took the time to participate and to the judges. I laughed my way through the week!

  7. nozknoz says:

    I love them all, and I’m not just saying that. I’m sure Marjorie Rose has uncovered the proprietary software algorithm behind mainstream perfumery and PR, that B Spoke Perfumery is only a matter of time, and 1000-ml bottles will be the next irritating excess. I’m also realizing there IS a place for that CdG fragrance with the strapping tape note, and afraid to see what an Etsy search for perfumes “bottled in objets trouveuse” will turn up. I’m both delighted and humbled by the perfection of “Dude d’Oud Doux,” “only tuberose forgives,” and other great writing. Congratulations to songeuse and psammed, and applause for all!

  8. kaos.geo says:

    Congrats! “Only Tuberose Forgives” goes to the history books ;-)

    And congrats to all the other finalists who made us laugh with their witty submissions. Looking forward to reading the rest of the entries! :-)

  9. 50_Roses says:

    This was a lot of fun! Robin, please feel free to post any or all of my entries, and everyone can see just how much fun I had ;). Is there any chance of making this an annual rather than biennial event?

    • Robin says:

      I will post them all, only probably not all at once…probably 3 chunks over the next 3 weekends. And gosh, I don’t think so! It’s fun but it’s probably more work than it looks like.

      • 50_Roses says:

        I can imagine–having to rank all the entries to choose the best, and trying to get 5 people to agree on the choices. I just thought I would ask.

        The problem with this contest is that now I really want to smell some of these faux pefumes. I seriously think some of them would be as good as or better than much of the real stuff out there.

        • Robin says:

          If we had to get 5 people to agree, I’d only do it once every 10 years!

          Everybody gets their 1st choice. After that, entries only make the cut if they’re chosen by more than one judge. It’s all very scientific and official. 8-O

          I would buy Ennui, definitely.

          • 50_Roses says:

            I wondered how you did it–getting a group of people to agree on anyhthing is nigh impossible. My family can argue for an hour or more about where to go for dinner. Still, having to select a personal 1st choice from all the entries must be difficult.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      50–Yours really cracked me up! I love the idea of scents that smell like the office so they can’t offend anyone! Great job!

      • 50_Roses says:

        I liked yours too–I seriously do think some of the people writing perfume copy must use some sort of fill-in-the-blank form and just change a few words here and there for each perfume.

  10. songeuse says:

    Thanks so much everyone! It was so much fun to be part of this and read all the entries; they were all so good! Looking forward to seeing more of them too. :)

  11. Suzy Q says:

    Congratulations to all the finalists. I had a very difficult time deciding which one to vote for. The NSTers are a talented bunch!

  12. donnie says:

    Praise for you smart people and thanks to the judges.
    The Dude: Pas pretentieux. Pas mal. And thanks, because “chillax” was in the NY Times crossword on 4-25.
    Pillar: Close to the (bone).
    Picnic: Bollocks! Give me the dent de lion!
    B Spoke: B Tween is so on-target that it felt familiar the moment I saw it.
    Faramond: Feral, yet French. You had me at unmusicality.
    Toner: Makes me feel sad, actually, which is I think what the nose intended.
    Ennui: To quote Michael Palin, “Je suis tres fatigue'”

  13. solanace says:

    Congratulations, Songeuse! dude d’Oud got my vote. :)

    • solanace says:

      The Doux version cracked me up. You are a poet.

  14. Oakland Fresca says:

    These were all a lot of fun, but I’m still chuckling over the “creation of single perfumes at single locations in single days using “found ingredients” only.” ! Thanks for long lasting laugh Jonas!

    • Jonas says:

      You’re welcome. It was fun writing this. Also, congratulations to Songeuse. Enjoy your prize.

  15. pkitty says:

    Congrats to Songeuse and the other finalists! I really enjoyed all the entries this year. I literally laughed out loud.

    Somewhere out there, an improbable partnership between Amouage and Abercrombie & Fitch may already be happening behind closed doors so that we can experience the wonder of surfer dude oud in real life. Wouldn’t that be grand? : )

    As far as office-friendly scents go, I feel that Gendarmes by Carriere really does smell like toner. And I read somewhere that Carriere is actually French for “career,” so perhaps there was some deliberate intent to make that an office-friendly scent.

    I look forward to reading more of the 2014 entries in the near future. They are so much fun!

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