Top 5 Fragrances from the Big Beauty Try-On 2012

For the fourth year in a row, we asked More’s Opinionista reader panel to become grooming guinea pigs, testing fall’s new fragrances, cosmetics and hair AND skin products (111 in all). Here, their top picks 

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Coach Poppy Blossom



Fruity, floral and woodsy: This new scent is hard to categorize, though testers seemed to agree that the overall effect was quite fresh, on the sweet side and appropriate for every day. Adjectives included “pleasant,” “nice and light” and “easy to wear.”One tester went so far as to spritz it on her sheets. “I sprayed it on my linens after washing them, and by night it had faded somewhat, leaving a just-strong-enough scent,” she said. 

Todd Huffman

Estee Lauder Pleasures Eau Fraiche



Although it shares many notes with Estée Lauder’s best-selling Pleasures, this new Eau Fraîche version of the popular fragrance is slightly cleaner smelling, as though the strong floral notes have been dialed down and the green notes amped up. Testers were universal in their praise, calling it fresh and “not overly sweet.”

Todd Huffman

Givenchy Eaudemoiselle De Givenchy



Rose-scented fragrances can be polarizing, but this elegant blend won more fans than detractors. Raves included “Felt appropriate for my age” and “Grownup but not old-smelling.” 

Todd Huffman

Jo Malone London Blackberry & Bay Cologne ($60-$110;

Crisp and tart, this scent was well liked by our testers. A few wished the fragrance had endured a little longer but said that was preferable to its coming on too strong.

Todd Huffman

Juliette Has a Gun Romantina



This new version of cult favorite Juliette Has a Gun is a floral—with an edge. And testers got that juxtaposition right away, with comments such as “Flowery yet masculine” and “Floral, spicy—and a little earthy.”  


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