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Top of the Pops for 2010: CB I Hate Perfume In The Library and Mr. Hulot's Holiday

If you love the fruity florals, hey - no one's stopping you. Especially not us. But if you'd like to mix it up a little with some fragrances that are truly like nothing else out there - and that are beautiful, not merely weird - then we can't push you hard enough towards Christopher Brosius and CB I Hate Perfume, our smelliest choice for Top of the Pops 2010. Brosius has an amazing, synapse-rattling ability to recreate real-world scents (he was behind the the biggest achievements at Demeter Fragrance Library, before he left the company) and blends them into marvels like In The Library and Mr. Hulot's Holiday, named for the classic film ($60 each). The former recreates the comforting, sweetish aroma of an old book (leather, paper, and that grand mustiness) and the latter is a genuine marine perfume: a fresh breeze, seawater, and driftwood. Using the word "evocative" would be like telling Vermeer it was kind of a nice painting.

Note: We go for the full-sized spray bottles, but those who are really picky about application can get little bottles of perfume absolute for the same price.

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