By Fiona McKim
Scooping a Fragrance Foundation Award is no mean feat, but this is nothing short of amazing...
Known as the Oscars of the perfume world, the Fragrance Foundation Awards celebrate the crème de la crème of the perfume industry and this year's awards were no different.
Except actually, they were, because one of the top prizes Reader's Choice For Women, was scooped by Eve Duet EDP, a £16 scent by none other than Avon.
The perfume cleverly combines two separate fragrances to be worn alone or combined together. One half, Radiance, is a zippy fresh and fruity spritz, while the other, Sensual is deeper and sexier with rose, patchouli and peppercorns.
While the popularity of Eve Duet is no surprise (Avon sells one bottle of fragrance every 10 seconds in the UK) it is unusual to see a scent at this price beat it's shortlisted designer rivals Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Gucci to such a prestigious award.
Less surprisingly the Best New Female Fragrance Ultimate Launch award went to Chanel Gabrielle while other big winners for 2018 included Kenzo World, which scooped Best New Female Fragrance (commercial) and Tom Ford's sensational, if controversially monikered, F***ing Fabulous, for Best New Female Fragrance in Limited Distribution.
In the male categories, our Beauty Editor's favourite cult brand Byredo won for limited distribution with Velvet Haze, and Paco Rabanne Pure XS for commercial.
Visit The Fragrance Foundation to read the full list of prizes , and congratulations to all of the Fragrance Foundation Award winning scents from team W&H (but especially Avon, because we're ALL about those beauty bargains).
As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus)
Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism).
In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a features writer at publications including Junior and Prima Baby, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine, adores fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.
When not slathering herself in self tan or peering at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.
Come to think of it, the hot dinners and beauty products are probably about even.
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