Earlier this year, Bell Flavors and Fragrances Inc. released its annual "Top Ten Fragrances 2011," a prediction of this year's most popular fragrance notes.
The verdict is in, the most coveted notes for 2011 are earthy and smoky—fresh, yet rich. Darker, rustic scents give all fragrances a more masculine appeal than before, so expect more unisex fragrances to launch this year.
Jasmine Sambac—the hottest emerging note for 2011
White Patchouli—an emerging retro note with a modern twist
Rich Balsamic—a bold and indulgent note for emerging male lines
English Toffee—sweet accords inspired by the upcoming royal wedding
Caviar Luxe—caviar accord gives a luxurious trait to unique fragrance
Lime Cilantro Spice—traditions from the "Day of the Dead" reinvigorate authentic fragrance accords from emerging markets
Fir Needles—a modern natural accord
Brazilian Nut—inspired by the upcoming World Cup and Olympics in Brazil
Guaiacwood—the "tree of life", known as Palo Santo in Jamaica, brings rustic accords alive again