The 2012 Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards

In the global gold standard in beauty, only a handful of products are honored for having the year's best innovations. Discover the winners, which truly deliver on their promises of wrinkle-free skin, a glowing complexion, and a firmer body.

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    International Perfume Winners

    Chosen by a panel of MC editors

    Best Fragrance: CHANEL NO. 19 POUDRE EAU DE PARFUM, $115; chanel.com.
    Why we love it:
    If it was good enough for Coco, it's good enough for us: A new take on the classic rose, iris, and green blend created in 1971 by perfumer Henri Robert for the style icon herself.

    Best Concept: PRADA CANDY EAU DE PARFUM, $108; nordstrom.com.
    Why we love it:
    Leave it to the legendary fashion house to take the idea of a supersweet scent and make it cool, thanks to the unusual twist of mellow caramel and a musky dry-down.

    Best Bottle: BURBERRY BODY EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE, $115; burberry.com.
    Why we love it:
    Designer Christopher Bailey conjured up this elegant, sophisticated flute with the aim of creating an "iconic" bottle. Mission accomplished.

    Richard Pierce
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