Art and Olfaction Awards 2017 shortlist: the fragrant names you need to familiarise yourself with right now…

During last week’s Esxence fragrance exhibition in Milan, the shortlist for the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards was announced in a special presentation. Some of the partners and judges for the awards were there in person, to declare the good news for those breathlessly waiting to hear if they’d made the cut – anxiously watching the faces and hanging on every word of Luca Turin, Helder Suffenplan, Adam Eastwood and Franco Wright, Antonio Gardoni, Christophe Laudamiel and Saskia Wilson-Brown, we’re sure!

Celebrating independent, artisinal perfumery and those indie houses that really push the boundaries in exciting ways – we are excited to see names we know well and already admire greatly among some we’ve not yet had the pleasure of getting our hands (and noses!) on and will be following with great interest.
So, for those who weren’t able to make the presentation, here’s the list of those who will be gnawing their fingernails a little longer while they await the finals on May 6, at Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin…

ARTISAN CATEGORY

Baraonda
by Nasomatto (The Netherlands)
CD/ Perfumer: Alessandro Gualtieri
Bruise Violet
by Sixteen92 (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Claire Baxter
Ceremony
by Mirus Fine Fragrance (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Neal Peters
Fatih Sultan Mehmed
by Fort and Manlé Parfum (Australia)
CD/ Perfumer: Rasei Fort and Al Manlé
Limestone
by Thorn & Bloom (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Jennifer Botto
Liquorice Vetiver
by SP Parfums (Germany)
CD/ Perfumer: Sven Pritzkoleit
Mélodie de l’Amour
by Parfums Dusita (France)
CD/ Perfumer: Pissara Umavijani
Onycha
by DSH Perfumes (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Rosuerrier
by Pryn Parfum (Thailand)
CD/ Perfumer: Prin Lomros
Saffron
by Aether Arts Perfume (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Amber Jobin
Vanilla and the Sea
by Phoenix Botanicals (USA)
CD/ Perfumer: Irina Adam

INDEPENDENT CATEGORY
Absolue D’Osmanthe
by Perris Monte Carlo (Monaco)
CD: Gian Luca Perris / Perfumer: Jean Michel Santorini
Altruist
by J.F. Schwarzlose Berlin (Germany)
CD: Lutz Herrmann / Perfumer: Véronique Nyberg
Anti Anti
by Atelier PMP (Germany)
CD: Stefanie Mayr, Daniel Plettenberg / Perfumer: Mark Buxton, David Chieze
Belle de Jour
by Eris Parfums (USA)
CD: Barbara Herman / Perfumer: Antoine Lie
Civet
by Zoologist (Canada)
CD: Victor Wong / Perfumer: Shelley Waddington
Close Up
by Olfactive Studio (France)
CD: Céline Verleure / Perfumer: Annick Mennardo
Lankaran Forest
by Maria Candida Gentile Maitre Parfumeur (Italy)
CD/ Perfumer: Maria Candida Gentile Team
Maître Chausseur
by Extrait D’Atelier (Italy)
CD: Chiara Ronzani / Perfumer: Not Disclosed
Romanza
by Masque Milano (Italy)
CD: Alessandro Brun, Riccardo Tedeschi / Perfumer: Cristiano Canali
Fathom V
by BeauFort London (UK)
CD: Leo Crabtree / Perfumer: Julie Marlowe
Stones
by Atelier de Geste (USA)
CD: Beau Rhee / Perfumer: Irina Nesa

SADAKICHI AWARD
Is This Mankind
by Peter de Cupere (Belgium)
Perfumer: Various
Osmodrama Berlin / Smeller 2.0
by Wolfgang Georgsdorf (Germany)
Perfumer: Various
Paradise Paradoxe
by Elodie Pong (Switzerland)
Perfumer: Anonymous
Smell of Data
by Leanne Wijnsma (The Netherlands)
Perfumer: Leanne Wijnsma with ScentAir
The Feelies: Multisensory Storytelling – Amazon
by Grace Boyle (UK)
Perfumer: Nadjib Achaibou (Singapore)
 

We were thrilled to see the inclusion of proudly independent British brand, BeauFort London‘s Fathom V on the shortlist! A well deserved finalist, we have been raving about this fragrance since we first sniffed it. Humongously green – imagine a florist-shop filled with freshly snapped stalks, fat buds bursting and white flowers tied raggedly with twine – this would fill an entire fairytale palace with its otherworldly life-force, with echoes of roiling salty waves mercilessly crashing on rocks as lightning tears the sky assunder.
It’s awards season a-go-go in scent land at the moment, with the Perfumed Plume awards also just announced in the US (many congrats to Basenotes for their nominations!) and the prestigious annual British Fragrance Foundation Awards being judged right now. And oh boy, that’s an exciting list of names we absolutely cannot wait to see…
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Jasmine Awards 2017 – the shortlist is announced, and we have a HUGE number of reasons to be excited!

Originally created in France, The Jasmine Awards came to our shores in 1990. Considered ‘…the most prestigious journalistic awards in the beauty industry,’ The Fragrance Foundation describes them as having been set up in order to ‘recognise and reward the talents of journalists and visualisers whose difficult task it is to translate the complex art of perfumery into words and pictures.’ And though we might say so ourselves, that task is tricky, indeed, but one we apply ourselves to with sheer glee.
Held annually at BAFTA, for each year’s nominations a new panel of judges is recruited – with designers, fashion experts, professional writers and representatives of the publishing world and leading retailers all having their place. Chaired by an expert in the fragrance industry, Joanna Norman has spent nearly 30 years working in fragrance – and the panel read through hundreds of submissions before making their final decisions.
This year, with individual team members, The Scented Letter magazine and our website itself receiving such a plethora of nominations – well, as our editor and co-founder Jo Fairley put it…
‘Gosh golly gee bananas: I have some amazing news to share. My wonderful team at The Perfume Society has been nominated for an array of Jasmine Awards from The Fragrance Foundation today: three for Suzy Nightingale, one for Dariush Alavi/Persolaise for his Ace of Bases feature for The Scented Letter (other nominations in his own right), and one for our online ‘fragrance editor’ FR.eD, invented by my friend and business partner Lorna McKay. And – gulp – I seem to have been nominated five times… So, so thrilled for everyone on my team and other worthy nominees including Thomas Dunckley and Samantha Scriven. #proudeditor’
We are over the moon at being included in this shortlist, representing the very best of fragrance writing and photography today, and hope you will join us in congratulating all the brilliant nominees, below!
The Jasmine Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday March 15th 2017.
If you listen really carefully, that squealing sound…? That’s us, that is!

The Jasmine Awards 2017 Shortlist
LITERARY AWARD
Cosmopolitan: Can Your Scent Get You Laid? – Fiona Embleton
Good Housekeeping: Every Scent Tells a Tale – Joanne Harris
Stylist: Why You’ll hate Perfume When You’re Pregnant – Joanna McGarry
Woman & Home: Scentimental Journey – Jo Glanville Blackburn
You Magazine: From Bags to Bottles, LV Unveils The Ultimate It-spritz – Josephine Fairley
You Magazine: We Salute You, Miss Dior – Jopsephine Fairley
VISUAL AWARD
Cosmopolitan: How to Smell ‘Interesting’ – Ingeborg van Lotringen, Stuart Selmen
FS: What’s in Your Bottle? – Zoe Birdsall, Paul Frost
Harrods Magazine: A Perfume Paints a Thousand Words – Jan Masters, Roberto Greco & Jan Masters
Harrods Magazine: Scent of Place – Jan Masters, Benedict Morgan
How To Spend It: Spritz, Shoots and Leaves – Lucia van der Post, Ben Turner & Petrick Devilliers
Stylist: The New Keepsakes, Shannon Peter, Shannon Peter
CREATIVE VISUAL AWARD
Evening Standard Magazine: Floral Notes – Lily Worcester, Lily Worcester
FS: Small Wonders – Zoe Birdsall, Paul Frost
FS: Smell Like a Rock God – Chantelle, Horton, Paul Frost
Get The Gloss: The Art of Layering Your Scent – Ayesha Muttucumaru, Sarah McGinnis
Harrods Magazine: All of a Quiver – Jan Masters, David Newton, Barney Pichard & Rebecca Baio
Instyle: Is There Such Thing as a Feminist Scent? – Emily Dean, Lol Keegan
Stylist: Darling Buds – Fiona Embleton, Dennis Pederson
SOUNDBITE MAGAZINE AWARD
Grazia: Let’s Talk About Sex – Persolaise
Harrods Magazine: Midnight Garden – Jan Masters
Harrods Magazine: Scents of Place – Jan Masters
Hello! Fashion Monthly: Sunshine Scents – Becci Vallis
Red: Girls Who Like Boys – Annabel Meggeson
Tatler: Beauty Flash: Heady Days -Katie Thomas
SOUNDBITE NEWS PRESS AWARD
ES Magazine: Family Affair – Katie Service
Sunday Times Style: How 70’s is Your Scent – Persolaise
The Times: Real Men Wear Scent – Lesley Thomas
PRACTICAL GUIDE AWARD
Basenotes.net: The Top Ten Female Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Try – Claire Vukcevic
Basenotes.net: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Try -Claire Vukcevic
Cosmopolitan: How to Smell ‘Interesting’ – Ingeborg van Lotringen
The Pool: 5 Things to Know Before Buying Your Next Perfume – Elle Turner
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Chypre Thrills – Suzy Nightingale
You Magazine: If the Spritz fits… – Josephine Fairley
CUSTOMER/HOUSE MAGAZINE AWARD
Harrods Magazine: A Perfume Paints a Thousand Words – Jan Masters
Les Senteurs: The Wearing of the Green – James Craven
SCENTS Blog: #Team TPS tells you how to choose a fragrance for every date – Lauren Carbran
DIGITAL AWARD
Get The Gloss: The Art of Layering Your Scent – Ayesha Muttucumaru
GET THE GLOSS: Sense & Sensitivity: Can You Wear Perfume if You have Sensitive Skin? – Judy Johnson
It’s Me Anita B: Are Perfume Names Selling us Sexuality? – Anita Bhagwandas
Selfridges.com: The Beauty Insider: Shakespearean Scents – Rose Gallagher
telegraph.co.uk: Pear Fragrance: 8 of the best for Spring – Josephine Fairley
The Huffington Post UK: Tuberose Perfumes Could Be The Key To Attraction – Rosy Cherrington
The Pool: A Scent for Self Appreciation – Lizzie Ostrom
DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AWARD
Basenotes.net: On The Rocks: The Trend For Iced Accords – Eddie Bulliqi
FASHIONBEANS: What Your Fragrance Says About You – Lee Kynaston
iscentyouaday.com: Aftelier Momento Mori by Mandy Aftel (2016) – Samantha Scriven
KatieChutzpah.com – Acqua di Parma Colonia Sandalo (Exclusively at Harrods) – Karen Hendry (writing as Katie Chutzpah)
The Candy Perfume Boy: To The Power of Five – Thomas Dunckley
The Candy Perfume Boy: Six Scents to Put Hairs on Your Chest – Thomas Dunckley
The Perfume Society: FR.eD- Find Your Next Fragrance – Lorna McKay & Josephine Fairley
INDEPENDENT LITERARY AWARD
Basenotes.net: Ambergris: Myths, Truths & Half Truths – Claire Vukcevic
Basenotes.net: Scenting My Mental Illness – Laurin Taylor
The Scented Letter: Ace of Bases – Persolaise
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Galbanum- It’s not easy being green – Suzy Nightingale
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: Jasmine- Perfume’s Little Star – Josephine Fairley
The Scented Letter/ The Perfume Society: The Scented Sweater – Suzy Nightingale
INDEPENDENT SOUNDBITE AWARD
Basenotes.net: Cardamom Close- Up – Eddie Bulliqi
GET THE GLOSS: Scents We’d Like to Find in Our Christmas Stockings – Anna Hunter
KatieChutzpah.com: Juliette Has a Gun’s into The Void to Infinity and Beyond – Karen Hendry (Writing as Katie Chutzpah)
KatieChutzpah.com: Boy Chanel. Olivier Polge’s Latest Addition to Les Exclusifs – Karen Hendry (Writing as Katie Chutzpah)
Mine Magazine: Nude Awakening – Alice Du Parcq
persolaise.com: Super Scent: The Very Best of Etat Libre D’Orange – Persolaise
persolaise.com: Persolaise review: Galop D’Hermès – Persolaise
The Candy Perfume Boy: Eau so Masc- Thoughts on Gender in Perfume and The Rive Gauche Rebellion – Thomas Dunckley
RISING STAR AWARD
Ascento: Put A Lid On It – Sara Hesikova
FRAGRANTICA: Ice Cream In The Sun: The Solar Lactonic Thrust – Eddie Bulliqi
FS: Fragrance: What’s in a Memory? – Zoe Birdsall
Reveal: A Pocketful of Magic – Amber Ascroft
SCENTS blog: 2017: The Year of The Milk Notes – Lauren Carbran

Fragrance Foundation Awards: all the scents, winners and stars!

The 24th annual Fragrance Foundation Awards 2016 took place last night the garden-party themed Brewery in the City of London – and we had the very great pleasure of being there to see it all!

Hundreds of industry guests packed the venue in great anticipation for this prestigious event, so admirably hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky (who was also on this year’s judging panel for the Jasmine Awards). A host of celebrities including Callum Best, Oliver Cheshire, Sali Hughes, Jenny Packham, Laura Predalska, Lilah Parsons & were there to hand out the beautiful Lalique statuettes or simply to soak up the atmosphere and celebrate the incredible UK talent we should be so proud of in the perfume world. With a fabulous meal, Champagne flowing and entertainment provided by Kevin Simm – recent winner of BBC’s The Voice and ex member of Liberty X – it really was a night to remember, and that’s even before the awards were finally announced!

There were twenty award categories in all, with a great range of fragrance houses, both well established and newly emerging, being showcased – and to ALL the finalists in these hotly-contested and highly prized awards we send our heartfelt congratulations: it was an honour to be in a room with such diverse and equally inspiring brands and the hard-working people behind them.

Read on to find out who won a coveted Lalique Fragrance Foundation Award in each category…

Best New Female Print Campaign: Alaïa Paris

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Best New Male Print Campaign: John Varvatos Dark Rebel

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Best New Female Commercial Fragrance: Chanel Chance Eau Vive

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Best New Male Commercial Fragrance: Guerlain l’homme Ideal Eau De Cologne

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Best New Female Fragrance Design & Packaging: Alaïa Paris

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Best New Male Fragrance Design & Packaging: Alfred Dunhill Icon

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Best New Home Fragrance: By Kilian French Boudoir

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Best New Female Fragrance in Limited Distribution: Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino

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Best New Male Fragrance in Limited Distribution: Tom Ford Private Blend Venetian Bergamot

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Best New Independent Fragrance: The Perfume Garden India

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Perfume Extraordinaire: Armani Privé Sable d’Or

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Readers’ Choice Awards for Women: Leighton Denny Light & Dark Desire

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Men’s Health Magazine Readers’ Choice for Men: Dior Sauvage

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Best New Celebrity Fragrance: Rosie for Autograph Marks & Spencer

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Boots UK People’s Choice For Women: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Boots UK People’s Choice for Men: Paco Rabanne One Million

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Retailer of the Year: Harrods

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Best New Male Fragrance: Dior Sauvage

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Best New Female Frgrance Marc Jacobs Decadence

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Ultimate Launch Award: Dior Sauvage

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…Phew!

Once again, massive congratulations to all the amazing nominees who made it that far – it sounds a tad clichéd, but we swear we mean this: you’re all winners in our eyes; and to the Fragrance Foundation for organising another wonderful event that was so enjoyed by all who attended. We can’t wait to see who’ll be up for nominations next year…

Written by Suzy Nightingale

The Fragrance Foundation awards (aka ‘FiFis’) are tomorrow – and we can’t wait to be there!

We are thrilled to be attending ‘the Oscars of the perfume world’ tomorrow evening – The Fragrance Foundation Awards, aka the ‘FiFis’ – a prestigious ceremony in which the créme-de-la-créme of the fragrance world gather to celebrate and pay tribute to the very best newly emerging and already established brands out there.

Having won several Jasmine awards (had we mentioned?) this year for the our Scented Letter Magazine, we were kindly invited by The Fragrance Foundation to sit on the judging panel alongside other winners for two of the categories in 2016’s FiFi Awards, and the finalists who will nervously be await their fate are as follows…

Best New Independent Fragrance:

Coeur de Noir – BeauFort London

India – The Perfume Garden

Maxed Out – 4160 Tuesdays

Midnight in the Palace Garden – 4160 Tuesdays

Salome – Papillon Artisan Perfumes

Tea Tonique – Miller Harris

 

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Perfume Extraordinaire:

Floriental – Comme Des Garcons

Parfums de la Nuit No.1 – Roja Parfums

Royal Leather – By Kilian

Sable d’Or – Armani Privé

Salome – Papillon Artisan Perfumes

Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi – By Kilian

With so many incredible perfume houses up for awards in all manner of categories tomorrow evening, it makes you realise what a vibrant and exciting industry this really is – and how many incredible brands there are yet to explore. Indeed, we must admit it makes us glow with pride to be part of it all…

 Written by Suzy Nightingale

Jasmine Awards 2016 – the full list of winners, including… ta-dah!

The Fragrance Foundation’s Jasmine Awards are often called the ‘Oscars’ of the fragrance-writing world – held at BAFTA in Piccadilly, with Lalique statuettes polished and gleaming, Wednesday 16th March saw the gathering of excitedly chattering nominees shortlisted for 2016’s crop of awards. We have to say, the whole Perfume Society team was thrilled to be honoured with nominations this year – not merely for features we’d written online or published in our magazine The Scented Letter, but with fellow journalists also nominated for features they’d written about The Perfume Society.

What happened next? Well read on as we veritably squeal with excitement…

Presiding over the event were Chairman of The Fragrance Foundation – Annalise Fard, and Cecile Budge – Managing Director P&G Prestige & Chairman of The Jasmine Awards, said:

‘Congratulations to all the winners today. As always, the quality of the entries from both the finalists and the winners was very high. We saw great creativity throughout and pieces that truly inspire consumers to try and then buy fragrances.
We had entries from a wider range of publications and individuals this year, which is really encouraging to see. We also saw increased participation from retailers this year.’

The judging panel this year were industry expert Joanna Norman ‑ Chairman of the Judging panel, alongside Paula Hawkins – Author, Gill Hudson – Editor, Millie Mackintosh – Fashion Designer & Blogger, Natasha Kaplinsky – TV Presenter, Sanjay Vadera – CEO The Fragrance Shop, & Daphne Wright – Author.

Best Article in a Customer Magazine: The judges chose Deborah Bee & Jan Masters for ‘Birth of a Fragrance’ in Harrods Magazine.

Best Digital Article on Fragrance: The Perfume Society co-founder Josephine Fairley (hoorah!) was chosen to receive this prize – for ‘Perfume Notes: Smoke and Fire Fragrances’ published on the telegraph.co.uk.

Best Digital Fragrance Experience: went to Anna Hunter for ‘The Niche, Lesser Known Fragrance Brands You’re About to Fall in Love With’ on getthegloss.com.

Jasmine Independent Literary Award: This year went to our very own Suzy Nightingale for ‘What Does Wednesday Smell Like?’ in The Scented Letter.

Jasmine Independent Soundbite Award: A new category for this year was awarded to Persolaise for his article ‘Closer to Heaven’ in (yay!) The Scented Letter.

Jasmine Soundbite (news press): Journalist Edwina IngsChambers was awarded the prize for her piece ‘A Better Bottle’ in The Sunday Times Style.

Jasmine Soundbite (magazines): The judges agreed the prize should go to Sali Hughes for ‘It’s Backbone in a Bottle’ in Stylist.

Best Practical Guide to Fragrance: The judges decided that the Award should go to ‘How I Learned to Think Through My Nose’ (about our How To Improve Your Sense of Smell Workshops – huzzah!) by Kim Parker from Red.

Jasmine Visual Award: This category had some stunning visuals were original and eye-catching; the prize went to ‘Birth of a Fragrance’ from Harrods Magazine, Words by Jan Masters, Creative by Deborah Bee.

Most Creative Visual Award: This is for a stand‑alone piece with minimal words which stood the test of inspiring the reader by its visual impact. The judges found this a tough decision due to the high quality of entries, but it was decided that the prize should go to ‘The Forever Fragrances’ from marksandspencer.com, by Emma Robertson with the creative by Karen Davidson.

Jasmine Literary Award: Lucy Pavia for ‘What Does Pleasure Smell Like?’ from InStyle.

Jasmine Rising Star Award: Shannon Peterʹs ‘A Perfumer’s Business Card’ – Stylist Magazine.

Winners of the ‘Junior Jasmines’ – the Mighty Nose Awards – were utterly adorable, and their poems incredibly creative! This section of the awards was set up to challenge and inspire primary school children to write poems specifically about the sense of smell. The judging panel comprised of Richard E. Grant – Actor, Director & Chairman of the Judging Panel, Nicky Cox MBE – Editor of First News & Josh Lacey – Children’s Author.

Years 3 and 4 – First prize went to Isaac Littlewood from St Mary’s CE Primary School Edwinstowe, for his brilliantly funny poem – ‘The Smells Inside my Brother’s Room’. Runner up was Emily Wates for her poem ‘In My Dreams’ from Cranleigh Preparatory School.

Years 5 and 6 – First prize went to Tess Garrett for her excellent poem ‘The Smell Olympics’ from Bedford Girls School. Runner up was Anya Hemingway for her poem ‘Smells of a Summer Walk’ from Sheffield High School.

IMG_1322Truly, we have to keep pinching ourselves and aren’t quite sure it’s sunk in yet! Many, many sincere congratulations to ALL nominees – we were proud to be among you, and in a room full of such talent.

The winning articles are available to view on www.thejasmineawards.co.uk. The Mighty nose winning poems are available to view on http://www.martythemightynose.org