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

Share your #ScentMemories with The Fragrance Foundation for National Fragrance Day

We do hope you’ll all be posting a #smellfie tomorrow as part of our celebration of the most important day in our perfumed calendar: National Fragrance Day. (For more info about how to post a #smellfie – and what you could win – click here.)
But we also encourage you to share a favourite smell memory with The Fragrance Foundation, the industry body which helps to educate fragrance consultants, journalists – and encourage appreciation of the sense of smell in a younger generation, with the Marty the Mighty Nose Awards for perfumed poetry in schools.
You can share this via Twitter and Instagram – but be sure to hashtag #scentmemories and use the handle @FragranceFDN_uk, so they can spot them. Perhaps talk about a perfume that’s meant a lot to you – or a smell that whisks you through time and space. Share a first fragrance ‘love’, or maybe the scent you wore for your wedding.
For more inspirations, there’s a website – scentmemories.org – which features many different individuals’ #ScentMemories, including those of novelists Jane Thynne and Veronica Henry, Sadie Frost and Leighton Denny along with many perfumers, entrepreneurs and other figures from the fragrance world. (The Perfume Society team’s own scented recollections are tucked away in the archives for 2016, too!)
Let’s make it a lovely fragrant day – in as many ways as possible!
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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

The Mighty Nose Awards are open: calling all smell lovers aged 7-11!

Marty the Mighty Nose is a cartoon character created by The Fragrance Foundation to encourage children aged 7-11 to be inspired and engaged through their sense of smell. Offering a website aimed at teachers, full of ideas to extend their pupil’s learning by focusing on the smelly world around them, and a series of free workshops for schools; perhaps the most exciting activity for kids to get involved with is the annual Mighty Nose Awards
Every year, The Fragrance Foundation invite pupils to submit smell-inspired creative writing for the chance to win fantastic prizes for themselves and for their schools. And entries for 2017 are now open!
The competition closes on December 16th 2016, so click here to download your entry pack and learn more.
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As the Fragrance Foundation explain: ‘Marty the Mighty Nose is supported by a team of people including teachers, and developed by the Fragrance Foundation UK. We are a not-for-profit educational organisation and all our members are in the fragrance industry, supporting Marty as a philanthropic initiative.’
Winners will be whisked to the glittering awards ceremony held at BAFTA next year, as part of the Jasmine Awards, before an audience of writers, fragrance professionals and press, who always receive them with rapturous applause. Truly inspiring, it’s wonderful to see kids explore and develop their sense of smell – and along with it their creativity (and humour!)
We adored hearing last year’s winning poems being read, and to get a sense of how brilliant they were, here’s one of our favourites from 2016…
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The Smells Inside My Brother’s Room

By Isaac Littlewood
St Mary’s CE Primary School, Year 3

The smells inside my brother’s room,
Just like his pants are deadly.
They lead me to my utter doom:
A very whiffy medley!

His slippers smell of nasty cheese
And the tang of onions (pickled).
Inside, his toes my nose displease
Especially when they’re tickled!

His bum smells like a rotten drum,
Full of ugly fleas.
It’s worse than getting badly stung
By a swarm of bees.

His armpits smell like cabbage leaves
Rotting at the dump.
Their pong you simply won’t believe
It’s like an evil trump.

Underneath his bed there lurks
A very hissy dragon
Who eats my brother’s hairy shirts
And smells enough to gag on!

So don’t go in that smellsome site
If you value your nose.
Your nostrils will be harmed for life.
His pongs are your greatest foes!

You can read all the winning entries and download the competition pack on Marty the Mighty Nose’s website.
marty_clothes1We know so many of our readers enjoy sniffing our Discovery Boxes with their children, and at several of our How to Improve Your Sense of Smell Workshops, people have come along with their kids, who have wholeheartedly thrown themselves into finding creative ways of describing smells. So, if your children are budding ‘noses’ or simply brimming with whiffy words, we urge you to enter them into the competition!
Written by Suzy Nightingale

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