Just a couple of years agao, we had the idea to celebrate the long-established National Fragrance Day by getting people to post selfies with their favourite fragrances, and calling them a #smellfie.
The idea was to celebrate the importance of fragrance by putting a face to what can sometimes be a closed industry, and more than that, to see YOU – the people who actually buy the perfumes – hear why they love them, what they really mean.
This year our #smellfie competition became an international perfume phenomenon – with people all over the world who joined in our campaign. And what a diverse group you were… with some dressing in specially made outfits or painting their faces to match their favourite scents; pets, children and family members getting involved and celebs including Richard E Grant and even Little Mix (gawd bless ’em!) all joining in.
We’re not ashamed to say we all got a bit teary at Perfume Society Towers when the #smellfie photos kept on pouring in.
Just search for the hashtag #smellfie on Instagram to see how many brilliant entries we had to choose from!
But we’d made a rod for own backs by saying we’d choose some favourites to award prizes to, didn’t we? And, though it has caused us much anguish having to choose at all, choose we must. So here are our finalists…
@jadainga99 is our overall (geddit?) winner who cleaned up (okay, we’ll stop now) and will receive a full year’s print subscription to our award-winning magazine, The Scented Letter, worth £80. Congrats!
The following five winners all receive a signed copy of The Perfume Bible…
So adorable, and we’d love to snuggle up with this perfume, too…
A veritable halo of scent from a fellow fragrance obsessive who just couldn’t pick one fave (we feel ya!)
Truly impressive makeup skills employed for this pretty in pink pic…
We were blown away with the elegant creativity of this paper-doll loving perfumista!
Beautifully shot, great selection, so much to love right here…
❤❤❤❤❤ Thank you SO much to everyone who took part – it means so much – we so loved seeing you share your favourite fragrances with us. And we simply cannot wait for next year’s #smellfie extravaganza. Let’s make sure it’s the most scent-sational year yet! ❤❤❤❤❤
Written by Suzy Nightingale
Three years ago we came up with an idea to celebrate National Fragrance Day that would bring the perfume industry and fragrance lovers together: the #smellfie. Simply put, it’s a “selfie” with scent, and each year has grown a little larger. But little did we know that this year, your combined #smellfie pictures would be streaming in by the thousands in an veritable avalanche of scented revelry!
Really the #smellfie-sharing is an extension of why we set up The Perfume Society in the first place – a mass merry-making that’s not only fun to take part in, but emphasises how important perfume is… the intense memories it can trigger, the moving stories behind people’s favourite fragrance choices and the sheer joy beaming from their faces as you shared each shot.
Celebrities, perfumers and industry greats alike rubbed noses with perfumistas and fragrance fanatics around the country (indeed – the world) yesterday, as we took to social media en masse. From Little Mix to Richard E. Grant, Guerlain’s Thierry Wasser, Atelier Cologne’s founders – the lovely Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel – who we got to hang out with at their latest launch event in Covent Garden and posed for #smellfie right then and there… to Liz Earle, Victoria Christian (of Clive Christian fame), countless others – and, of course, all of YOU!
Seriously, we were blown away by the response, and our fingers were worn to mere stubs with our frantic efforts to acknowledge, like and comment on as many pictures as possible. We still have people posting #smellfie pictures right now. And if you’re yet to take part, we’re keeping it open for the rest of this week. Remember to post the picture on Instagram with the hashtag #smellfie and tagging @theperfumesociety). We are working through the thousands of snaps to make a a selection of favourites to award prizes to very soon – but it’s taking forever!
In the meantime we want to give a huge shout-out to every single one of you who joined in the fragrance frolic fun of our #smellfie campaign. Thank you SO much for all your efforts – we have been thrilled beyond belief with the way people dressed up, filmed videos and snapped pictures of themselves. We love them all – and we can’t WAIT for next year’s #smelfie sharing extravaganza…!
Written by Suzy Nightingale