With the Institute of Art and Olfaction’s awards ceremony drawing near, we decided to take a closer look at the finalists. The competition is divided into Artisan Perfumers – those who hand make their own scents in small batches – and Independent Perfumers – slightly larger operations where the company oversees production and branding. From hundreds of submissions, the impressive panel of judges have narrowed it down to ten from each category. On the 25th of this month the two victors from each category will be announced.
Reading the descriptions of the 20 finalists’ fragrances is inspiring. Don’t expect and lazy perfume-making here, rather, thoughtful creations from across the spectrum of scent that are often born from a bigger idea or concept – the fragrance called Lampback, which is inspired by shiny, black ink for example. These are not fragrances which have been made with the intention of maximising profits by cutting back on quality materials. They’re the exact opposite and their makers are the people who’ll be influencing the future fashion of smell.
Following the awards ceremony, there’s a big party at the Standard in L.A and once they’ve recovered from that we’ll aim to speak to the winners about their creations and their hang overs. Good luck to you all.