Winners of 2016 Art and Olfaction Awards have been announced on the 7th of May 2016 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Art and Olfaction Awards – statuette

It is the third edition of this annual event created by Saskia Wilson-Brown of The Institute of Art and Olfaction founded by. It is definitely growning initative gathering scents enthusiasts and judges from the industry e.g. Antonio Gardoni, Andy Tauer, Luca Turin, Mandy Aftel, Mark Benhke and Sarah Horowitz-Thran.
This year’s ceremony has been held in the context of the weeekend’s AIX Scent Fair gathering 40 brands of truly niche, artistic perfumery.
Saskia Wilson-Brown at 2016 Art and Olfaction Awards

Winners of the 2016 edition are:

Independent Category

Independent Perfume House as an organization where the company oversees branding, production and bottling of the scent. The Independent Perfume House will be privately-owned (not owned by another larger public corporation), and operated with the owner’s direct oversight.

Zoologist Perfumes – Bat
by Victor Wong (owner) and Ellen Covey (Perfumer of Olympic Orchids Perfumes)
(click here for our news article)


The journey of Bat starts at the entrance to a cave in the hillside, shrouded by the swirling fog that is created when the warm air of the outside world meets the cold breath of the dark chambers beneath, heavy with scent of deep-reaching tree roots, moist earth, and dripping limestone walls. At dusk the bat wakes and flies on delicate, leathery wings through the stony labyrinth seeking the balmy air outside, where it drinks from a stream, feasts on wild figs, ripe bananas and juicy soft fruits. Back at its roost, it snuggles with its warm companions and falls asleep again, lulled by the clean, sweet scent of musky fur and skin that is not that different from our own.

by Jul et Mad Paris and Luca Maffei – perfumer of Atelier Fragranze Milano
(click here to read our review)


This fragrance was directly inspired from the name of a splendid edifice near the Imperial palace, built by Basil I as the tangible symbol of this era of renewal, of “renaissance”, during the Golden Age of the Byzantium Empire. Unfortunately, there are no remains of this magnificent creation. According to historians, the construction was renowned for its splendor and architectural richness, its five domes being entirely covered with gold, and the marble walls adorned with precious stones and pearls.

Finalists for this category are:
Dark Ride by Xyrena (USA)
Elephant & Roses, by Maria Candida Gentile Maitre Parfumeur (Italy)
Fougère Nobile by Nobile 1942 with Anne-Sophie Behaghel (Italy/France),
Panorama by Olfactive Studio with Clément Gavarry(France)
Past | Presence, by Roads with Jean-Charles Mignon (Ireland/France)
Rose de Taif Extrait by Perris Monte Carlo with Luca Maffei (Monaco/Italy)
Salim Attar by Tabacora Parfums with Christian Carbonnel (Poland / Spain)
Waihèke Dreams, by Juliana Parfums Co. with Yves Dombowsky (New Zealand)

Artisan Category

Artisan perfume house as a perfumer-led business, where the perfumer creates the scents him or herself in hand-made batches, and oversees all aspects of production and marketing.

La Curie – Incendo
by Lesli Wood Peterson (perfumer and owner)

A nostalgic masculine modern archetype. Designed to be an escape from our modern world into a residual memory of our primordial souls and archaic trappings. The main stage is smoldering as the silent pine and cedar groves watch from the sidelines. Raw kindling has been cut and dried as a deer fidgets in the distance. A worn leather amulet bag holds small ceremonial offerings to be thrown in the blaze to make wishes and ward off spirits.

Auphorie – Miyako
by Eugene’ Zhe You Au and ‘Emrys’ Zhe Min Au


Miyako represents our emotions and passions towards the ancient capital city of the Far East land , where exotic natural extracts are used generously to evoke the past glories of the Far Eastern art of scent. Rare golden osmanthus absolute from Japan becomes the heart of the scent, which is slightly floral, apricot-peach-like fruity, with a unique leather undertone, that makes this scent pop. We also take inspiration from the art of making Japanese incense, and translate that into the base of this creation, featuring warm woodsiness of Mysore sandalwood and Hinoki tree with a touch of dark earthiness of patchouli oil complimented by a sweet touch of Katsura leaf.

Finalists of this category are:
Albino (A Study in White) by DSH Perfumes (USA)
Bird of Paradise by Thorn & Bloom Perfume (USA)
Cape Cod Wild Beach Rose by Nomaterra (USA)
Love for 3 Oranges by Aether Arts Perfumes (USA)
Musk Rose Attar by Rising Phoenix Perfumery (USA)
Namibia by Frazer Parfum (South Africa)
Peach Tree Garden by Phoenix Botanicals (USA)
Salomé by Papillon Artisan Perfumes (England)

Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent went to Century’s Breath by Cat Jones

Century’s Breath creates an olfactory landscape from the future designed by community in commemoration of the Climate Century. The project responds to the site of LeFevre Peninsula, South Australia, known in the language of the traditional custodians, the Kaurna people, as Mudlhannga, the nose place. This series of fleeting monuments to time and place are building blocks for a chemistry that affects us all – our visions for the future. From the sulphuric shroud of mangroves, to the breath of a new species, together we describe the first, the last, the lost and the gained breaths of a century.

Persefume congratulates both winners and finalists and of course organizers of this even promoting real niche perfumery without compromises!

Quotes by Art and Olfaction Awards, pictures via press releases.