The seventh consecutive The Art and Olfaction Awards took place in pandemic conditions: the traditional announcement of finalists at the Esxence in Milan, which was cancelled, was replaced by Zoom (April 24, 2020). Also, instead of the final ceremony, which was supposed to take place in Los Angeles, an online event took place on September 19th, 2020.

The AOL Awards 2020 included perfumes and experimental projects with scent released in 2019.

Regarding the established “rule of 8”, AOL Awards 2020 was also different from the previous: in the two key judging categories (independent and artisan), due to a tie in the final round, 50% more finalists were announced, so the number of awards was also doubled.
Winners in discretionary categories have not been announced.

You can view the press release material from the announcement of the finalists here, and the event announcing the winner here.

The Art and Olfaction Awards, established in 2014 by The Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe.
Awarded to just eight projects and perfumes per year, The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to celebrate excellence in independent perfumery, and raise public interest and awareness around new developments in perfumery, on a global scale.

AOL Awards 2020
The final Ceremony via Zoom.

JURIED CATEGORIES

The panel of AOL Awards 2022 judges for the independent and the artisan category included: Anahita Mekanik, Andreas Wilhelm, Ashley Eden Kessler, Bibiana Prival, Dana El Masri, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Eddie Bulliqi, Frederic Jacques, Mark Behnke, Marta Siembab, Sherri Sebastian, Yosh Han.

The panel of judges for the Sadakichi Award included: Anna Gerber, Darin Klein, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Peter de Cupere, and Simon Niedenthal.

INDEPENDENT CATEGORY

For brands that employed an external perfumer or fragrance house to initiate and create the formula for the submitted perfume, then released under the brand’s name.

Due to ties, AOL Awards 202 announced 12 finalists and 2 winners.

THE WINNERS

Post_Hume / Son Venïn
Parfumer: Rosine Courage (Fragworld/Sozio) for Son Venïn

Young Hearts / Bruno Acampora Profumi
Parfumer: Miguel Matos (C de la Niche) for Bruno Acampora
Italy

THE FINALISTS

20|20 / J. F. Schwarzlose Berlin
Parfumer: Veronique Nyberg (Mane) for J. F. Schwarzlose Berlin
Germany

Accento Overdose / Xerjoff
Parfumer: Christian Carbonnel (C de la Niche) for Xerjoff
Italy

Amyi VIII / Amyi
Parfumer: Samuel Moraes (Citratus Symrise) for Amyi
Brazil

Bee / Zoologist
Parfumer: Cristiano Canali (Argeville) for Zoologist
Canada

Behique / Renier Perfumes
Parfumer: Christian Carbonnel (C de la Niche) for Renier Perfumes
Chech Republic/Cuba

Ganymede / Marc-Antoine Barrois
Parfumer: Quentin Bisch (Givaudan) for Marc-Antoine Barrois
France

Love Kills / MASQUE Milano
Parfumer: Caroline Dumur (IFF) for MASQUE Milano
Italy

Moire / Les Nez Parfums d’Auteurs
Parfumer: LD Garnier (Independent) for Les Nez
Switzerland

November 2019 / Scent Trunk
Parfumer: Tyler Monk (Luvandus) for Scent Trunk
USA

Squid / Zoologist
Parfumer: Celine Barel (IFF) for Zoologist
Canada

ARTISAN CATEGORY

For perfume brands that are owned or co-owned by the brand’s primary perfumer, who initiated and created the submitted perfume’s formula in-house.

AOL Awards 2022 announced 13 finalists and 2 winners.

THE WINNERS

Nimbis / Parallax Olfactory
Parfumer: Linda Sivrican
USA

Bonsai / House of Matriarch
Parfumer: Christi Meshell
USA

THE FINALISTS

Absinthe-Minded / Anka Kuş Parfüm
Parfumer: Ali Erkekli
Australia

Eve / St. Clair Scents
Parfumer: Diane St. Clair
USA

Fall / Criminal Elements
Parfumer: Corey Newcombe
Australia

Impermanence / Christèle Jacquemin
Parfumer: Christèle Jacquemin
France

Keman / DI SER
Parfumeri: Rajesh Balkrishnan i Yasuyuki Shinohara
Japan

Nepenthe / En Voyage Perfumes
Parfumer: Shelley Waddington
USA

OBO #302 / OK Fine Fragrances
Parfumer: Steven DeMercado
USA

Perfumista / Anatole Lebreton
Parfumer: Anatole Lebreton
France

Rasa / Pomare’s Stolen Perfume
Parfumer: Rachel Binder
USA

Weinstrasse / Chatillon Lux
Parfumer: Shawn Maher
USA

Wild Child / CognoScenti
Parfumer: Dannielle Sergent
USA

SADAKICHI AWARD

For creative or experimental practitioners who make use of scent in an unconventional or experimental manner, that takes it out of the domain of traditional perfumery.

AOL Awards 2022 announced 5 finalists and the winner.

THE WINNER

Jónsi (Hvítblinda / Í blóma / Svartalda) / Jónsi Birgisson
Parfumer: Jónsi Birgisson
Island / USA

THE FINALISTS

Cerca (Closer) / Pablo Eduardo Schanton and Alejandro Ros
Parfumer: Razni (IFF),
Argentina

Notes / Lauren Jetty
Parfumer: Renske van Vroonhoven (Attic Lab)
Netherlands / United Kingdom

Olfactory Labyrinth V. 5: Invisible Footprints / Maki Ueda
Parfumer: Maki Ueda
Japan

Tree VR / Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III
Parfumer: Laurent Le Guernec (IFF)

DISCRETIONARY AWARDS

Aftel award for handmade perfume

This award honours one outstanding, small-batch perfume that was 100% perfumer-created, in-house, with no use of outsourced compounding or expansion at any stage of the process.

Contribution to the scent culture award

This award honours outstanding and significant contributions to global public awareness of artisan, independent and experimental practices with scent.

SEPTIMUS PIESSE VISIONARY AWARD WINNER

This award honours an outstanding person showing proof of exceptional vision with regard to how scent is used, developed, or imagined.

The awards were not announced.

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