The Art and Olfaction Aftel Award honors excellence and vision in hand-made perfumery. The 10th Art and Olfaction Aftel Award will be presented to one outstanding handmade perfume.
We created this award to honor the community of devoted artisan perfumers who helped launch the awards in 2014, and to do justice to a vision of artisanal perfumery best elucidated by Mandy Aftel through her teachings, writings and creative practice.
The Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume is a judged award that is given to one outstanding small batch perfume that was perfumer-created, in-house, with no use of outsourced compounding or expansion at any stage of the process. In other words, every aspect of the final perfume for sale must have been created through the direct labor and immediate oversight of the perfumer, then released under the perfumer's own brand.
An Aftel Award submission will meet all of the following qualifications:
The winner of the Aftel Award will be selected from the qualifying pool of artisan submissions, and decided by a separate panel of three judges. After going through Artisan Category judging, the ten top-scoring and qualifying perfumes will be passed along to this panel, which will decide the winner at their own discretion. As with the artisan and independent categories, judging will be anonymous.
HOW TO SUBMIT
To submit for the Aftel Award, submitters must submit their entry in the Artisan category. They must select the additional fee option that states "I wish to be considered for the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume". This will qualify their submission for BOTH the Artisan category AND the Aftel award.
After going through the Artisan judging process, the ten highest-scoring qualifying submissions will be sent along to a special jury for judging. Aftel Award submissions are judged blind, with only the statement of intent accompanying each perfume.
Note that to cover extra administration and judging, we required an extra fee to submit to the Aftel Award, above and beyond the Artisan Category fee.