The Art and Olfaction Independent Award honors excellence and vision in independent perfumery. The 10th Art and Olfaction Independent Award will be presented to two outstanding independent perfumes out of ten finalists.
Note that there is an option to submit to the Newcomers Award as part of the Independent category submission. If you wish to submit to the Newcomers Award, go through the independent category application and tick the boxes at the end of the application to be considered for both the independent award and the newcomers award.
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The independent category is for perfume brands that employ an external perfumer or fragrance house to create their perfume formulas, with creative direction from the perfume brand. The final perfume is then released under the brand's name.
An independent submission will meet one or more of these points:
The definition of independent varies widely depending on who you ask. We came to our definition through our direct experience of various practices around the world.
We define an independent perfume, in short, as a scent where the perfumer who wrote the initial formula:
All submitters to the independent category should be prepared to provide the information and names of their external collaborators, including the creative director responsible for the brief, and the name of the submission's primary perfumer.