Wednesday saw the announcement of the winners of the 2008 Jasmine Awards, which were held at BAFTA, Piccadilly, London. The awards have become recognised as the most prestigious in beauty journalism and have developed from two original prize categories, the Jasmine Literary Award and Jasmine Visual Award, into eight prize categories. Basenotes was thrilled to witness Liz Upton pick up an award for her Basenotes article, "Body Odour – or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Musk
". Walker Minton was also given a special mention for his "Relatives
The Jasmine Awards are the perfume industry's way of recognising expertise in the world of journalism. Their aim is to reward excellence in literary and visual achievement in articles devoted to the subject of fragrance. The awards were started in France some twenty years ago and introduced into the UK by the Fragrance & Beauty Association of Great Britain (FBA) in 1989, the first awards being presented in 1990.
At the annual Jasmine Awards ceremony the perfume industry shows its appreciation to the Beauty press for the efforts it has made to acquire and communicate this specialist knowledge. The awards have become recognised as the most prestigious in beauty journalism and have developed from two original prize categories, the Jasmine Literary Award and Jasmine Visual Award, into eight prize categories:
The eight prize categories and winners were as follows: Jasmine Literary Award (magazine):
The prize went to Susan Irvine for her article “The Scents of Nostalgia” in the November issue of Vogue
and was presented by Professor Louise Wilson, Director of the MA Fashion Course at Central St Martins. Susan received a crystal trophy and a cheque for £3,000. Jasmine Literary Award (news press):
The award went to Hannah Betts for her article "Let us Spray
" published in the Guardian Weekend on 6th December. Hannah received a crystal trophy and a cheque for £3,000 from the Chairman of Judges, Catherine Mitchell, member of the Global Innovations Group at IFF.
Jasmine Visual Award:
Jasmine Awards judge Helen David, founder of the fashion house English Eccentrics, presented the prize to Grazia magazine
for "What Does Fashion Smell Like?" published on 3rd June. The Picture Editor was Sarah Rumens and photography was by Massimo Gammacurta. Jasmine ‘Soundbite’ (magazine):
Professor Miranda Seymour, biographer and novelist, presented the award to Rebecca Howard for "Making Scents" published in the September issue of Brummell
. Jasmine ‘Soundbite’ (news press):
This award was won by Lucia Van der Post for her article "Uncommon Scents
" published in The Times
on 30th May and was presented by Professor Miranda Seymour. Best Practical Guide to Fragrance:
Chairman of Judges, Catherine Mitchell, was delighted to present the prize to Liz Hambleton for her article "Anti-Age Your Fragrance" published in the 15th December issue of Grazia
Best Article on Men’s Fragrance:
The award went to Dr Luca Turin
for his article "Talking Scents" published in the October issue of Esquire
. Dawn Bébe, award winning publisher and founder of osoyou.com presented the prize.
Best Article in a Customer Magazine:
The award was presented by Daniela Rinaldi, Concessions and Beauty Director at Harvey Nichols, to Rebecca Howard for her article entitled “Scents of Destination
” published in the June issue of BA Highlife Magazine.
Best Website Feature on Fragrance:
Jasmine Awards judge Dawn Bébe presented the prize to Liz Upton for "Body Odour – or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Musk
" which appeared on basenotes.net on 20th July.
Walker Minton's Basenotes article, Relatives, was also nominated in the same category and received a special mention from judge, Dawn Bébe.
Liz Garrett, Managing Director of Coty Prestige, and Jasmine Awards Chairman 2008-9, comments: “The entries for 2008 demonstrated a remarkable degree of innovation and creativity and I congratulate the beauty teams for providing such entertainment for their readers.” The other winning articles can be viewed on www.thejasmineawards.co.uk.
Basenotes writer, Liz Upton, said of her win: "It only seems real when I look at the chunk of engraved glass I was given as a trophy - the awards on either side of mine were won by Lucia van der Post and Luca Turin, which seems absurdly exalted company to be in. I actually remember very little of the ceremony itself after they announced my name besides embarrassing myself by saying "Cripes" very loudly. I started blinking very rapidly at the moment when Luca Turin introduced himself to me. It's been two days now, and things haven't stopped strobing since."
Basenotes would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Liz on her win, and look forward to reading more from her in the future. Here you can see all of Liz Upton's writing for Basenotes, and more of her writing can be found on her food blog, Gastronomy Domine.
Photos: Top: L-R Dawn Bebe, judge and founder of osoyou.com; Liz Upton, Basenotes writer and winner of best website feature on fragrance; Penny Smith, who presented the awards
Middle Left: Luca Turin, winner of the best men's fragrance article; Middle Right: Roja Dove
Bottom: Liz Garrett, chair of the Jasmines with presenter Penny Smith
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