• Thomas Dunckley (Candy Perfume Boy) and Neil Chapman amongst winners of Jasmine Awards

    The winners of this years Jasmine Awards – An annual UK award dedicated to celebrating the best of fragrance journalism – were announced earlier today in London. Winners included Basenotes contributor Thomas Dunckley for an article on Candy Perfume Boy, and Neil Chapman (of The Black Narcissus blog) for an article from ODOU Magazine.


    The judging panel who reviewed articles specifically written on the subject of fragrance throughout 2013 comprised of industry expert Joanna Norman, Chairman of the Judging panel, alongside Author Elizabeth Buchan, Director of Beauty at House of Fraser Ruth Newman, Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, Swimwear & Lifestyle Designer Melissa Odabash and Author S.J. Watson. The winners were as follows:

    Best Article in a Customer Magazine:
    The judges awarded the prize to Sharon Parsons for “My Life in Fragrance” in Sainsbury’s Magazine, July issue.
    To view the full article, click here
    Best Digital Article on Fragrance:
    From a lengthy shortlist, the judges awarded the prize to Thomas Dunckley for “The Candy Perfume Boy’s Guide to Violet” published on the fragrance website thecandyperfumeboy.com
    To view the full article, click here
    Best Digital Fragrance Experience:
    This category is for a more light hearted fragrance feature on-line. The winner was Katie Chutzpah for “Tom Ford Releases London” on katiechutzpah.com
    To view the full article, click here
    Jasmine Soundbite (news press):
    Journalist Kathleen Baird-Murray was awarded the prize for her cleverly written piece “On the Scent of a Good Story” in The Financial Times, November.
    To view the full article, click here
    Jasmine Soundbite (magazines):
    The judges agreed the prize should go to Gem Royston-Claire for “Confessions of a Fragrance Floozy” in the October issue of Company Magazine for her ironic, current & amusing article.
    To view the full article, click here
    Best Practical Guide to Fragrance:
    The judges decided that the Award should go to “Elle’s Fragrance CVs” written by Lorraine Candy, Sophie Beresiner, Amy Lawrenson & Joely Walker, the personal element of the piece was particularly enjoyed by Natasha who found it highly educational!
    To view the full article, click here
    Most Creative Visual Award:
    This award was introduced in 2012, for a stand-alone piece with minimal words which stood the test of inspiring the reader by its visual impact. The judges found this a tough decision due to the high quality of entries, but it was decided that the prize should go to Shortlist Magazine for their piece in the April issue “Elemental Scents” words & styling by Adrian Clark & Mandy Pang.
    To view the full article, click here
    Jasmine Visual Award:
    The winner in this category was considered to be different, original and considered; the prize went to the September issue of Garage Magazine for “The Fifth Scent” words by Odette Toilette & Lee C. Wallick, Illustrations by Charlotte Cassel & Art Directed by Mike Meire & Tobias Tschense.
    To view the full article, please request from maddi@fragrancefoundation.co.uk
    Jasmine Literary Award (news press):
    The judges awarded the prize to Lucia van der Post for “Scents of the Divine” in The Financial Times How To Spend It. Lucia’s article was thought to be beautifully argued & organic.
    To view the full article, click here
    Jasmine Literary Award (magazines):
    The judges decided that the winner should be Neil Chapman for “Perfume Haters” in the new publication, Odou Magazine, which completely fulfilled the literary aspect and was beautifully written.
    To view the full article, click here


    Also recognised at the Awards were the winners of the ‘Junior Jasmines’ the ‘Mighty nose awards’ A new creative writing competition which challenges primary school children to pen smell-inspired poems specifically written on the subject of smells. The Mighty nose winning poems are available to view on www.martythemightynose.org

    Years 3 and 4

    First prize went to Eve Hobsbawm for her poem called ‘The Animal’ who was from Trevor Roberts School and the runner up was Adam Moec for his poem ‘Smell of Smells’.

    Highly Commended - Tabitha Bartam, for her poem ‘Sweet Smells’ both Adam and Tabitha were from the Trevor Roberts school.

    Years 5 and 6

    First prize went to Megan Elkins for her poem ‘The Smelly Potion’ from Jessie Younghusband primary School and the runner up was Hamish Kennedy for his poem ‘Undesirable Smells’ from the Trevor Roberts School.


    Above (L-R) Neil Chapman, Thomas Dunckley and Persolaise. Below, Thomas with his award.

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    1. Curly11's Avatar
      Curly11 -
      Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to Neil Chapman. His blog is one of my regular stops on the internet and his writing never ceases to amaze and amuse me. He is an absolutely fantastic writer!
    1. Chris Bartlett's Avatar
      Chris Bartlett -
      Congratulations to all the winners: great writing on the subject, and its recognition, support the business of fragrance making both as an industry and as an art form.
    1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
      Redneck Perfumisto -
      Congratulations! I follow Thomas already, and am happy to see him get an award! I'll need to start checking out these others as well. Bravo, all!
    1. Persolaise's Avatar
      Persolaise -
      Huuuge congrats to all the winners, especially Thomas and Neil :-)
    1. RHM's Avatar
      RHM -
      Congratulations!!!!!!!
    1. Lila Das Gupta's Avatar
      Lila Das Gupta -
      Congratulations to all the winners! Delighted that Thomas and Neil have won a Jasmine, thoroughly well deserved and about time. Thomas' Violet article was brilliant. Congratulations to Liam at Odou magazine too - lovely to have your writer win in the first year of publication, big fan of Neil.