Laurin Taylor and Claire Vukcevic win writing awards for Basenotes articles

18th April, 2017

Basenotes writers, Laurin Taylor and Claire Vukcevic have both picked up prestigious writing awards for their contributions to Basenotes.

At the UK’s Jasmine Awards, which were held last month, Claire Vukcevic was awarded the Best Practical Guide to Fragrance Award for her “Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample”, article. Vukcevic was also nominated for her “Top Ten Female Designer Fragrances Every Beginner should Sample” in the same category, as well as a nomination for “Ambergris: Myths and Half Truths” in the Jasmine Independent Literary Award category.

Laurin Taylor (centre) picking up her Jasmine Award

Laurin Taylor picked up the Jasmine Independent Literary Award for “Scenting My Mental Illness”, which was published in December last year.

Also shortlisted at the Jasmine Awards was Eddie Bulliqi for On the rocks: the trend for iced accords and Cardamom close- up.

At the Perfumed Plume (L-R) Lyn Leigh, Miranda Gordon, VP, MANE, Carla Seipp for Basenotes, Mary Ellen Lapsansky

At the Perfumed Plume Awards, which were held in New York on the 6th April, Laurin Taylor won a second award for “Scenting My Mental Illness”, which was winner in the “Science of Scent” category.

Vukcevic was shortlisted for “Ambergris: Myths and Half Truths”, and Marian Bendeth was shortlisted for her “Fall into Fragrance” in the Visualisation of Scent Stories category.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Jasmines and Perfumed Plume awards. All of the winners can be seen below:

The Perfume Plume Winners (L-R) Frederick Bouchardy for Helder Suffenplan (SCENTURY), Sarah Colton (Fragrance Book Award) Mary Ellen Lapsansky, Lyn Leigh, April Long (Elle), Rachel Syme (The New York Times), Carla Seipp for Laurin Taylor (Basenotes)

Perfume Plume 2017 winners

Scent Stories in Mainstream Media – Digital (Magazines, Blog Postings, Webzines)

Temporary Art Review - Primal Art: Notes on the Medium of Scent by Catherine Haley Epstein

Scent Stories in Mainstream Media – Magazines (print & digital)

ELLE Magazine – Chemical Attraction by April Long

Scent Stories in Mainstream Media – Newspapers (print & digital)

The New York Times – We’re Animals, After All by Rachel Syme

‘Science of Scent’ Stories in Mainstream Media – Magazines/ Newspapers/Digital

Basenotes – Scenting my Mental Illness by Laurin Taylor

Visualization of Scent Stories – Magazines/Newspapers/Digital

SCENTURY – Autumn Escentials 2016, Visual Artist - Roberto Greco

Fragrance Book Award

Bad Girls Perfume. Tips and Tales” by Sarah Colton. 


The Jasmine Award winners (L-R) Barney Pickard (Harrods), Lizzie Ostrom (The Pool), Jan Masters (Harrods Magazine), James Craven (Les Senteurs), Thomas Dunckley (Candy Perfume Boy), Lesley Thomas (The Times), Laurin Taylor (Basenotes), Grant Osborne for Claire Vukcevic (Basenotes), Joanne Harris (Good Housekeeping), Lauren Carbran (Scent Blog / The Perfume Shop),

Jasmine Award Winners 2017

Best Article in a Customer Magazine: 

The judges awarded the prize to James Craven for “The Wearing of The Green” in Les Senteurs.

Best Digital Article on Fragrance: 

From a lengthy shortlist, the judges awarded the prize to Lizzie Ostrom for “A Scent for Self-Appreciation” published on the website

Best Digital Fragrance Experience: 

This category is for a more light hearted fragrance feature on-line. The winner Thomas Dunckley for “Six Scents to Put Hairs on Your Chest" on The Candy Perfume Boy

The Jasmine Independent Literary Award,

This went to Laurin Taylor for “Scenting My Mental Illness” for

The Jasmine Independent Soundbite Award,

Was awarded to Thomas Dunckley for  “Eau so Masc- Thoughts on Gender in Perfume and The Rive Gauche Rebellion” for The Candy Perfume Boy

Jasmine Soundbite (news press): 

Journalist Lesley Thomas was awarded the prize for her piece “Real Men Wear Scent” in The Times

Jasmine Soundbite (magazines):  

The judges agreed the prize should go to Jan Masters for “Midnight Garden” in Harrods Magazine

Best Practical Guide to Fragrance:  

The judges decided that the Award should go to “The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample” written by Claire Vukcevic,

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 it’s 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 Harrods Magazine for their piece “All a Quiver”, words by Jan Masters, Creative by David Newton & Barney Pichard. 

Jasmine Visual Award:  

The winner in this category was considered to be different, original and considered; the prize went to the Harrods Magazine for “A perfume Paints a Thousand Words” words by Jan Masters, creative by Robert Greco & Jan Masters.

Jasmine Literary Award: 

The judges decided that the winner should be Joanne Harris for “Every Scent Tells a Tale” in Good Housekeeping, for her beautifully written & insightful piece.

The Rising Star Award: 

This award is new this year to recognise up and coming talent within the industry. Congratulations Lauren Carbran on your win for "2017: The Year of The Milk Notes" for SCENTS blog

Also recognised at the Awards were the winners of the ‘Junior Jasmines’ the ‘Mighty Nose Awards’ A creative writing competition which challenges primary school children to pen smell-inspired poems specifically written on the subject of smells. The judging panel comprised of Chairman of the Judging Panel Josh Lacey - Children's Author, Nicky Cox MBE – Editor of First News and Mary Hooper- Young Adults and Children’s Author.

Years 3 & 4

First prize went to Year 4 Bella Barlow for her poem called ‘Smell Seasons’ from Shiplake Primary School and the runner up was Year 3 Aoife Lynch for her poem ‘The smells’ from St Mary’s School. 

Years 5 & 6

First prize went to Year 6 Isobel Young for her poem ‘The things I see with my nose’ from Peppard Primary School and the runner up, Year 5 Lena Akil for her poem ‘Smells of Santa’s Workshop’ from Sheffield Girls’ Infant and Junior School.

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      • IsoESuperman | 19th April 2017 23:06

        No surprise there, both excellent writers :)

        Congratulations Laurin & Claire!!!

      • Oviatt | 19th April 2017 23:11

        Congrats to both of you! Well done!

      • hednic | 20th April 2017 02:58

        Congrats to both of you!

      • Ken_Russell | 20th April 2017 22:29

        Congratulations and happy for the great news!

      • Suspended | 22nd April 2017 14:51

        Wonderful and very well deserved. Congratulations ladies. xx

      • Vernona | 22nd April 2017 20:59

        Wow!! Excellent news!

        Congrats to both!

        Well deserved!

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      • freewheelingvagabond | 23rd April 2017 05:19

        Great news, and congratulations!!!

        Always good to read ClaireV, and Laurin's article was one of the best ever!

      • checkmate | 23rd April 2017 12:10

        Congratulations to two very talented writers!