The Institute of Art + Olfaction Second Annual Fragrance Awards! #AOAwards

Friday, April 17, 2015 the Second Annual Art + Olfaction Awards were held in LA at the Goethe Institute with an after-party at the Art and Olfaction Offices. What a crazy-great event! I have all the winners and some event photos for you to check out. While it is definitely not the same as being there, it’s worth a look since the event was 1) invite only and 2) invites were a hot commodity (everyone wanted to go but space was limited)

I recently ran a post + podcast about the Second Annual Art and Olfaction Fragrance Awards. It’s been shared a lot by fragrance peeps which I greatly appreciate. While the podcast is the key or bridge to this post, that podcast explains what the awards are; the 3 different categories as well as the how they are judged. If you have questions that are more about about those same topics, please visit my post and hear the podcast there or on Soundcloud.

However t Steven Rimlinger was the photographer for the Awards event and he is a gifted man! He did this video on the judging:

Here are photos of the pre-awards reception:


Daniel Krasofski created a liqueur/aperitif that is based on one of his fragrances. He turned a gorgeous fragrance into an equally incredible sip!

Yosh Han with a couple of guests at the reception. Yosh was a winner in the Independent category last year!

Guests “sniffing” the scents of each finalist!

Robert Berryman, Aromatherapist and blender, takes a sniff!

More sniffing — and if you look carefully into the background of this photo, you will find me (but only a part of me) between a dark-haired man and a blonde woman. Good luck seeing me because it is just a sliver!

There were a larger number of guests this year and it was quite exciting with an array of potions, wines and water, small bites and the opportunity to meet any finalist who was able to make it to LA!

brent and crew
More guests including Smell Bent’s Brent Leonesio.

Jeffrey Paul (noted makeup artist and hair stylist) volunteering for the night!

Sniff table with all finalist fragrances to sniff out of bell jar.

Saskia Wilson-Brown (looking so glam) and Sarah Horowitz-Thran

As the Awards started, two of the people that made this awards event happen are here below:

Goethe-Institute director Fareed C.Majari!
Thanks to the Goethe-Institute for providing this wonderful space!

Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and director, Institute of Art and Olfaction

The Awards:

A photo of all the finalists and the winners after the event! Congratulations to everyone. Every finalist was a winner in my opinion.

As it turns out, there were 2 winners in the Artisan and independent categories! Talk about a surprise!


A City on Fire, by Imaginary Authors Perfumer: Josh Meyer Portland, USA

Eau de Céleri by Monsillage Perfumer: Isabelle Michaud Montréal, Canada

Foxglove by DS & Durga Perfumers: David Seth Moltz + Kavi Moltz New York, USA

Tobacco Cognac by House of Cherry Bomb Perfumers: Alexis Karl + Maria McElroy New York, USA

Woodcut by Olympic Orchids Perfumer: Ellen Covey Seattle, USA


Ombre Indigo by Olfactive Studio Perfumer: Mylène Alran Paris, France

Boccanera by OrtoParisi Perfumer: Allessandro Guialtieri Amsterdam, Holland

Pashay by Ray Matts Perfumer: Christophe Laudamiel New York, USA

Black Pepper & Sandalwood by Acca Kappa Perfumer: Luca Maffei Treviso, Italy

Skive by Canoe Perfumer: Jessica Hannah Austin, USA


Catalin Team: Charles Long, Carrie Paterson, Karen Reitzel, Seth Hawkins, Emery Martin, Michael Mascha
The Contemporary Austin, USA

Chroma: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Denver Art Museum,

USA Crime and Punishment Team: Mike McGinley, Charles McGinley, Noah Bremer, Ben Heywood Minnesota Fringe Festival, USA

Famous Deaths Team: Marcel van Brakel, Frederik Duerinck, Wander Eikelboom, Caro Verbeek MOTI, Holland

In Libro De Tenebris Paul Schütze Maggs Gallery, England

This was held at the Institute of Art and Olfaction!

I was so glad to be invited to this great event. While there I talked to John Sterling, Robert Berryman, Dawn Spencer-Hurwitz, Adam Eastman and Franco Wright (founders/owners of and Scentbar!) Brent Leonesio, Yosh Han, Ellen Covey and so many others who I was able to wave to because it was a very busy event.

Thank you Saskia Wilson-Brown for the fab podcast, another great event. You and your team outdid yourself!

Stevie Wilson,

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