A couple of years ago, I owned – quite literally – about two bottles of perfume: Chanel Crystalle and my constantly replenished bottle of Aromatics Elixir. I would have owned a bottle of Acqua di Parma too, but I’d run out, and hadn’t (still haven’t – whoops!) replaced it yet. In early 2011 after reading Perfumes: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, Project Perfume (and a new obsession) was borne, and I’ve been writing regularly about fragrance ever since.
I love writing about fragrance, it’s very different to writing about makeup, more abstract, and it allows me to set my inner creative-writing ponce out on the loose, albeit slightly. I’ve been extremely lucky to have made some wonderful friends through the perfume blogging world, and I’m always amused that this little beauty blog occasionally gets to hobnob with some of the best fragrance writers around – they’ve been a hugely welcoming bunch, and happy to say that some of them have crossed the divide from mere fellow fume-nerds (of which I still consider myself very much a fledgling) into actual real-life friends!
To say my approach to fragrance-writing is irreverent would be a …. slight … understatement (Tom Ford’s output regularly reduces me to writing so insanely that I’m astonished the brand are still speaking to me, frankly) so you can imagine my surprise this week then when the nominations for the Jasmine Awards were announced, and I discovered that I’d been shortlisted for one! They’re hugely prestigious, and cover both online and traditional print perfume journalism, previous winners include Jo Fairley, who is an inspiration of mine!
I’m shortlisted for a prize in the “Best Digital Perfume Experience” category for a piece I wrote for Basenotes last year, about wearing perfumes from the poundshop. Yes, really. It’s a bit different to the other pieces in the same category, featuring, as it does, nothing that most people in their right minds would ever want to buy, but it’s a piece that I hugely enjoyed writing, and hey, it also let me torture my husband for an entire week, and who wouldn’t like that?
If you want to read the other pieces nominated in the same category (and I recommend that you do, there’s a couple of gems – besides mine, of course!), you can find them here:
-The Pound Shop Fragrance Challenge by Louise Woollam for www.basenotes.com
– YSL release The Oriental Collection by Katie Chutzpah for www.katiechutzpah.com
– Tom Ford releases London by Katie Chutzpah for www.katiechutzpah.com
– The Scent Matrix by Teo van den Broeke for Esquire Weekly
– The Perfect Good Book and Candle Combos by Joanna McGarry for www.neverunderdressed.com
– The New Niche in Perfumery? A Return to the Classics by Joanna McGarry for www.neverunderdressed.com
– Men’s Fragrances for Women by Annabel Meggeson for Red Online www.redonline.co.uk
I’ll be at the ceremony, practising my best “Oscars Best Supporting Actress Nominee Smiling Through the Defeat” face on March 12. I’ll keep you posted!