In just five years, The Institute for Art and Olfaction's "Art and Olfaction Awards" have become an essential and exciting part of the perfume landscape. Judged blindly, their "Golden Pears" are coveted recognition of excellence. Among American Perfumer's offerings are four winners and eight finalists.
From The Institute: "With just seven awards handed out a year, The Art and Olfaction Award is designed to raise interest and awareness for independent perfumers, artisan perfumers, and experimental practitioners with scent on an international scale. By shining a spotlight on perfumery’s most outstanding creators, we hope to help generate support for independent practices in perfumery as a whole.
The Golden Pears are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, USA."