This discretionary award will be given on an annual basis to one outstanding small batch perfume that was perfumer-created, with no use of outsourced compounding or expansion at any stage of the process. In other words, every aspect of the final perfume for sale must have been created through the direct labor and immediate oversight of the perfumer, then released under the perfumer's own brand.

We created this award to honour the community of devoted artisan perfumers who helped launch the awards in 2014, and to do justice to a vision of artisanal perfumery best elucidated by Mandy Aftel through her teachings, writings and creative practice.

Award qualifications:

+ The perfume's initial release was in a batch of 200 units or less, or is made to order.
+ The final perfume released for market was blended by the perfumer's own hand, and through his or her direct labor.
+ The perfume was released under the perfumer's own brand.
+ The perfume can be naturals or mixed-media (or both!)

The winner will be selected from the pool of artisan submissions, and decided by a separate panel of three judges. The ten top scoring hand-made perfumes in the artisan category will be passed along to this independent panel, which will decide the winner at their own discretion. Judging will be anonymous.


To submit for the Aftel Award, submitters must submit each entry in the Artisan category, and tick the 'Aftel Award' box at the bottom of the form. The ten highest scoring qualifying submissions will be sent along to a special jury for judging. Aftel Award submissions are judged blind, with only the statement of intent accompanying each perfume.