By Bonnie Carroll
The annual luxurious perfume competitions are held in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles to determine the “Top Artisan Fragrances of the Year.” Winners are chosen by a panel of judges including revered native editors, publishers, journalists, and TV hosts representing a bevy of media retailers, in addition to perfume business professionals. Among the 2023 judging panel is Santa Barbara’s Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor-in-chief of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News, who has been a judge for the TasteTV awards since its inception in 2010.
TasteTV Awards are the premier awards celebrating the greatest in Food, Fashion and Lifestyle applications on Television, in Film, Online, and Radio, and are the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, Health, Travel and Lifestyle programs on television, in film, streaming, online, apps, radio, podcasts and photography.
The Annual Awards have included appearances by major celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms including Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, TLC, Discovery Communications, Lifetime Network, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, APT, Create TV, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Vimeo, Vice, LiveWell Network, Esquire Network, Bio/FYI Channel, iHeart Radio, HBO, MyxTV, Small Screen Network, StyleHaul, PTA, Zagat, Mode Media, WatchMojo, Netflix, Amazon Prime, AMC International, Instagram, Facebook, Gusto TV, TikTok, FNL,Vox Media, BBC, Roku, and more.
According to Carroll “Working with the TasteTV producers and award recipients has been inspiring and very rewarding over the years.” “In 2012 it was an unexpected and delightful surprise to have our own Santa Barbara ‘Iron Chef” Cat Cora attend the gala as a special presenter of the best food award.”
Bonnie Carroll, 2023 Artisan Fragrance Salon Judge
Fragrances submitted are judged by a nationwide panel of perfume and style specialists together with Founders & Editors of major magazines. Some publications participating have included Felicia M. Hazzard, Founder & Editor in Chief Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine; Tama Blough Senior Editor FleureBon.com; Marlen Elliot Harrison Perfume Critic.com; Anya McCoy, Anyas Garden, PurePerfumers.com; Amy Reiley, Author of Fork Me, Spoon Me & Romancing the Stove, Susan Irby, Host KABC, The Bikini Chef, www.thebikinichef.com; Megan Smith, Cake & Whiskey Magazine; Lucy Zhen, Daily Disguise; Joann Natalia Aquino, life-style journalist; Tina Witherspoon, glam.spoon; Aly M. Cleary, Pen‘N Stilettos Media, Mary Orlin, Orlin Media Wine and Perfume Blogger on Huffington Post, and Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News.
Judges receive perfume samples for judging with specific judging categories and voting details, along with confidential online forms to complete. Entrants include native, nationwide, and worldwide perfumers, with classes being judged to embrace best ingredient combination, best aroma, most unique, and most seductive scent, along with packaging design. “This is intense, and I’ve found sniffing a strong ground coffee helps to clear my sinuses between perfume scents,” said Carroll.
Top Artisan Perfumer and Best Logo & Brand Designer Los Angeles winners are scheduled to be introduced in August. The ultimate 2023 winners expected to be introduced and presented their awards at the TasteTV Awards in January 2024, at a location to be announced. All winners become official perfume companions of Taste Awards. Winners for every TasteTV category are introduced at the TasteTV Awards ceremony and on the www.tastetv.com site.
House of Matriarch High Perfumery (photo: BCLBN)