May 09, 2016
Zoologist's Bat has been named a winner in the Independent Perfume category in the Art and Olfaction Award, a highly competitive and highly selective award, designed to raise interest and awareness for independent and artisan perfumers and experimental practitioners with scent from all countries.
The Art and Olfaction Institute defines an Independent Perfume House as an organization where the company oversees branding, production and bottling of the scent. The Independent Perfume House will be privately-owned (not owned by another larger public corporation), and operated with the owner’s direct oversight.
The winners were selected out of a group of finalists by a group of highly qualified judges from the perfume world, the art world, and other creative industries. The artisan and independent category submissions were judged blindly, presented in generic vials and tracked by a numerical code. The preliminary round judges selected the finalists, and the top scoring projects in the finalist pool – as scored by the finalist judges - were selected as winners.
Zoologist Perfumes submitted Bat with the following description:
"What is it like to be a bat? In 1974, the philosopher Thomas Nagel posed this question to illustrate our inability to comprehend through our own consciousness what another living being perceives. Humans think of the bat as an elusive, mysterious, almost supernatural creature, silently gliding through the interface between light and darkness, probably up to no good. What we do not understand, we fear, but bats are not malevolent. They control pests, pollinate our crops, and contribute to the amazing diversity that is nature. To experience the life of a bat, take a trip to the Cockpit Country of Jamaica, a crater-filled lunar landscape covered with lush jungle. The entrance to a cave in the hillside is shrouded day and night by a swirling fog, created when the warm air of the outside world meets the cold breath of the dark chambers beneath, with its scent of deep-reaching tree roots, moist earth, and dripping limestone walls. At dusk the bat wakes and flies on delicate, leathery wings through the stony labyrinth seeking the balmy air outside. It drinks from a stream, feasts on the wild jungle figs that grow on the hillside, and enjoys the ripe bananas and other soft fruit that grow in the cultivated clearings near the village. Fully satisfied, it makes its way back to its roost where it snuggles with its warm companions, grooms itself meticulously, and falls asleep again, lulled by the clean, sweet scent of musky fur. In the end, it turns out that the bat’s skin is not that different from our own."
Victor Wong, founder of Zoologist Perfumes, is extremely proud of the recognition and is even more determined to bring more creative and high-quality perfumes to the niche perfume market in the future.
For a full list of winners in Art and Olfactive Award 2016, visit: https://artandolfactionawards.com/2016-finalistswinners/