Perfumer’s Choice Awards Demonstration Meeting
21st April 2005
Our immediate past president Shelagh Cox kickstarted the concept for this award; this is in reaction to the many reports we see in industry magazines where lack of innovation is put forward.
This is to say: Yes! We do have SKILL, EXPERTISE, PROFESSIONALISM AND SUCCESS! Here are the proofs!!!
A form was sent out for all members to fill so that they could voice their opinion on several categories of products:
The demonstration meeting offered the opportunity for members to smell and discover the contenders.
Not many members came, which, in a way, gave the meeting a relaxed atmosphere, and everybody had their say as to their opinion on the products demonstrated.
The Tony Pettifer Award
The Tony Pettifer Award for creative excellence in perfumery has been introduced by the BSP in honour and memory of one of our great British perfumers. Tony’s career covered all areas of creative perfumery for over twenty years, and took him to many different parts of the world.
Tony Pettifer: his life:
He started in the traditional way, serving his apprenticeship with IFF before joining Givaudan’s international perfumery team in Geneva. After some years of successful creative work, Tony returned to the UK to take up the position of Chief Perfumer at Givaudan’s Whyteleafe site, where I had the pleasure of working closely with him on many UK and international projects.
Tony was a great team player, always open to new ideas and inspiration. He was also a wine lover and bon viveur.
With the eventual merger of Givaudan and Roure, Tony transferred, with his family, to Grasse and on to Paris before leaving Givaudan to join BBA.
His sudden illness and untimely death has left an empty space in the British perfumery heritage.
His many creative successes covered all sectors of the market from fine fragrance (Shakira Caine) through personal care (Sure Active) to household and laundry products (Surf detergent and Comfort fabric conditioner).
Tony was built like a lumberjack, and nursed a secret ambition. At dinner parties he admitted to feeling more comfortable in introducing himself as a truck driver, rather than as a perfumer.