Behind-the-Scenes Video: Judging the 2016 Canadian Fragrance Awards #CFA16

The finalists are out, and judging is now underway for our 2016 Canadian Fragrance Awards! The gala will take place Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Delta Toronto Hotel (click here for more event details).

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our first judges’ meeting, where our experts sniffed all the finalists. Plus, we asked three of our judges—Deborah Fulsang of The Whale & The Rose, Rani Sheen of The Kit and Ally Dean of Hello! Canada—what they find most intriguing in perfumery today:


How will the winning scents be chosen?

  • Our judging panel of more than 20 industry insiders and beauty media (below) each cast a vote after assessing all the nominated scents in terms of their Canadian launch strategy, sales success, the design of the bottle/packaging/juice and other criteria
  • In addition, we survey more than 70 key players in the Canadian fragrance industry, including executives at beauty brands and retailers
  • We also survey beauty advisors across the country through our
  • Finally, we invite Canada’s fragrance enthusiasts—including the readers of our sister publications FLARE, Chatelaine and Hello! Canada—to have their say through a Consumers’ Choice vote on, and we also survey the subscribers of Topbox

Special thanks to all our #CFA16 judges:

Vânia Aguiar, Executive Director, Vânia Le Blogue
Nathalie Atkinson, Columnist, The Globe and Mail
Marian Bendeth, Global Fragrance Expert and Owner of Sixth Scents
Matthew Biehl, Fashion Editor, SHARP Magazine and SHARP: The Book for Men
Mishal Cazmi, Beauty Editor, Glow
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director, ELLE Canada
Ally Dean, Fashion & Beauty Editor, Hello! Canada
Jill Dunn, Freelance Beauty Writer and Resident Beauty Expert on The Marilyn Denis Show
Deborah Fulsang, Director, The Whale & The Rose
Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director, FASHION
Caitlin Kenny, Beauty Editor, FLARE
Katherine Lalancette, Beauty Director, LOULOU
Julia McEwen, Fashion and Beauty Director, Canadian Living
Odessa Paloma Parker, Fashion Editor, The Globe and Mail
Joanie Pietracupa, Freelance Beauty Writer
Chrissie Rejman, Supervising Producer, CityLine
Judith Ritchie, Founder,
Rani Sheen, Beauty Editor, The Kit and The Kit Compact
Sandy Silva, Canadian Fashion and Beauty Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
Mary Symons, President, Mary Symons Communications
Wing Sze Tang, Editor, Cosmetics
Vanessa Taylor, Style Director, Chatelaine

Judges for the Media Categories
Kristin Laird, Online Editor, Marketing Magazine
Glen Baxter, Freelance Fashion and Design Journalist
John MacKay, Principal, MacKay & Co.
Delphine Nicholls, Executive Director, ROI Relations


Click here for more on Cosmetics’ annual Canadian Fragrance Awards.

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