The 2nd Annual luxury fragrance competitions, held in San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles are under way and will decide the “Top Artisan Fragrances of the Year,” and the judging will be done by a panel of judges to include respected local editors, publishers, journalists, and TV hosts representing a bevy of media outlets, as well as fragrance industry professionals. Among this year’s judging panel is Santa Barbara local Bonnie Carroll, who has been a judge for the TasteTV awards since its inception in 2010. The TasteTV Awards are the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and Radio.

According to Carroll “working with the TasteTV producers and award recipients for the past three years has been inspiring and very rewarding. Last year it was wonderful to have our own Santa Barbara “Iron Chef” Cat Cora attend the gala as a presenter.”

Fragrances submitted will be judged by a national panel of 15 fragrance and taste experts including Felicia M. Hazzard, Founder & Editor in Chief Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine; Tama Blough Senior Editor; Marlen Elliot Harrison Perfume; Anya McCoy, Anyas Garden,; Bonnie Carroll, Publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News,; Amy Reiley, Author of Fork Me, Spoon Me & Romancing the Stove and Susan Irby, Host KABC, The Bikini Chef,; Megan Smith, Cake & Whiskey Magazine; Lucy Zhen, Daily Disguise; Joann Natalia Aquino, lifestyle journalist; Tina Witherspoon, glam.spoon; Aly M. Cleary, Pen ‘N Stilettos Media, Mary Orlin, Orlin Media Featured Wine and Perfume Blogger on Huffington Post.

Entrants represent local, national and international perfumers, and categories being judged include Best Ingredient Combination, Best Aroma, Most Unique, Most Seductive Scent, Top Artisan Perfumer and Best Logo & Brand Designer. Los Angeles winners will be announced in August. The final competition winners will be presented their awards at the TasteTV Awards January 2013 in Hollywood. All winners become official fragrance partners of Taste Awards. Winners for each competition are announced in press releases, and updates on the TasteTV Awards ceremony can be found at


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