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April 20, 2021: The Perfumed Plume Awards for Fragrance Journalism has announced finalists in six categories, and The Plum Girl is a 2x finalist in the category PERFUME STORIES IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA – DIGITAL!

The founders, Ms. Lapsansky and Ms.  Leigh applauded each and every finalist, all the writers that submitted their work, and thanked the judging committee saying that they are still hopeful that the winners shall be celebrated in person this year.

The 2021 finalists were determined by the highest percentage scores received based on the criteria for each category, and here is the complete list!

My The Decameron Stories and Perfume article was first published in Cafleurebon, and this is the version I edited in 2021.

And the plague gathered strength as it was transmitted from the sick to the healthy through normal intercourse, just as the fire catches on to any dry or greasy object placed too close to it.

Nor did it stop there: not only did the healthy incur the disease and with it the prevailing mortality by talking to or keeping company with the sick–they had only to touch the clothing or anything else that had come into contact with or been used by the sick and the plague evidently was passed to the one who handled those things.”
― Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

On a cold day of Winter in Anno Domini 2021, approximately one horribilis year after The Virus started to spread rapidly all over the world – I am still in (partial) lockdown.

And I continue to read books, observe physical reality and Zeitgeist, and write about fragrances: this is my (edited) story about The Decameron and Perfume in Quarantine.

Last year during Pitti Fragrance in Florence Bruno Acampora Profumi launched nine new fragrances divided into two collections. Nine. New. Perfumes.

Brunello and Sonia Acampora teamed up with Miguel Matos – an independent, talented, wildly creative self-taught perfumer, and a renowned Fragrantica Editor. Two new collections were presented – Acampora 54 (with six new fragrances plus already existing Bruno/2014) and Tadema. Ha!