I'm proud to "sign on" to this pledge of honesty and integrity in perfumery. Far too much dishonesty and deception in perfume marketing, and unethical practices throughout the industry have gone unchecked for far too long. This code was developed by Christophe Laudamiel, and has caught on quick throughout the world of perfumery.
The Code reads as such:
I Originality- We pledge to create or promote original olfactory forms. Creations borrowed from existing olfactory forms must be acknowledged. Original creators and formula owners shall be named and rewarded. Plagiarism is not tolerated.
II Art and Design- We believe that olfactory forms are works of the mind and fragrances are pieces of art and design. Their composers are artists and designers.
III Respect- We strive to ensure that suppliers, farmers and chemists all around the world receive the respect they deserve.
IV Anti-fog- We pledge to write scent descriptions that are reliable and actually descriptive. If we say it, you will smell it.
V Sampling- If complimentary samples are provided, they are not to be resold. They may be donated to e.g. Dress for Success, a school for the blind, or other charities which will donate them to people who cannot afford perfumes or wish to learn perfumes.
VI Disclosure- If we review a fragrance, active contribution or promotion from the fragrance composer or owner will be disclosed.
VII Flagging- If you see or smell something, say something. We will be scrupulous about facts and oversights brought to our attention.
VIII Clean Slate- All fragrances created prior to September 4, 2020 or coming onto the market prior to January 4, 2021 are grandfathered.