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Acqua di Parma adds Mirra and Ebano to Colonia range

24th April, 2017

Mirra contains notes of mandarin, lemon, petitgrain, nutmeg, myrrh and patchouli The company say: Muscat. At the hour of sunset, the streets and windows are dotted with small coloured lanterns where incense and myrrh unleash their vibrant aromas. From the capital of ancient Oman, since the third century before Christ, long car…

Laurin Taylor and Claire Vukcevic win writing awards for Basenotes articles

18th April, 2017

Basenotes writers, Laurin Taylor and Claire Vukcevic have both picked up prestigious writing awards for their contributions to Basenotes. At the UK’s Jasmine Awards, which were held last month, Claire Vukcevic was awarded the Best Practical Guide to Fragrance Award for her “Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sam…

Flamenco is latest fragrance from Spanish fragrance house, Ramon Monegal

18th April, 2017

Ramon Monegal’s latest fragrance is Flamenco, inspired by the Andaluz culture that stems from the south of Spain where he lived as young man. Monegal says, “I am very close to this part of Spain, I love the lifestyle, I love the light, the heat, and it’s where I get the inspiration, I feel closer to the South and this…

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Guerlain adds Sport flanker to L'Homme Ideal line

11th April, 2017

L'Homme Ideal Sport is the latest masculine fragrance by Guerlain. The perfumer was created by Delphine Jelk and Thierry Wasser. Notes include almond, fresh spices, aquatic notes, neroli, coumarin, vetiver and patchouli   The company say: To reveal the eau de toilette’s sporting potential, Thierry Wa…

An interview with Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah of The Fragrance Kitchen

by Haniya Rae, 06th April, 2017

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah doesn’t give the impression of someone heavily invested in the fragrance industry; he’s tall and muscular and sports a shaved head with a tight-fitting shirt. But Al-Sabah’s The Fragrance Kitchen (TFK), founded in 2005, is an international fragrance powerhouse that caters to those who crave quality …

Prada adds Carbon to Luna Rossa line

06th April, 2017

Luna Rossa Carbon is the latest men's fragrance by Prada, which follows up Luna Rossa (2012), Extreme (2013) and Sport (2015). Daniela Andrier is the nose behind the fragrance. Luna Rossa Carbon contains top notes of bergamot, citrus and pepper; lavender make up the heart of the fragrance; and the dry down features patchouli and dr…

DSquared2 celebrated 10 years of He Wood, with Cologne version

05th April, 2017

Notes for the fragrance include lemon, mandarin, ginger, silver fir, musk and vegetal amber in the head; violet leaves, violet blossom, transparent and marine accord make up the heart of the fragrance; and the dry down features vetiver and cedarwood. The company say: Dsquared2 He Wood Cologne is an evolution and fresh adaptation o…

Scent Verse: Intertwined

by Dana El Masri, 04th April, 2017

Scent Verse is a poetry project curated by Basenotes writer Eddie Bulliqi that seeks to explore scent language and metaphors by publishing poems from contributors across different industries that either take scent as their inspiration or are very evocative of smell.  If you are interested in being involved, please send a direct me…

Frédéric Malle on his latest collaboration with fashion designer Alber Elbaz

by Marloes Hagenaars, 24th March, 2017

When Frédéric Malle posted a photo on Instagram showing a few perfume samples and a pair of thick, dark glasses, it didn’t take long for his fans to realize that his next collaboration was going to be with fashion designer Alber Elbaz. For over 14 years Elbaz, known as the master of elegantly draped cocktail dresses, w…

Houbigant adds Jardin Secret to Quelques Fleurs range

22nd March, 2017

Houbigant have launched Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secret; a new feminine fragrance. Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secret contains notes of bergamot, yellow mandarin and neroli in the top; heart notes include magnolia, narcissus, centifolia rose, jasmine, iris, orange blossom and ylang ylang; and a dry down of sandalwood, ambrette seed, white amb…

Mon Guerlain, Envisioning Notes of a Woman

by Marian Bendeth, 20th March, 2017

I recently met up with Guerlain Master Perfumer, Thierry Wasser at the Guerlain Boutique, Toronto, Canada, to explore the back story and fragrance notes for the launch of, Mon Guerlain and subsequent relationship with actress, Angelina Jolie.

New fragrance Belle, by Worth, inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast'

by Judith Brockless, 20th March, 2017

Honorine Blanc has created a new feminine fragrance for Worth: Belle, inspired by the latest Walt Disney feature, 'Beauty and the Beast'. Belle contains top notes of green pear, grapefruit, Italian bergamot and redcurrant; heart notes include pink pepper, Bulgarian rose, white peony, rose centifolia and lily of the valley, and …