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Liz Upton is a freelance journalist based in Cambridge, UK. She writes mainly on food, opera and cosmetics, and has a collection of more than 100 fragrances. Her food blog, Gastronomy Domine has been featured by the BBC and the Telegraph

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An interview with Michael Boadi of Boadicea the Victorious

by Liz Upton, 14th November, 2008

You might not recognise Michael Boadi’s name, but you’ve almost certainly seen his work. Boadi has a background in high-fashion hair – names like Chanel, Gucci, Etro and Missoni litter his CV, and he’s worked his magic on the iconic scalps of Kate Moss, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez.Boadicea the Victorious is Michael’s first perfume line. S…

The perfumer who hates perfume: An interview with Christopher Brosius

by Liz Upton, 01st September, 2008

Zephyr is a big dog. I met him a month ago and a few thousand miles away, but as I shut my eyes, it is as if he's lying on the carpet in front of me. He's rolling on his back, encouraging me to rub his pinkly dogsome tummy, and he smells very strongly and wetly canine. His master, Christopher Brosius, would understand this hallucinatory k…

Body Odour - or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Musk

by Liz Upton, 20th June, 2008

Some years ago, I used to work in an office with a guy who didn't wash. There is no subtle way of saying this: he stank.The odour of a human body is complicated. It's not all armpits and stale sweat; most of your pheromones are produced by the oil glands on the scalp, and my old colleague had oil glands aplenty. There is (excuse me for th…

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Virtual Sniffing - a look at the role of fragrance in Second Life

by Liz Upton, 25th March, 2008

Let’s face it. If you’re a regular Basenotes user – if you keep tabs on your growing collection using the wardrobe, if you participate in the community to crow about your latest buy, and if you use the directory to research all your fragrance purchases – odds are that you might have a slightly addictive personality. I’ve long since accept…

In search of Oud on Oxford Street

by Liz Upton, 20th December, 2007

Oud is a note I fell in love with long before I found out what it was. About ten years ago, in search of some Lebanese ingredients for a dinner party, I found myself standing rigid in the middle of the pavement, trying to locate a curiously wonderful smell. My Lebanese grocer was in a predominantly middle-eastern area of London, and all …