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Persolaise is a four-time Jasmine Award winning writer with a lifelong interest in the world of fine fragrance. His perfume guide, Le Snob: Perfume, is published in English by Hardie Grant and in German by Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has written for Sunday Times Style, Grazia, Glass, The Scented Letter and Now Smell This, amongst others.

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What's Inside The Bottle: An Interview With Nicolas Chabot of Æther

by Persolaise, 06th July, 2017

Persolaise talks to the founder of Aether about the brand's synthetic-only compositions.

Your Capacity To Last: Etienne De Swardt Launches Etat Libre D'Orange You Or Someone Like You

by Persolaise, 29th June, 2017

Persolaise catches up with Etat Libre D'Orange founder Etienne De Swardt about his collaboration with Chandler Burr.

A Reflection Of My Client: Nathalie Feisthauer At The UK Launch Of Pelargonium From Aedes De Venustas

by Persolaise, 09th June, 2017

Nathalie Feisthauer speaks to us about her latest creation for Aedes, Pelargonium - and reveals some of the back story behind the creation of the classic fragrance, Eau Des Merveilles.

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The Odour Of War: Jean-Christophe Herault At The London Launch of Boucheron's La Collection

by Persolaise, 27th April, 2017

Jean-Christophe Herault: For this perfume I was inspired by a very personal experience - a trip to Egypt. I brought back a lot of feelings, a lot of memories of odours. The people there use very strong perfumes, a little bit like in the Middle East. When you're in the souq, you can smell things from the shops. When you're in t…

The best perfumes of 2016 according to our contributors

30th December, 2016

Our contributors look back at the best fragrances they've discovered in 2016

Our Best Fragrance Discoveries of 2015

30th December, 2015

We ask our contributors to look back on 2015 and reveal what their best fragrances of the year were.

Perfume As Jewellery - Harrods’ Head Of Beauty On The Salon De Parfums

by Persolaise, 04th June, 2015

Reactions have been mixed. Some have called it the best addition to the UK’s perfumery scene for years. Others have said that it’s pointless, unwelcoming and pretentious. But differing views aside, it seems reasonable to conclude that Harrods’ Salon De Parfums - which opened its doors in mid-October 2014 - has made quite an impression. Everyone who’s seen it has strong views on it. And those who haven’t yet seen it are eager to do so.

Sugar cherries, panthers and synthetic vanillas - An interview with Cartier’s Mathilde Laurent

by Persolaise, 26th May, 2015

​Mathilde Laurent is great company. The cynical part of my brain tells me that her particular way with journalists - the un-showy insistence on cutting through marketing guff; the modesty; the willingness to embrace humour - is as studiously constructed as any politician’s modus operandi

The Process Of Simplification - Carlos Benaim At The London Launch Of Dunhill’s Icon

by Persolaise, 27th January, 2015

Persolaise speaks to perfumer Carlos Benaim about Dunhill's latest fragrance, Icon and his many hits, such as Eternity, Polo and Eau de Magnolia.

Basenotes Best fragrance discoveries of 2014

31st December, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we ask our contributors to look back and tell us their favourite new releases and discoveries of the year.

"We Know How To Defend Ourselves" – Chantal & Alexandra Roos at the London Launch of Dear Rose

by Persolaise, 23rd October, 2014

It’s difficult to decide how to start an interview with Chantal Roos. Although her name may not be well known, her work couldn’t be more famous. Ask someone to list the most successful perfumes of the last 40 years, and it’s likely that Opium, Kouros, Paris, L’Eau D’Issey and Gaultier’s Classique and Le Male will come up. It just so happe…

Podcast #3: The Art Perfumes Formerly Known as Niche

19th September, 2014

In the third episode of The Basenotes Podcast our panel discuss the idea of “niche” in perfumery – can we define what is, and what isn’t niche? We also smell the Bacon Candle mentioned in Ep. 1, talk about Frazzles (again), and whether Callum would use it as a ‘bedroom candle’. Plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar