Latest Articles by Judith Brockless

As well as working tirelessly behind the scenes at Basenotes, Judith Brockless is a Jasmine Award shortlisted writer.

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Tom Ford to launch Beau de Jour

by Judith Brockless, 07th January, 2019

Beau de Jour is the latest fragrance from Tom Ford's 'Private Blend' collection.  The fragrance's opening notes involve 'an energetic hybrid of lavenders', including Provençal lavender, combined with cardamom and saffron.  Next come heart notes of African rosemary, an 'electric green' b…

The Best Perfumes of 2018, according to our contributors

31st December, 2018

As has become tradition, we ask our contributors, writers and forum moderators to look back at the last year and let us know which have been their best scents of 2018. If nothing wowed them in 2018 they could choose something new to them. Despite not going out of my way to smell new releases in 2018, I still managed to smell a few. Nic…

Ferragamo launch Tuscan Creations

by Judith Brockless, 27th November, 2018

Terra Rossa (created by Domitille Bertier) - along with Punta Ala, Vendemmia and Viola Essenziale - takes its inspiration from the natural world.  Notes which evoke the sun-burnt Tuscan soil include bitter orange, cypress, patchouli and amber.   Calimala (by Fabrice&…

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Hiram's Green latest release is Hyde

by Judith Brockless, 13th November, 2018

Hiram Green has launched a new creation, Hyde, described as a 'sensual and addictively mesmerising leather-themed fragrance'. Hyde contains 'cheerful' top notes of lemon and bergamot, which are followed by a heart of birch tar and cassie - together these form a leather note.  Labdanum, vanilla and oakmoss feat…

Memo Paris adds to Cuir Nomade Collection with Moroccan Leather

by Judith Brockless, 30th October, 2018

Moroccan Leather is the latest from the 'Cuirs Nomades' range by Memo - a collection inspired by travel. The fragrance has been created around the key ingredients of iris butter, vetiver oil and a leather accord, with additional notes of mandarin, ginger, cypress, ylang ylang, orange blossom, galbanum, styrax, tonka bean, musk …

Introducing the Annicke Collection - Eight & Bob’s first collection of feminine fragrances

by Judith Brockless, 17th October, 2018

Rescued from the archive collection of Albert Fouquet, creator of Eight & Bob, the three fragrances originally date from the 1930's. The trio was inspired by a woman, Annicke, ‘who dazzled its creator’ after meeting for the first time at a dinner party in 1936. From that moment on, whenever Albert visited his …

Chanel add toiletries to Eaux de Chanel range

by Judith Brockless, 08th October, 2018

Chanel have followed up their new Eaux de Chanel, with a set of foaming shower gels and body lotions, which can be layered with the eaux de toilette for a more intense scent. Paris-Deauville ‘A vivacious and elegant fragrance with all the energy of orange peel and aromatic basil leaf.’ Paris-Biarritz &lsquo…

Antonio Gardoni resurrects the T-Rex for Zoologist Perfumes

by Judith Brockless, 21st September, 2018

If all that wasn’t exciting enough for you, the new fragrance is being launched with a limited edition of 450 Special Edition bottles in a red faux-leather box, and our T Rex character is seen sporting pair of cool shades.  Say Zoologist: ‘First come first serve, don't wait till they are all gone like the dinosaur…

New Chanel trio: Les Eaux de Chanel

by Judith Brockless, 02nd July, 2018

Chanel are launching a line of three new fragrances, Les Eaux de Chanel, on 13th July. The three Eaux are named after destinations important to Gabrielle Chanel: Biarritz - the location of her first atelier, Deauville - where she opened her first boutique, and Venice - where she was inspired by Byzantine culture and the Baroque. …

Saint Louis perfume house, Chatillon Lux, launch Santal Auster

by Judith Brockless, 28th June, 2018

Saint Louis-based perfume house, Chatillon Lux have launched a new parfum extrait, Santal Auster. Founded in 2015 by perfumer Shawn Maher, Chatillon Lux fragrances are ‘inspired by the history of South Saint Louis and its resilience in the face of adversity’.  Maher says: ‘The juxtaposition of a historic city pop…

A 'Scent of the Tropics' for summer from Jo Malone

by Judith Brockless, 14th May, 2018

Mark Twain once called it “the most delicious fruit known to men”. Built around the Cherimoya’s creamy ‘fruit cocktail’ scent is the new fragrance from Jo Malone, Tropical Cherimoya Cologne.

Trussardi add new fragrance, Scent of Gold, to their 'Exclusive Collection'

by Judith Brockless, 10th May, 2018

Aliénor Massenet has created the latest fragrance for Trussardi: Scent of Gold, adding to The Exclusive Collection, which includes 2016's Amber Oud and The Black Rose from 2017. Trussardi say: Perfumer Aliénor Massenet has built a complex olfactory score around the extraordinary Noir Prunol base, created in 1876 …