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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Omonde Jayne launches Elixir Collection

by Judith Brockless, 28th March, 2019

Ormonde Jayne has announced a new collection of five fragrances, inspired by ‘much loved favourites’ and introducing Cambodian oud into the mix. The five fragrances are Osmanthus Elixir, Isfarkand Elixir, Ormonde Elixir, Ta’if Elixir and Royal Elixir. Osmanthus Elixir is based on 2003’s Osmanthus. Faith…

Les Parfums de Rosine create new collection: Les Extravagants

by Judith Brockless, 18th February, 2019

Bleu Abysse is a perfume of contrasting sensations: a deep, yet dry, marine-blue note. Inspired by the French rose, ‘Rosa Moschata’, Bleu Abysse is a fresh fusion fragrance. Serge de Oliveira was the perfumer for Bleu Abysse. It opens with bergamot, elemi and blackcurrant, moving on to rose combined with a mineral a…

New animals for Zoologist: Dodo and Chameleon

by Judith Brockless, 31st January, 2019

The sun sparkled across rippling waves, its morning dance upon the Indian Ocean rousing the dodos from their carefree slumber. Stumbling drunkenly from their nests, the birds waddled through the sea of luscious ferns that carpeted the forest floor, to feast on fat, ripe berries. For generations, the island paradise of Mauritius nurt…

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Gucci launch The Alchemist's Garden collection

by Judith Brockless, 29th January, 2019

Gucci has launched a new range of scents, The Alchemist’s Garden - a collection of fourteen eaux de parfum, scented waters and perfumed oils, along with scented candles. The fragrances are designed to be layered and the bottles are made of lacquered glass, designed to resemble antique porcelain apothecary bottles. Guc…

Salvador Dali adds to Fabulous Collection with Tian Shan

by Judith Brockless, 24th January, 2019

Dali Haute Parfumerie has added to the Salvador Dali ‘Fabulous’ collection with Fabulous Tian Shan - a ‘woody, spicy, ambery’ fragrance, created by perfumer Vincent Ricord. An important stop on the Silk Road, the Tian Shan region is imposing with its breathtaking mountainous plateaus in Northern China, and…

Fleur de Point - new French line inspired by stories and poetry

by Judith Brockless, 22nd January, 2019

Licorne Maudite (Cursed Unicorn) D’un coup, toute la forêt s’est assombrie,
 Les oiseaux se sont envolés sans un bruit.
 Le rythme des sabots résonnait au loin,
 Faisant peser l’inquiétude sur chacun. Sa crinière blanche scintillait d’argent.R…

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&…

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 & Bobís 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 …