Latest Articles by Carla Seipp

As well as reporting from New York for Basenotes, Carla is a Freelance fashion, art and fragrance journalist. Contributor for Twin, A Shaded View on Fashion, Dazed Digital and more.

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Parfums Quartana Part 2: The Creation of Les Potions Fatale

by Carla Seipp, 18th March, 2017

In Part 1, Joseph Quartana explained the story behind each of the nine scents in his Les Potions Fatales collection. In the following interview, the Six Scents and Parfums Quartana founder discusses the deeply personal process behind his latest range of fragrances and redefining gender in perfume. In terms of gender assignment, som…

Parfums Quartana Part 1: Nine Tales of Deadly Deception

by Carla Seipp, 16th March, 2017

As far as inspirations for a perfume line go, Breaking Bad is pretty much the pinnacle of badass-ry. And just like its source material, the Les Potions Fatales collection by Parfums Quartana is highly addictive and undeniably captivating. “I was watching an episode of the show, and in it the protagonist Walter used lily of the valley to poison Jessie’s girlfriend’s son, Brock. A lightbulb went on in my head. I thought to myself, why hasn’t anyone done poisonous flowers in perfumery yet? That’s when the eureka moment happened,” Joseph Quartana explains.

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

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Clara Molloy of Memo Paris on the artistic originality of tuberose

by Carla Seipp, 20th June, 2016

The secluded town of Marfa, with its scorching temperatures and dry landscape, would probably be the last place one would associate with a luscious white floral fragrance. However, for Memo Paris this creative contrast turned out to be the perfect inspiration

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.

Mary Celestia Eau de Toilette presented by The Bermuda Perfumery and Drom Fragrances

by Carla Seipp, 20th October, 2014

Your typical perfume brief might include something along the lines of a day spent in the shade under Sicilian lemon trees or a romantic evening stroll along the Seine. The Bermuda Perfumery’s starting point was a tiny bottle of perfume discovered in a 150-year-old shipwreck. Named after the steamship from which it was unearthed in 2011, …

Giovanni Sammarco on the challenges of independent perfume making

by Carla Seipp, 02nd May, 2014

The story of Giovanni Sammarco’s company is best described as one of a road less taken: originally (and still currently studying as) a law student, he soon transitioned into perfume-making after discovering the world of fragrance and has since relocated to Switzerland to create artisanal fragrances without EU restrictions.Today the exuber…

Podcast #1: You don't need a factory for toast

03rd January, 2014

A perfume podcast where host, Grant Osborne, is joined by Odette Toilette, Nick Gilbert, Callum Langston-Bolt and Carla Seipp to discuss fragrance news, smell some fragrances and generally talk about all things olfactory. Topic include Guerlain's Paris Collection, Yohji Homme relaunch, Bacon candles, Jovan Musk, Keeping Up Appearances, Smoking, Coffee and Fragrance Dreams...

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary opens in Brooklyn

by Carla Seipp, 22nd October, 2013

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary can best be described as the NYC version of perfume nirvana - think sleek wooden floors, purist white walls and rows upon rows of niche fragrances.At the boutique’s opening in Boerum Hill this past week, guests were greeted with Pear & Olive martinis (inspired by Josh Lobb’s creation of the s…