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Haniya often writes about art and architecture for Architectural Digest, and has been a perfume fanatic since she was a child.

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An interview with Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah of The Fragrance Kitchen

by Haniya Rae, 06th April, 2017

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah doesn’t give the impression of someone heavily invested in the fragrance industry; he’s tall and muscular and sports a shaved head with a tight-fitting shirt. But Al-Sabah’s The Fragrance Kitchen (TFK), founded in 2005, is an international fragrance powerhouse that caters to those who crave quality …

Out of Nothing Into the Sublime: Benoît Verdier, Co-Founder of Ex-Nihilo, Speaks About the Brand’s Latest Launch

by Haniya Rae, 19th January, 2017

Scarcely three years ago, Sylvie Loday, Olivier Royère, and Benoît Verdier launched Ex-Nihilo with the desire to provide consumers with custom perfumes. Markedly different than Le Labo or Commodity, Ex Nihilo offers its customers several base perfumes that can then be adjusted to suit a number of personalities. Once a cus…

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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Interview with Pauline Rochas and Carole Beaupré of Coolife on the Launch of Le Quatrieme Parfum

by Haniya Rae, 14th June, 2016

Haniya Rae speaks with founders of Coolife, Pauline Rochas and Carole Beaupré.

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.

An interview with Hiram Green

by Haniya Rae, 21st May, 2015

For Netherlands-base Hiram Green, natural oils aren’t a luxury, they’re a necessity. Green, who is a self-taught perfumer, took more than a decade tinkering with essential oils until the release of Moon Bloom in 2013. The perfume was an instant success, and gave Green the confidence to launch Shangri La, a perfume conjures up James Hilton’s famous paradise, a year and a half later.

Bottle Bling: Paris Hilton Announces Her Limited Anniversary Edition Perfume

by Haniya Rae, 25th March, 2015

Haniya Rae reports from the launch of Paris Hilton's 10th Anniversary fragrance

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.

Interview with Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste

by Haniya Rae, 03rd December, 2014

By no means is Beau Rhee, perfumer and founder of Atelier de Geste, traditional. Her first perfume collection, which launched last fall, eschewed typical industry scents, such as florals, for ones that mimicked the elements: water, earth, wind. Her scents, she says, are meant to conjure the idea of movement -- “Atelier De Geste&rdqu…