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Claire Vukcevic is an Irish freelance writer, contributor at Basenotes,, and author of the blog

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Conversations with the Artisan: Ensar of Ensar Oud

by Claire Vukcevic, 25th June, 2018

Welcome to the third interview in the Basenotes series called Conversations with the Artisan, the aim of which is to introduce readers to the artisans who make perfume from the ground up, often distilling, tincturing, and macerating their own raw materials at great personal effort and expense. Who or what exactly are these artisans any…

Conversations with the Artisan: Trygve Harris of Enfleurage

by Claire Vukcevic, 29th March, 2018

Trygve Harris is unusual, even among artisans. She is a woman, but even men in the most culturally closed, patriarchal societies of the world respect her. She’s a Westerner, but has freely foregone any expectation of comfort or convenience. She’s a natural businesswoman, but doesn’t delegate. She’s successful, but has no hubris. And, unusually, for someone who is such a doer - personally trekking through jungles and inspecting crops in the most remote regions of the world – she is also a brilliant communicator, with the rare ability to entertain and elucidate under the same breath.

The Best Perfumes of 2017 according to our contributors

30th December, 2017

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 2017. If nothing wowed them in 2017 they could choose something new to them

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The Murky Matter of Musk

by Claire Vukcevic, 01st September, 2017

Claire Vukcevic tells us everything you need to know about musk – and runs though the top musk fragrances everyone should try.

Conversations with the Artisan: JK DeLapp of The Rising Phoenix Perfumery

by Claire Vukcevic, 21st July, 2017

In the first of a new semi-regular series, Claire Vukcevic speaks with JK DeLapp of The Rising Phoenix Perfumery about attars, the company’s upcoming range of Eau de Parfums and crowdsourcing campaign.

Summer Fragrances for People Who Hate Summer & Also Summer Fragrances

by Claire Vukcevic, 23rd June, 2017

We asked Claire Vukcevic to write an article about the best fragrances for summer. Claire gave us this instead, which is why we love her.

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

The Basenotes 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

by Claire Vukcevic, 07th December, 2016

Not sure what to buy the fragrance lover in your life? Wondering what things you need to drop a bunch of hints about. Claire Vukcevic has the gift ideas you need

Ambergris: Myths, Truths, and Half-Truths

by Claire Vukcevic, 25th November, 2016

Claire Vukcevic gives us the rundown on what ambergris is and isn’t, plus a list of reference ambergris fragrances and attars

The Top Ten Female Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

by Claire Vukcevic, 12th August, 2016

Claire Vukcevic runs down the top ten female designer fragrances for beginners to sample.

The Top Ten Male Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

by Claire Vukcevic, 11th February, 2016

Claire Vukcevic takes us by the hand and shows us the ten men's designer fragrances every beginner should sample.

The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

by Claire Vukcevic, 13th January, 2016

Claire Vukcevic guides us through the top ten niche fragrances every beginner should try.