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On the eve of a new “Aura”: The Raymond Matts Collection

by Marian Bendeth, 24th December, 2014

Not content with the status quo of commercial fragrances, Matts wanted to break free of traditional perfumery, classifications and obvious marketing hype. He took a brave hiatus to reexamine the structure of fragrance and developed a vision in his mind as to the direction he envisaged if he had his own brand. While we chatted on the ph…

Estée Lauder to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (updated)

07th November, 2014

Estée Lauder are on a niche splurge. After the announcement that the company are acquiring Le Labo, it has been reported by WWD that Lauder are to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.Editions de Parfums was founded by Frederic Malle in 2000. Malle curated a collection of critically acclaimed fragrances, which highlighted the names of t…

"We Know How To Defend Ourselves" – Chantal & Alexandra Roos at the London Launch of Dear Rose

by Persolaise, 23rd October, 2014

It’s difficult to decide how to start an interview with Chantal Roos. Although her name may not be well known, her work couldn’t be more famous. Ask someone to list the most successful perfumes of the last 40 years, and it’s likely that Opium, Kouros, Paris, L’Eau D’Issey and Gaultier’s Classique and Le Male will come up. It just so happe…

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Le Labo acquired by Lauder

15th October, 2014

The Estée Lauder Companies are to acquire Le Labo, it was announced today. The brand was founded in 2006 by fragrance industry veterans Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi.As well as a range of fragrances, Le Labo have freestanding stores in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as select prestige d…

The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 03rd June, 2014

Today sees the start of a new series on Basenotes – The Top Ten. Each time we'll take a look at a category of fragrances, and countdown the top ten as decided by the ratings of Basenotes members. Our first Top Ten is discontinued fragrances for men. (Note: eBay prices are a guide based on prices from mid-2014) Click NE…

Fifi Awards UK – Winners announced

by Grant Osborne, 15th May, 2014

The UK Fragrance Foundation held its annual Fifi Awards this evening. The event was hosted by news reader Natasha Kaplinsky, while pop star Alesha Dixon performed for the guests in attendance. The event was held at The Brewery, which has played host to the awards since 2012. Ultimate Launch Winner: Our Moment – One …

Aramis adds to Perfume Calligraphy series with Saffron

20th January, 2014

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is the latest fragrance by Aramis in their Perfume Calligraphy series, following from 2011's Perfume Calligraphy and 2012's Perfume Calligraphy Rose.Perfume Calligraphy Saffron contains top notes of marigold and bergamot; turkish rose, lavender and saffron make up the heart of the fragrance; and the scent feat…

Winter Warmers Round Up

by Nick Gilbert, 28th November, 2012

After an incredibly short lived summer in the UK, we have segued immediately into winter and seem to have completely missed out autumn (arguably The Best Season). So, with the nights drawing in and the weather getting progressively Siberian, we need some warmth from our scents. Basenotes tasked me with sniffing out the best of the new lau…

An Incomplete History of Men's Fragrance : A List of Perfumes used at the London Perfume Lovers event

by Lila Das Gupta, 17th October, 2012

An Incomplete History of Men’s Fragrance was presented by Grant Osborne and Lila Das Gupta at the New Cavendish Club, London on 26th Sept 2012. Here are the highlights and some of the fragrances the attendees smelt: What would Napoleon Bonaparte wear today? Eau de Cologne Chanel (selfridges.com) Not the most historically accurate cho…

20th UK Fifi Awards tonight, Basenotes reporting

17th May, 2012

Basenotes will be live tweeting from the UK FiFi Awards tonight. The event is being held in London's The Brewery, and celebrates the fragrances from last year. A list of finalists is below.You can follow Basenotes on twitter here, to find out winners as they happen.FIFI UK Finalists List Best New Female Print Advertisement Bottega Veneta…

My Perfume Wardrobe by Basenotes Member fragranceman88

by Lila Das Gupta, 12th May, 2012

Fragranceman88 is based in Scotland. He may be relatively new to the game - he's only become seriously interested in perfume in the last couple of years - but in that short time he's already built up a well thought-out and enviable collection. Without giving away too much of your identity, can you tell us a bit about yourself, what sor…

An interview with director of BBC's Perfume Documentary - Ian Denyer

by Grant Osborne, 12th July, 2011

The final episode of film maker Ian Denyer's perfume documentary, Perfume, airs tonight on BBC Four at 9pm. We asked Ian to answer a few of our questions, and some of yours which were posted on Twitter. Simon and Amanda Brooke of Grossmith (credit: BBC) Q. What's the final show about?Show three stars both Ann Gottleib and Simon and Amanda…