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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…

The Top Ten: Discontinued Women's Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 24th June, 2014

Following on from our earlier Top 10 discontinued fragrances for men article, we're following up with the same article for women's fragrances. So, here is the list of the greatest discontinued fragrances for women as decided by Basenotes members. It has been interesting researching the reasons that fragrances has been disco…

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Winners announced for US FiFi awards 2014

17th June, 2014

The US Fragrance Foundation held its annual FiFi Awards last night at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret picked up three awards each. The winners are as follows:BATH & BODY LINE OF THE YEARPEONY & BLUSH SUEDE BODY CRÉME AND BODY & HAND WASH – Jo Malone LondonFRAGRANCE HALL OF FAMEHAPPY – CliniqueFRAGRANCE…

Buying the dress was easy...

by Get Lippie, 07th December, 2012

Buying the dress was easy. I simply typed the words “purple dress” into eBay, and there, waiting in the very first line of results was my dress. The right colour, the right style, and most importantly, the right size. A couple of clicks and a matter of seconds later I’d made what most people think of as the big wedding purchase: “The Dr…

Collecting Miniature Perfume Bottles

by Lila Das Gupta, 03rd February, 2012

Why is collecting miniatures so popular? What’s the attraction? There are as many answers to that question as there are collectors. The attraction is different for everyone. For my first mini, there was the obvious sentimental connection to my mother who wore Chanel No 5, but I also loved the bottle design – especially the thin, faceted,…

Evelyn Lauder, 1936 - 2011

by Grant Osborne, 16th November, 2011

Estee Lauder companies have announced that Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide, died at the age of 75 from complications of non-genetic ovarian cancer. Mrs. Lauder died last Saturday, November 12, at her home in New York City with her family by her side. Press release from Estee La…

Clinique launch new version of Happy in Bloom

by Grant Osborne, 04th January, 2011

This month, Clinique launch a new version of their limited edition Happy in Bloom fragrance. The scent has top notes of yellow plum, frozen fruit, watery green notes; heart notes of Lily of the valley, white freesia and mimosa. Base notes are transparent amber and white wood. Available at Clinique counters now. …

Jean Claude Delville joins Drom

by Grant Osborne, 24th February, 2010

Perfumer Jean Claude Delville has joined Drom Fragrances NYC Tribeca studio. Ferdinand Storp, Drom's general manager, said, "We are extremely excited to have Jean Claude on board … [Delville's] extraordinary skills and expertise make him one of the world’s best perfumers, and a great addition to our team of perfume fanatics."Delville has …

News Special: Estee Lauder Launches the 2009 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

by April Schanoes, 01st October, 2009

  Evelyn H. Lauder welcomed fashion, beauty, and fragrance bloggers to Estée Lauder's opulent headquarters for the launch of the worldwide October Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  Mrs. Lauder passionately described her many contributions to breast cancer education and research.  In 1992 she co-created th…

Aramis to relaunch eight classic scents in new Gentleman's Collection

by Grant Osborne, 20th July, 2009

This Autumn sees the launch of Aramis' Gentleman's Collection: A set of eight classic Aramis fragrances all housed in the same bottle design. The scents included in the Aramis Gentleman's Collection are: Aramis 900 (1973) was created by perfumer Bernard Chant and is a masculine interpretation of (Aramis' sister-brand) Clin…

James Krivda / Sophie Labbe / Laurent Le Guernec / Christophe Laudamiel ~ Scent Treks through Time

by Marian Bendeth, 23rd August, 2008

Editor's note: These interviews are the eleventh part of a series in which Marian Bendeth explores what a panel of modern perfumers would say if they could travel back to the time of their choosing, to meet, chat and co-create with a perfumer of the past. An introduction to the series and table of contents is here.James Krivda Senior …