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Lalique launch Noir Premier - a collection inspired by Lalique's history

29th October, 2014

Lalique have launched a new collection of six fragrances entitled Noir Premier. Each fragrance is named after a historic point in the history of the brand and the Lalique family. The range launched exclusively at Harrods earlier this month.The bottle design draws on various influences. The colour references the very first black perfume bo…

Gwen Stefani launches new Harajuku Lovers collection (Pop Electric). No longer with Coty.

14th October, 2014

Gwen Stefani will launch a limited edition collection of her Harajuku Lovers range live on a 2-hour HSN primetime special. The new range, called "Pop Electric" has "has five new luscious scents packaged in vibrantly colored bottles that look like they've been dipped in molten chrome". The collection has being manufactured by a new company…

Katy Perry starts a (Royal) Revolution

by Danielle Cooper, 01st July, 2014

Katy Perry’s latest fragrance, Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution, hits the UK in July this year, following a London launch with perfumer Pierre Negrin in which she invited journalists to recreate her fragrance from its composite notes.The singer spoke to Basenotes about her first memories of smell (powder fresh diapers!), how her fragrances…

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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…

Marian Bendeth picks up Editoral Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Fragrance Awards

by Grant Osborne, 28th April, 2014

Basenotes contributor, Marian Bendeth, picked up an editorial award at the Canadian Fragrance Awards last week for her Basenotes article "Being Led By The Nose." Bendeth also picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners can be seen below. Niche Launch Men’s or Womens – Carven Le Parfum &nd…

Guardians Of The Past - A Trip To The Osmotheque

by Persolaise, 28th March, 2014

For a moment, I wonder if the thing is going to leap out and attack me. Curled into the base of a steel box, it's a tangle of what looks like fur, claws and hide. It could be a piece of a garish Halloween costume. Or the remnants of some very strange Biology experiment gone wrong. I stare at it for a moment. And then, reassured that i…

Reflexive Perfumery: A Virtual Tour of the Osmothèque with Christophe Laudamiel

by Deadidol, 28th February, 2014

Opening his talk with an extensive self-introduction, Laudamiel traced the distinction between his role at the New York City-based non-profit Academy of Perfumery and Aromatics and his more commercial role as the nose behind such mainstream hits as Abercrombie & Fitch’s Fierce (2002), Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute (2007), and Ralph Lauren’s P…

Coty sign deal to create Vespa fragrances

17th February, 2014

Coty have partnered with Piaggio Group to create, develop and distribute a signature duo of fragrances for men and women under the Vespa brand.The first Vespa scooter was manufactured by Piaggio in 1946, and since then there have been 36 models. According to the press release:Vespa is one of Italy's most iconic brands. A symbol of Italian…

Coty sign up Enrique Iglesias for fragrance deal

29th January, 2014

Coty have announced a partnership with internationally singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias to develop his own line of signature fragrances.Enrique Iglesias is one of the best-selling artists in history, with sales exceeding 100 million albums worldwide. He is also no stranger to the fragrance industry having starred in advertising camp…

New Book: British Perfumery, a Fragrant History

by Pia Long, 04th December, 2013

Were Shakespeare's sonnets inspired by fragrant potions? Which English perfumery made its money selling Russian bear grease? Whose lavender plants were eaten by rabbits? Who applied for a job in a perfume lab still wearing his school shorts? Which aroma chemicals went into Coty's L'Origan? Whose chemist career started because he was "to…

Coty apologises for Paul Walker Cool Water ad, shown during football match

04th December, 2013

Coty have apologised after an advertisement for Cool Water featuring Paul Walker was aired on UK television the day after the actor, and face of the brand, died.Walker, who starred in films such as 'The Fast and the Furious', was killed in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in California. Walker had been the face of Cool Water since 2011 a…

Katy Perry's Killer Queen perfume ad revealed

21st August, 2013

Katy Perry has unveiled the promo video for her latest scent, Killer Queen. The scent is the first Katy Perry fragrance created in collaboration with Coty, who signed up the singer last year in a licensing deal.The fragrance was created by perfumer Laurent le Guernec and contains notes of Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot, Red Velvet Flower…