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Podcast #3: The Art Perfumes Formerly Known as Niche

19th September, 2014

In the third episode of The Basenotes Podcast our panel discuss the idea of “niche” in perfumery – can we define what is, and what isn’t niche? We also smell the Bacon Candle mentioned in Ep. 1, talk about Frazzles (again), and whether Callum would use it as a ‘bedroom candle’. Plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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…

Creed's Acqua Originale collection – Available now

18th June, 2014

As we originally reported from Milan at the annual Esxence fragrance fair back in March, Creed's new fragrance line is Acqua Originale. The range is inspired by Olivier Creed's travels and each fragrance represents Olivier Creed's search for "the world's finest ingredients. Also available is a sample collection (right), which contains 5ml…

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Esxence 2014 : Everything Else... (part two)

by Grant Osborne, 27th March, 2014

Here's the last round up of our coverage from Esxence featuring Nose, Masque, Jovoy, the relaunch of Le Galion and Naomi Goodsir. Previously Esxence 2014 : Everything Else.. (part one) Five new fragrances from Mancera Montale introduce Orange Aoud and Aoud Melody at Esxence + Hair Mist for Roses Musk Ann Gerard launches…

Creed showing new 'Acqua Originale' line at Esxence (updated with notes)

23rd March, 2014

At Esxence, Creed are showing a new line, Acqua Originale. The new range consists of five fragrances: Asian Green Tea, Vetiver Geranium, Cedre Blanc, Iris Tubereuse and Aberdeen Lavender. No-one was on hand to give us more information when we visited the stand yesterday, but we will update this post when we have some (updated - see not…

Esxence 2014 Milan - starts tomorrow - info and brand list

19th March, 2014

The 6th Annual Esxence art fragrance fair starts tomorrow in Milan, and Basenotes will be there to keep you posted on the exciting new launches and brands. This year special guests include Michael Edwards, who will be interviewed by Mark Behnke.The event is being held in a new location this year – Triennale di Milano – and runs from Thurs…

Discontinued Fragrances : 2014 Edition

by Grant Osborne, 18th February, 2014

When a fragrance company launches a new fragrance, they create a big fanfare with press releases, launch parties, and bizarre social media campaigns. When a fragrance company discontinues a fragrance, there is rarely a peep. Having both recently read this thread on the forums about discontinued fragrances and recieving the latest copy of …

Harrods' "Fragrance Explosion" to start later this week

19th August, 2013

Harrods has announced a late summer programme of olfactory events entitled "Meet the Perfumers". The in-store talks, masterclasses and one to one consultations will take place from Thursday 22nd August to Thursday 19th September. The series includes highlights such as "The Art of British Perfumery", a masterclass with Floris perfumer Sh…

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - WINNERS

06th April, 2013

Basenotes are pleased to announced the winners of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year.The results were previewed to attendees of the last London Perfume Lovers meet up, and we are now officially revealing the winners. Finalists can …

Erwin Creed on regulations, Aventus and more [video]

03rd April, 2013

Erwin Creed, 7[SUP]th[/SUP] generation of the perfume house, attended Exsence and spoke to Basenotes about his concerns regarding regulations on ingredients in perfume. This has now meant that some perfumes, eg. Irisia, can now no longer be made. …

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced.

27th March, 2013

Basenotes is pleased to announced the finalists of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year. Below is a slideshow of the finalists, followed by a text list. Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 : Finalists from basenotes Best New Fragranc…

Esxence 2013 : List of Brands

20th March, 2013

Over 120 brands are appearing at this years Esxence fragrance fair. These are...Absolument AbsintheAcca KappaAnn Gerard ParfumAntonio ViscontiApotcareArte Profumiau Pays de la Fleur d'OrangerAutour Du ParfumBiehl ParfumkunstwerkeBois 1920Bruno Acampora ProfumiCalé Fragranze d'AutoreCarla Fracci ParfumsCarner BarcelonaCastle ForbesCerchi N…