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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…

Scenting Halloween Horror Movie Stars!

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 31st October, 2014

It’s Halloween again, and you know what that means! ANOTHER SLIGHTLY RIDICULOUS LIST OF FRAGRANCES BEING TENUOUSLY LINKED THEMATICALLY!!!! Last year I scented my favourite monsters, from witches to zombies, so you could smell appropriate when you head out trick or treating. This year I thought long and hard* about how to do…

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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…

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…

Scents for Swedes – celebrating Sweden's National Day

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 06th June, 2014

Today is Sweden's National Day, so we're celebrating by choosing fragrances for some of Sweden's most popular exports. Ah, Miss Garbo; a reluctant star, but a brilliant one nonetheless. I would have liked to have scented Miss G with something brilliant – full of personality and life – however, I have it on good …

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 …

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…

Flower is latest limited edition Pleasures flanker from Lauder

20th March, 2014

Estée Lauder are launching Pleasures Flower in April. The limited edition feminine fragrance is backed by an ad campaign featuring model, Constance Jablonski.Notes for the fragrance include bergamot, neroli, mandarin, cassis bud and green notes in the head; peony, rose, muguet, jasmine and coconut water in the heart; and the base contains…

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…

Lauder celebrate sixty years of Youth Dew with limited edition bottle

26th February, 2013

Classic Estée Lauder fragrance, Youth Dew, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with the launch of a limited edition bottle which features "a luxurious crystal encrusted, golden metalized bow for the perfect touch of elegance. The jewel-worthy, sensuously feminine bottle will be packaged in an eye-catching golden carton that comp…