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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…

"Like Joni Mitchellís alternate guitar tunings" - An interview with Dr Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids

by Jesse Hardy, 17th April, 2014

I think that your fragrances are beyond affordable. An entire collection of your fragrances is affordable!Thatís what I like; for people to be able to afford an entire collection! Iíll always offer the 5ml sprays and the 15ml bottles. I want small bottles myself. I would never buy a big bottle of anything, simply because I would never be …

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 …

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Greatest Hits: Annick Menardo

by Nick Gilbert, 12th April, 2013

Annick Menardo has worked at Firmenich since 1991, having trained at ISIPCA and alongside Michel Almairac at Creations Aromatiques. Menardo's list of creations is both vast and impressive, having created many fragrances that are considered favourites amongst those in the Male Fragrance Discussion board and by Basenotes founder Gran…

IFF names Carlos Benaim as their first Master Perfumer

23rd January, 2013

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), last week named Carlos Benaim Master Perfumer. The company say that the designation at IFF "recognizes perfumers who have consistently challenged themselves and the company to take the art of perfumery to the next level; they are paradigm shifters who have developed trendsetting fragrances; and t…

Greatest Hits: Antoine Lie

by Nick Gilbert, 11th January, 2013

In this new series of articles for Basenotes, I'll be taking a look at what I think are some of the best creations from various commercial perfumers.

Parlux to take over Kenneth Cole fragrance license

20th December, 2012

On January 1st, Parlux will take over the fragrance license for Kenneth Cole, which is currently held by Coty. Michael DeVirgilio, president of licensing and international at Kenneth Cole told trade magazine, WWD, that Parlux was "perfect partner to develop a new scent direction and their strength in the international fragrance market fur…

Another famous man to advertise men's fragrance

01st November, 2012

After the news that Givenchy will launch a new fragrance next year with the face of Simon Baker, it has now been revelealed that star of Twilight, Robert Pattinson, is to star in forthcoming advertising for Dior Men's fragrances.Pattinson will reportedly earn around $12m for three years. Kristin Stewart, fellow co-star of Twilight and cur…

Perfume House to advertise upcoming fragrance with famous man

24th October, 2012

Australian actor Simon Baker is to be the face of a new men's Givenchy fragrance to be launched in Spring 2013. No other details have been announced about the fragrance apart from who the person is in the advertising campaign.Baker has starred in The Devil Wears Prada and The Mentalist.Givenchy global president, Thierry Maman, told trade …

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 Menís 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…

Summer and Sport Flankers Round Up

by Nick Gilbert, 24th July, 2012

Calvin Klein have always been a major player in the summer flanker market, fielding at least 3 per year as far back as I can remember. CK One summer is this year housed in an entertaining bright green 'cracked' effect bottle: the scent itself is bright, and citrus, as you'd expect from CK, with a hint of a bath sponge and a metallic-aquat…

An Interview with Eddie Roschi co-founder of Le Labo

by Lila Das Gupta, 06th July, 2012

Le Labo co-founder Eddie Roschi was in London recently to hold a perfume workshop at the Liberty's shop in Regent Street. Lila Das Gupta met him at the Le Labo store in Marylebone. ER: It can come from ingredients, or stories and emotions that we want to make sense from, it can be something that was on a perfumers table, it comes from di…