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Greatest Hits : Christine Nagel

by Nick Gilbert, 16th July, 2014

Originally a research chemist, Christine Nagel has worked at Firmenich, Creations Aromatiques, Quest, Fragrance Resources and Givaudan. She has spent the past 4 years at Mane, where she has been responsible for most of Jo Malone London’s output in that time. At the end of last year, an announcement from Hermès had many of …

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 …

The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 03rd June, 2014

Today sees the start of a new series on Basenotes – The Top Ten. Each time we'll take a look at a category of fragrances, and countdown the top ten as decided by the ratings of Basenotes members. Our first Top Ten is discontinued fragrances for men. (Note: eBay prices are a guide based on prices from mid-2014) Click NE…

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The Basenotes Reader Awards 2014: Winners!

by Grant Osborne, 21st May, 2014

Best Flanker: WOMANITY LIQUEUR DE PARFUM by THIERRY MUGLER Finalists: 1 Million Intense by Paco Rabanna Bel Ami Vetiver by Hermès Bottega Veneta Eau Légère by Bottega Veneta Dior Homme Cologne (new) by Christian Dior Marni Rose by Marni Womanity Liqueur de Parfum by Thierry Mugler Be…

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 …

The Basenotes Questionnaire: The Candy Perfume Boy

by Judith Brockless, 14th May, 2014

To kick off our brand new series, ‘The Basenotes Questionnaire’, we have the lovely Thomas Dunckley, aka Jasmine Award-winning perfume blogger, The Candy Perfume Boy. As well as writing his popular blog, Thomas contributes to Fragrant Reviews on Twitter (‘short, snappy fragrance reviews in under 140 characters’)…

Finalists announced for Basenotes Reader Awards

by Grant Osborne, 30th April, 2014

At the end of last year we invited our readers to vote for their favourite fragrant things of 2013. We are now pleased to announced the finalists for this year's Basenotes Reader Awards: Best New Women's Fragrance1932 by ChanelFate Woman by AmouageIris Prima by Penhaligon'sJour d'Hermès by HermèsSahara Noir by Tom FordSì by Giorgio Armani…

"Like Joni Mitchell’s 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!That’s what I like; for people to be able to afford an entire collection! I’ll 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 …

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…

Podcast #1: You don't need a factory for toast

03rd January, 2014

A perfume podcast where host, Grant Osborne, is joined by Odette Toilette, Nick Gilbert, Callum Langston-Bolt and Carla Seipp to discuss fragrance news, smell some fragrances and generally talk about all things olfactory. Topic include Guerlain's Paris Collection, Yohji Homme relaunch, Bacon candles, Jovan Musk, Keeping Up Appearances, Smoking, Coffee and Fragrance Dreams...

The relaunch of Indult

17th December, 2013

Many people that come to Basenotes end up acquiring more perfume bottles than they originally intended. One member, kccparis, went a step further and bought a perfume house: Indult. We caught up with him a few weeks ago when he was in London and he told us the story of how he relaunched the brand. A few years ago I stumbled upon Ba…