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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…

A visit to the Roullier White store and an interview with its founder

by Joshua Ang, 21st December, 2013

Stepping off the bus and into Roullier White was a magical experience. Perfume bottles from all over the world stood on racks of tall wooden shelves, alongside candles, soaps and shampoos, jars of preserve and chutney, pajamas and many other lifestyle products [sidenote: Roullier White bills itself as a lifestyle boutique where you can fi…

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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…

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 Men’s 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…

An interview with director of BBC's Perfume Documentary - Ian Denyer

by Grant Osborne, 12th July, 2011

The final episode of film maker Ian Denyer's perfume documentary, Perfume, airs tonight on BBC Four at 9pm. We asked Ian to answer a few of our questions, and some of yours which were posted on Twitter. Simon and Amanda Brooke of Grossmith (credit: BBC) Q. What's the final show about?Show three stars both Ann Gottleib and Simon and Amanda…

Scents of History: Notes from a presentation at the Chelsea Physic Garden

by John Bailey, 31st December, 2010

[Outline of Quaker ethics – a serious problem and one which retarded the progress of both pharmacy and perfumery was the adulteration of vegetable drugs and distilled essential oils] – the company I joined was founded in England in 1830 between Stafford Allen & Charles May – Allen was the nephew of William Allen FRS, the first President …

London Hosts First Official Launch Of Fougère Royale Remake

by Persolaise, 03rd December, 2010

In order to overcome these negative associations, the team responsible for Fougère Royale's remake decided they would have to remain faithful not to the exact make-up but to the intentions of the original perfume: to evoke a fresh, instantly likable image of nature. Houbigant's Gian Luca Perris (right with Dove) explained that it was …

Pentacom Discovers the best in beauty and luxury

by Danielle Cooper, 29th September, 2009

German PR firm Pentacom are busily preparing for their next luxury goods, beauty and fragrance trade fair which will be taking place next month.Discoveries Live will be held in Munich on Monday October 12th between 10.00am and 7.00pm.  Featuring a characteristic selection of international niche brands from the cosmetics and luxury go…

Book Review: The Essence of Perfume - Roja Dove

by Anya McCoy, 16th February, 2009

The Essence of Perfume Hardcover: 269 pagesPublisher: Black Dog (October 28, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1906155496ISBN-13: 978-1906155490Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.7 x 1.1 inchesShipping Weight: 4 poundsThe understated dustcover gives little hint as to the gorgeous photos and illustrations included in Roja Doves’s  book Th…

Scent Treks through Time: Evelyne Boulanger, Patricia Choux, Jean-Pierre B?thouart and Christiane Plos

by Marian Bendeth, 25th November, 2008

Editor's note: These interviews are the penultimate part of a series in which Marian Bendeth explores what a panel of modern perfumers would say if they could travel back to the time of their choosing, to meet, chat and co-create with a perfumer of the past. An introduction to the series and table of contents is here. Evelyne Bou…