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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…

Travel by nose

by Danielle Cooper, 29th December, 2012

As the year draws to a close, my thoughts wander to holidays and trips that have taken me into foreign climates in the past year or two. As the nose bracing chill of January looms up ahead and everywhere the damp, mushy odour of rain soaked vegetation litters my local journeys, I try to recapture the warm, mellow smells of a sunshine soak…

Event Report 'Incredible Irises' Perfume Lovers London

by Lila Das Gupta, 12th December, 2012

Incredible Irises was an event hosted by Basenotes and Perfume Lovers London at the New Cavendish Club on 22nd of November 2012. Here are some highlights.The fixative qualities of orris are also utilised in the making of gin, where orris works to stabilise and enrich the quality of the other botanicals. One of the finest gins with an or…

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UK retailer Fragrance Shop offer Discovery Club

17th November, 2012

The UK-based retailer, The Fragrance Shop, have launched a fragrance Discovery Club. Each quarter, the company will send out to subscribers a box of five samples for £5. As well as the samples, the package includes information about the fragrances as well discounted vouchers on the featured scents.The service appears to only feature femin…

Interview with Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays

by Lila Das Gupta, 22nd October, 2012

Sarah McCartney began her career sniffing hot newsprint at the Guardian newspaper. She went on to write and edit the Lush Times for nearly a decade. Here a new British talent tells Lila Das Gupta how novel writing and perfume making inadvertently went hand in hand.Tell us a bit about your first olfactive memory. I was two, I was playing i…

Lancôme Sees The Stealth Return of Classics From La Collection - Mille et Un Roses And Others

by Lila Das Gupta, 13th August, 2012

While some fragrance lovers have been busy paying high prices on eBay for such Lancôme La Collection classics as Mille et Un Roses, Peut-Être and Balafre, the company reissued the perfumes quietly in London last November, exclusively at Harrods. Also to be found on the shelves again, by stealth, Climat EDT (the EDP is only available in F…

Hot Town Summer in the City: Candy Perfume Boy's Summer Special - A list of perfumes on offer!

by Lila Das Gupta, 04th August, 2012

Last week Thomas Dunckley, AKA The Candy Perfume Boy presented a Summer Special at The New Cavendish Club in London, a joint event with Basenotes and Perfume Lovers London. Here's a list of his summer choices. We began the evening by hearing about the first 'proper' fragrance that he bought, which inspired him to go on to collect more...…

Collecting Vintage Perfume: An Interview with Barbara Herman of Yesterday's Perfume

by Lila Das Gupta, 27th July, 2012

Have you ever been tempted to buy a vintage perfume on-line? After a few disappointments, Lila Das Gupta turned to expert Barbara Herman of the blog 'Yesterday's Perfume' for advice. Barbara Herman is a freelance writer based in New Orleans, LA, who has been collecting vintage perfume since she began her blog in 2008. In t…

Wedding Smells: A Fragrant Royal Wedding Round-Up

by Grant Osborne, 27th April, 2011

ICP (Creed's North American distributor) were ahead of the game on this one. Five years ago, they sent Kate the first bottle of Royal Ceylan. And Vera Wang's been making not only wedding dresses, but fragrances with Princess in the title for years. Bringing us more up to date though are houses that have launched something specifically for…

Marian Bendeth nominated for lifetime achievement award at Canadian Fragrance Awards

by Grant Osborne, 05th April, 2010

Fragrance Expert and Basenotes contributor, Marian Bendeth, has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award at this years Canadian Fragrance Awards on April 29th. Marian is also nominated for an article she wrote for Basenotes last year, entitled Our Love Dance with Scent. Nominees for the Canadian Fragrance Awards 2010 Winners to be…

Sniffapalooza's Scented Spring Schedule

by Danielle Cooper, 07th March, 2009

The clock is ticking down to Sniffapalooza's double fragrance extravaganza: a collaboration with a fragrance fair in Germany and the NYC based Spring Fling.DusseldorfTeam Karen have teamed up with Annekathrin Koch, a PR professional who works in the lifestyle, beauty and fragrance industries, for Sniffapalooza's Dusseldorf event.&…

Scent Treks through Time ~ Mathilde Laurent, Thierry Wasser, Harry Fremont and Serge Lutens

by Marian Bendeth, 12th December, 2008

Editor's note: These interviews are the final 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. Mathilde LaurentI…