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Interview with Robin K of Now Smell This

by Grant Osborne, 28th April, 2014

If you like fragrance and hang around the internet, then you probably will have come across Robin K's Now Smell This. The site is one of the longest-running fragrance blogs, and next year will celebrate its tenth year. We spoke to Robin at the end of last year to find out how she got started, how she keeps going, and plans for the future.…

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…

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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Patricia di Nicolaï previews Amber Oud and Rose Oud | Esxence 2013 [Video]

21st March, 2013

Patricia de Nicolai of Parfums Nicolai gave Basenotes a sneak preview of two new fragrances that are to be released in the higher concentration ‘Intense’ range.Amber Oud and Rose Oud will be released in the company’s shop in Paris in the summer. The press launch will take place in September. The stronger concentration is aimed at the ex…

Parfums Nicolaï launches L'Eau à La Folie at Esxence

by Lila Das Gupta, 30th March, 2012

Perfumer Patricia Nicolai has released a new fragrance in Milan. The Eau Fraiche is called L'Eau à la Folie.“The title comes from a French expression” explains Ms Nicolai, “we say ‘Je t’aime a la folie’, which is the highest form of love you can have, a sort of ‘I love you even if it&rs…

Fragrance brands confirmed for Esxence

by Grant Osborne, 08th March, 2010

Andy Tauer, Byredo, Bond No.9 and L'Artisan Parfumeur are just four of the brands that will be showing at Esxence. Esxence have confirmed to Basenotes the fragrance houses that will be appearing at the Milan niche fragrance show in March. Basenotes will be there covering the event via the website, Twitter and You Tube. (List Updated 8th M…

Scents of the Week 7th February 2010 to 13th February 2010

by Daniel Tharp, 16th February, 2010

So here we are again. Back so soon? These posts will make weeks feel like days, and they say time flies when you're having fun, so I'm expecting serious Einstein-meets-Hawking time dilation, here. This is Week 2 of our 52-week experiment, and interesting trends are already being found, but the first order of business is…to correct the …

Finalists Announced for 9th Annual Basenotes Awards Sponsored by FragranceNet

by Grant Osborne, 11th May, 2009

Sponsored by  Many thanks to all of you who voted for your favourite fragrances in the 9th Annual Basenotes Awards - sponsored by FragranceNet. We are very pleased to announce the finalists below. Winners will be announced later in the month. Congratutions to all of the finalists. Best New Women…

Common acronyms and abbreviations used in reviews and community posts

by Grant Osborne, 25th January, 2008

Often abbreviations are used in the community and reviews which may be unfamiliar, here is a quick reference of the most common. If you cannot find what you are looking for try the fragrance glossary.   AA - Aqua Allegoria (Guerlain fragrance range) A/S - After Shave AdG - Acqua di Gio AFAIK - As far as I know AG …

Shopping Guide to Paris

by Michael Connor, 01st August, 2003

Paris is the world’s fragrance capital. It's not only because the city is the traditional home of some ancient perfume houses. And it’s only partly because there are more dedicated boutiques here than anywhere else, and because Paris is the headquarters of the world’s biggest luxury goods company, with fragrances accounting…