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Scenting Halloween Horror Movie Stars!

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 31st October, 2014

It’s Halloween again, and you know what that means! ANOTHER SLIGHTLY RIDICULOUS LIST OF FRAGRANCES BEING TENUOUSLY LINKED THEMATICALLY!!!! Last year I scented my favourite monsters, from witches to zombies, so you could smell appropriate when you head out trick or treating. This year I thought long and hard* about how to do…

Pharrell Williams joins with Comme des Garcons to create GIRL

by Judith Brockless, 06th October, 2014

Pharrell Williams has joined with Comme des Garçons to create a new fragrance - which shares the name of his album released earlier this year - GIRL, ‘for girls and boys’, a celebrity scent with a difference. A long-time fan of Comme des Garçons, Williams has worked with Christian Astuguevieille (the creat…

New Book: British Perfumery, a Fragrant History

by Pia Long, 04th December, 2013

Were Shakespeare's sonnets inspired by fragrant potions? Which English perfumery made its money selling Russian bear grease? Whose lavender plants were eaten by rabbits? Who applied for a job in a perfume lab still wearing his school shorts? Which aroma chemicals went into Coty's L'Origan? Whose chemist career started because he was "to…

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Report: Penning Perfumes in Birmingham

by Judith Brockless, 06th March, 2013

Last month the Penning Perfumes tour arrived at Birmingham’s Le Truc bar, for an evening of poetry inspired by fragrance - and vice versa. The lovely Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette, began the evening by explaining that we would first hear a series of poems inspired by fragrances, followed by the opportunity to try some of the…

Scentsory Question Time at the Royal Society of Chemistry - report

by Pia Long, 22nd February, 2013

The British Society of Perfumers celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and their calendar of events is full of interesting items. I attended "Scentsory Question Time", modelled on the popular BBC Question Time format, on the 10th of January 2013.The panel (left to right):Lisa Hipgrave - IFRA UKSteve Pearce - CEO, Omega IngredientsPenn…

British Society of Perfumers start anniversary year with 'Olfactory Question Time'

10th January, 2013

The first event in the British Society of Perfumers fiftieth year is being held tonight in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry in Piccadilly. The sold-out event is a panel discussion featuring members of the perfume industry, answering questions from the audience.The BSP say:The sense of smell is the least understood of the 5 …

007: Licensed to Smell

02nd August, 2012

It's hard to believe watching Daniel Craig parachute into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, but Bond turns 50 this year (or at least the stories do). To celebrate in true British style, a fragrance has been created with Olympic partner Procter & Gamble, which will be sold in Harrods.The inspiration behind the juice is described as "..…

Mandy Aftel launches line of essential oils for adding to food or drink

19th June, 2012

Natural perfumer Mandy Aftel has expanded her Aftelier fragrance range with a line of essential oils that have been designed for use by home cooks. The Chef's Essences range was developed in conjunction with Williams-Sonoma. As co-author of the cookbook, Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Food, Aftel recognised that "simply adding a si…

Penning Perfumes - The New Poetry and Perfume Project

by Lila Das Gupta, 13th June, 2012

A new book which marries perfumes to poems has been published in London. 'Penning Perfumes Anthology’ was the idea of Lizzie Ostrom, the olfactory entertainer and consultant who goes by the name of ‘Odette Toilette’. The aim of the project was to create ‘an unusual cultural exchange in matching poets with pe…

Brad Pitt new face for Chanel No. 5

09th May, 2012

Chanel have announced Brad Pitt as the new face for Chanel No. 5. No further details from Chanel, but other reports say that filming begins in London this week. Pitt is the first male face for the fragrance, but joins other previous celebrity faces for the iconic perfume such as Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tatou and Marilyn Monroe. See below fo…

New Fragrances: Bond No. 9 to launch 'I Love NY for Earth Day' and 'I Love NY for Mothers'

by Grant Osborne, 14th March, 2012

New York's Bond No.9 are adding two new fragrances to their 'I Love NY' collection. I Love NY for Earth Day is housed in a green bottle and celebrates Earth Day (22 April); and I Love New York for Mothers is in a pink bottle and celebrates mothers.The company say:I ♥ [COLOR=black]NY for Earth Day[/COLOR][COLOR=black][COLOR=dimgray]L…

LIVE: We're reporting live from Scratch + Sniff tonight. Click here for updates

by Grant Osborne, 23rd November, 2010

We're live-blogging and live-tweeting from Scratch + Sniff tonight. Tonight's event is called 'Scent and the Pen' and explores the relationship between literature, language and scent. You can read the updates on this page, or follow us on twitter here. Feel free to @basenotes on Twitter, or comment here while we transmit...Newer updates w…