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Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary opens in Brooklyn

by Carla Seipp, 22nd October, 2013

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary can best be described as the NYC version of perfume nirvana - think sleek wooden floors, purist white walls and rows upon rows of niche fragrances.At the boutique’s opening in Boerum Hill this past week, guests were greeted with Pear & Olive martinis (inspired by Josh Lobb’s creation of the s…

Jonny Quest inspired latest Brosius fragrance, Invisible Monster

14th November, 2012

Jonny Quest (back left) with the Quest Team, yesterday.According to the company, the fragrance is the scent of a rare Chinese orchid with a brisk lemony perfume balanced against a green jungle riverbank. Some of its notes include: Sumac, Vetiver, Oakmoss and other specially-designed accords that capture the smell of the islands in the Sus…

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…

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Basenotes Reader Awards 2012: Finalists

19th March, 2012

Here are the finalists of the 2012 Basenotes Reader Awards as voted by you. The winners of each category will be announced later this week: Best New Fragrance for Women Bottega Veneta [Coty] Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio Prada Candy [Puig] Shalimar Parfum Initial : Guerlain [LVMH] Violet Blond : Tom Ford [Estee Lauder] Best Ne…

7 Billion Hearts is latest scent from CB I Hate Perfume

by Grant Osborne, 14th February, 2012

CB I Hate Perfume's latest scent is #205 7 Billion Hearts. The fragrance features vanilla from Tahiti and Madagascar; with a base of smoky notes. According to the company, the fragrance is so named as there "are now or will shortly be seven billion people on this planet.". "There are now or will shortly be seven billion people on this pl…

Memory TYPE

by John Francis Bowyer, 30th September, 2011

Creating perfumes based on physical locations isn’t a new idea. There is no shortage of fragrances on the market that already base their compositions on locations dear to the perfumers’ heart, but there often seems to be something missing from these formulations: an access point for your own memories to inhabit the fragrance. The concept …

Scratch + Sniff: Scents of Childhood, we'll be live reporting

by Grant Osborne, 21st June, 2011

Basenotes is camped out at Shoreditch's The Book Club, for our monthly venture into the world of Scratch + Sniff. This month the theme is scents of childhood: "Long summers. Getting mucky in the mud. Sneaking a spray of our mother’s perfume. Playdough. The school canteen... Childhood is the place of our formative scent memories, and lik…

Designer Round-Up: Flankers and more...

by Nick Gilbert, 17th February, 2011

I have recently come to the conclusion that flankers have been designed with one purpose: to confuse men buying fragrance for their significant others. It almost always ensures he will choose the latest launch and leave the perfume department in a confounded state. As more flankers launch, it is becoming increasingly difficult to explain …

New in Niche : Sniffa Spring Fling recap

by Mark Behnke, 26th August, 2010

I did attend my first Sniffapalooza earlier this year and wrote about the overall experience. Now that I have had a month or so to live with the samples I acquired and the sneak previews I was given it is time to collect them all for your sniffing pleasure.1000 Flowers Reglisse NoireMs. Hurwitz has been a reliable artisanal perfumer but n…

The perfumer who hates perfume: An interview with Christopher Brosius

by Liz Upton, 01st September, 2008

Zephyr is a big dog. I met him a month ago and a few thousand miles away, but as I shut my eyes, it is as if he's lying on the carpet in front of me. He's rolling on his back, encouraging me to rub his pinkly dogsome tummy, and he smells very strongly and wetly canine. His master, Christopher Brosius, would understand this hallucinatory k…