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On the eve of a new “Aura”: The Raymond Matts Collection

by Marian Bendeth, 24th December, 2014

Not content with the status quo of commercial fragrances, Matts wanted to break free of traditional perfumery, classifications and obvious marketing hype. He took a brave hiatus to reexamine the structure of fragrance and developed a vision in his mind as to the direction he envisaged if he had his own brand. While we chatted on the ph…

New line of fragrances inspired by Diana Vreeland

04th August, 2014

This month sees the launch of a new line of fragrances inspired by Diana Vreeland. Vreeland was editor of US Vogue during the sixties, and died in 1989. The fragrance line has been overseen by her grandson Alexander Vreeland, and the name of each fragrance is taken from one of Diana Vreeland's quotes. Extravagance Russe Extravagance Rus…

Aroma Chemicals and the Indie Perfumer, an Interview with Chris Bartlett of Pell Wall Perfumes.

by Clare Wood, 02nd July, 2014

Clare Wood speaks to Indie Perfumer and regular forum contributor Chris Bartlett of Pell Wall Perfumes about aroma chemicals, Sophia Grosjman, Jean Claude Ellena and how to become a perfumer. Yes, of course. Sophia Grojsman of course and Jean Claude Ellena because one of the things that he has done is this kind of minimalist thing and …

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IFF's Ropion and Dong create Issey's latest men's fragrance : Nuit d'Issey

23rd June, 2014

IFF's Dominique Ropion and Loc Dong are the perfumers behind Issey Miyake's latest men's fragrance, Nuit d'Issey. The fragrance is housed in a black version of the bottle for the classic scent, L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme.Nuit d'Issey contains top notes of bergamot and grapefruit; heart notes of leather, spices, woods and vetiver; and the …

Winners announced for US FiFi awards 2014

17th June, 2014

The US Fragrance Foundation held its annual FiFi Awards last night at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret picked up three awards each. The winners are as follows:BATH & BODY LINE OF THE YEARPEONY & BLUSH SUEDE BODY CRÉME AND BODY & HAND WASH – Jo Malone LondonFRAGRANCE HALL OF FAMEHAPPY – CliniqueFRAGRANCE…

Parfumerie Générale - Huitième Art - Phaedon: An Interview with Pierre Guillaume.

by Alfarom, 28th May, 2014

Alfarom speaks to the man behind Parfumerie Générale, Huitième Art and Phaedon – Pierre Guillaume – about creativity, pricing, IFRA and more. Thank you for the compliment! I’m always a bit surprised that my fragrances are stuck with that “gourmand” label… there’s ethyl mal…

Masque Milano - An Interview With Alessandro Brun & Riccardo Tedeschi.

by Alfarom, 12th May, 2014

Founded in 2010 – after years of research in scents and essences in Grasse and artisans across Italy, Alessandro Brun & Riccardo Tedeschi established Masque. The range now has four products, which have all received critical acclaim. Here, the founders speak with alfarom.Introduce Masque's concept. Who is your ideal customer?The main conce…

Inter Parfums to launch its first Agent Provocateur scent : Fatale

08th April, 2014

Fatale is the latest fragrance from lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur. The scent is the first from the brand since the fragrance license was acquired by Inter Parfums last summer. The scent was created by IFF perfumer Jean-Marc Chaillan.The fragrance is inspired by the "1940's Hollywood Femme Fatale" and contains notes of: Madagascar Pink…

Loc Dong creates latest for Beyoncé

31st March, 2014

IFF perfumer, Loc Dong, has created the latest fragrance for Beyoncé. The new fragrance is called Rise, and according to Beyoncé "The spirit of Rise encourages women to be all that we are".Rise is a floral fragrance with top notes of Italian Bergamot, Golden Apricot and Iced Basil Sorbet; middle notes of Gold Symphony Orchid, Freesia Blos…

Book Review: Perfume, The Art and Craft of Fragrance by Karen Gilbert

by Lila Das Gupta, 29th January, 2014

This is a superb book which will be of interest to those who are new to perfume as well as those who are aficionados. Author Karen Gilbert teaches perfumery courses in London and is a former IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances) evaluator. She was also a formulator for Neal’s Yard Remedies. The book starts with the Psychology of …

Evergreen is latest from Jil Sander

10th January, 2014

Jil Sander have launched Evergreen: a new feminine fragrance, which follows up Eve (2011) and Everose (2012). The scent was created by IFF's Celine Barel and Olivier Polge.The fragrance features top notes of pear, grapefruit flower and white pepper; rose bud, jasmine and lily of the valley make up the heart of the fragrance; and a dry dow…