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New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian : féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel

20th August, 2014

In September Maison Francis Kurkdjian will introduce a new fragrance duo for men and women: masculin Pluriel and féminin Pluriel. Kurkdjian created these scents as a tribute to the classics of men's and women's fragrances – both contain typical ingredients of male or female fragrances:A beautiful creation composed of a multitide of facets…

Fifi Awards UK – Winners announced

by Grant Osborne, 15th May, 2014

The UK Fragrance Foundation held its annual Fifi Awards this evening. The event was hosted by news reader Natasha Kaplinsky, while pop star Alesha Dixon performed for the guests in attendance. The event was held at The Brewery, which has played host to the awards since 2012. Ultimate Launch Winner: Our Moment – One …

Basenotes' Favourite Fragrance Discoveries of 2013

31st December, 2013

On more *popular* territories, Tom Ford's Sahara Noir setted up a new standard for incense-centered fragrances by introducing what's probably the most straight-forward incense since Norma Kamali's infamous Incense. Neela Vermeire has setted the bar so high with her former trio of fragrances and I've been more than glad to …

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The relaunch of Indult

17th December, 2013

Many people that come to Basenotes end up acquiring more perfume bottles than they originally intended. One member, kccparis, went a step further and bought a perfume house: Indult. We caught up with him a few weeks ago when he was in London and he told us the story of how he relaunched the brand. A few years ago I stumbled upon Ba…

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…

UK FiFi Award winners 2013

17th May, 2013

The UK FiFi Awards were held last night in London. The event was held at The Brewery and was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky. The winners were as follows: Best New Female Print Advertisement Jaipur Bracelet - BoucheronBest New Male Print Advertisement Kokorico – Jean Paul GaultierBest New Female Fragrance Commercial La Petite Robe Noire - Gue…

UK Fifi Awards tonight

15th May, 2013

Tonight will see the UK fragrance industry decide on their best fragrances of 2012. Basenotes will be tweeting live from the event at twitter.com/basenotes. A list of the finalists can be seen below:   The FiFi Awards 2013 Finalists Best New Female Fragrance Coco Noir - Chanel Dot - Marc Jacobs Elie Saab Le Par…

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced.

27th March, 2013

Basenotes is pleased to announced the finalists of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year. Below is a slideshow of the finalists, followed by a text list. Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 : Finalists from basenotes Best New Fragranc…

Two Basenotes writers shortlisted for Jasmine Awards

30th January, 2013

Basenotes writers, Persolaise and Nick Gilbert, have been shortlisted in the Digital Award at the upcoming Jasmine Awards, which celebrate the best in fragrance journalism. The shortlist for the Digital Award is as follows:[TABLE][TR][TD]1st January[/TD][TD]basenotes.net[/TD][TD]What do you smell when you look in the mirror [/TD][TD]Perso…

The Basenotes' Writers favourite fragrances of 2012

31st December, 2012

2012 has been a year in which I found myself (re)discovering a lot of beauties from the past. Discontinued fragrances, classics and minor hidden gems from other eras. Despite that, the world of perfumery had obviously followed its path with boatloads of new releases but it seems that "tough times" have brought some niche firms to reconsid…

Kurkdjian launches Amyris duo

25th October, 2012

Available now are two fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Amyris Femme and Amyris Homme. According to the company, the fragrances are named after the shrub Amyris: "the name comes from the Greek amyron, which means “intensely fragrant”. Its resin exudes a luminous, unctuous orange-yellow scent, which is slightly powdery and grainy.…

Campomarzio70 Via Vittoria celebrates 1st Birthday with Happy Noseday this Sunday [Rome]

by Grant Osborne, 09th March, 2012

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Rome's Campomarzio70 Via Vittoria niche perfumery the company are opening its doors to the public for a double event, featuring some of the stars of niche perfumery including Olivier Durbano, Andy Tauer, Vero Kern and Yosh Han. From 7.30 p.m, On Sunday March 11 the cocktail party "Happy Noseday…