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A visit to the Roullier White store and an interview with its founder

by Joshua Ang, 21st December, 2013

Stepping off the bus and into Roullier White was a magical experience. Perfume bottles from all over the world stood on racks of tall wooden shelves, alongside candles, soaps and shampoos, jars of preserve and chutney, pajamas and many other lifestyle products [sidenote: Roullier White bills itself as a lifestyle boutique where you can fi…

Sandalwood Dreams, Part 3: Planting Santalum album Sandalwood in Australia

by Jordan River, 12th December, 2013

This is the third in a series of posts by Jordan River (of The Fragrant Man website) about the myths and legends of sandalwood, as well as day by day coverage of the 2013 Santalum album sandalwood harvest currently taking place in Australia. There are links to the previous posts at the foot of the article. In the 80′s Jean Paul G…

Everything's Coming Up Roses Event Report from Perfume Lovers London

by Lila Das Gupta, 15th May, 2013

This event was presented by Andy Bradshaw with assistance from Lila Das Gupta. The evening started with Andy reciting a poem called 'Roses' by George Eliot:You love the roses - so do I. I wish The sky would rain down roses, as they rain From off the shaken bush. Why will it not? Then all the valley would be pink and white And soft to trea…

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Union to launch exclusively in US at Henri Bendel and announce new scent: Gunpowder Rose

05th February, 2013

Union, the British fragrance company that creates scents inspired by using indigenous ingredients from the UK, is to launch exclusively in the US at Henri Bendel. Perfumer Anastasia Brozler will be at Henri Bendel this Thursday to talk about the range. Union have also announced a new fragrance to join the current quartet: Gunpowder Rose.T…

Ormonde Jayne Launches New Line 'Four Corners Of The Earth' – Interview with Linda Pilkington and Giveaway

by Lila Das Gupta, 14th December, 2012

London based perfumer Linda Pilkington has added a new line to the Ormonde Jayne house. The Four Corners of the Earth, a series of four perfumes created in collaboration with German perfumer Geza Schoen, have been released in time for Christmas. Basenotes talked to her about their release. (We have an exclusive giveaway for Basenotes…

Meet Union perfumer Anastasia Brozler at Selfridges on 23rd and 24th October

20th October, 2012

British perfumery brand, Union, opened a fragrance stand in Selfridges yesterday, and will remain open until this Wednesday. Union’s collection of four fragrances are made from ingredients “gathered from the four corners of the British Isles and combined into unique blends that speak of the majesty and diversity of the landscape”. Union p…

Hot Town Summer in the City: Candy Perfume Boy's Summer Special - A list of perfumes on offer!

by Lila Das Gupta, 04th August, 2012

Last week Thomas Dunckley, AKA The Candy Perfume Boy presented a Summer Special at The New Cavendish Club in London, a joint event with Basenotes and Perfume Lovers London. Here's a list of his summer choices. We began the evening by hearing about the first 'proper' fragrance that he bought, which inspired him to go on to collect more...…

New 'British Grown' Niche Brand 'Union' Launches

by Lila Das Gupta, 13th June, 2012

Amongst the many familiar British smells, the most unexpected comes from Marmite, derived from yeast extract. The brown gooey substance is normally applied to hot buttered toast rather than skin. When someone suggested in jest that the perfume should contain marmite because it was so British, Brozler began to investigate the possibility …

Bond No.9 Puts Andy Warhol Back In The Spotlight

by Lila Das Gupta, 18th November, 2011

The artist who needs no introduction is celebrated in the latest Bond No. 9 fragrance. Andy Warhol captures the "boho-mod life and times of the iconic artist himself" says the company. This is the sixth in the series of Warhol inspired scent. So far these have been linked to specific New York locations—from Union Square to Montauk—where t…

The Shoe Fits - an interview with Thierry Wasser

by Marian Bendeth, 09th November, 2011

Walking in gilded shoes can be a rich and prized role but can also weigh heavily on the wearer. Three years ago, Basenotes interviewed the then newly appointed perfumer, Thierry Wasser, who was plucked and handpicked from the rich gene pool of perfumers to head up the prestigious House of Guerlain. He has had three years to adapt and cre…

Ben Sherman launch eponymous fragrance

by Grant Osborne, 03rd November, 2011

Ben Sherman have teamed up with Fragrance & Beauty Creations limited to create their latest fragrance, simply called Ben Sherman. The scent is housed in a geometrically abstract bottle, based on the Union Flag.The fragrance contains notes of mint, lime, lemon, tangerine, oaky notes, cedar, vanilla musk, coffee and amber. The product range…

Natural Perfumer's Guild: Outlaw Perfume Project

by Grant Osborne, 27th November, 2010

The Natural Perfumer's Guild are currently taking part in an Outlaw Perfume Project where guild members have sent a selection of bloggers new fragrances they have created which all contain natural oils from IFRA's "List of fragrance oils we won't let you use anymore because we think they will make you die a bit"*. Perfumers and Bloggers a…