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Oscar de la Renta dies, aged 82

21st October, 2014

Fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, died yesterday at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. He moved to Spain when he was 18 to study painting and went on to begin an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. He went on to work…

Honorine Blanc named Master Perfumer by Firmenich

13th December, 2013

Honorine Blanc; perfumer of SJP NYC, Belle d'Opium and Calvin Klein Encounter; has been honoured with the title of Master Perfumer by Firmenich. The company also awarded the title to Johannes Feser and Martin Koh, who specialise in body and home care fragrances.Blanc, based in New York, joined Firmenich in 2005. She trained at ISIPCA, whe…

Coty apologises for Paul Walker Cool Water ad, shown during football match

04th December, 2013

Coty have apologised after an advertisement for Cool Water featuring Paul Walker was aired on UK television the day after the actor, and face of the brand, died.Walker, who starred in films such as 'The Fast and the Furious', was killed in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in California. Walker had been the face of Cool Water since 2011 a…

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Chanel's Jacques Polge to retire. Son, Olivier Polge to replace him

05th July, 2013

Chanel have announced the arrival of Olivier Polge (pictured) as Perfumer in the Chanel Fragrance Laboratory, alongside his father Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake. Polge Jr. has worked at IFF since 1998 and had created fragrances such as Dior Homme, Flowerbomb and Guerlain's Cuir Beluga. Jacques Polge joined Chanel in 1978 will c…

French designer, Andrée Putman, dies aged 87

22nd January, 2013

French designer, Andrée Putman died at the week end, she was 87. Although Putman was famous for designed interiors for luxury stores, revamping the Concorde interior and creating the concept of the boutique hotel, she is perhaps best known amongst perfume fans for her fragrance, Préparation Parfumée. The fragrance was launched in 2001 in …

Guy Robert, perfumer of Calèche and Madame Rochas, dies

30th May, 2012

Celebrated perfumer, Guy Robert, died on Monday reports Bois de Jasmin. Robert was responsible for many respected fragrances such as Madame Rochas, Amouage Gold, Dioressence and Calèche.He came from a family of perfumers, and began his career working in Grasse. After World War II he worked under his uncle Henri Robert (creator of Coty's M…

Evelyn Lauder, 1936 - 2011

by Grant Osborne, 16th November, 2011

Estee Lauder companies have announced that Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide, died at the age of 75 from complications of non-genetic ovarian cancer. Mrs. Lauder died last Saturday, November 12, at her home in New York City with her family by her side. Press release from Estee La…

British Society of Perfumers elect Tim Gage as President

by Grant Osborne, 23rd May, 2011

Tim Gage of CPL Aromas, has recently been elected President of the British Society of Perfumers. The BSP was formed in 1963 with the vision to promote the interests of individuals actively engaged as perfumers and to improve the status of perfumers by seeking wider recognition of perfumery as a profession.Gage’s first job in the industry …

Exploring the Science Of Scent at the Royal Institution

by Persolaise, 27th July, 2010

According to Andrews, even though an individual perfumer may be highly introspective, the whole process of perfume creation at P&G would not be possible without a collective effort, in much the same way as the contributions of various people lead to the production of a film. "We are not in the business of making art," he said, "we are in …

Eau Canada!

by Marian Bendeth, 01st July, 2010

Canada has more than just a few perfume secrets to share.Outside of its thriving retail fragrance industry and Fragrance Award Shows, its relationship with the perfume industry goes back to the raw wilderness in 1670 and the then, newly created Hudson’s Bay Company whose sole focus was the Fur Trade. One of the most expensive byproducts…

Andy Tauer back in the UK at the end of month

by Grant Osborne, 14th June, 2010

For those of you that missed Andy Tauer's recent trip to the UK, you may be pleased to know that he is returning at the end of the month. Ronny of Scent-and-Sensibility told Basenotes: Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes will be visiting London at the end of June. Scent-and-Sensibility Perfume is very pleased to be hosting a Scent Gathering whe…