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Interview with Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste

by Haniya Rae, 03rd December, 2014

By no means is Beau Rhee, perfumer and founder of Atelier de Geste, traditional. Her first perfume collection, which launched last fall, eschewed typical industry scents, such as florals, for ones that mimicked the elements: water, earth, wind. Her scents, she says, are meant to conjure the idea of movement -- “Atelier De Geste&rdqu…

"We Know How To Defend Ourselves" – Chantal & Alexandra Roos at the London Launch of Dear Rose

by Persolaise, 23rd October, 2014

It’s difficult to decide how to start an interview with Chantal Roos. Although her name may not be well known, her work couldn’t be more famous. Ask someone to list the most successful perfumes of the last 40 years, and it’s likely that Opium, Kouros, Paris, L’Eau D’Issey and Gaultier’s Classique and Le Male will come up. It just so happe…

Speaking with Antonio Alessandria in Milan

by Marika Vecchiattini, 08th August, 2014

During the last edition of Esxence (the perfume exhibition held last March in Milan) the much-anticipated new Italian brand "Antonio Alessandria" was presented. The anticipation derived primarily from the fact that Antonio Alessandria owns one of the most prestigious stores specializing in artistic perfumes in Italy, opened in Catania nin…

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Interviewing Mark Buxton (The Fun Edition)

by Joshua Ang, 01st August, 2014

I arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule at Roullier White, despite having battled my way through the torrential rains that decided to plague my entire bus ride there. Stepping into the cosy warmth of Roullier White, I am greeted with a firm handshake by Lawrence, who owns the place and Mila, who happily gives me a hug. It’s been some …

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 …

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…

The Basenotes Questionnaire: The Candy Perfume Boy

by Judith Brockless, 14th May, 2014

To kick off our brand new series, ‘The Basenotes Questionnaire’, we have the lovely Thomas Dunckley, aka Jasmine Award-winning perfume blogger, The Candy Perfume Boy. As well as writing his popular blog, Thomas contributes to Fragrant Reviews on Twitter (‘short, snappy fragrance reviews in under 140 characters’)…

Giovanni Sammarco on the challenges of independent perfume making

by Carla Seipp, 02nd May, 2014

The story of Giovanni Sammarco’s company is best described as one of a road less taken: originally (and still currently studying as) a law student, he soon transitioned into perfume-making after discovering the world of fragrance and has since relocated to Switzerland to create artisanal fragrances without EU restrictions.Today the exuber…

Interview with Robin K of Now Smell This

by Grant Osborne, 28th April, 2014

If you like fragrance and hang around the internet, then you probably will have come across Robin K's Now Smell This. The site is one of the longest-running fragrance blogs, and next year will celebrate its tenth year. We spoke to Robin at the end of last year to find out how she got started, how she keeps going, and plans for the future.…

The Right Combination: Interview with Nina Friede and Elisabeth Modin from Friedemodin

by Pia Long, 18th December, 2013

I meet Nina and Elisabeth at an exclusive private club in London. You'd never know there were marble staircases, luxury lounges and several bars hiding behind the ordinary façade. Nina and Elisabeth have been busy juggling all the jobs that come with being a perfume start-up and have been using the club lounge as an impromptu o…

From CK One To Penhaligon’s Iris Ballet - An Interview With Alberto Morillas

by Persolaise, 28th October, 2013

How does his formula for Iris Prima compare to those of his other scents? "All my formulae are short," he says, "about 50 ingredients. Sometimes the formulae are much, much more complicated. This one has a lot of naturals. When you use naturals, you don't need to have so many ingredients. When you have the signature of the iris, there are…

An interview with Vero Kern

by Alfarom, 16th October, 2013

Alfarom speaks Zurich-based perfumer Vero Kern.Some of your fragrances have been compared to huge classics of the past such as Mitsouko, Djedi and Sous Le Vent among others. How's your relationship with the aforementioned compositions and have you actually been influenced by them?The so-called "classics" are my favourite scents in fact. S…