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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 …

'H - The Exclusive Aoud' is Harrods Exclusive fragrance from Roja Dove

27th February, 2014

Roja Dove has launched 'H - The Exclusive Aoud', which he says has been created to "celebrate a decade of collaboration between myself and Harrods, a store I refer to as the ‘Spiritual Home’ of my Perfume Brand"Dove says:I loved creating ‘H’ – The Exclusive Aoud- for Harrods. I have blended some of the rarest, richest and most exotic mate…

Perfumer Roja Dove Creates New Perfume In Honour of The Cheapside Hoard

by Lila Das Gupta, 30th October, 2013

London-based perfumer Roja Dove has designed a perfume to coincide with the opening of a new exhibition at the Museum of London entitled ‘The Cheapside Hoard’.The Hoard is a stash of Tudor jewellery uncovered by workman while digging foundations in 1912, in an area of the City of London known as Cheapside. The collection, which has neve…

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Harrods' "Fragrance Explosion" to start later this week

19th August, 2013

Harrods has announced a late summer programme of olfactory events entitled "Meet the Perfumers". The in-store talks, masterclasses and one to one consultations will take place from Thursday 22nd August to Thursday 19th September. The series includes highlights such as "The Art of British Perfumery", a masterclass with Floris perfumer Sh…

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…

Majda Bekkali on the Sculptures Olfactives range [video]

03rd April, 2013

At Esxence, Majda Bekkali spoke to Basenotes about her Olfactive Scultures line. Bekkali has previously spend decades in the industry developing fragrances for other brands, and has now launched her own line alongside perfumers, Dorothé Piot, Marina Jung-Allegretl, Bertrand Duchaufour and Céline Zarokian. The range consists of five fragr…

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…

Roja Dove's new Fetish

14th December, 2012

Roja Dove is launching a women's version of Fetish in February to join the men's version which is currently available in the Haute Parfumerie in Harrods. The new fragrance is described as "a fragrance with leather gloves and a rose at its heart; it will embrace you one minute and whip you the next."The women's Fetish contains notes of ber…

Event Report 'Incredible Irises' Perfume Lovers London

by Lila Das Gupta, 12th December, 2012

Incredible Irises was an event hosted by Basenotes and Perfume Lovers London at the New Cavendish Club on 22nd of November 2012. Here are some highlights.The fixative qualities of orris are also utilised in the making of gin, where orris works to stabilise and enrich the quality of the other botanicals. One of the finest gins with an or…

Le Snob : Perfume by Dariush Alavi – Book Review

by Thomas Dunckley, 05th December, 2012

“Smell matters. It really is as simple as that.” Book deals for perfume bloggers very much seem to be the in thing at the moment and as far as I’m concerned this is not something one should complain about. After all some of the best perfume writers are bloggers and their insight into the secret world of scent should b…

Everything's Coming Up Roses: Perfume Lovers London Event February 28th 2013

by Lila Das Gupta, 20th November, 2012

Perfume Lovers London, in association with Basenotes, will be holding a rose special on Thursday 28th February at the New Cavendish Club in central London.Rose perfumes are as individual as people – and we guarantee there’s more than one rose out there that you’re going to fall in love with. But why is it that so many people say they hate…

Grossmith to launch Black Label collection

13th November, 2012

British perfume house, Grossmith, are launching a line of four fragrances entitled the Black Label Collection. Unlike previously released fragrances from this house, these scents are completely new and haven't been inspired by fragrances from the company's archives. However, like the previous releases, Grossmith have turned once again to …