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Esxence 2013 : List of events

20th March, 2013

In previous years, Esxence 2013 has held various fragrance events throughout the four day fair. This year is no exception with speakers including Michael Edwards, Emmanuelle Giron of the Osmothèque, and Basenotes' regular contributor Lila Das Gupta.Events Calendar Thursday March, 21st…

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…

Our first fragrance loves

14th February, 2010

Perhaps it's the warmth of nurture or the flattering projection of admiration but young boys always want to be like their father, stealing umm borrowing his cologne and in later years his watches, ties and car. A child can be the greatest thief this side of Arsine Lupin. I still remember waking up in Memphis, Tennessee as a child and …

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Les Senteurs celebrate 25 years with Meet the Perfumers events

by Grant Osborne, 09th September, 2009

To mark the 25th anniversary of the UK’s oldest independent perfumery, Les Senteurs has arranged a month long celebration of the finest luxury fragrances on the planet.From October 1st throughout the beginning of November, the store will host a series of ten evenings, each featuring a talk from one of the most exciting and talented …

Over 5,700 entries in Fragrances of the World 2008

by Danielle Cooper, 19th January, 2008

Twenty-four years ago Michael Edwards published the first edition of Fragrances of the World containing 38 new fragrance launches. Since 2000 almost 5,000 new fragrances have made the annual volumes.Upon the 196 pages of the 2008 edition, there are 5,700 entries, ordered according to olfactory family. Available now, Fragrances of the Worl…

The Lost City and the Golden Flasks: Oman's Contributions to Fragrance History

by Raya Wolfsun, 25th June, 2007

In the deserts of Dhofar, there are straggly trees that grow right out of the rock.  They do not appear special, but when a groove is carved into the bark, a milky resin seeps out and hardens into bulbous lumps that were once worth more than their weight in gold.  This is silver frankincense, and it remains the highest-quali…

Lorenzo Villoresi - Il Profumo. Storia, cultura e tecniche (Perfume. History, culture and techniques).

by Marcello Aspria, 15th July, 2004

Lorenzo Villoresi (b. 1956) is known all over the world for his prestigious custom-made fragrances. This self-trained perfumer from Florence studied Ancient history, philosophy, and religion, and travelled extensively through Northern Africa and the Middle-East before committing himself to the world of perfumery and fragrant raw materials…

Interview with Michael Edwards - creator of Fragrances of the World

by Grant Osborne, 01st May, 2001

In the eighties, a European named Michael Edwards invented a completely new way of describing fragrances. Drawing on his experience as Halston's international fragrance director, he published a guide that took the hassle out of selecting a new fragrance. What started as a simple yet innovative reference for staff in perfumeries an…