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L'Artisan bring back three fragrances from the archives: Tea for Two, Œillet Sauvage and L’Eau du Caporal

21st October, 2014

L'Artisan Parfumeur are bringing back three fragrances from its archives: Tea for Two, Œillet Sauvage and L’Eau du Caporal. The fragrances will be available from November as 100ml Eau de Toilettes.L’Eau du CaporalL’Eau du Caporal was first launched in 1985 and was created by perfumer, Jacques Fraysse. The inspiration from the fragrance ca…

Living Outside The Store - Aedes De Venustas Launches Home Fragrances In The UK

by Persolaise, 17th December, 2013

When the words ‘mood board’ are uttered, there’s a moment of tension. It’s barely perceptible, but the writers in the room pick up on it straight away and give each other a worried glance. Karl Bradl, founder of New York’s much-revered niche store, Aedes De Venustas, has just used the term to explain his preferred method of communicating …

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 …

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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…

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…

Collecting Vintage Perfume: An Interview with Barbara Herman of Yesterday's Perfume

by Lila Das Gupta, 27th July, 2012

Have you ever been tempted to buy a vintage perfume on-line? After a few disappointments, Lila Das Gupta turned to expert Barbara Herman of the blog 'Yesterday's Perfume' for advice. Barbara Herman is a freelance writer based in New Orleans, LA, who has been collecting vintage perfume since she began her blog in 2008. In t…

Book Review: On Perfume Making by Frederic Malle

by Thomas Dunckley, 29th June, 2012

Despite its beauty, insight and glory On Perfume Making feels more like a company brochure, albeit a rather fabulous one, rather than a book that adds something new and exciting to the world of perfume-based literature. Its price and size, both of which are relatively large by most people’s standards, are also set to alienate it from tho…

The State of Natural Perfumery 2012

by Anya McCoy, 10th April, 2012

As a botanical perfumer, I have found that it is not always easy to tell the story of what I do. Although I truly love to write and to speak about distillation and fragrance composition, there is just so much to put into perspective for people. Animating the narrative of botanical fragrance design for the average person often involves a l…

Honoré des Prés and Olivia Giacobetti join Natural Perfumers Guild

by Grant Osborne, 06th January, 2012

The Natural Perfumers Guild, an international Association dedicated to perfumes and fragrance products made only with natural aromatics, has announced that Honoré des Prés and perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti, have joined the Guild. Honoré des Prés was established by Christian David in 2008 with a goal to create 100% natural and artistic perfu…

What Do You Smell When You Look In The Mirror?

by Persolaise, 01st January, 2012

Here’s something you don’t need me to tell you: perfume doesn’t come in Size Zero. In fact, perfume may well be more genuinely ‘One Size Fits All’ than any other beauty product imaginable. (Or should that be ‘One Fits All Sizes’?) The fashion world continues to do battle with forces that are - quite rightly - calling for it to display a m…

Lubin launch Eau de Parfum of Idole de Lubin and Limited Edition Black Jade | News from Pitti Fragranze

by Grant Osborne, 10th September, 2011

Olivia Giacobetti has worked with Lubin again to produce an Eau de Parfum version of Idole, which is more ambery than the eau de toilette. Lubin also have a limited edition fragrance, Black Jade.Idole de Lubin Eau de Parfum’s top notes are: rum, saffron, bitter orange, black cumin; the heart includes doum palm, smoked ebony and sugar can…

Matadors & Audrey Hepburn - An Evening Of European Perfumery at Harrods Perfume Diaries

by Persolaise, 04th October, 2010

Olivia Chantecaille (pictured right) - Creative Director at her family's firm - began by telling the story of how her mother, Sylvie, grew up with an intense passion for flowers and scents. After moving to New York, Sylvie Chantecaille worked for Estee Lauder and created the highly-regarded Calyx and Pleasures. The experiences she gained …