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Estée Lauder to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (updated)

07th November, 2014

Estée Lauder are on a niche splurge. After the announcement that the company are acquiring Le Labo, it has been reported by WWD that Lauder are to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.Editions de Parfums was founded by Frederic Malle in 2000. Malle curated a collection of critically acclaimed fragrances, which highlighted the names of t…

Scents for Swedes – celebrating Sweden's National Day

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 06th June, 2014

Today is Sweden's National Day, so we're celebrating by choosing fragrances for some of Sweden's most popular exports. Ah, Miss Garbo; a reluctant star, but a brilliant one nonetheless. I would have liked to have scented Miss G with something brilliant – full of personality and life – however, I have it on good …

Lauder follow up Wood Mystique with Amber Mystique

13th February, 2013

Estee Lauder is introducing Amber Mystique in March. The fragrance is a follow up to last year's Wood Mystique, which was designed to target the Middle East market. The fragrance includes notes of blackcurrant, raspberry, pink pepper, Oud, Taif Rose, Bulgarian Rose, amber, jasmine, incense, leather, musk, patchouli, sandalwood and labdan…

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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…

Gwyneth Paltrow face for new Boss scent : Boss Nuit pour Femme

14th May, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow has been announced as the face of Boss Nuit pour Femme, which is expected to launch in the autumn of this year. Paltrow joins other actors fronting Boss scents, which include Jared Leto (Hugo Just Different), Sienna Miller and Orlando Bloom (Boss Orange).   The new fragrance is said to be inspired by the little …

An Evening of Leather at The New Cavendish Club : Report By Basenotes Member Ghandajala

by Lila Das Gupta, 23rd March, 2012

When I read on Basenotes the announcement for a forthcoming London Perfume Lovers meetup whose theme was to be ‘leather’, there was really no question: I was going! And so it was that last night I found myself climbing the staircase at the swanky New Cavendish Club in Marble Arch. Any anxiety I may have had about walking into a room full …

Basenotes Reader Awards 2012: Finalists

19th March, 2012

Here are the finalists of the 2012 Basenotes Reader Awards as voted by you. The winners of each category will be announced later this week: Best New Fragrance for Women Bottega Veneta [Coty] Les Nombres d'Or - Oud : Mona di Orio Prada Candy [Puig] Shalimar Parfum Initial : Guerlain [LVMH] Violet Blond : Tom Ford [Estee Lauder] Best Ne…

Trump launches second fragrance: Success by Trump

19th March, 2012

Donald Trump has partnered with Five Star Fragrances to create his second fragrance, Success by Trump, which is now available exclusively at Macy's. Success by Trump was created in collaboration with Yann Vasnier from Givaudan and developer, Jennifer Mullarkey. Notes include:Top Notes: Juniper, Red Currant, CorianderMiddle Notes: Ging…

Jo Malone Releases new line: ‘Jo Loves’

by Lila Das Gupta, 01st December, 2011

Jo Malone has released her new fragrance line in London under the title of ‘Jo Loves’. This is her first collection since she sold her company ‘Jo Malone’ to Estee Lauder in 1999 (she left the company in 2006). The four new fragrances are Gardenia, described as ‘rich and regal’, Orange Tulle, said to be ‘fun and flirty’and Green Orange …

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…

BBC Perfume Documentary Preview - airs tonight (Tues 28th June), BBC4 9pm

by Grant Osborne, 28th June, 2011

For the last year or so, everywhere that Basenotes went, it seemed that a man named Ian Denyer was filming. FiFi Awards, Fragrance launches, Fragrance fairs, he was there filming everything that was happening in the industry. And now, Tuesday night on BBC4 we see the first part of Denyer's work - part one of a three part documentary on th…

Jo Malone launched new fragrance house, Jo Loves, with big tease

by Grant Osborne, 01st March, 2011

Jo Malone has launched a new company: Jo Loves. Jo Malone sold her original fragrance house to Estee Lauder in 1999, and remained as creative director until 2006. She says that "designing fragrance is who I am - it makes my heart beat". A teasing video has been created, which tells nothing about the upcoming products, can be viewed on t…