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The Basenotes Reader Awards 2014: Winners!

by Grant Osborne, 21st May, 2014

Best Flanker: WOMANITY LIQUEUR DE PARFUM by THIERRY MUGLER Finalists: 1 Million Intense by Paco Rabanna Bel Ami Vetiver by Hermès Bottega Veneta Eau Légère by Bottega Veneta Dior Homme Cologne (new) by Christian Dior Marni Rose by Marni Womanity Liqueur de Parfum by Thierry Mugler Be…

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 …

Finalists announced for Basenotes Reader Awards

by Grant Osborne, 30th April, 2014

At the end of last year we invited our readers to vote for their favourite fragrant things of 2013. We are now pleased to announced the finalists for this year's Basenotes Reader Awards: Best New Women's Fragrance1932 by ChanelFate Woman by AmouageIris Prima by Penhaligon'sJour d'Hermès by HermèsSahara Noir by Tom FordSì by Giorgio Armani…

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Basenotes' Favourite Fragrance Discoveries of 2013

31st December, 2013

On more *popular* territories, Tom Ford's Sahara Noir setted up a new standard for incense-centered fragrances by introducing what's probably the most straight-forward incense since Norma Kamali's infamous Incense. Neela Vermeire has setted the bar so high with her former trio of fragrances and I've been more than glad to …

Who Smells So Great? - Perfume And Fifty Years Of Doctor Who

by Persolaise, 20th November, 2013

Unless you've spent the last few months held hostage in E-Space by a horde of Marshmen, you'll be well aware that a British television institution is about to celebrate an important milestone. Doctor Who, the time-travelling sci-fi series which embarked on its first voyage on the 23rd of November 1963 has reached the half-cent…

Dior open beauty store in London's Covent Garden and unveil Miss Dior exhibition in Paris

19th November, 2013

Last weekend, Dior opened a stand-alone beauty boutique in London's Covent Garden – and opened an exhibition dedicated to Miss Dior, which is taking place at le Grand Palais in Paris until November 25th. Dior say:The Dior Beauty Boutique will showcase the complete Dior beauty and fragrance un…

UK Fifi Awards tonight

15th May, 2013

Tonight will see the UK fragrance industry decide on their best fragrances of 2012. Basenotes will be tweeting live from the event at twitter.com/basenotes. A list of the finalists can be seen below:   The FiFi Awards 2013 Finalists Best New Female Fragrance Coco Noir - Chanel Dot - Marc Jacobs Elie Saab Le Par…

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…

Dior launch 22 minute promo to celebrate creation of J'Adore

20th November, 2012

Dior have launched a 22 minute promotional film, which goes behind the scenes of the creation of J'Adore. The film looks at the people behind the fragrance, sourcing ingredients, and the creation of the bottle. The film has also been turned into 30 and 60 second commercials for television, which is narrated by the regular face of the bran…

An Incomplete History of Men's Fragrance : A List of Perfumes used at the London Perfume Lovers event

by Lila Das Gupta, 17th October, 2012

An Incomplete History of Men’s Fragrance was presented by Grant Osborne and Lila Das Gupta at the New Cavendish Club, London on 26th Sept 2012. Here are the highlights and some of the fragrances the attendees smelt: What would Napoleon Bonaparte wear today? Eau de Cologne Chanel (selfridges.com) Not the most historically accurate cho…

An Interview with Eddie Roschi co-founder of Le Labo

by Lila Das Gupta, 06th July, 2012

Le Labo co-founder Eddie Roschi was in London recently to hold a perfume workshop at the Liberty's shop in Regent Street. Lila Das Gupta met him at the Le Labo store in Marylebone. ER: It can come from ingredients, or stories and emotions that we want to make sense from, it can be something that was on a perfumers table, it comes from di…

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…