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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…

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…

Guardians Of The Past - A Trip To The Osmotheque

by Persolaise, 28th March, 2014

For a moment, I wonder if the thing is going to leap out and attack me. Curled into the base of a steel box, it's a tangle of what looks like fur, claws and hide. It could be a piece of a garish Halloween costume. Or the remnants of some very strange Biology experiment gone wrong. I stare at it for a moment. And then, reassured that i…

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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…

Guerlain ‘Les Parisiennes’ launching in the UK

by Judith Brockless, 11th June, 2013

Guerlain is bringing its ‘Les Parisiennes’ collection to the UK in a staggered release over the course of this year. The partner collection to ‘Les Parisiens’, ‘Les Parisiennes’ consists of four fragrances (Mon Précieux Nectar, Nuit d’Amour, L’Heure de Nuit and Liu), one of which will be launching every two months, exclusively at Harrods…

Greatest Hits: Annick Menardo

by Nick Gilbert, 12th April, 2013

Annick Menardo has worked at Firmenich since 1991, having trained at ISIPCA and alongside Michel Almairac at Creations Aromatiques. Menardo's list of creations is both vast and impressive, having created many fragrances that are considered favourites amongst those in the Male Fragrance Discussion board and by Basenotes founder Gran…

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced.

27th March, 2013

Basenotes is pleased to announced the finalists of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year. Below is a slideshow of the finalists, followed by a text list. Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 : Finalists from basenotes Best New Fragranc…

Guerlain's EDT version of La Petite Robe Noire comes to UK

by Judith Brockless, 18th February, 2013

Guerlain have released an eau de toilette version of La Petite Robe Noire, designed to be a playful spin on last year’s successful eau de parfum. According to La Petite Robe Noire herself, this time around, to celebrate their first anniversary, Thierry Wasser ‘has invited me to go dancing, so that I can reveal a more mischievous, carefr…

Tea with Thierry

by Judith Brockless, 05th January, 2013

First of all: a disclaimer. This is not an entirely serious piece; unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) circumstances precluded that. For a sensible and intelligent article, packed with accurate information, see Marian Bendeth’s award-winning interview with Thierry, here. It all began with an e-mail, from Helen McTiffen at Guer…

Winter Warmers Round Up

by Nick Gilbert, 28th November, 2012

After an incredibly short lived summer in the UK, we have segued immediately into winter and seem to have completely missed out autumn (arguably The Best Season). So, with the nights drawing in and the weather getting progressively Siberian, we need some warmth from our scents. Basenotes tasked me with sniffing out the best of the new lau…

Thierry Wasser personal appearance at Selfridges, London (29th Nov)

21st November, 2012

Guerlain perfumer, Thierry Wasser, will be making a personal appearance at London's Selfridges on 29th November. Spaces are limited and there is a booking fee of £25, which is redeemable against purchase. Attendees will have have the opportunity to hear more about our Wasser's creations and passions as well as speak to the man himself.The…

The Coils Of The Past - An Interview With Fabrice Pellegrin

by Persolaise, 13th November, 2012

I suspect Fabrice Pellegrin would rather be in his lab, trying to work out the mechanics of some new accord, rather than giving interviews to journalists. There’s absolutely nothing rude about his manner - indeed, he is politeness itself during our brief meeting at Diptyque’s London launch of Volutes - but there’s also a hint of reticence…