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"We Know How To Defend Ourselves" – Chantal & Alexandra Roos at the London Launch of Dear Rose

by Persolaise, 23rd October, 2014

It’s difficult to decide how to start an interview with Chantal Roos. Although her name may not be well known, her work couldn’t be more famous. Ask someone to list the most successful perfumes of the last 40 years, and it’s likely that Opium, Kouros, Paris, L’Eau D’Issey and Gaultier’s Classique and Le Male will come up. It just so happe…

My Burberry available now, inspired by a London garden after the rain

05th September, 2014

Burberry have launched My Burberry which they say is "the most significant new fragrance from Burberry to date." The fragrance is inspired by a London garden after the rain, and the scent takes its name "from the affectionate way in which people refer to their Burberry trench coat." My Burberry contains top notes of…

New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian : féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel

20th August, 2014

In September Maison Francis Kurkdjian will introduce a new fragrance duo for men and women: masculin Pluriel and féminin Pluriel. Kurkdjian created these scents as a tribute to the classics of men's and women's fragrances – both contain typical ingredients of male or female fragrances:A beautiful creation composed of a multitide of facets…

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Greatest Hits : Christine Nagel

by Nick Gilbert, 16th July, 2014

Originally a research chemist, Christine Nagel has worked at Firmenich, Creations Aromatiques, Quest, Fragrance Resources and Givaudan. She has spent the past 4 years at Mane, where she has been responsible for most of Jo Malone London’s output in that time. At the end of last year, an announcement from Hermès had many of …

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 …

Kurkdjian creates latest Carven – L'Eau de Toilette

22nd April, 2014

Francis Kurkdjian has created the latest fragrance for Carven: Carven L'Eau de Toilette. The fragrance is a flanker to Carven Le Parfum, launched last year, which was also created by Kurkdjian.Carven L'Eau de Toilette contains top notes of lemon, sweet pea and peony; freesia, hyacinth and wisteria make up the heart of the fragrance; and…

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 …

The relaunch of Indult

17th December, 2013

Many people that come to Basenotes end up acquiring more perfume bottles than they originally intended. One member, kccparis, went a step further and bought a perfume house: Indult. We caught up with him a few weeks ago when he was in London and he told us the story of how he relaunched the brand. A few years ago I stumbled upon Ba…

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary opens in Brooklyn

by Carla Seipp, 22nd October, 2013

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary can best be described as the NYC version of perfume nirvana - think sleek wooden floors, purist white walls and rows upon rows of niche fragrances.At the boutique’s opening in Boerum Hill this past week, guests were greeted with Pear & Olive martinis (inspired by Josh Lobb’s creation of the s…

Francis Kurkdjian at Selfridges this Friday for Carven Fragrance Masterclass

17th September, 2013

Carven Parfums have joined forces with Selfridges in London, to host an exclusive customer event, presented by renowned perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. The afternoon event invites guests to enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés whilst Francis journeys through "the intimate and captivating charm that encapsulates the couture spirit of the le…

Carven release Carven Le Parfum

by Judith Brockless, 22nd June, 2013

Carven have released a new feminine fragrance, Carven Le Parfum. Designed by Francis Kurkdjian, who wore Carven’s Vétiver as a young man, it is described as ‘an ethereal and feminine eau de parfum with the subtle signature of sweet pea’. Kurkdjian comments: ‘The Carven woman has an intuitive sense for what’s chic: she’s Parisian, sparkli…

UK FiFi Award winners 2013

17th May, 2013

The UK FiFi Awards were held last night in London. The event was held at The Brewery and was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky. The winners were as follows: Best New Female Print Advertisement Jaipur Bracelet - BoucheronBest New Male Print Advertisement Kokorico – Jean Paul GaultierBest New Female Fragrance Commercial La Petite Robe Noire - Gue…