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Book Review : Homemade Perfume by Anya McCoy

by Slate Powell, 08th October, 2018

​I think it’s fair to describe me as a crafter. I’ve tried pretty much everything, from knitting and whittling to needle felting with cat hair. I’ll gleefully give anything a try, and enjoy the process even if the end result leaves something to be desired. So when I was asked to review Homemade Perfume by Anya McCoy, my crafter’s heart did a somersault – perfumery! One of the two crafts I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t quite found the opportunity! (The other is taxidermy, which would be an altogether very different review).

Artistic perfumery fair, Pitti Fragranze, starts today

by Grant Osborne, 14th September, 2018

Basenotes will be reporting on what we find, and you will be able to see our coverage from this link here. …

The Trouble with Tuberose

by Suzy Nightingale, 10th September, 2018

Suzy Nightingale spends a week with tuberose despite her finding the note akin to being shot through the head with a silver bullet. Will she be turned by tuberose?

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A double-blind fragrant study: Luna Rossa Carbon vs. Sauvage

by Zachary McConnell, 13th August, 2018

Right now, I am an MBA student at Indiana Institute of Technology, or Indiana Tech as we like calling ourselves. In fact, I am the first autistic graduate student in the school’s history. To be honest, it’s been challenging to get to the point where I am right now. Yet I am incredibly proud up to this point: a 3.7 GPA for …

Conversations with the Artisan: Ensar of Ensar Oud

by Claire Vukcevic, 25th June, 2018

Welcome to the third interview in the Basenotes series called Conversations with the Artisan, the aim of which is to introduce readers to the artisans who make perfume from the ground up, often distilling, tincturing, and macerating their own raw materials at great personal effort and expense. Who or what exactly are these artisans any…

Scent Verse: Cigar Bloom

by Malena Cejas, 06th June, 2018

Scent Verse is a poetry project curated by Basenotes writer Eddie Bulliqi that seeks to explore scent language and metaphors by publishing poems from contributors across different industries that either take scent as their inspiration or are very evocative of smell.  If you are interested in being involved, please send a direct me…

IFF Launches Post-Modern Fine Fragrance Collection

by Carla Seipp, 08th May, 2018

  International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Laboratoire Monique Rémy (LMR) and Christopher Yu & Laurent Delafon of United Perfumes gave a special sneak peek at the Post-Modern Fine Fragrance collection during a Speed Smelling event at Claridge’s in West London. While the complete series is comprised of 14…

Report from the 5th Art and Olfaction Awards, London

by Suzy Nightingale, 26th April, 2018

It isn’t every day you get to see some of the world’s most revered artistic perfumers gathered together in one room – perhaps even less frequent to witness them, later, huddled beneath the awning of a Tex-Mex bar eating chips from a bucket – but such was the scene of this year’s Art and Olfaction Awards as they celebrated their 5th year.

A whiff of the world's oldest incense tradition

by Krishnaraj Iyengar, 17th April, 2018

Incense forms the fragrant backbone of many cultures. India is where the art was first discovered, writes Krishnaraj Iyengar.

Conversations with the Artisan: Trygve Harris of Enfleurage

by Claire Vukcevic, 29th March, 2018

Trygve Harris is unusual, even among artisans. She is a woman, but even men in the most culturally closed, patriarchal societies of the world respect her. She’s a Westerner, but has freely foregone any expectation of comfort or convenience. She’s a natural businesswoman, but doesn’t delegate. She’s successful, but has no hubris. And, unusually, for someone who is such a doer - personally trekking through jungles and inspecting crops in the most remote regions of the world – she is also a brilliant communicator, with the rare ability to entertain and elucidate under the same breath.

Unforgettable scents with the Scent Guru, Ruth Sutcliffe

by Marian Bendeth, 22nd March, 2018

Marian Bendeth speaks to Ruth Sutcliffe who has developed a fragrance product to benefit Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Scent Verse: Nose Ode

by Daniel Firoozan, 08th February, 2018

The latest in our Scent Verse series features a poem by writer Daniel Firoozan