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An IM chat with Lizzie Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette) on her book 'Perfume - A Century of Scents'

by Grant Osborne, 24th November, 2015

We talk to Lizzie Ostrom about her book, 'Perfume - A Century of Scent' and find out what she learnt about 100 years of perfume

The Great Scent Search

by Marloes Hagenaars, 10th November, 2015

Alright, I admit that finding a scent isn’t too much of a struggle. Enter any random drugstore or department store and you will find an artificial lightened wall with hundreds of perfumes bottles in all shapes and sizes. But what I mean is that the search for a scent that really matches your personality, that is ‘so you’…

Scenting Horror Villains for Hallowe'en

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 29th October, 2015

Callum doesn't need many excuses to watch horror films, so we've asked him to match fragrances to some more horror villains.

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Super Scent : The best of Christian Dior

by Grant Osborne, 19th October, 2015

Basenotes joins Persolaise and Candy Perfume Boy in 'Super Scent'. This instalment sees us individually pick the best of Dior.

Greatest Hits : FranÁis Kurkdjian

by Nick Gilbert, 12th October, 2015

Nick Gilbert explores the Greatest Hits of FranÁis Kurkdjian

Defining the 'Boss Man' Ė an interview with P&G's Will Andrews

by Grant Osborne, 29th September, 2015

We catch up with P&G's Will Andrews and talked about sourcing new ingredients for use in perfumery, and their latest fragrance: Boss The Scent

Top 500 Modern Perfumes : The Data

by Grant Osborne, 25th September, 2015

Over the last few weeks, you may have been following our 500 Greatest Modern Perfumes countdown, which was created to celebrate our 15th Birthday. A few people have been asking for some fancy stats and graphs of the data contained within those 500 fragrances.

Trick or treat

by Marloes Hagenaars, 23rd September, 2015

Last week, as I took off the bubble wrap from my newly purchased perfume, I almost screamed as I sprayed it on every part of my body. Unfortunately the fragrance was everything that I didnít want. Humiliated by my outburst, I realised that I was tricked by the sexy commercial, good reviews and the billboard in Central London. That half naked model promised me heavenly pleasures, but staring at a billboard of David Ghandi didnít allow me to actually smell the fragrance. Is perfume a marketing trick or still a treat?

Olfactory illusion and the list of notes

by Sarah McCartney, 18th September, 2015

4160 Tuesdays perfumer Sarah McCartney takes a look at perfume notes lists, and how they are interpreted.

A review of Tate Britainís Sensorium

by Eddie Bulliqi, 16th September, 2015

I just canít make up my mind about Tate Britainís latest exhibition Sensorium. I wanted to hate it, however, I just canít help but love it. In this article Iíll try to explain why, and analyse its importance in the long-term trial and error of multisensory experimentation and design.

Why commercial perfumery is more interesting than niche

by Eddie Bulliqi, 07th September, 2015

Eddie Bulliqi looks at some of the differences, and similarities, between commercial perfumery and niche perfumery.

Local, But Not for Localís Sake

by Zachary McConnell, 26th August, 2015

in the second of this series, Zachary McConnell, looks at the importance of being locally minded, but not local for the sake of being local.