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The Basenotes Guide to Pronunciation

by Grant Osborne, 30th January, 2015

All those fragrance names can be a mouthful sometimes. In the first of our pronunciation guides, we tell you how to pronounce: Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Edition de Parfum Frederic Malle, Etat Libre d'Orange, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lalique, L'Artisan Parfumeur, Lanvin and L'Occitane

The Process Of Simplification - Carlos Benaim At The London Launch Of Dunhill’s Icon

by Persolaise, 27th January, 2015

Persolaise speaks to perfumer Carlos Benaim about Dunhill's latest fragrance, Icon and his many hits, such as Eternity, Polo and Eau de Magnolia.

An Interview with Antonio Gardoni of Bogue Profumo

by Alfarom, 20th January, 2015

Alfarom interviews Antonio Gardoni, the founder and perfumer of Bogue Profumo. Antonio Gardoni is the creator of two of the most talked about fragrances on the forums of the last year or so: MAAI and Cologne Reloaded.


Vote in the 2015 Basenotes Reader Awards

by Grant Osborne, 10th January, 2015

What wowed you last year? Bogue? Papillon? Axe? Vote for your favourite fragrances of last year and you have the chance to win prizes!

Basenotes Best fragrance discoveries of 2014

31st December, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we ask our contributors to look back and tell us their favourite new releases and discoveries of the year.

Fragrancing Festive Films

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 24th December, 2014

Presents! Mulled wine! Mince pies! What a time to be alive. Now, Christmas and perfume go together like Beyonce and Hova, like Kim and Kanye, like Jennifer Aniston and her many millions and successful career and she doesn’t need a husband to be happy thank you very much. And what would Christmas be without the films that we al…

On the eve of a new “Aura”: The Raymond Matts Collection

by Marian Bendeth, 24th December, 2014

Not content with the status quo of commercial fragrances, Matts wanted to break free of traditional perfumery, classifications and obvious marketing hype. He took a brave hiatus to reexamine the structure of fragrance and developed a vision in his mind as to the direction he envisaged if he had his own brand. While we chatted on the ph…

Interview with Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste

by Haniya Rae, 03rd December, 2014

By no means is Beau Rhee, perfumer and founder of Atelier de Geste, traditional. Her first perfume collection, which launched last fall, eschewed typical industry scents, such as florals, for ones that mimicked the elements: water, earth, wind. Her scents, she says, are meant to conjure the idea of movement -- “Atelier De Geste&rdqu…

Entertaining Angels

by Judith Brockless, 01st December, 2014

I always wanted to make a perfume which would have the same resonance for everyone, something like tenderness or childhood, and I wanted there to be such a sensual contact with this perfume that you almost felt like devouring the person you love.   (Thierry Mugler)   This was the quote adorning my napkin ring - j…

Scenting Halloween Horror Movie Stars!

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 31st October, 2014

It’s Halloween again, and you know what that means! ANOTHER SLIGHTLY RIDICULOUS LIST OF FRAGRANCES BEING TENUOUSLY LINKED THEMATICALLY!!!! Last year I scented my favourite monsters, from witches to zombies, so you could smell appropriate when you head out trick or treating. This year I thought long and hard* about how to do…

"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…

Jo Malone 'Frosted Fantasy' collections for Christmas 2014

by Judith Brockless, 25th September, 2014

Always ready to put on a spectacular show, the folk at Jo Malone really outdid themselves and the townhouse was transformed into a (very welcome) Winter Wonderland, complete with snowdrifts and a functioning ice rink in one of the upstairs rooms. A turkey dinner, lobster and roast ham were all on the menu - although the heat meant …