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The Odour Of War: Jean-Christophe Herault At The London Launch of Boucheron's La Collection

by Persolaise, 27th April, 2017

Jean-Christophe Herault: For this perfume I was inspired by a very personal experience - a trip to Egypt. I brought back a lot of feelings, a lot of memories of odours. The people there use very strong perfumes, a little bit like in the Middle East. When you're in the souq, you can smell things from the shops. When you're in t…

An interview with Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah of The Fragrance Kitchen

by Haniya Rae, 06th April, 2017

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah doesn’t give the impression of someone heavily invested in the fragrance industry; he’s tall and muscular and sports a shaved head with a tight-fitting shirt. But Al-Sabah’s The Fragrance Kitchen (TFK), founded in 2005, is an international fragrance powerhouse that caters to those who crave quality …

Scent Verse: Intertwined

by Dana El Masri, 04th April, 2017

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…

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Frédéric Malle on his latest collaboration with fashion designer Alber Elbaz

by Marloes Hagenaars, 24th March, 2017

When Frédéric Malle posted a photo on Instagram showing a few perfume samples and a pair of thick, dark glasses, it didn’t take long for his fans to realize that his next collaboration was going to be with fashion designer Alber Elbaz. For over 14 years Elbaz, known as the master of elegantly draped cocktail dresses, w…

Mon Guerlain, Envisioning Notes of a Woman

by Marian Bendeth, 20th March, 2017

I recently met up with Guerlain Master Perfumer, Thierry Wasser at the Guerlain Boutique, Toronto, Canada, to explore the back story and fragrance notes for the launch of, Mon Guerlain and subsequent relationship with actress, Angelina Jolie.

Parfums Quartana Part 2: The Creation of Les Potions Fatale

by Carla Seipp, 18th March, 2017

In Part 1, Joseph Quartana explained the story behind each of the nine scents in his Les Potions Fatales collection. In the following interview, the Six Scents and Parfums Quartana founder discusses the deeply personal process behind his latest range of fragrances and redefining gender in perfume. In terms of gender assignment, som…

Parfums Quartana Part 1: Nine Tales of Deadly Deception

by Carla Seipp, 16th March, 2017

As far as inspirations for a perfume line go, Breaking Bad is pretty much the pinnacle of badass-ry. And just like its source material, the Les Potions Fatales collection by Parfums Quartana is highly addictive and undeniably captivating. “I was watching an episode of the show, and in it the protagonist Walter used lily of the valley to poison Jessie’s girlfriend’s son, Brock. A lightbulb went on in my head. I thought to myself, why hasn’t anyone done poisonous flowers in perfumery yet? That’s when the eureka moment happened,” Joseph Quartana explains.

Scent Verse: Muse Booze

by Deniz Ataman, 14th March, 2017

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…

My Perfume Wardrobe : Alison Hansen, Fashion Illustrator

by Alison Hansen, 03rd March, 2017

Fashion Illustrator, Alison Hansen tells us about her perfume wardrobe.   Tell us about yourself – My name is Alison Hansen and I am a fashion and beauty illustrator based in the UK. I split my time between studio space in Warwick and London. My style is linear with lots of expression and movement, with splashes of waterc…

Anosmia Awareness Day

by Get Lippie, 27th February, 2017

Today is Anosmia Awareness Day. Louise Woollam explores the different types of smell disorders (dysosmias) and how she has been affected by her own.

Scent Verse: Autumn Sunburst

by Eddie Bulliqi, 23rd February, 2017

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 message …

Winter chills, perfume thrills

by Marian Bendeth, 20th February, 2017

Once the temperatures dip down to "I can't feel my fingertips" mode, you quickly realize that old man winter has finally slid in like a Nascar winner crossing the finish line. If this means your version of winter includes snowfalls, icy arctic blasts and bad hair hats, be prepared to change up your fragrances for the season.…