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Summer Fragrances for People Who Hate Summer & Also Summer Fragrances

by Claire Vukcevic, 23rd June, 2017

We asked Claire Vukcevic to write an article about the best fragrances for summer. Claire gave us this instead, which is why we love her.

How fragrance is the antidote to our iPhones

by Viola Levy, 16th June, 2017

Considering a digital detox? Viola Levy explores how smell can hold the key…

The Century of Smell

by Tom Clark, 13th June, 2017

Last year my nose was at Kitty Hawk or Menlo Park. Like the beginning of the electrical age or the era of flight I witnessed a magic moment in which you are given a glimpse – or rather, a sniff - of the future: a future, in this case, where smell would be regarded by Western civilization as a sense on par with sight and sound; in which art would be something inhaled as well as viewed, in which live poetry would affect your emotions by way of your olfatory bulb as well as your ear drum; in which films would have genuine smelltracks or a smell sequence might have a soundtrack; in which performative arts were self-evidently multi-sensory affairs fusing and contrasting visual, aural, olfactory and tactile perceptions. Welcome to the Century of Smell!

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A Reflection Of My Client: Nathalie Feisthauer At The UK Launch Of Pelargonium From Aedes De Venustas

by Persolaise, 09th June, 2017

Nathalie Feisthauer speaks to us about her latest creation for Aedes, Pelargonium - and reveals some of the back story behind the creation of the classic fragrance, Eau Des Merveilles.

Building a Fragrance Democracy, One City at a Time: Nick Steward of Gallivant on the Wonders of Wearability and Everyday Appeal

by Carla Seipp, 06th June, 2017

True to the dictionary definition of its name, Nick Steward’s new line Gallivant is sure to offer many a delightful olfactory pursuit. Created in collaboration with perfumers Karine Chevallier and Giorgia Navarra, the range consist of the energetic and bright citrus Brooklyn, unconventional green rose London, delicately wafting whit…

Scent Verse: Petrichor

by Oli Marlow, 02nd June, 2017

Eddie Bulliqi's Scent Verse project continues with a poem by budding perfumer, writer, and music journalist, Oli Marlow.

Fragrance Spring Cleansing

by Marian Bendeth, 30th May, 2017

Marian Bendeth takes us on a Spring walk and checks out spring fragrances new and old.

This is a journey into Skank

by Get Lippie, 23rd May, 2017

It’s funny, you make one tiny confession in public about not being able to smell farts, and the next thing you know you’re writing an entire article about “fragrances that are inspired by the human body”. I recently took part in a BBC documentary or two about my “extraordinary” sense of smell (I’m a recovering anosmic), and some of that may have involved me smelling “sweaty feet*” on camera and being remarkably unbothered by the experience

An interview with perfumer Daniel Gallagher of Gallagher Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 12th May, 2017

Daniel Gallagher is a self-taught indie perfumer based in the United States. He speaks to Basenotes about his love of fragrance and his journey so far

Scent Verse: Jellyfish

by Ashraf Osman, 03rd May, 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…

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 …