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The sweetest thing: natural or synthetic?

by Marloes Hagenaars, 13th January, 2017

​It might be the oldest trick in the book of the perfume industry, sex sells but nowadays we might be able to add, so does organic. The idea is compelling: a fragrance that contains all-natural ingredients sounds exclusive, good for our health and environment friendly. However, in the case of perfumes, it’s the synthetic f…

The best perfumes of 2016 according to our contributors

30th December, 2016

Our contributors look back at the best fragrances they've discovered in 2016

Olfactive Postcards

by Danielle Cooper, 28th December, 2016

Danielle Cooper takes a sniff back at the parts of the UK she has lived and travelled.

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Scenting Classic Christmas Movies

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 22nd December, 2016

There are a lot of films that people call classics. Some of them are OK, some are awful. When it comes to Christmas classics… most of them are a bit rubbish. Below is my second selection of my favourite* festive films that are actually worth watching (previous one here). And, as this is Basenotes after all and it’s why…

The Not-So Secret Double Life of Annette Neuffer

by Tom Clark, 19th December, 2016

Jazz trumpeter and singer by night, natural perfumer by day – when Annette Neuffer sets her mind to doing what she loves, nothing can stop her. Not even European Union red tape. "Your sound is beautiful - dark and warm," Wynton Marsalis said of her trumpet playing and her impressive portfolio of fragrances suggests that &q…

The Basenotes 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

by Claire Vukcevic, 07th December, 2016

Not sure what to buy the fragrance lover in your life? Wondering what things you need to drop a bunch of hints about. Claire Vukcevic has the gift ideas you need

Scenting my mental illness

by Laurin Taylor, 05th December, 2016

Every now and again, in what might be referred to as a “lifestyle” magazine, I run across the following article: “A Scent For Every Occasion”. The title varies, but the content does not. The reader is given a run-down of important occasions, and which perfume they might wear as they mark it. And so, we are told, a scent for a job interview must project confidence, but not be overpowering. Wedding guests must be ever mindful of not upstaging the bride, and should thus stick to soft, romantic florals. A Christmas party calls for something warm and spicy.

Ambergris: Myths, Truths, and Half-Truths

by Claire Vukcevic, 25th November, 2016

Claire Vukcevic gives us the rundown on what ambergris is and isn’t, plus a list of reference ambergris fragrances and attars

Fall-ing into Fragrances

by Marian Bendeth, 14th November, 2016

Marian Bendeth presents her choice of fragrances, old and new, for the perfect fall scent.

Perfume In Lit

by Christopher Peterson, 09th November, 2016

Chris Peterson looks at how perfume, and the sense of smell, is used in literary thrillers.

Cardamom close-up

by Eddie Bulliqi, 01st November, 2016

Cardamom is cool right now. Far more frequently applied to masculine than feminine compositions, cardamom’s use in recent perfumery has been scant even though its history is lengthy, dating back to inclusion in the legendary Kyphi (an ancient Egyptian incense type). But that is precisely why cardamom is cool right now; its story and…

Scenting Halloween Horror Movie Stars! Again!

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 28th October, 2016

Callum Langston-Bolt returns for the fourth year in a row to write about more of his favourite horror movies. Oh, and choose fragrances for them.