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Recreating L'Origan

by Nick Gilbert, 18th September, 2017

Somerset House's Perfume exhibition featured a recreation of Coty's L'Origan. Nick Gilbert tracks the story of the classic scents reconstruction.

The Scents of Summer

by Marian Bendeth, 13th September, 2017

As summer draws to an end, Marian Bendeth highlights some of her scents of summer alongside her photos of the season.

The Murky Matter of Musk

by Claire Vukcevic, 01st September, 2017

Claire Vukcevic tells us everything you need to know about musk – and runs though the top musk fragrances everyone should try.

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Scent Verse : May

by Tom Wimbledon, 10th August, 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…

Scenting Orphan Black’s Clone Club

by Nick Gilbert, 04th August, 2017

As the series comes to an end, Nick Gilbert picks fragrances for the clones of Orphan Black.

Conversations with the Artisan: JK DeLapp of The Rising Phoenix Perfumery

by Claire Vukcevic, 21st July, 2017

In the first of a new semi-regular series, Claire Vukcevic speaks with JK DeLapp of The Rising Phoenix Perfumery about attars, the company’s upcoming range of Eau de Parfums and crowdsourcing campaign.

What's Inside The Bottle: An Interview With Nicolas Chabot of Ćther

by Persolaise, 06th July, 2017

Persolaise talks to the founder of Aether about the brand's synthetic-only compositions.

Natural and Green Beauty 101: Where to start and what to remember

by Marloes Hagenaars, 04th July, 2017

As sustainability goes mainstream, “green” fragrances can be found and purchased everywhere these days. The 2016 Organic Market Report revealed that UK sales of “green” beauty products increased by 21.6% percent last year and is expected to grow rapidly

Your Capacity To Last: Etienne De Swardt Launches Etat Libre D'Orange You Or Someone Like You

by Persolaise, 29th June, 2017

Persolaise catches up with Etat Libre D'Orange founder Etienne De Swardt about his collaboration with Chandler Burr.

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!