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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

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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.

Beauty and the Beasts

by Marloes Hagenaars, 18th October, 2016

It’s pretty much an age-old debate: animals being used in toxicity tests for perfumes and their ingredients. We’ve all seen the videos of rabbits and guinea pigs suffering, watched how angry activists raised their voices on the telly, know about the politicians who were trying to make a statement. It all resulted in a European…

A round-up of the fragrances at Pitti Fragrance 2016

by Alfarom, 13th October, 2016

After a couple of years of absence from fairs and perfumes shows, I decided it was about time for me to go to Pitti Fragranze and see first-hand what's about to come in the niche-perfumery market. It was fun and exciting because I got to meet again with old and new friends I've been making during all these years but from a mere pe…

Scents for every scenario?

by Marloes Hagenaars, 21st September, 2016

Do we wear fragrances that represent ourselves or the occasion? Marloes takes a personal look at why she wears perfume.

Greatest Hits : Olivia Giacobetti

by Nick Gilbert, 15th September, 2016

Olivia Giacobetti is one of the great names of perfumery – Nick Gilbert checks out her Greatest Hits

Prove The Naysayers Wrong

by Zachary McConnell, 09th September, 2016

Zachary McConnell (aka MFfan310) updates us on the story of Xcentric – an upcoming niche fragrance store in Fort Wayne