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An Overview of the 3rd Annual Institute for Art and Olfaction Awards

by Deadidol, 11th May, 2016

Deadidol presents a report from the Third Annual Institute for Art and Olfaction Awards, including details of the winners.

All eyes on niche

by Marloes Hagenaars, 09th May, 2016

It’s safe to say that the niche perfume industry had blossomed, if not boomed, over the last couple of years. However, the big players are also trying to tap into this lucrative part of the business. What happens if everyone rushes into the niche market?

Discovering Mom for Mother's Day

by Marian Bendeth, 05th May, 2016

Mother's Day is fast approaching in North America and I can hear the ca-ching of cash registers everywhere with the purchases of predictable fragrance box sets, duos and beautifully-wrapped scents that she has been wearing since her school Prom or when she met "Dad". Yes, it's a sure bet she will love it, probably the only fragrance she gets year after year right? but who is exactly is your Mom or the next best thing to being a Mom-figure in your life?

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Super Scent: The Best of Chanel

by Grant Osborne, 25th April, 2016

We have once again teamed up with Candy Perfume Boy and Persolaise for Super Scent. A semi-regular series where we each run down the best fragrances from a particular brand. Where my colleagues will judge based on their own opinion, Basenotes' Top Scents are based on the opinions of Basenotes users. This time we are looking at the …

Basenotes Reader Awards 2016 Finalists

by Grant Osborne, 11th April, 2016

We reveal the finalists you voted for in the 2016 Basenotes Reader Awards

Bittersweet: an interview with Ralf Schwieger on the gourmand

by Eddie Bulliqi, 29th March, 2016

Eddie Bulliqi speaks with Mane perfumer, Ralf Schwieger on the rise and rise of sweetness in perfumery

A vibrant vulva experience

by Marloes Hagenaars, 24th March, 2016

Would you be interested in wearing the vaginal scent of a desirable woman? Guido Lenssen, founder and developer of VULVA Original, certainly was when he launched the scent in 2005.

'Dating' Perfumes : The allure of vintage scents

by Marian Bendeth, 21st March, 2016

Marian looks at vintage perfumes and why they hold their allure.

The Top Ten Male Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

by Claire Vukcevic, 11th February, 2016

Claire Vukcevic takes us by the hand and shows us the ten men's designer fragrances every beginner should sample.

Françis Kurkdjian on Baccarat 540

by Grant Osborne, 05th February, 2016

Françis Kurkdjian tells us about his latest release: Baccarat 540.

On the rocks: the trend for iced accords

by Eddie Bulliqi, 27th January, 2016

Eddie Bulliqi casts his eye on the trend for ice and coldness in perfumery

A nose to nose with perfumer Andy Tauer

by Marloes Hagenaars, 21st January, 2016

When I first smelled the beautiful L’Air du Desert Marocain, I was sold. Family members, friends and even strangers had to smell my wrist and listen to the story behind this lovely perfume. From that day on I started following the creator of my favourite scent; Andy Tauer