The Basenotes Guide to Pronunciation (updated)


30th January, 2015


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All those fragrance names can be a mouthful sometimes. In the first of our pronunciation guides, we tell you how to pronounce:

Let us know in the comments, which words you'd like to see in a future video.

Update: Video 2, featuring:

  • Christian Dior
  • Habit Rouge
  • Hermès
  • Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
  • Pierre Balmain
  • Rive Gauche
  • Serge Lutens
  • Terre d'Hermès
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Yves Saint Laurent

About the author: Grant Osborne

Grant Osborne is the founder and editor of Basenotes. Grant has two children, and a dependence on tea, haribo and bacon.

Website: http://www.grantosborne.com

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      • BetsyMeszaros | 30th January 2015 14:14

        Grant, what a great idea. Thank you so much! Well done!

      • BetsyMeszaros | 30th January 2015 14:14

        Grant, what a great idea. Thank you so much! Well done!

      • BetsyMeszaros | 30th January 2015 14:14

        Grant, what a great idea. Thank you so much! Well done!

      • Grant (article author) | 3rd February 2015 00:09

        How to pronounce Hermès is in the next one :)

        It's kinda like air-mez

      • Grant (article author) | 3rd February 2015 00:09

        How to pronounce Hermès is in the next one :)

        It's kinda like air-mez

      • Grant (article author) | 3rd February 2015 00:09

        How to pronounce Hermès is in the next one :)

        It's kinda like air-mez

      • andym72 | 6th February 2015 14:48

        Marion could read out the First Great Western train timetable and make it sound alluring!

        Phew, I need some air...

      • andym72 | 6th February 2015 14:48

        Marion could read out the First Great Western train timetable and make it sound alluring!

        Phew, I need some air...

      • andym72 | 6th February 2015 14:48

        Marion could read out the First Great Western train timetable and make it sound alluring!

        Phew, I need some air...

      • Primrose | 7th February 2015 04:33

        Great guide, Grant.

        Maybe in the future some individual names of fragrances?

      • Primrose | 7th February 2015 04:33

        Great guide, Grant.

        Maybe in the future some individual names of fragrances?

      • Primrose | 7th February 2015 04:33

        Great guide, Grant.

        Maybe in the future some individual names of fragrances?

      • furrypine | 8th February 2015 14:51

        I got one: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

      • furrypine | 8th February 2015 14:51

        I got one: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

      • furrypine | 8th February 2015 14:51

        I got one: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

      • ankali | 18th February 2015 08:04

        "parfum" & "eau de parfum"

        "extrait"

        "ambergris"

        So I know in theory how to pronounce these, but get so self-conscious when I have to do so out loud. It would help to hear a real live Frenchwoman to imitate rather than just fly blind with my Yank self.

      • ankali | 18th February 2015 08:04

        "parfum" & "eau de parfum"

        "extrait"

        "ambergris"

        So I know in theory how to pronounce these, but get so self-conscious when I have to do so out loud. It would help to hear a real live Frenchwoman to imitate rather than just fly blind with my Yank self.

      • ankali | 18th February 2015 08:04

        "parfum" & "eau de parfum"

        "extrait"

        "ambergris"

        So I know in theory how to pronounce these, but get so self-conscious when I have to do so out loud. It would help to hear a real live Frenchwoman to imitate rather than just fly blind with my Yank self.