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The Olfactory Occult of Sixteen92

by Carla Seipp, 29th November, 2017

Named after the year of the Salem witch trials and with fragrance monikers such as Wicked and I Saw Goody Proctor with the Devil, Sixteen92 clearly has a penchant for the supernatural spectacle. Founded by former opera singer, advertising creative director and fine art photographer Claire Baxter in 2014, the indie company won this yea…

A perfect perfume cabinet!

by Marcy Goldman, 21st November, 2017

Perfume collector Marcy Goldman thinks she’s finally found the perfect perfume storage unit.

Oud : the ancient Indian connection

by Krishnaraj Iyengar, 16th November, 2017

Synonymous with the Arab World, agarwood has become a leitmotif trademark of Middle Eastern perfumery tradition through its Arabic name ‘oud’. With their repertoire of incredible oud blends, the Arabs have honed their passion for the wood through the ages. Oud-based musks, florals, woody, spicy and animalic fragrances to n…

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Scent Verse: Firebird

by Eddie Bulliqi, 09th October, 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.

Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn on crafting scentscapes and olfactory deconstruction

by Carla Seipp, 02nd October, 2017

Composing BUTTERFLY EdP, I wanted to explore the same Euphorium Brooklyn conceptual ethos with a lighter olfactive palette. Similar to all of the other Euphorium Brooklyn fragrances by it being a manifestation of the personal history of the perfumer, BUTTERFLY also refers to the botanical or natural history of an environmental landscape. …

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.

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 Æther

by Persolaise, 06th July, 2017

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