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Clive Christian... costly, but worth it?

by Ali Nakhai, 01st November, 2001

Let me paint a picture for you. It’s a Friday night. You’re getting ready to go out, you hear there’s a ripping party with a lot of faces and beautiful people. You slap on your best clothes grabbing your best pair of Diesel jeans and that new Joseph Abboud shirt you got. Or maybe you want to go drop dead sexy and …

After Shave Splash Endurance Tests

by Renato Alessio, 21st August, 2001

My aftershave splash endurance trial was conducted in the same manner as my aftershave balm trial. The method was to put the splash on my wrist, and smell it every so often. The splashes were trickier to categorise, as many put out a burst of fragrance before dropping to a lower level. The lower level could last for either short or lon…

Finding discontinued fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 12th August, 2001

Sometimes our favourite fragrances become discontinued or just plain hard to find. Here is some useful advice.How can I find rare fragrances and perfumes?Here are a few tips on finding that rare fragrance. Remember that if a fragrance is discontinued that there is the possibilty that you may never find another bottle. There are loads of o…

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After Shave Balm Endurance Tests

by Renato Alessio, 01st June, 2001

Here are my endurance trials on aftershave balms, where the test was to rub some on one's wrist, and see how long it took before fragrance was almost or totally undetectable. What I find interesting is that there is no correlation that I can see. There are "no alcohol" ones at both the top and bottom of the list. And similarly, Calvin Kl…

Interview with Michael Edwards - creator of Fragrances of the World

by Grant Osborne, 01st May, 2001

In the eighties, a European named Michael Edwards invented a completely new way of describing fragrances. Drawing on his experience as Halston's international fragrance director, he published a guide that took the hassle out of selecting a new fragrance. What started as a simple yet innovative reference for staff in perfumeries an…

Getting a close shave

by Grant Osborne, 01st February, 2001

before you start Wakey Wakey! If you shave in the mornings, wait at least 20-30 minutes after you wake up, as when you first get up your skin will be all puffy. When this puffiness reduces, your stubble will become easier to get at! Scrub Up! Wash your face with a face wash or gentle scrub such as Lift Off Face Wash by Lab Ser…

Interview with Marian Bendeth

by Grant Osborne, 01st November, 2000

Marian Bendeth is a 'Fragrance Profiler'. As a fragrance specialist, with her own company, Sixth Scents, she uses her nose, her expertise and her keenly honed intuitive sense to do personalized fragrance wardrobing based on body chemistry, personality, lifestyle and environment. As a Fragrance Specialist, Marian has many roles on both sid…

A guide to fragrance families

by Grant Osborne, 01st August, 2000

Every perfume and fragrance is different. However, many of them share common traits. Each fragrance can be put into a fragrance family, grouping it with many other similar fragrances.If a fragrance has mainly a scent of fresh notes, plus weaker scents of woody and citrus notes, we could say that this fragrance is Fresh, but with citrus an…

A guide to choosing and buying fragrance

by Grant Osborne, 01st August, 2000

When buying and choosing a fragrance, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed with the large choices available to you. Your nose can get confused by the amount of smells you've tried and you end up buying something that smells like a old dirty sack. Here are a few hints and tips when buying fragrance, so that you come out with something yo…

Basenotes Meet-Up :April 8, 2017 SURRENDER TO DENVER

by Quarry, 03rd March, 2000

Everyone Is Cordially Invited To...   Why Surrender? Because our special guest will be Patty White from Surrender to Chance, one of our favorite decanting sources. You may also know Patty from the blog Perfume Posse. If you like, you can place an order with StC by mid-March and Patty will deliver our or…