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Banishing Spots

by Kimberly Sayer, 01st December, 2002

"I'm in my mid-twenties and still suffer from spots. I eat healthily, and wash my face every day. What am I doing wrong? Will they ever go?"John R, London, UK   Kimberly Says: To help manage your skin, try a good clay mask, which will draw out dirt, spots, oil and dead skin cells. Use a facial scrub two to three times a…

A look at L'Artisan Parfumeur

by William Good, 01st December, 2002

Mure et Musc Passage d'Enfer Voleur de Roses Mention these or the names of any of the other fragrances of French niche fragrance brand L'Artisan Parfumeur to one of its loyal followers, and you're likely to find yourself involved in a conversation (whether you want to be or not) in which the person shares his or her personal e…

The real man's guide to make-up!

by Grant Osborne, 01st November, 2002

Sometimes the stresses and problems of daily life can get to you. Tiredness and the onslaught of time, show on your face in the form of dark circles around the eyes, blemishes, sun spots and broken capillaries. It's easy to think that only a miracle can solve these problems, but there is another option you may not have thought of.... …

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Pheromone based fragrances - Do they work?

by Grant Osborne, 02nd May, 2002

Back in the summer of 2001, we had an enquiry from one of our visitors enquiring about pheromone enhanced colognes. To be honest, Basenotes hadn't a clue! We knew of Realm and Jovan's long-gone Andron, but other than that we knew very little about pheromones. So we did some research.... If you skip to thje back of a 'mens lifestyle' ma…

New West Campaign: Can we resurrect?

by Grant Osborne, 12th April, 2002

Often at Basenotes, we get emails from our visitors looking for discontinued and hard-to-find fragrances. One name keeps popping up: 'New West Skin Scent' by Aramis. So we decided to do something about it, but we needed to know how much demand there is for bringing back New West (male and female). You responded in droves! We then sent the…

A meeting with Kimberly Sayer

by Ali Nakhai, 02nd April, 2002

"I've got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can't go to Sing Sing with a green face." Many will recall the antics of the recalcitrant Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. Holly, like many women and now even men, aspires for a perfect complexion. In a time where new products with n…

Getting a close electric shave from an electric shaver

by Grant Osborne, 01st December, 2001

Although often thought not as close as a traditional wet shave, electric shavers are faster and a lot more convenient. Following the simple steps below will help you get the most from your electric pal. Read the Manual. Often this is something that is overlooked. Take the time to look through it. Some razors cost a lot of money and …

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…

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…