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Winter chills, perfume thrills

by Marian Bendeth, 20th February, 2017

Once the temperatures dip down to "I can't feel my fingertips" mode, you quickly realize that old man winter has finally slid in like a Nascar winner crossing the finish line. If this means your version of winter includes snowfalls, icy arctic blasts and bad hair hats, be prepared to change up your fragrances for the season.…

India's enduring fragrant dynasty

by Krishnaraj Iyengar, 16th February, 2017

The east has been long revered as the timeless haven of exotic treasures. Apart from her rich cultural heritage, music, art, poetry and cuisine, her fragrances of old have been a subject of much intrigue since time immemorial. India, known to the world as the cradle of civilization has been richly endowed with soul-nourishing fragrant traditions dating back to the times of the seers, mystics and yogis.

An interview with Philippe Constantin : Artistic Director and founder of Maison Insens

by Ainslie Walker, 01st February, 2017

Ainslie Walker meets with Philippe Constantin in Grasse to discuss his Maison Insens line.

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Out of Nothing Into the Sublime: Benoît Verdier, Co-Founder of Ex-Nihilo, Speaks About the Brand’s Latest Launch

by Haniya Rae, 19th January, 2017

Scarcely three years ago, Sylvie Loday, Olivier Royère, and Benoît Verdier launched Ex-Nihilo with the desire to provide consumers with custom perfumes. Markedly different than Le Labo or Commodity, Ex Nihilo offers its customers several base perfumes that can then be adjusted to suit a number of personalities. Once a cus…

The sweetest thing: natural or synthetic?

by Marloes Hagenaars, 13th January, 2017

​It might be the oldest trick in the book of the perfume industry, sex sells but nowadays we might be able to add, so does organic. The idea is compelling: a fragrance that contains all-natural ingredients sounds exclusive, good for our health and environment friendly. However, in the case of perfumes, it’s the synthetic f…

The best perfumes of 2016 according to our contributors

30th December, 2016

Our contributors look back at the best fragrances they've discovered in 2016

Olfactive Postcards

by Danielle Cooper, 28th December, 2016

Danielle Cooper takes a sniff back at the parts of the UK she has lived and travelled.

Scenting Classic Christmas Movies

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 22nd December, 2016

There are a lot of films that people call classics. Some of them are OK, some are awful. When it comes to Christmas classics… most of them are a bit rubbish. Below is my second selection of my favourite* festive films that are actually worth watching (previous one here). And, as this is Basenotes after all and it’s why…

The Not-So Secret Double Life of Annette Neuffer

by Tom Clark, 19th December, 2016

Jazz trumpeter and singer by night, natural perfumer by day – when Annette Neuffer sets her mind to doing what she loves, nothing can stop her. Not even European Union red tape. "Your sound is beautiful - dark and warm," Wynton Marsalis said of her trumpet playing and her impressive portfolio of fragrances suggests that &q…

The Basenotes 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

by Claire Vukcevic, 07th December, 2016

Not sure what to buy the fragrance lover in your life? Wondering what things you need to drop a bunch of hints about. Claire Vukcevic has the gift ideas you need

Scenting my mental illness

by Laurin Taylor, 05th December, 2016

Every now and again, in what might be referred to as a “lifestyle” magazine, I run across the following article: “A Scent For Every Occasion”. The title varies, but the content does not. The reader is given a run-down of important occasions, and which perfume they might wear as they mark it. And so, we are told, a scent for a job interview must project confidence, but not be overpowering. Wedding guests must be ever mindful of not upstaging the bride, and should thus stick to soft, romantic florals. A Christmas party calls for something warm and spicy.

Ambergris: Myths, Truths, and Half-Truths

by Claire Vukcevic, 25th November, 2016

Claire Vukcevic gives us the rundown on what ambergris is and isn’t, plus a list of reference ambergris fragrances and attars