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Mon Guerlain, Envisioning Notes of a Woman

by Marian Bendeth, 20th March, 2017

I recently met up with Guerlain Master Perfumer, Thierry Wasser at the Guerlain Boutique, Toronto, Canada, to explore the back story and fragrance notes for the launch of, Mon Guerlain and subsequent relationship with actress, Angelina Jolie.

Parfums Quartana Part 2: The Creation of Les Potions Fatale

by Carla Seipp, 18th March, 2017

In Part 1, Joseph Quartana explained the story behind each of the nine scents in his Les Potions Fatales collection. In the following interview, the Six Scents and Parfums Quartana founder discusses the deeply personal process behind his latest range of fragrances and redefining gender in perfume. In terms of gender assignment, som…

Parfums Quartana Part 1: Nine Tales of Deadly Deception

by Carla Seipp, 16th March, 2017

As far as inspirations for a perfume line go, Breaking Bad is pretty much the pinnacle of badass-ry. And just like its source material, the Les Potions Fatales collection by Parfums Quartana is highly addictive and undeniably captivating. “I was watching an episode of the show, and in it the protagonist Walter used lily of the valley to poison Jessie’s girlfriend’s son, Brock. A lightbulb went on in my head. I thought to myself, why hasn’t anyone done poisonous flowers in perfumery yet? That’s when the eureka moment happened,” Joseph Quartana explains.

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Scent Verse: Muse Booze

by Deniz Ataman, 14th March, 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 direct me…

My Perfume Wardrobe : Alison Hansen, Fashion Illustrator

by Alison Hansen, 03rd March, 2017

Fashion Illustrator, Alison Hansen tells us about her perfume wardrobe.   Tell us about yourself – My name is Alison Hansen and I am a fashion and beauty illustrator based in the UK. I split my time between studio space in Warwick and London. My style is linear with lots of expression and movement, with splashes of waterc…

Anosmia Awareness Day

by Get Lippie, 27th February, 2017

Today is Anosmia Awareness Day. Louise Woollam explores the different types of smell disorders (dysosmias) and how she has been affected by her own.

Scent Verse: Autumn Sunburst

by Eddie Bulliqi, 23rd February, 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 direct message …

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.

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…