• Recent Features

      Guardians Of The Past - A Trip To The Osmotheque

      For a moment, I wonder if the thing is going to leap out and attack me. Curled into the base ...read more

      Esxence 2014 : Everything Else... (part two)

      Here's the last round up of our coverage from Esxence featuring Nose, Masque, Jovoy, the ...read more

      Reflexive Perfumery: A Virtual Tour of the Osmothèque with Christophe Laudamiel

      Given the IFRA’s increasing chokehold on some of perfumery’s most commonly used materials, the ...read more

      Podcast Episode 2: Sad and fleeting, but beautiful

      In the second Basenotes podcast, our panel discuss the idea of sending smells digitally, and ...read more

      Discontinued Fragrances : 2014 Edition

      When a fragrance company launches a new fragrance, they create a big fanfare with press ...read more
    • Get Lippie

      by Published on 1st February 2013 04:36 PM

      When the latest brief from your editor begins “Do you have access to a pound shop?”, you know you’re in trouble. When that brief then goes on to suggest you spend a week wearing “fragrances” you find in the aforementioned pound shop your heart sinks, and you might have a little cry at your desk. However, when said editor then suggests you enlist the help of your partner, meaning you can torture him a little in the process, well, you can’t really refuse, can you? You can, however, bear a grudge. Just sayin’ …

      Anyway, the challenge was to spend £14 in the "poundshop of our choice", on seven female fragrances, and seven masculine fragrances, wear one (each) every day for a week, and report back on our experiences. So here we are. I think I have my vision back now. However, I’ll never be able to show my face in the local poundshop ever again ...
      Published on 7th December 2012 09:43 AM

      Buying the dress was easy. I simply typed the words “purple dress” into eBay, and there, waiting in the very first line of results was my dress. The right colour, the right style, and most importantly, the right size. A couple of clicks and a matter of seconds later I’d made what most people think of as the big wedding purchase: “The Dress”.

      Normal people that is, not a fledgling fume-nerd like myself. For, ever since I found myself engaged last February, I’ve been thinking about what perfume to wear with that dress. What scent is it that I want to be inextricably linked with what is meant to be, after all, one of the most memorable days of one’s life? I’ve got professionals to deal with my hair and makeup, so my wedding perfume really is the most personal of these decisions. ...