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  1. Thank you for a great write-up! Wish I could have...

    Thank you for a great write-up! Wish I could have been there. Very curious about the Osmotheque and plan to visit it one day.

    Anrat - maybe it's because people confuse IFRA with the EU. EU has a...
  2. Re: Article: Podcast Episode 2: Sad and fleeting, but beautiful

    This was so thought-provoking that I wanted to join the conversation - thanks for another fun episode!
  3. Re: Is there a Lush Fragrance that smells like a Lush store?

    Thanks, David - glad to know a fragrance I created is acting as an anti-bad mood tonic :)
  4. Great book and an observant review. I agree that...

    Great book and an observant review. I agree that the book design is actually a little bit at odds with its content. Karen is knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic. The book design suggests a...
  5. Re: Article: Basenotes picks up third Jasmine Award at the 2012 ceremony

    Congratulations!
  6. Hah, yes - that fizzing lemonade comment is a...

    Hah, yes - that fizzing lemonade comment is a really nice way to put it :)
  7. Thank you, Persolaise :) It was one of those...

    Thank you, Persolaise :) It was one of those sessions that probably raised more questions than it answered (and that's saying something, considering all the questions that were answered). Perhaps...
  8. Thank you lpp! Sorry to hear about your...

    Thank you lpp! Sorry to hear about your strawberry allergy but at least they are easier to avoid than some other foods would be. I think the perfume allergen point made by Hipgrave was that allergies...
  9. This is a fantastic article and you've tackled a...

    This is a fantastic article and you've tackled a tricky topic with such great humour. I wonder if there is ever going to be an end to the shampoo/alcopop fragrance trend?
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday December 18, 2012

    Hello there, fellow fumeheads :) I'm enjoying the run-up to Christmas in YSL Y (my late mother used to wear this in the winter and it reminds me of Christmas back home in Finland).
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    SoTD L'Instant Guerlain... I had honey at breakfast and I experienced it as a very floral magnolia scent today which immediately put me in the mood for this.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday 29th November 2012

    Ine, that's awful, I am so sorry to hear your news. :(

    Well, my SoTD is Datura Noir today because I dreamed of the smell of it. As you do.
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    Re: Wednesday 28th November 2012

    I don't know whether it's a change in habits overall or just laziness but lately I seem to wear the same perfume for several days in a row; sometimes a whole week (!). So another day in Musc et...
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    Re: SOTD, 27TH November 2012

    *dusts herself off*

    Koff, koff.

    Anyway, SoTD Musc et Freesia by Coudray. It's comforting like a flannel shirt; pretty and feminine and a little bit "mumsy" (but not in a bad way). I've been...
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    Roger! :)

    Roger! :)
  16. Re: Article: EU to force change of formula for perfume classics

    You are confusing IFRA (and industry body) with the EU (European regulations and law).

    It is the former that has tried pre-emptively all these years to protect perfumes from being over-regulated...
  17. I would love to show this to the sales assistants...

    I would love to show this to the sales assistants in Diptyque boutiques who insist until they're blue in the face that all their scents are 100% natural. ;)

    Great interview!

    I sense another...
  18. Well, in this instance, IFRA could rescue these...

    Well, in this instance, IFRA could rescue these perfumes. We must remember that the EU responds to lobbyists, NGOs, green organisations, consumer organisations and so on. There could also be some...
  19. As a former colleague and a fellow fragrance...

    As a former colleague and a fellow fragrance lover, I am delighted to see Sarah's current success with her venture and wish her all the best! I may even be able to attend the event in January (but...
  20. Re: Is there a Lush Fragrance that smells like a Lush store?

    Thank you for the congrats :)

    Tutti Frutti is a fun way to describe the Lush cacophony - I must admit trying to compose a perfume that wouldn't just be a total mess, yet somehow evoked the "Lush...
  21. Re: Is there a Lush Fragrance that smells like a Lush store?

    Sorry for necroing this thread but a helpful Lushie pointed me to it from our international forum :)

    As some of you may know I'm a junior perfumer at Lush. I work on product perfumes (for example...
  22. I did the diagnostic test and found that the...

    I did the diagnostic test and found that the first part was very good (in that it identified correctly the perfume families and notes I like, based on three choices of current perfumes I wear), but...
  23. Re: Which scents chicks dig/females love/blah blah blah

    Of course we should discuss perfume because it's a perfume forum.

    I'd find it more relevant to discus why a particular perfume is a favourite with people, or hear people's impressions of it "it...
  24. Re: Which scents chicks dig/females love/blah blah blah

    But what a lot of people don't realise is that one woman's "panty dropper" is another woman's cryptonite.

    Not to mention that if, say, M7 smelled amazing on a hunk of an ex boyfriend of theirs,...
  25. What a fantastic diary; thank you! Found it very...

    What a fantastic diary; thank you! Found it very entertaining. Natural perfumery is very, very tricky and most would benefit from accepting a series of natural isolates into their palettes; when you...
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    Re: I have some news (and a bit of a giveaway)

    14521Thank you! I've recorded the event here and here - my perfume was the "HQ"; the smell of a Lush shop in a bottle. Needless to say it went down like hotcakes at Lushfest but I expect it might be...
  27. Congratulations, Persolaise!

    Congratulations, Persolaise!
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    Re: I have some news (and a bit of a giveaway)

    Thank you so much! I don't want to make a big deal as such (because it's not, not to the world of perfumery), but it's a very surreal and important milestone for me, so I appreciate the well-wishes...
  29. I like the talking about the hair-dos and...

    I like the talking about the hair-dos and packaging, yet not a single description of your feelings towards the scent itself... hmm! ;)
  30. Re: Visa by Robert Piguet AND Peach frustrations,thoughts

    I loved Gucci Rush, too. It had to be discontinued because the rose ketones it relies entirely on have been hit super hard by IFRA restrictions. Beta damascone has that boozy, fruity, tobacco-y,...
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    Re: I have some news (and a bit of a giveaway)

    Thanks everyone :D I will try my best to take snapshots of the hoolabaloo that this event is guaranteed to be. I still have to get my fancy dress sorted...
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    Re: I have some news (and a bit of a giveaway)

    Thank you! :)
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    I have some news (and a bit of a giveaway)

    I've promised to keep the details secret but I have to tell my BN fume-head friends that my journey from a perfume obssessive fan-girl to trainee and now junior perfumer at Lush is about to take...
  34. Re: What smells do you have an obsession with that aren't perfumes?

    I love this thread so much! <3 I ask this question a lot; it's so lovely to hear how many people are very switched on to the smells around them.

    My by FAR the most (borderline obsessed) smell...
  35. Re: Article: Ruth Mastenbroek to launch Amorosa

    I am really looking forward to smelling this: Ruth's first fragrance is a really masterful old-style composition in the best possible way. Smelling it for the first time at the BSP event prior to its...
  36. Re: Love a fragrance, but almost apologise for wearing it?

    I think it depends who you hang out with, why you wear perfume in the first place and a ton of other things... the feeling you describe is familiar. For example I'm wearing a scent today that's kind...
  37. Re: Visa by Robert Piguet AND Peach frustrations,thoughts

    If any of you who might enjoy a full-on, boozy, 80s-style peach and tuberose scent would like to send me a PM...

    Meanwhile, you might also like Serge Lutens Daim Blond; it's like apricots wrapped...
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    Re: Redefining Reformulation

    Things that are happening:

    - Scents will actually age in the bottle over time. If you have a bottle that's 20 years old and smell a brand new perfume that's *exactly* the same formula, they will...
  39. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    The bottle looks like one of the eggs from Alien.

    Interested to smell this; would have been quite a challenge to the perfumer to work with this brief :)
  40. Re: Fields of Rape seed flowers: Wow, they smell incredible!

    Oh, wow, I find the scent overpoweringly cloying; on the wrong side of "honeyed" (from sweet honey to unwashed hobo), rubbery, nauseating and just so unpleasant that I have to close my windows when I...
  41. I love the idea and I find Chandler's style...

    I love the idea and I find Chandler's style extremely entertaining. There's one flaw in this concept (if one were to approach this as a purely intellectual/scientific exercise: the fragrances aren't...
  42. Re: Is the elaborate packaging backfiring on By Kilian?

    I hate to break it to you, but with the vast majority of mainstream (and even some niche) perfumes, you usually are paying more for the bottle than what's inside.

    That isn't a situation isolated...
  43. I absolutely love the nuances, body and intrigue...

    I absolutely love the nuances, body and intrigue that only natural perfumery materials can offer. I absolutely hate all the unnecessary scare-mongering and bad science that unfortunately seems to go...
  44. Thank you for this article. I met Alec on that...

    Thank you for this article. I met Alec on that same Basenotes lunch in 2009 which I helped organise with Grant and Danni. He was truly unique and talented person and will be a loss to all who knew...
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    Re: Fragrances you WANT to like

    I don't think there is anything wrong with loathing one of the "greats" - as long as one has the general understanding of why it might be regarded as one of the "greats" in the first place.

    For...
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    Re: Alec Lawless RIP

    I was very sad to hear this - condolences to his friends and family. :(

    He attended one of the Basenotes meets a couple of years ago so I was lucky to meet him and smell his fragrances; all of...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday, 5th April 2012

    SoTD: something I have been working on (in half a dozen different sessions, since 2009!) and is now ready. It's a tuberose-based scent is all I'll say out in the open - but should be available from...
  48. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Books and lectures on perfume history seem to start in ancient Egypt. I imagine that this is due to the availability of documentation, artefacts and so on; I can't imagine scents not being...
  49. Re: "the nose" - an education from a young female l'occitane sales assistant

    *cringe*

    That sounded like total BS (and whether it's some very poor training or this particular sales assistant's own fiction is another matter).
  50. One of the best concepts here for a long time!...

    One of the best concepts here for a long time! And Mimi, your interview was so lovely :)
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    Re: Should I go scentless?

    This is what Eau de Cologne was made for :D Just sprinkle your body with something fresh and classic.
  52. Re: How many frags have you actually finished a bottle of?

    I am so puzzled by this thread! Surely even if you have 200 perfumes (I have about, uhm, 70?) you will end up going through periods of wearing some of them more than the others and finish a bottle or...
  53. Re: Addictive qualities in leather and civet notes?

    I'm not so much addicted to leathers but physically crave certain ones. Having had the opportunity to smell some vintage Tabac Blond (and then encountering its thinner but still beautiful cousin in...
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    Re: SotD Saturday, 24 March 2012

    DONNA: that is one of my absolute go-to fragrances. Lovely! :)

    I am in the blousy but beautiful L'Instant Guerlain. A friend of mine was showing off her magnolia tree photos the other day and I've...
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    Re: SotD Friday, 23 March 2012

    *waves back to Lilybelle* :)
  56. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    "the bottom line is that a fragrance has to first get an emotional reaction, for that reaction to be manipulated."

    Exactly.

    Thank you for the, erm, rather flattering comments Redneck! :D I...
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    Re: SotD Friday, 23 March 2012

    Lovely to be back ;)
  58. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Absolutely spot on!
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    Nice continuation to the kitch of Lola (although...

    Nice continuation to the kitch of Lola (although I can't help but having juvenile sniggers about the Freudian aspect of the 'dot'). No doubt the fragrance will sell well to its intended target...
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    Re: SotD Friday, 23 March 2012

    SoTD is Summer by Kenzo (wore this scent on my wedding day and now it's looking like spring is here, what better than this gorgeous mimosa to go with it...). :)
  61. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    FANTASTIC thread. Absolutely fantastic. Symphonies, thank you for joining BN; thank you for your contribution and everyone who has added something throught-provoking.

    My take on this (a bit of...
  62. Re: London Perfume Lovers Meetup Report (with pics!)

    I've joined the group ran by Lila but I haven't had the time to attend any events yet. (I'm also really keen to get to one of Odette Toilette/Lizzie's events soon!). The irony of being so immersed in...
  63. Re: Your favourite perfumeries around the world?

    Dariushka - you've made me want to re-visit Berlin! :) I've been there twice, around the time the Wall came down...
  64. Re: Your favourite perfumeries around the world?

    Cool, thanks! I like the name 'Skins' for a fragrance shop :D
  65. Dzongkha? *distraught* :undecided:

    Dzongkha?

    *distraught*

    :undecided:
  66. Your favourite perfumeries around the world?

    What are your favourite perfumeries around the world? Please recommend any of them; in any country. I'm thinking of making an ultimate Top Perfume Pilgrimage list around the world; like Top 10 (20?)...
  67. London perfume (bottle) fans: found Marc Rosen's book at Liberty's today for £11

    I've reached a stage where my perfume book collection requires its own book shelf but I will mercilessly expand it nevertheless; especially when I spot such a bargain! A heavy, coffee-table design...
  68. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    I don't think you understand my point. Your criticism of the criticism is a based on a straw man argument. Otherwise, criticise away! That's permitted. I just find it frustrating to see what seems to...
  69. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Right, but - so what?

    I don't recall that Luca and Tania would have at any point set themselves up as 100% objective perfume-quality-evaluation duo. They've been pretty clear that these are their...
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    Re: Your Favorite Independent Perfumer

    Breath of God does seem to go very well with forests :) I thought that was just me!
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    Re: Your Favorite Independent Perfumer

    I would always start with Breath of God (because it is the most divisive and interesting perfume we have. I wear it and love it and so does my husband. Luca and Tania certainly seem to like it....
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    Re: Your Favorite Independent Perfumer

    My favourite independents are Neil Morris (who also seems to be a thoroughly nice chap!) and Gorilla Perfume (disclaimer: I work for the latter - but would class them as one favourite house even if I...
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    Re: How Dangerous is Perfume ?

    I would like to add two things:

    1. I know what you mean about peanuts and tobacco and all of that - but since there is no actual industry correlation between the two (and the fragrance regulations...
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    Re: Scaling the perfumes and priming the nose

    Thank you, Asaskian! I've come to this part of my career rather late so I do hope I'll have enough time to have a proper crack at it.

    And as an aside, I think flavouring work is harder than...
  75. Re: How many fragrances do people here purchase per week or month?

    I think it is normal to get loads first - I was like that when the fever really took hold! Try to settle on a comfortable amount (monitor how much you actually USE - so you don't end up with lots of...
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    Re: Scaling the perfumes and priming the nose

    What a really interesting and tactile post :)

    I am a junior perfumer and must admit that I'm still fairly hopeless at deconstructing other people's scents by smell alone (and since the place I...
  77. Re: Marc Jacobs' Dakota Fanning ad banned for being 'sexually provocative'

    I think you hit the nail on the head, Asaskian.

    It is basically artistically lazy.
  78. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Ok I do have to say something.

    1. Luca and Tania's work has done wonders for legitimising perfume critique as a 'genre'
    2. Do you also rant about film critic reviews that don't match with your...
  79. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    I was going to comment... but, honestly, I have no words.

    Just >.<
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    Re: SotD Saturday, 12 November 2011

    How odd! DZONGKHA here too! And it's not a scent I go for often.

    Happy weekend everyone :)
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    Re: Fragrances you WANT to like

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I can haz all of your Mitsouko? :D

    The scents I wish I could like are Dzing! and Tea for Two by L'artisan. I can see the cleverness and the artistry. However, the former is...
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    Re: How Dangerous is Perfume ?

    I worry about perfumery too (as someone who is still studying the topic and hasn't had many pieces of work out; I'd like to get to have a proper go before it all becomes too restricted and...
  83. They only name and shame if they find out that...

    They only name and shame if they find out that someone has actually broken the rules. That's the claim. It is in IFRA's best interest to make sure they are seen to be 100% effective. If they are not...
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    Re: How Dangerous is Perfume ?

    "Why doesn't the perfume industry just ignore IFRA guidelines" - this illustrates how misunderstood IFRA as a concept is, generally. I don't know whether they need to improve their PR or not - but I...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday, 4 October 2011

    *dusts self off*

    So, hi all! I haven't been here for a while because I've had a busy year and then an operation and two months of sick leave after that. It's certainly been a rollercoaster of a...
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    Re: Carcinogen ingredients in perfume

    Those are completely valid reasons for avoiding it though.

    Not some carcinogen bogeyman. ;)

    As an aside, I never use fabric conditioner on towels because it makes them less effective at the job...
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    Re: Carcinogen ingredients in perfume

    Oh for god's sake!

    Being a carcinogen is not some kind of binary condition. Fried foods and ham and sausages are carcinogenic too; yet people who freak out about inhaling a few benzaldehyde...
  88. Thread: London

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    Re: LONDON - the ultimate good perfumery guide (map included)

    Persolaise has just written a lovely London shopping guide here!
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday July 20th, 2011

    A second day in L'Instant EDP. It's soft and comforting...
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    Re: Terrior and Fragrance

    I may be able to offer the opinion of an informed (perfumery) student - though I must immediately declare that I am not an expert on the topic, merely studying it and interested. I have started to be...
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary - THE VERDICT!

    Persolaise - I agree that as an overall concept, everything that isn't necessary can be classed as luxury (washing machine, face cream, pre-packed meals... how far do we take this? Loo roll?). What I...
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary - THE VERDICT!

    Agree that this would make an excellent separate debate. Having been on the 'inside' as well as 'outside' for so long, I think it doesn't often occur to consumers that many luxury products are...
  93. lol.

    lol.
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary - THE VERDICT!

    Can't wait for your write-up, Persolaise. :)
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary - THE VERDICT!

    I loved last night's episode. It was beautifully told.

    There were so many good moments - but one stuck out; did anyone else feel that the final consultation in which we saw CB's anglophile...
  96. I think this sounds like fun! Possibly a bit...

    I think this sounds like fun! Possibly a bit sickly, but on the other hand - Mugler does generally do well with this type of thing. Agreed that it would be even more exciting to see a new scent but...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday, 5 July 2011

    I'm in Youth Dew today because I mentioned it in my essay and had the urge to put some on. :) Not one of my favourites but it does bring with it a certain, comfortable allure.
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary - THE VERDICT!

    I cringed so much when the Lauder trainer/marketing person was explaining to the 20-year old 'what young people are like'. The poor young woman had developed excellent skills in keeping her face...
  99. Somehow, the idea that 4711 is trying to be fine...

    Somehow, the idea that 4711 is trying to be fine fragrance really irritates me; I always have a bottle of the original cologne around and think of it as a nice, refreshing splash to cool down and...
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    Re: What was the first fruity floral?

    I raised the same question on Facebook at a fragrance group there - and got a reply from Calice Becker: "Chiffon Sorbet Escada. It was a seasonal fragrance (the 1st one!)"
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