Welcome to Basenotes, chuckpolzin!
I don’t recommend any of those magazines for information about fragrance. The fact is that just about anyone who has been spending time on Basenotes for even a few weeks probably knows a lot more about fragrance than the people writing those columns.
Writers for magazines are often paid to churn out copy to fill in the blank space around the advertising, which is what is really important to the publishers. But how much experience with fragrance do these writers actually have?
How many different fragrances have these writers actually worn on their skin? There are a lot of Basenoters who have tested literally hundreds of fragrances on their skin.
How many fragrances do these writers test every day? It’s not unusual for a person on this board to test several fragrances in one day --- and then repeat that several days in a row.
How much time, effort, and money do these writers spend researching fragrance, and searching out and acquiring fragrance? Many of the folks on this board are willing to spend a lot of time, effort, and money researching and acquiring fragrance.
If you want knowledge about fragrance, my recommendation is that you just start reading the threads in the Basenotes discussion forums.
A couple of writers that I do recommend are Luca Turin and Chandler Burr. Use the Basenotes Search Function to search for threads with "Luca Turin" in the title, and the Search Function will return a lot of threads with information about Luca Turin's writings and interviews.
For some information about Chandler Burr's writings, see these Basenotes articles:http://basenotes.net/articles/200801...ect-scent.htmlhttp://basenotes.net/articles/200801...me-critic.html
In fact, see all of the Basenotes Articles at: http://basenotes.net/features/Articles