Latest Articles by Carla Seipp

As well as reporting for Basenotes, Carla is a Freelance fashion, art and fragrance journalist. Contributor for Twin, A Shaded View on Fashion, Dazed Digital and more.

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Joseph Quartana of Six Scents Essentials on Ultra-Modern Gourmands and The Beauty of Duality

by Carla Seipp, 25th November, 2020

Designed by Rad Hourani and created by nose Christophe Raynaud, Ascent represents the life and death cycle via semen, baby powder, leather, and frankincense accords (olfactory equivalents to conception, infancy, middle-age, and death). It’s a slightly sweet musk that maintains a hint of darkness. “Ascent is the black sheep, so…

Scent takes the stage: An interview with Sarah Baker

by Carla Seipp, 08th October, 2020

Fragrance has long been heralded as an art form, but for Sarah Baker this conviction is an especially paramount matter. Her background in fine art, courtesy of the San Francisco Art Institute and Goldsmiths College, paired with a perpetually curious mind, has resulted in the wonderfully eclectic body of work that is Sarah Baker Perfumes. Part curator, part creative, Baker’s lens on fragrance has birthed a diverse universe of scent.

Olfactory Adventures with 4160 Tuesdays' Sarah McCartney

by Carla Seipp, 06th July, 2020

Sarah McCartney is equal parts fragrance whimsy mixed with perfumery wisdom. As the founder of 4160Tuesdays, her creativity knows no bounds. Seaside mint chocolate chip ice cream cone? Give the delightful gourmand What I Did On My Holidays a try. A soul cleansing after a wild night out? Wash Me In The Water, bursting with mint, franki…

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Geza Schön: Rebel With An Olfactory Cause

by Carla Seipp, 13th February, 2020

​Who says perfume can’t be political? In some cases it may just be a pretty glass bottle with a generically pleasant-smelling liquid inside, but amongst the ever-expanding sea of new releases, something that is more than just a pretty proverbial face feels downright refreshing. One longtime crusader for this cause is Geza Schoen.

Unisex 2.0: The Bright and Bold World of KIERIN NYC

by Carla Seipp, 16th April, 2019

New York City: an endless flow of bright lights, frenetic energy and fast moving crowds clutching onto their grande lattes in a fabulous flurry of big-city madness. The city that never sleeps, where ambitious ingenues come to fulfil their dreams and a whirlwind life plays out amongst the skyscraper landscape. It is this megatropolis that inspired the birth of all-gender fragrance brand KIERIN NYC.

Pressing the Olfactory Reset Button

by Carla Seipp, 21st March, 2019

Top-notch raw materials were the reserve of the industry elite — until now. Ostens is the fragrance house of Laurent Delafon and Chris Yu, who as founders of United Perfumes have worked with brands such as Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Tom Dixon and Diptyque. Together with Laboratoire Monique Remy (LMR), the premium naturals divisio…

The Best Perfumes of 2018, according to our contributors

31st December, 2018

As has become tradition, we ask our contributors, writers and forum moderators to look back at the last year and let us know which have been their best scents of 2018. If nothing wowed them in 2018 they could choose something new to them. Despite not going out of my way to smell new releases in 2018, I still managed to smell a few. Nic…

A Tokyo Morning: Gallivant’s Seventh Eau de Parfum Release

by Carla Seipp, 28th November, 2018

Since its initial launch last summer, Nick Steward’s line Gallivant has added three more cities for fragrance nomads to enjoy. Earlier this year the company launched Amsterdam and Berlin. The former is an intoxicatingly warm and creamy floral evoking a black tulip containing notes of saffron, amber and musk; the latter is an indu…

IFF Launches Post-Modern Fine Fragrance Collection

by Carla Seipp, 08th May, 2018

  International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Laboratoire Monique Rémy (LMR) and Christopher Yu & Laurent Delafon of United Perfumes gave a special sneak peek at the Post-Modern Fine Fragrance collection during a Speed Smelling event at Claridge’s in West London. While the complete series is comprised of 14…

The Best Perfumes of 2017 according to our contributors

30th December, 2017

As has become tradition, we ask our contributors, writers and forum moderators to look back at the last year and let us know which have been their best scents of 2017. If nothing wowed them in 2017 they could choose something new to them

The Olfactory Occult of Sixteen92

by Carla Seipp, 29th November, 2017

Named after the year of the Salem witch trials and with fragrance monikers such as Wicked and I Saw Goody Proctor with the Devil, Sixteen92 clearly has a penchant for the supernatural spectacle. Founded by former opera singer, advertising creative director and fine art photographer Claire Baxter in 2014, the indie company won this yea…

Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn on crafting scentscapes and olfactory deconstruction

by Carla Seipp, 02nd October, 2017

Composing BUTTERFLY EdP, I wanted to explore the same Euphorium Brooklyn conceptual ethos with a lighter olfactive palette. Similar to all of the other Euphorium Brooklyn fragrances by it being a manifestation of the personal history of the perfumer, BUTTERFLY also refers to the botanical or natural history of an environmental landscape. …