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"We Know How To Defend Ourselves" – Chantal & Alexandra Roos at the London Launch of Dear Rose

by Persolaise, 23rd October, 2014

It’s difficult to decide how to start an interview with Chantal Roos. Although her name may not be well known, her work couldn’t be more famous. Ask someone to list the most successful perfumes of the last 40 years, and it’s likely that Opium, Kouros, Paris, L’Eau D’Issey and Gaultier’s Classique and Le Male will come up. It just so happe…

Oscar de la Renta dies, aged 82

21st October, 2014

Fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, died yesterday at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. He moved to Spain when he was 18 to study painting and went on to begin an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. He went on to work…

Stella relaunches today – new packaging, the fragrance is "fundamentally the same"

01st August, 2014

(Re)-launching today is Stella McCartney's 2003 fragrance, Stella. The scent was originally developed by perfumer Jacques Cavellier with YSL Beauté, but the fragrance license was taken over by P&G Prestige last year. According to WWD, the packaging has been updated, the fragrance is "fundamentally the same". (Make of that what you will.)T…

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The Top Ten: Discontinued Women's Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 24th June, 2014

Following on from our earlier Top 10 discontinued fragrances for men article, we're following up with the same article for women's fragrances. So, here is the list of the greatest discontinued fragrances for women as decided by Basenotes members. It has been interesting researching the reasons that fragrances has been disco…

The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

by Grant Osborne, 03rd June, 2014

Today sees the start of a new series on Basenotes – The Top Ten. Each time we'll take a look at a category of fragrances, and countdown the top ten as decided by the ratings of Basenotes members. Our first Top Ten is discontinued fragrances for men. (Note: eBay prices are a guide based on prices from mid-2014) Click NE…

Who Smells So Great? - Perfume And Fifty Years Of Doctor Who

by Persolaise, 20th November, 2013

Unless you've spent the last few months held hostage in E-Space by a horde of Marshmen, you'll be well aware that a British television institution is about to celebrate an important milestone. Doctor Who, the time-travelling sci-fi series which embarked on its first voyage on the 23rd of November 1963 has reached the half-cent…

"It's All Because Of Tom Ford" - The London Launch Of Thameen

by Persolaise, 18th September, 2013

When I meet him at the London launch of Thameen, the soft-spoken Saudi entrepreneur, Basel Binjabr, is insistent that his venture should not be seen as a Middle Eastern brand. "It's not Saudi," he says. "It's a company based in London, using German-made oils made by German and French perfumers. I created the company in the UK. It's called…

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - WINNERS

06th April, 2013

Basenotes are pleased to announced the winners of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year.The results were previewed to attendees of the last London Perfume Lovers meet up, and we are now officially revealing the winners. Finalists can …

Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced.

27th March, 2013

Basenotes is pleased to announced the finalists of the 2013 Reader Awards. The Basenotes Reader Awards are the chance for fragrance consumers to decide which fragrances are the best of last year. Below is a slideshow of the finalists, followed by a text list. Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 : Finalists from basenotes Best New Fragranc…

La Nuit de L'Homme's new face is Garrett Hedlund

23rd January, 2013

"Yves Saint Laurent expresses a unique style between elegance and freedom, sophistication and daring. The brand embodies the spirit of a very strong and virile man, who also assumes his great sensitivity. Garrett Hedlund expresses this duality to perfection. He has also taken on some real cinematic challenges which show a man with a stron…

Travel by nose

by Danielle Cooper, 29th December, 2012

As the year draws to a close, my thoughts wander to holidays and trips that have taken me into foreign climates in the past year or two. As the nose bracing chill of January looms up ahead and everywhere the damp, mushy odour of rain soaked vegetation litters my local journeys, I try to recapture the warm, mellow smells of a sunshine soak…

An Incomplete History of Men's Fragrance : A List of Perfumes used at the London Perfume Lovers event

by Lila Das Gupta, 17th October, 2012

An Incomplete History of Men’s Fragrance was presented by Grant Osborne and Lila Das Gupta at the New Cavendish Club, London on 26th Sept 2012. Here are the highlights and some of the fragrances the attendees smelt: What would Napoleon Bonaparte wear today? Eau de Cologne Chanel (selfridges.com) Not the most historically accurate cho…