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Podcast #3: The Art Perfumes Formerly Known as Niche

19th September, 2014

In the third episode of The Basenotes Podcast our panel discuss the idea of “niche” in perfumery – can we define what is, and what isn’t niche? We also smell the Bacon Candle mentioned in Ep. 1, talk about Frazzles (again), and whether Callum would use it as a ‘bedroom candle’. Plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Tauer to give Cologne du Maghreb wider distribution to kick off annual Cologne series

02nd June, 2014

This summer, Andy Tauer is putting his 2011 limited distribution fragrance, Cologne du Maghreb into wider distribution. This sees the start of a new series of Tauer colognes which will be created and released each summer, with a scent code-named Cologne Vetiver Boisée for 2015.Cologne du Maghreb was originally created in 2010 as part of h…

The Basenotes Reader Awards 2014: Winners!

by Grant Osborne, 21st May, 2014

Best Flanker: WOMANITY LIQUEUR DE PARFUM by THIERRY MUGLER Finalists: 1 Million Intense by Paco Rabanna Bel Ami Vetiver by Hermès Bottega Veneta Eau Légère by Bottega Veneta Dior Homme Cologne (new) by Christian Dior Marni Rose by Marni Womanity Liqueur de Parfum by Thierry Mugler Be…

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Finalists announced for Basenotes Reader Awards

by Grant Osborne, 30th April, 2014

At the end of last year we invited our readers to vote for their favourite fragrant things of 2013. We are now pleased to announced the finalists for this year's Basenotes Reader Awards: Best New Women's Fragrance1932 by ChanelFate Woman by AmouageIris Prima by Penhaligon'sJour d'Hermès by HermèsSahara Noir by Tom FordSì by Giorgio Armani…

Basenotes' Favourite Fragrance Discoveries of 2013

31st December, 2013

On more *popular* territories, Tom Ford's Sahara Noir setted up a new standard for incense-centered fragrances by introducing what's probably the most straight-forward incense since Norma Kamali's infamous Incense. Neela Vermeire has setted the bar so high with her former trio of fragrances and I've been more than glad to …

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…

Pitti 2013 round-up

by Marika Vecchiattini, 14th October, 2013

Pitti Immagine Fragranze 2013 took place last month, and the official data shows a growth both in general audience and buyers: the artistic perfumery has evidently become a trend, perfume aficionados who discover the "niche" market are more and more every day, attracting attention -and investors- worldwide. During the three days exhibitio…

Noontide Petals is latest from Andy Tauer

16th April, 2013

Andy Tauer's latest fragrance is Noontide Petals, which was first mention on his blog back in November, where he said it was "It is a new planet in my tauer solar system and it is a bit special. I think it does not really compare to anything I have done so far." The fragrance contains notes of bergamot, aldehydes, Bourbon geranium, rose, …

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…

Report: Penning Perfumes in Birmingham

by Judith Brockless, 06th March, 2013

Last month the Penning Perfumes tour arrived at Birmingham’s Le Truc bar, for an evening of poetry inspired by fragrance - and vice versa. The lovely Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette, began the evening by explaining that we would first hear a series of poems inspired by fragrances, followed by the opportunity to try some of the…

The Basenotes' Writers favourite fragrances of 2012

31st December, 2012

2012 has been a year in which I found myself (re)discovering a lot of beauties from the past. Discontinued fragrances, classics and minor hidden gems from other eras. Despite that, the world of perfumery had obviously followed its path with boatloads of new releases but it seems that "tough times" have brought some niche firms to reconsid…

Le Snob : Perfume by Dariush Alavi – Book Review

by Thomas Dunckley, 05th December, 2012

“Smell matters. It really is as simple as that.” Book deals for perfume bloggers very much seem to be the in thing at the moment and as far as I’m concerned this is not something one should complain about. After all some of the best perfume writers are bloggers and their insight into the secret world of scent should b…