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Estée Lauder to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (updated)

07th November, 2014

Estée Lauder are on a niche splurge. After the announcement that the company are acquiring Le Labo, it has been reported by WWD that Lauder are to buy Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.Editions de Parfums was founded by Frederic Malle in 2000. Malle curated a collection of critically acclaimed fragrances, which highlighted the names of t…

Le Labo acquired by Lauder

15th October, 2014

The Estée Lauder Companies are to acquire Le Labo, it was announced today. The brand was founded in 2006 by fragrance industry veterans Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi.As well as a range of fragrances, Le Labo have freestanding stores in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as select prestige d…

Winners announced for US FiFi awards 2014

17th June, 2014

The US Fragrance Foundation held its annual FiFi Awards last night at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret picked up three awards each. The winners are as follows:BATH & BODY LINE OF THE YEARPEONY & BLUSH SUEDE BODY CRÉME AND BODY & HAND WASH – Jo Malone LondonFRAGRANCE HALL OF FAMEHAPPY – CliniqueFRAGRANCE…

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Scents for Swedes – celebrating Sweden's National Day

by Callum Langston-Bolt, 06th June, 2014

Today is Sweden's National Day, so we're celebrating by choosing fragrances for some of Sweden's most popular exports. Ah, Miss Garbo; a reluctant star, but a brilliant one nonetheless. I would have liked to have scented Miss G with something brilliant – full of personality and life – however, I have it on good …

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…

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…

Fifi Awards UK – Winners announced

by Grant Osborne, 15th May, 2014

The UK Fragrance Foundation held its annual Fifi Awards this evening. The event was hosted by news reader Natasha Kaplinsky, while pop star Alesha Dixon performed for the guests in attendance. The event was held at The Brewery, which has played host to the awards since 2012. Ultimate Launch Winner: Our Moment – One …

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…

Tom Ford launches Velvet Orchid

19th March, 2014

Givaudan perfumers Antoine Maisondieu, Calice Asancheyev-Becker, Shyamala Maisondieu and Yann Vasnier have all had a hand in creating the latest fragrance for Tom Ford: Velvet Orchid. Velvet Orchid contains notes of Italian bergamot, mandarin, rum succan absolute and honey in the top; jasmine, Turkish rose, Cattleva leopoldii orchid, bl…

Thomas Dunckley (Candy Perfume Boy) and Neil Chapman amongst winners of Jasmine Awards

12th March, 2014

The winners of this years Jasmine Awards – An annual UK award dedicated to celebrating the best of fragrance journalism – were announced earlier today in London. Winners included Basenotes contributor Thomas Dunckley for an article on Candy Perfume Boy, and Neil Chapman (of The Black Narcissus blog) for an article from ODOU Magazine.The j…

Reflexive Perfumery: A Virtual Tour of the Osmothèque with Christophe Laudamiel

by Deadidol, 28th February, 2014

Opening his talk with an extensive self-introduction, Laudamiel traced the distinction between his role at the New York City-based non-profit Academy of Perfumery and Aromatics and his more commercial role as the nose behind such mainstream hits as Abercrombie & Fitch’s Fierce (2002), Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute (2007), and Ralph Lauren’s P…

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 …