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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…

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…

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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…

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…

To Celebrate 10th Anniversary, LuckyScent launch Decennial Collection

14th November, 2012

Online niche fragrance retailer,, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a collection of perfumes entitled The Decennial Collection. The new collection has been designed around the concept of capturing the spirit of its home city, Los Angeles.Franco Wright and Adam Eastwood, founders of LuckyScent.comThe fragrances are a…

Interview with Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays

by Lila Das Gupta, 22nd October, 2012

Sarah McCartney began her career sniffing hot newsprint at the Guardian newspaper. She went on to write and edit the Lush Times for nearly a decade. Here a new British talent tells Lila Das Gupta how novel writing and perfume making inadvertently went hand in hand.Tell us a bit about your first olfactive memory. I was two, I was playing i…

Andy Tauer on Tableau de Parfum's Loretta [News from Pitti]

15th September, 2012

In this video, perfumer Andy Tauer tells Basenotes about Loretta, the latest fragrance in the Tableau de Parfums range. Tableau de Parfums is an ongoing collaboration between Tauer and filmmaker Brian Pera. The Tableau perfumes are portraits inspired by the shorts of Pera’s ongoing film series, Woman’s Picture. The Loretta fragrance incl…

New UK company, Olfactik, set up to supply the independent perfumer

16th July, 2012

The kits also includes the basic equipment needed, along with simple step-by-step instructions and a written formula for each fragrance. We also provide additional suggestions for personaling each forumula to give it a unique edge. Purchasing a kit in this way also gives the benefit of a 10-15% cost saving on ingredients.The company can a…

Penning Perfumes - The New Poetry and Perfume Project

by Lila Das Gupta, 13th June, 2012

A new book which marries perfumes to poems has been published in London. 'Penning Perfumes Anthology’ was the idea of Lizzie Ostrom, the olfactory entertainer and consultant who goes by the name of ‘Odette Toilette’. The aim of the project was to create ‘an unusual cultural exchange in matching poets with pe…

Fragrance in the News: Only Child, Coty's suitcase, Fragrant biofuel and Christian Courtin-Clarins

21st March, 2012

Fragrance in the News - Weds 21st March: Only Child film on Kickstarter has raised over 85% of its funding, François Coty's suitcase, Fragrance compound used in biofuels, and Clarins chairman receives French honour.Only Child film on Kickstarter has raised over 85% of its funding - 8 days to go.The Only Child film, which is part of Brian…