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Basenotes Scratch & Sniff

by Grant Osborne, 01st April, 2019

If you have a monitor or device made in the last three years you may be able to take advantage of our new Scratch ’n’ Sniff technology.

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…

Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

by Derek Mohr, 12th March, 2019

Avon as a formerly door-to-door sales perfumer, was the direct-to-you cosmetics company for the average jane or joe. They don't get a lot of love because of their ubiquity, sometimes unoriginal style and price point, but there is a lot more history, creativity and innovation than you would imagine. Part one of a series looking at the history of Avon products for men

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UK perfumers and EU Cosmetic Regulations post Brexit. Now What?

by Sarah McCartney, 18th February, 2019

On 29th March 2019 the EU will remove UK cosmetics from their database. Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays is holding a series of workshops to discuss the issue. For the last 40 years all UK cosmetics companies have complied with EU regulations, and since 2013 every single cosmetic has needed a safety certificate and been registered …

The Princess and the Perfume

01st February, 2019

Part one of Viola Levy and Grant Osborne's reimagining our favourite fragrance campaigns, starring some of Disney’s iconic leading ladies …

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…

Scent Verse: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

by Tyson C. Anderson, 18th December, 2018

Scent Verse is a poetry project curated by Basenotes writer Eddie Bulliqi that seeks to explore scent language and metaphors by publishing poems from contributors across different industries that either take scent as their inspiration or are very evocative of smell.

Is this new subscription service the ‘Netflix’ of perfume shopping?

by Viola Levy, 26th November, 2018

She continues, “We didn’t want to make a complicated quiz, ‘tell us what kind of notes you love’ etc. We don’t ask about fragrance families and weird formal categorisations that people don’t relate to – we speak more in everyday language (‘I like clean and fresh scents etc.’). You can …

Treading the scented cobbles of Coronation Street

by Marian Bendeth, 29th October, 2018

When it comes to childhood memories, most kids hunker down on Saturday morning watching their favourite cartoons or goofy sitcoms but for me, it has been the ultimate UK soap, Coronation Street to turn to. From childhood to yesterday's cliffhanger, I have tuned in religiously to watch a multitude of characters land, live out, die and even outlast other characters. There is nothing better than watching those characters treading the cobbles to that famous trumpeted-theme song which now also happens to be my signature ring tone, I’m that addicted.

Book Review : Homemade Perfume by Anya McCoy

by Slate Powell, 08th October, 2018

​I think it’s fair to describe me as a crafter. I’ve tried pretty much everything, from knitting and whittling to needle felting with cat hair. I’ll gleefully give anything a try, and enjoy the process even if the end result leaves something to be desired. So when I was asked to review Homemade Perfume by Anya McCoy, my crafter’s heart did a somersault – perfumery! One of the two crafts I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t quite found the opportunity! (The other is taxidermy, which would be an altogether very different review).

Artistic perfumery fair, Pitti Fragranze, starts today

by Grant Osborne, 14th September, 2018

Basenotes will be reporting on what we find, and you will be able to see our coverage from this link here. …

The Trouble with Tuberose

by Suzy Nightingale, 10th September, 2018

Suzy Nightingale spends a week with tuberose despite her finding the note akin to being shot through the head with a silver bullet. Will she be turned by tuberose?