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Choosing a fragrance that is right for you

Choosing a fragrance that is right for you

The number of different fragrances out there is bewildering. Choosing a fragrance that is exactly right for you takes time and patience. First, arm yourself with a little knowledge, so you know what to look […]

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Making Scents: What goes into your perfume bottle?

Making Scents: What goes into your perfume bottle?

  Perfumes are blends of flowers, mosses, resins, woods, fruits and spices, whose scented oils are extracted using a variety of processes. Some are still in use after thousands of years, while others have been […]

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Patchouli: A key element of fougere and chypre fragrances

Patchouli: A key element of fougere and chypre fragrances

  For many people who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, the patchouli scent brings back distant memories of hippy shops. Burned as incense, it was often used to mask the smell of marijuana. […]

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His and hers fragrances for Valentine’s Day

His and hers fragrances for Valentine’s Day

Matching your fragrance to your partner’s makes perfect sense and an original idea for gift-giving on Valentine’s Day. The trend for his and hers fragrances was popular in the late 1980s, such as Calvin Klein’s […]

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Vetiver: not just for men

Vetiver: not just for men

Vetiver is one of the most widely used ingredients in perfume providing an aromatic backbone for other ingredients. Although vetiver has a discernible masculine note and has been used in men’s compositions since the 18th […]

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Fragrance: the perfect Christmas gift

Fragrance: the perfect Christmas gift

With only a few days to go till Christmas, fragrance is the perfect gift – but choosing which one can be a problem… We’ve put together a selection of new fragrances for this Christmas. Don’t […]

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Grasse: the world capital of perfumery

Grasse: the world capital of perfumery

Grasse, in Provence, was once the centre of the perfume industry and is still known as the world’s perfume capital. Although fragrance production has moved away, Grasse is still renown for the cultivation of its […]

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Eau de Parfum vs. Eau de Toilette, what's the difference?

Eau de Parfum vs. Eau de Toilette, what’s the difference?

Eau de Parfum (EdP) and Eau de Toilette (EdT) are the most common types of perfume we see in the shops, but sometimes we see other versions, such as Parfum or Esprit de Parfum (ESdP). […]

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Unravelling the dark mysteries of Oud

Unravelling the dark mysteries of Oud

Oud is a precious raw material used more and more in perfumery. Known also as Aoud,Oudh, Agarwood and Agaressence, Oud imparts an intensely rich deep note to oriental-style fragrances. Despite its association with wood, oud […]

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Guest blog post: Scented Nostalgia from Shanghai

Guest blog post: Scented Nostalgia from Shanghai

I was walking down the street in my home town last summer. It was hot and stuffy when all at once I became aware of a citrus floral scent. An older woman was selling jade […]

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Choosing a fragrance

Choosing a fragrance that is right for you

The number of different fragrances out there is bewildering. Choosing a fragrance that is exactly right for you takes time and patience. First, arm yourself with a little knowledge, so you know what to look […]

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Guest blog post: Scented Nostalgia from Shanghai

I was walking down the street in my home town last summer. It was hot and stuffy when all at once I became aware of a citrus floral scent. An older woman was selling jade […]