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Festival fragrances

Festival fragrances

If you’re heading off to a festival this summer, be sure to pack your favourite fragrance. It’s de rigeur to look your best when attending a festival, which can be a bit of a challenge […]

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Coconut: the summer scent

Coconut: the summer scent

This summer’s stand-out ingredient in perfumery has to be coconut. Redolent of tropical beaches, tanning oils, pina colada and of course Brazil and the World Cup, coconut is the perfect sunshine note for a summer […]

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Famous fragrance icons

Famous fragrance icons

When a famous woman becomes associated with an equally famous fragrance, history is made. Not many of today’s celebrities achieve this status, as most of the true greats, but not all, date back to a […]

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Finding a fragrance that’s just for you

Finding a fragrance that’s just for you

Discovering your ideal fragrance can be a long and imperfect process. You may think you know what you like, but may be persuaded otherwise when you smell something new. Wrong choices can be costly. Fragrance […]

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Summer fragrances: time for a change?

Summer fragrances: time for a change?

Everyone feels more cheerful at this time of year with the lighter evenings, gardens in bloom and warmer temperatures. Summer is round the corner. With the change in season, you might be tempted to try […]

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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: How are fragrances created?

Making Scents: How are fragrances created?

  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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Festival fragrances

If you’re heading off to a festival this summer, be sure to pack your favourite fragrance. It’s de rigeur to look your best when attending a festival, which can be a bit of a challenge […]

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Selfridges Fragrance Lab, finding a fragrance that's right for you.

Finding a fragrance that’s just for you

Discovering your ideal fragrance can be a long and imperfect process. You may think you know what you like, but may be persuaded otherwise when you smell something new. Wrong choices can be costly. Fragrance […]

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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 […]