As is now an annual tradition, we look back at our favourite launches or discoveries from the past year over at Basenotes.
For me, my favourite discovery was the gardens at Art et Parfums, which I was lucky enough to visit back in early September. Sadly, the legendary lily of the valley from which Roudnitska draw the inspiration for Diorissimo was not in bloom (too late in the year), but I did visit the spot and imagine how he must have been inspired by the incredible gardens.
In celebration of Francis Kurkdjian’s Twenty years of perfume poetry, I took a look back at some of his greatest hits over the years, his best perfumes for Basenotes.
Since writing the article, I’ve also had the pleasure of sniffing Baccarat Rouge 540 – a fragrance that had it already passed my nose, would have been included in the list. It’s a fascinating journey through the process of creating Baccarat’s signature red crystal and the heat required to do it – atypical in its look at the red and hot themes in perfumery.
Many of Dior’s fragrances have stood the test of time, such as Miss Dior (now named Miss Dior L’originale), a rich leathery Chypre created to celebrate Christian Dior’s New Look. Aside from Diorissimo, their portrait of the Lily of the Valley, few of their scents have had long lasting influence on the perfume industry. Eau Sauvage stands out in this respect as their most influential perfume.
My latest piece for The Drink Factory, on the wondrous Vanillin – the most ubiquitous synthetic material of perfumery and flavour, is now online. Read Perfumery Parallels by Nick Gilbert and let me know your favourite vanilla fragrance.