The similarities between fragrance and music have been well documented. (When you think about the compositions of different “notes” and chords - or accords - that work well together, even though there isn’t any precise logic as to why this is.) So it’s understandable why indie fragrance range Jusbox, is inspired by different musical eras. Founded by brother and sister Andrea and Chiara Valdo, previous scents have paid homage to the likes of Bob Dylan and Freddie Mercury. Their latest creation Black Powder is an olfactory tribute to the infamous poster-boy of 90s grunge - Kurt Cobain.Read More
As much as I love Frederic Malle – I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this latest one. Not that I didn’t like it, but it was so different from Malle's previous outings – where there's normally an intoxicating rose or a spiky citrus that knocks you off your feet (Eau de Magnolia and Lipstick Rose I’m talking about you…) Outrageous created by perfumer Sophie Grojsman (the nose behind YSL Paris, Calvin Klein Eternity and Lalique Lalique plus others) was a bit more … “hmm.” Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It just forces you to think a bit more about them.Read More
When you think of a classic scent from the 1920s, from one of the most famous historic fragrance houses in the world – you’d expect to find it in a select boutique or collectors’ website. You wouldn’t think you’d be able to buy it on the Boots website for just over a tenner … But that is the case with Coty’s L’Aimant. Dismissed as a cheaper version of Chanel No.5 (however many people have been lead to believe it the more expensive of the two in a blind smell tests), this 1927 creation deserves a place in the history books in its own right...Read More
From fresh citrus numbers to rich leathery concoctions to scents that smell like, erm ... roadkill. Les Senteurs boutiques in Marylebone and Belgravia have every possible perfume for every type of gent, presided over by perfume archivist and expert James Craven (one of the nicest chaps in the industry). It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking to update yours or your partner’s whiff of choice. We paid James a visit, first speaking about the history of men’s scents (which you can read here) before having a good old sniff around the shop itself with James as our effervescent guide.Read More
We were very sorry to hear of the recent passing of Lawrence James White, owner and founder of Dulwich fragrance boutique Roullier White. We had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence last year as his was the very first shop to be profiled on Scents and the City, and he was kind enough to show us around. In tribute we have reposted the original article.
Less of a perfumery, it's more like a shrine to some of the most exquisite scents from around the world...
If you're looking for something a world away from department store perfume halls, this is the place to visit. A treasure trove of niche, cult brands as well as historic perfumeries, it's a world away from the bland, homogenous 'designer scents' that are all mouth and no trousers.Read More
Luxury perfume off the beaten track ...Read More
A new age style junkie heaven ...
Imagine Edie Sedgwick were to open up a shop - Celestine Eleven probably wouldn't be too far off the mark. A gorgeous mix of high-end fashion, arty tomes, green beauty brands and new age literature, crystals and remedies. Located in Shoreditch (of course) it's the perfect spot for the more sophisticated hipster who is more likely to wear Isabel Marant than traditional vintage garb found in a Dalston car boot sale (although there a few gems to be found there admittedly).Read More
On the hunt for a perfect men's perfume or want to brush up on your knowledge of masculine scent? We return to the beloved perfume boutique Les Senteurs whose archivist James Craven has the definitive guide...Read More
Offbeat and eccentric... plus there's a listening booth.
Some scents are what you would call 'English scents' - to me, an 'English scent' tends to have a woody, earthy 'lived in' quality about them like a well-worn jersey. LUSH Gorilla Perfumes seem to encapsulate this most acutely - no springy bright florals or fizzing citruses. These are perfumes with an old soul.Read More
This was Marie Antoinette's favourite candle company - how's that for celebrity endorsement?Read More
The Godfather of niche perfumery lands in London - and you can meet him ...Read More
We chat to perfumer Camille Goutal on Annick Goutal's new "getting-ready-to-go-out" perfumeRead More
"I think that all perfumes should be sexy - as that’s what perfume kind of means. We’re animals at the end of the day, so you 'sniff' your partner out. That’s the core understanding of scent. If you really had to break it down “what does smell mean?” - it basically means that."
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When food meets fragrance, life really doesn't get much better ...Read More
From gothic seas to teenage crushes - two new inspiring scents for dark autumn days ...Read More
Knightsbridge's cutting-edge department store hit it out of the ballpark with their latest beauty venture ...Read More
Ever wondered what exactly goes into a fragrance or face cream? If you're nearby Carnaby Street tomorrow or this Saturday, the London College of Fashion are holding a mini pop-up exhibition "LCF Formulates".Read More
Dazzling scents with a dash of eccentric English charm ...Read More
We got to spend an evening with the dazzling Ms Parker for her equally dazzling new scent ...Read More
And now for something completely different ...Read More