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Fragrance Blogger of the day: Clayton Ilolahia of What Men Should Smell Like

  Clayton Ilolahia is an Australian based perfume collector and writer. He founded the olfactive blog What Men Should Smell Like.  Educated in New Zealand, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts before migrating to Australia.  It was there his interest in the visual arts broadened to olfactory arts following a serendipitous encounter with the world of niche perfumery in 2004. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia and his interests include perfume, art, photography and travel. EN: The first smell that you remember and your first fragrance memories? Clayton: Smell has always been a part of my life. I grew up on a farm in New Zealand so there was never any shortage of things to smell like the warm coumarin odour of a hay barn, the animalic smell of horses and the odour of mud, which there was never any shortage of. The first experience I had that made me appreciate the beauty of scent was when I was about seven years old. I remember smelling the jonquils and jasmine flowers, which grew …

Fragrance Creators of the day: Christine and Niclas Lydeen of Agonist

Their blog is a beautiful online collage of  portraits, artworks, photographs and notes of colors. Looking at it, is evident a sophisticated creativity and inspirational approach. The brand Agonist carries on very interesting fragrance resarches since 2008, when it was founded by Christine and Niclas Lydeen. This sweden duo was immediately noted for its eclectic unisex perfumes with very strong personality. After a path in the world of fashion for Christine and one in visual arts for Niclas, these two have combined their creative energies in order to create Agonist. From their studio in the wild nature of Sweden, came fragrances claiming their bouquet also on the  surface bottles, to declare immediately all their essences. Here you are their answers to our questions. EN: The first smell that you remember. And your first fragrance memories Christine: My first strong memory is when as a little girl I stepped over the threshold and into my grandmothers greenhouse, The moist, thick air filled with chlorophyll, tomatoes and greens that filled my nostrils. Niclas: My father brought home vetyver and patchouli oil from his travels and …

Fragrance Blogger of the day: Elena Vosnaki of Perfume Shrine

As selected by the Huffington Post in Best Perfume Blogs, in Top 3 Arts Blogs by Chandler Burr, in Top 10 Perfume Linksas chosen by G.Osborne (of Basenotes.net), and as recommended on The Good Web Guide. Elena Vosnaki is the Fragrance Expert on About.com and the Perfume History Curator of the Be Open Foundation exhibition The Garden of Wonders, A Journey in Scents in Milan. Her writing has been twice shortlisted in the FIFI Editorial Excellence Awards, is extensively quoted by authors, she regularly writes for top fragrance webzine Fragrantica.com and is an evaluating expert on Osmoz.com. Interviews of the author regarding her status as perfume historian & writer appear in VOGUE Hellas, ICON Magazine and Queen.gr. We sent some questions to Elena and this is our chat! EN: First smell that you remember. And your first fragrance memories. I vividly, consciously remember the scent of burnt reed, the kind that is scientifically called Phragmites australis. It grew copiously at a place where I spent my summer vacations as a kid and the villagers burned them to make …