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Whether you prefer subtle floral notes or rich, sumptuous exotic scents, there is a new perfume out there for you. Kate Hilpern rounds up the most fabulous fragrances

Scent king in court for throwaway TV lines that caused a stink across France

First it was John Galliano in the dock for racism. Now fellow style icon Jean-Paul Guerlain is on trial

In the Orchard, the Swallows, By Peter Hobbs

Despite the protagonist's years of suffering, this evocative prison story is a testament to the endurance of love and hope

Burberry scents new Inter Parfums deal

Burberry is reviewing its 20-plus-year licence with France's Inter Parfums which makes all its fragrance and beauty products.

The 50 best fragrances

From Miller Harris to Tom Ford, Beth Dadswell picks sexy scents and classic perfumes for men and women

DVD: The Crimson Petal and the White (15)

When it appeared on screens earlier this year, the BBC's adaptation of Michel Faber's 2002 novel, The Crimson Petal and the White won an army of fans.

Scents and sensibility: Leah Capaldi sprays actors in Chanel for performance piece

Leah Capaldi's performance piece involves two actors at a time (one female, one male), who will each be sprayed with a whole bottle of Chanel Allure or Allure Pour Homme. They will walk among visitors at The Tramshed in London, as part of an exhibition of work, by this year's five shortlisted artists for The Catlin Art Prize – taken from The Catlin Guide, an annual survey of the 40 most promising art graduates.

Tom Sutcliffe: Money is the dumbest solution for the BBC

Social Studies: The BBC is a public service and the lustre it adds to a CV should be itemised on the monthly salary slip

The ten best men's fragrances

Chosen by Harriet Walker

Carola Long: The most interesting fragrances are those that also offer a conduit to years of social history'

Much is made of perfume's Proustian properties; its ability to teleport the wearer back into their memories. However, the most interesting fragrances don't just offer a conduit to our own personal past – to hosing ourselves down with Body Shop White Musk, for example – but to years of social history.

The ten best perfumes

Chosen by Gemma Hayward

Rhiannon Harries: 'I can't quite believe anyone really wants to smell like Jennifer Aniston'

What does Jennifer Aniston smell of, do you suppose? Gin and cat food? Despair? Perhaps, if I really wanted to know, I ought to have got myself to Harrods last week, where Hollywood's eternal singleton was launching her eau du parfum, Lolavie.

Katie Price orders probe into perfume bottle wages claim

Katie Price has ordered a "full report" into allegations of low wages paid to Indian workers making bottles for her perfume.

The ten best spring fragrances

Chosen by Carola Long

Perfumes: The A-Z Guide By Luca Turin & Tania

So pungent are the odours which waft from these pages that one almost expects to find a hidden capsule of perfume smuggled inside, but credit is instead due to the authors' evocative and vivid writing style, convincing us that perfume isn't a science but an art. Never again will you be able to walk past a perfume counter with quite the same nonchalance.

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