Fragrantica Team

Fragrantica is an online encyclopedia of perfumes, a perfume magazine and a community of perfume lovers. Fragrantica informs their readers about new perfume launches, about famous fragrances and less-known but wonderful scents. Together we travel in time and space, where perfumes are the shining stars we use to navigate. We learn about their history, we discover far-away places and respectfully explore the life we see around us, always taking time to be amazed by Nature. Fragrantica is a place to learn from each other and relax in the company of your soul mates.

Fragrantica is an independent magazine, based in San Diego (California, USA). Fragrantica is available in several different languages and is open to everybody. You are welcome to contribute your reviews, read our articles and other content for your individual information, and to take part in our forum discussions as well. We only ask you to be considerate of each other to enable everyone to enjoy their experience.

Press Relations


If you are a perfume brand, no matter big or small, we want to hear news from you! We prefer email contact (feel free to email [email protected] or any of the team members directly). The more comprehensive your material is, the easier it will be for our editors to include your creations into our encyclopedia or announce them in the News section. You can send samples and press materials to the following postal address:


FRAGRANTICA
3830 Valley Centre Drive
Suite 705-123
San Diego, CA 92130
United States
P:+1-858-876-2290 *

* Note: Fragrantica is a perfume review website,
we do not sell perfumes.

 
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Our Team

Our team members are from different countries, and we are delighted to introduce ourselves to you:

Elena Knezhevich
Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

Elena Knezhevich founded Fragrantica together with Zoran Knezevic in 2007. Since then Elena has taken care of its design and content as the Editor-in-Chief. Elena was born in Russia, studied Slavic languages and literature in Moscow, and lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade, where the idea of Fragrantica was born. Now she resides in California.


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Zoran Knezevic
Co-founder & CTO
Zoran Knezevic is the co-founder of Fragrantica with Elena Knezhevich. He studied mechanical engineering at Sarajevo University. He has a software development work background and vast dot-com web technology experience. Zoran's main focus is on the development and maintenance of the technology of Fragrantica. Zoran also is a very active participant in Fragrantica's community life. Zoran supports a vegan lifestyle and enjoys travel and fitness.
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Sandra Raicević Petrović
Executive Editor, Writer and Designer
Sandrina started her work at Fragrantica from its very beginning of the site. She is a perfume expert and writer, responsible for the majority of articles and encyclopedia records at Fragrantica. Along with her everyday work, Sandrina reports from perfume events from different parts of the world. She adores sunny and blissful perfumes that represent her inner spirit.
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Sanja Pekić
Editor, Writer & Translator
Sanja Pekic is a Fragrantica editor from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has joined the team in 2008 to update and maintain encyclopedia information, as well as work on perfume news. Sanja is passionate about fashion and martial arts.
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Jodi Battershell
Editor & Writer
Jodi Battershell (NebraskaLovesScent or "NLS") is a recent transplant to Philadelphia but remains a Nebraskan at heart. An appreciator of fine fragrances since childhood, she self-studied natural perfumery and created fragrance blends and handmade toiletries for a number of years, before hanging up her lab coat and approaching the fragrance industry from a different angle. She loves oakmoss, jasmine, cats, "Mr. NLS" and the color purple.
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Bella van der Weerd
Editor, Writer & Translator
Bella van der Weerd studied Communications at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and joined the Fragrantica team in May 2012 to start up the Dutch sister site of Fragrantica.com. She assists in designing, editing articles and contributes as a writer.
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Ivana Ina_Mo
Editor, Writer & Translator
Ivana joined the editorial staff in 2008. She writes, edits and translates news on Fragrantica. She is especially interested in perfume ingredients, their combination and origin and covers such topics as scents of nature and explores their place in perfumery. Ivana is a linguist and resides in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Marina Milojević
Editor, Writer & Translator
Marina Milojević is a graduated philosopher and she has been contributing to Fragrantica since 2010. She works as an editor, translator and writer. She especially enjoys investigating perfume notes and raw materials, and she is excellent in representing them through her texts. It is certainly safe to say that she is a beauty connoisseur and a luxury expert, especially for fine watchmaking. You can read her articles, news and exclusivities from the world of haute horlogerie at luxois.com


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Raluca Kirschner
Editor, Writer & Translator
Raluca Kirschner studied Fine Arts and Art History. She has a wonderful little daughter and enjoys family life. Her devotion to the art of perfume led Raluca to the Fragrantica team. Raluca has breathed life into Fragrantica.ro—our source in Romanian. She translates and maintains the content on the site.
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Sofia Papasotiriou
Editor, Writer & Translator
Sofia Papasotiriou was born and lives in Greece. Sophia has a Proficiency Diploma from Cambridge University in teaching English as a Foreign language in Greece. Sophia has also studied economics at BSB College in Greece. She is a translator and editor of Fragrantica in Greek.

Sophia has been a passionate perfume collector for many years. Besides perfumes, her hobbies include Gardening and Nail Art.


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Yi Shang (怡 商)
Editor, Writer & Translator
Yi Shang, known as Sofia by friends, studied Biochemistry, Humanities & Social Sciences at the postgraduate level (University of Melbourne). Her interest in fragrance began at a young age when she became curious about her mum's perfume while growing up in China. Now residing in Melbourne, she enjoys the lively arts and cultural scene and beautiful beaches. The discovery of Fragrantica has led her on an olfactive journey of discovering what both the Oriental and the Western worlds can offer.
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Trésor Prijs
Writer
Fragrantica contributor from Canada. Trésor is a fashion and beauty model and writer, the owner of visual diary of a non-binary 90's kid who loves to take photographs, hoard tubes of red lipstick and wear far too much perfume.
Dr. Chandra Shekhar Gupta
Writer
Dr. Chandra Shekhar is a botanist, plant pathologist and nature-loving person. Dr. Shekkar works as an Assistant Scientific Officer at the National Institute of Plant Health Management, Ministry of Agriculture, Hyderabad, India.

A Fragrantica writer since 2011, Dr. Shekhar contributes educational content about raw materials (plants).

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison
Managing Editor & Columnist
Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s work in the fragrance industry has been noted in international print and online publications such as Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Playboy, and the New York Times. Marlen also works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.
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Eeva-Helena Laurinsalo
Writer
Eeva-Helena Laurinsalo is a Finnish journalist and Master of Social Sciences (M.Sc) living in Helsinki. She has worked as a lifestyle journalist for Finnish magazines for 30 years. Married with two lovely daughters, she loves vetiver and the color green.
Elena Vosnaki
Writer
Elena Vosnaki is an historian and perfume writer from Greece and a Writer for Fragrantica. She is the founder and editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume, containing fragrance reviews, industry interviews, essays on raw materials and perfume history, a winner and a finalist in numerous blog awards contests. Her writing was recognized at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and she contributes to publications around the world.
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Emir Imamović
Developer
Emir Imamović has joined the Fragrantica team in 2012. Emir works as a developer to maintain Fragrantica functionality and new technical features.
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Evgeniya "Jane" Chudakova
Executive Editor, Translator & Writer
A fragrance columnist & photographer, Evgeniya has a degree in French and English philology from the State Linguistic University of Pyatigirsk. After being denied a US visa for film studies in Los Angeles she found solace in perfumes. In 2013 she joined Fragrantica as a Contributing Author. & since January, 2015 she is the Executive Editor at Faragrantica.ru Now Evgeniya resides in Russia, with her mind in Moscow, soul in Kislovodsk and heart in Saint-Petersburg.
Fabienne Christenson
Writer
Fabienne Christenson is an independent perfumer who owns Possets Perfume. She has been working in the field professionally for nine years but has been experimenting with making perfume for most of her life. She creates five large collections every year and experiments with just about every category of perfume.
Gina Cardenas
Editor, Writer, Translator
Gina Cardenas is a fanatic of vintage and artisanal, natural, and popular fragrances. She likes to ponder about fragrance and its representations in ordinary, everyday life. She holds a journalism degree and dreams of one day crafting her own fragrance enveloped in pretty words.
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Ida Meister
Writer
Ida Meister has been an avid collector and sniffeuse for over 40 years. She adores consulting and collaborating with niche, budding and independent perfumers. Her hypervigilant nose has been of great help in her profession as a neuroscience/oncology nurse, where she often smells fear, suffering, stress, and has written about the amygdala. As a Senior and Natural Perfumery Editor, Ida has participated in many blog events with natural and mixed media perfumers and other writers.
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Jernê Knowles
Writer, editor and moderator
Jernê Knowles is a Fragrantica writer, editor and moderator. He is a teacher at university, interpreter and translator of Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS), he loves felines, plays the violin and relaxes while running in his spare time. His passion for perfumery goes beyond his imagination and he writes on perfume in a subjective, romantic and independent way, stressing questions on cultural aspects and adding layers of non-academic knowledge. He joined the internation
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John Biebel
Writer
John Biebel (johngreenink) is a painter, musician, writer and software designer currently living and working in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City where he studied fine art, and he currently works as a software and web interaction designer specializing in human factors. He is a student of the scent sciences and takes particular interest in the history and chemistry of perfumes, and created his first perfume in 2015 under the name January Scent Project.
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Julietta Ptoyan
Editor & Columnist
Julietta joined our team in 2015 after several years working in the beauty industry. She also contributed to Russian glossy magazines as a perfume journalist and has a passion for contemporary fragrances launched from the 90's to the present day.
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Lina Radvilaviciute
Writer
Lina is a young chemist from Lithuania. Her early passion for perfumes defined her choice of studies and further career vision. In 2016 she came to Paris to get her Masters degree in chemistry and joined the Fragrantica team as a news reporter.
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Lucia Remigi
Editor, Writer, Translator
Lucia joined the Fragrantica team in 2013 as an editor and translator for the Italian site. Her interest in fragrances started very early and blossomed after falling for some 90s fragrant gems during her high school years, turning later into an authentic passion thanks to the discovery of Fragrantica in 2011. A qualified lawyer, she’s a great fan of metal and hard rock music and enjoys reading about psychology and astrology.
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Luis E. Alipaz L.
Editor, Translator & Writer
Luis E. Alipaz L. is a stage director, ocassional playwrite and former diplomat that worked as a Cultural Attachè for the Bolivian Embassy in Washington D.C. for seven years. Luis has been active in musical theater and opera since his early teens and his fascination with the use of scents and perfume as a way to convey emotions and images has led him to his work with Fragrantica.
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Miguel Matos
Editor, Writer, Translator
Miguel is a Portuguese journalist obsessed with art and perfume. Miguel likes to see himself as a fragrance curator, investigating the possibilities of perfume as contemporary art in exhibitions and other multimedia projects. He directs his own cultural magazine, Umbigo, besides contributing with texts for museums and art galleries. He is a perfume collector and specializes in vintage perfumery, organizing monthly talks called Vintage Perfume Sniffing in Lisbon.
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Naheed shoukat Ali
Writer
I am writing for Fragrantica since 2011. I have done my masters in Economics and currently I am working as a yoga instructor and write as a freelancer for Fragrantica. My love for fragrances comes from my fondness for fragrances spread by nature in colorful flowers, herbs and shrubs.
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Naran Zorigt
Editor, Writer, Translator
Naran joined Fragrantica team in 2016 to start up the Mongolian sister site of Fragrantica.com. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration but her passion is perfume. With aspiration to spread perfume culture to her community she has founded Mongolian Fragrance Institute. She loves to travel, read and attend perfume workshops and events.
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Nayeli Cano
Editor, Writer, Translator
Nayeli joined the Fragrantica team in 2016 as an editor for the Spanish website. She studied biology in México and currently works in the education field. She's a gourmand lover but likes to sniff all kinds of fragrances. Nayeli loves cats, baking and horror movies.
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Olga Ivanova
Writer
Olga Ivanova (Ikebanova) has Master's Degrees in Horticulture and Biology. She is a floral designer and a passionate believer in the Power of Nature. She loves natural perfumes, sustainable and holistic living, aromatherapy, photography and dancing. Olga works as a childbirth educator, breastfeeding counselor and postpartum doula in New York.
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Rouu Abd El-Latif
Editor, Writer, Translator
Rouu is a financial analyst who holds a PhD in Economics. A winter creature who loves cooking, baking, photography, reading, new language learning, and fitness, she is also crazy about collecting perfumes. She started reviewing for Fragrantica.com in 2008,and in early 2014 became a contributor http://Fragranticarabia.
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Roxana Villa
Editor, Writer, Translator
Like the facets of a gem Roxana’s pure botanical perfumes reflect a myriad of synergistic disciplines. Professional training in aromatherapy cultivated her nose with a firm knowledge of the healing attributes found in the plant kingdom. As an award winning artist she brings gifts of storytelling, conceptual thinking and a strong visual aesthetic to her work in fragrance. These two disciplines weave seamlessly with her natural instincts into authentic expressions of olfactory art as both a maker and teacher.
Sergey Borisov
Writer
Serguey Borisov has been known in the Internet world of perfume under the nickname moon_fish for more than 10 years. Now he writes about perfumes for GQ.ru and Vogue.ru, and contributes on the subject for glossy magazines.
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Sophie Normand
Editor, Writer, Translator
Sophie Normand has always been a perfume enthusiast, ever since she was 13. One day, she smelled Habanita for the first time and fell in love with the world of perfumes. A few years ago, while working as a web copywriter, she decided to share her passion on a blog called MyBlueHour where she writes about perfumes that she likes or that feels are original enough to be mentioned. Today, she is a perfume freelance writer, but most of all, she remains a perfume lover who likes to share her crushes on the internet.
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Stefanie Jähn
Editor, Writer, Translator
Stefanie has been interested in fragrance since her early childhoodwhen she collected samples together with her best friend and enjoyed happy little clouds of Samsara and Ysatis. When she's not putting her nose in fragrances, you can find her hiking with her dog in the woods of Germany.
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Svetlana Zavgorodneva
Database Manager
Svetlana Zavgorodneva is dedicated to making Fragrantica the most reliable and up-to-date resource on fragrance. She is also fond of music, art and literature. Svetlana was born in Russia, studied sociology at Lomonosov Moscow State University, and now lives in Virginia, USA.
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Violetta Majevska
Editor, Translator
Violetta Majevska is an editor, translator and moderator for fagranticaukraine.com since 2014. She graduated Ostrog Academy with a degree in Roman-Germanic languages. Perfumery appeared in her life when she was 21 and discovered niche fragrances. Since that time she has ventured deeper and deeper into perfumery, discovering new fragrances and new emotions. She adores her perfume collection and it grows all the time. She also likes old music, art, literature, philosophy, & travel.
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Zoran Cerar
Writer
Zoran Cerar (aka Hieronimuss) has loved delicate and natural fragrances since his childhood. He is also an incurable astrology addict since 1984. With his astrological insight, he helped many restless souls with advice related to personal growth, relationships, and career choices. He holds a PhD in German Literature and teaches at a few colleges in New York. His web site astroknowlogy.com is a portal for sharing astrological experiences and knowledge, and here he offers his astrological readings and reports.
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