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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Daria Bogdanova
Editor, Writer & Translator
Perfumery is a great part of my life! Seriously it's my second passion...after my science. I collected scents ever since I can remember. Not only perfumes and oils, but almost everything with good fragrances. Then I began to collect also an information about perfumery, and later I even tried to make perfumes by myself. Time is running, things are changing, but my obsession by perfume is a constant value.
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Gabriela Cortés
Editor, Writer & Translator
Gabriela Cortés is a journalist and free lance translator from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas a Mexican border city right across the United States. 'Gaby' as she likes to be called, studied Spanish Language and Literature in Texas and is very proud of her bicultural heritage. Gaby is an editor and translator for Fragrantica in Spanish and she loves Indie perfumery, crafts, playing Texas Hold'em, traveling and reading.
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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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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, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.
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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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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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Luis E. Alipaz L.
Assistant 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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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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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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Serguey 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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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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Suzy Nightingale
Writer
Suzy Nightingale is a perfume writer from the UK. After reviewing her fragrance collection for Fragrantica and receiving positive feedback from editors, Suzy joined the Fragrantica team to be a UK correspondent. Following the success of her blog, various websites and magazines have asked her to contribute articles. Suzy is also now the Senior Writer for the UK's perfumesociety.org and writes fragrance trend reports for stylus.com.
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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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