Fume Chat

Fume Chat is the only podcast solely dedicated to the world of fragrance. Hosted by Fragrance Expert & Consultant, Nick Gilbert and Blogger & Writer, Thomas Dunckley, Fume Chat is a fortnightly podcast that approaches smell and perfume from a unique perspective. Our mission at Fume Chat is to make fragrance entertaining, informative and fun. Let's face it, it's just perfume, so why take it so seriously? We'll be bringing you our favourite new scents as well as battling it out to see who has better taste, not to mention discussion topics, interviews and special guests. All on Fume Chat every other Sunday. We look forward to sniffing along with you.
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Apr 16, 2018

In this week's episode, Thomas and Nick sniff some exciting fragrances from some of their favourite British brands, showcasing scents that prove that when it comes to scent, the UK has a lot to offer.

Mar 11, 2018

This week we're sniffing some recent fragrances launches from the esteemed houses such as Cartier, CHANEL, MUGLER and Prada, but also some fabulous things from new niche brands. Listen and get your nose up to speed with what wonderful newness the industry has to offer.

Scents Sniffed:

Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense by CHANEL
L'Homme Prada L'Eau by Prada
Alien Flora Futura by MUGLER
Declaration Parfum by Cartier
Berber Blonde by Sana Jardin
The Writer by St. Giles

Feb 25, 2018

We're back! After an extended hiatus, Thomas and Nick return with yet another fun and fragrance-filled episode. This time our hosts are discussing mainstream masculine fragrances - you know, the type you'd pick up in your local dept. store. But Thomas and Nick aren't just talking about any old masculines, no, these are their top six of all time.

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know:

T: @fumechat
I: @fumechat

Dec 3, 2017

We're back and it's battle day! This time we're having a totally NSFW battle of filthy fragrances, featuring potty-mouthed descriptions, stinky scents and more dirt than you can shake a stick at. The inimitable Katie Puckrik joins as guest judge, offering her signature wit to what is our most fun episode to date.

So who will be victorious in this fragrant mud wrestling match? You'll have to listen to find out!

Thanks to Jovoy Mayfair for providing us with a space to record.

Oct 29, 2017

In our latest episode Nick dives head first into Thomas' perfume collection to pick out some interesting fragrances to talk about. There's scents Nick picked because he likes them or because he hasn't tried them, and there are fragrances that he wants to know why Thomas owns them. Of course there's a MUGLER in there too!

Oct 8, 2017


In this week's episode we discuss the recent perfume exhibition at Somerset House whilst answering the one question everyone has wondered at some point in their life - what does Donatella Versace smell like? We also sniff some exciting things we missed during our summer break. 

Scents Sniffed: Plastic by Trixie Mattel, Scented by Willam, Sunny Side Up & Metal Chypre by Juliette Has a Gun, Goldea The Roman Night by Bvlgari, Histoire d'Orangers by L'Artisan Parfumer, Wood of Life & Rose Prana by Anima Vinci, and Arielle Shoshanna by Arielle Shoshanna.

Sep 24, 2017

In this week's episode we discuss the recent perfume exhibition at Somerset House whilst answering the one question everyone has wondered at some point in their life - what does Donatella Versace smell like? We also sniff some exciting things we missed during our summer break. 

Scents Sniffed: Plastic by Trixie Mattel, Scented by Willam, Sunny Side Up & Metal Chypre by Juliette Has a Gun, Goldea The Roman Night by Bvlgari, Histoire d'Orangers by L'Artisan Parfumer, Wood of Life & Rose Prana by Anima Vinci, and Arielle Shoshanna by Arielle Shoshanna.

Sep 10, 2017

We're back! After our extended summer hiatus, during which Nick went to Japan and Thomas chilled at home, Fume Chat returns with a bumper sniff of some exciting September launches. September is THE month in fragrance and it promises to be an exciting and scent-filled episode.

Scents Sniffed; Concrete by Comme des Garçons, Gabrielle by CHANEL, Lui by Guerlain, Scandal by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Shawn Mendes Signature, Wonder Bouquet by MUGLER, Hwyl by Aesop, Noir Anthracite by TOM FORD and Firedance by Ruth Mastenbroek.

Jul 9, 2017

Killian Wells, the perfumer behind cult brand Xyrena was in town for the new Perfume Exhibition at Somerset House so we talked to him about his involvement with the installation (his scent Dark Ride was featured) whilst also grilling him about the many drag queens he was created scents for. It made for quite the conversation!

Jun 25, 2017

This is a companion episode to Episode 16 (Molecule Mania) and this time we're talking about the positives and negatives of natural perfumery. What makes it so tricky and why can natural perfumes sometimes come off smelling a little bit flat? Find out in this latest episode of Fume Chat, in which we will sniff some fabulous natural stuff.

Scents Sniffed: Liz Earle Botanical Essence Nº20, and White Vetiver, Cobalt Amber & Grey Labdanum by Abel Odor.

Jun 11, 2017

We're back again with another battle of the bottles and this time the theme is one close to Thomas' & Nick's heart: roses. That's right, we're battling our favourite rose perfumes with a wonderful selection of rosy goodness. Our judge this week is the iconic Josephine Fairley, journalist and co-founder of The Perfume Society, who moderates the battle with panache and brings her own rather surprising rose perfume to the table. So put on your rose-tinted specs and get ready for The War of the Roses!

Twitter: @Perfume_Society
Instagram: @theperfumesociety

May 28, 2017

Nick and Thomas are back again with a round-up of newly launched fragrances. The selection covers mainstream and niche, and may also lead to an unwelcome tangent about the beauty of Zac Efron in addition to dodgy Alien vs Predator analogies. You'll have to listen to find out more!

Scents sniffed: The Library of Fragrance Kitten Fur, Prada Infusion de Rose, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, L'Artisan Parfumeur Au Bord de L'Eau, MUGLER Alien Musc Mystérieux, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria and Penhaligon's Savoy Steam.

May 14, 2017

Ever wondered what an aroma chemical is, where it comes from and why the heck it's used? This is the episode for you! Thomas and Nick talk about aroma chemicals (often called 'synthetics) and share some of their favourites, both in and out of compositions. Get your safety goggles on, folks, it's going to be a big ole sciencey ride.

Apr 30, 2017

Get out your foam fingers and buckets o' popcorn because it's time for yet another Battle of the Bottles. This time, Thomas and Nick are battling with a live audience at Perfume Lovers London. Category is 'department store fragrances of the new millennium (but more 'House of Fraser' than 'Harrods')'. Fun, fab fragrance and sore losing ensues once this battle commences.

Perfume Lovers London is a Meet Up Group run by Callum Langston-Bolt, Laurin Taylor and Lizzie Ostrom and it holds monthly fragrance events in, you guessed it, London. At their events they offer explorations of fragrance materials, guest perfumers, art, music and whatever else they can think of. To find out more info head to or follow the group on Twitter @PerfumeLDN.

Apr 16, 2017

Coming to you from the British Library, Nick and Thomas sniff another round of interesting new things. Our hosts get their noses over 'Superstitious', the brand new collaboration between Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle & Alber Elbaz, but also sniff things from By Kilian, Miller Harris, Amouage & more

Apr 2, 2017

That's right, folks, it's another round-up episode of fancifully fragrant new things. Thomas and Nick discuss the huge new launch from Guerlain and the impact of celebrity faces in marketing campaigns. Our hosts also sniff a wide range of new things including one scent that Thomas describes as "a sex crime in a bottle". Listen to find out what on Earth they're going on about.

Mar 19, 2017

It's battle day and in yet another epic duel, Thomas & Nick are feuding fragrances from one of the greatest living perfumers, or as Thomas' says "one heck of a dude": Bertrand Duchafour - the many behind iconic scents by Penhaligon's, L'Artisan Perfumer, Comme des Garçons and more. They are joined by blogger and graphic designer (and Nick's neighbour), Sabine Cornic ( as guest judge, as they traverse the impressive body of work from a talented, diverse and exciting perfumer. 


Mar 5, 2017

It's time for another round-up episode! This week Nick & Thomas are sniffing more new and noteworthy scents from some of the industry's biggest brands. They range from nifty colognes with coffee twists to sexy ambers and beautifully girly chypres. All-in-all it's a super scented episode!

Scents Sniffed: MUGLER Hot Cologne, Evody Onde 7, Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Outrageous & Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc for Her.

Feb 26, 2017

Inspired by a rather lovely lacquered perfume box, Thomas and Nick discuss perfume packaging in this week's episode. Is it all about the juice or does the packaging matter too? The short answer is yes so our hosts discuss some of their favourite packaging from the sublime to the monstrous, whilst Nick talks through the development of the presentation for Penhaligon's limited edition fragrance 'Tralala'.

Feb 12, 2017

In their first new fragrance round-up of 2017, Nick and Thomas talk about the Fragrance Foundation's Jasmine Awards before sniffing a selection of exciting scents that have just launched. They range from the human warmth of a sexy powder scent to one that feels like drippy lipgloss, with a few functioning alcoholics and randy animals thrown in for good measure.

Scents sniffed: ALAÏA Paris Eau de Parfum Blanche by ALAÏA, Clandestine Clara by Penhaligon's, Baiser Fou by Cartier, Wow! by Joop, Eau de Merveilles Bleue by Hermès and Aqua Celestia by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Jan 29, 2017

We're back with another Battle of the Bottles and this time we're battling one of the greats: Serge Lutens. Uncle Serge, as he is often affectionally referred to, is a pioneer of the niche fragrance industry and boasts a range of perfumes that can only be described as phenomenal, which certainly made picking our scented weapons for this battle rather tricky.

Luckily for us, we're joined by the wonderful Perfumer Liz Moores of Papillon Artisan Perfumes to help us navigate the exotic and beautiful world of Serge Lutens as our guest judge. What ensues is a wonderful discussion of dastardly florals, butt cracks, fragrant fireworks and animal poop. Yup, it's a good one.

You can find Liz at the following; Twitter - @PapillonPerfum; Facebook - Papillon Perfumery; and Instagram - @papillon_artisan_perfumes

Jan 15, 2017

Is perfume art or is it a consumer product? Or maybe it's both!  In this week's episode, Thomas and Nick ponder the big question, discussing how perfume can be used as an artistic construct and whether all perfume could be considered art. 

Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year! In this episode Nick and Thomas have cast aside their New Year hangovers to bring you their scented predictions for 2017. Who will release a perfume in a bottle of their face? Will oud ever die? What scent can be described as 'Rosa Dentata'? All is revealed in episode 06!

Dec 18, 2016

In their second battle, Nick and Thomas battle some of their favourite celebrity fragrances in a duel that travels from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. Perfumer Pia Long joins the discussion as the guest judge and brings her very own celebuscent weapon of choice. So find your blonde ambition and get ready to hit me baby one more time, because we're going on a lovely journey through the glowing world of celebrity fragrances. 

Dec 4, 2016

Nick and Thomas are back with another roundup of their favourite new fragrances. In this episode, our hosts talk about their personal fragrance tastes as well as showcase some new scents that are tickling their fancy. The selection ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again.

Scents sniffed: Nº5 L'Eau by CHANEL, This is Him! & This is Her! by Zadig et Voltaire, Origin by Aqualis, Use Abuse by Jusbox, Much Ado About the Duke by Penhaligon's, Mirabilis by L'Artisan Parfumeur and XX & XY by Blood Concept.

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