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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 meetup.com/perfume-lovers-london or follow the group on Twitter @PerfumeLDN.
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
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.
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 (http://iridescentrics.blogspot.co.uk) as guest judge, as they traverse the impressive body of work from a talented, diverse and exciting perfumer.
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.
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'.
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
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
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.
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!