Episodes
It's the perfume podcast crossover you've been waiting for! Today, I am joined by Smell Ya Later Co-Hosts Sable Yong and Tynan Sinks! What has vanilla done for you lately, why skin scents are fake news, should you get a salmon facial, and Die Hot With a Vengeance—the book AND perfume(!) created by Sable, all in this week's episode! FRAGS MENTIONED: Atelier Des Ors: Chouer des Anges, Blue Madeleine, Villa Primerose; Christan Dior Bois D’Argent, Vilhelm Sparkling Jo, Akro Ink, Dedcool Xtra...
Published 07/23/24
Published 07/23/24
SCROLL FOR SPECIAL PERFUME ROOM DISCOUNT! Bayly Ledes, President of Fashion Fragrances & Cosmetics, which owns Robert Piguet Parfums, is in the the Perfume Room this week! Bayly and I discuss the making of Fracas and speculate as to why it was and has remained so seminal; she shares insider stories of Robert Piguet and of Germaine Cellier and her task and privilege of preserving their legacy; you'll learn about her late father, Beauty Publisher and Titan of the Industry, John Ledes. And...
Published 07/16/24
Clue Perfumery Perfumer & Co-Founder Laura Oberwetter is in the Perfume Room this week! In 2021, Laura DMed me asking if I knew of any good perfumery resources. Cut to 2024; she's launched her own brand, created 4 scents, and has already been nominated for an IAO Award. Today we discuss how she did it, where she seeks inspiration, and the importance of cross-modal translation and intentionality in all of her creations. Plus, the best-smelling mascara. AND OF COURSE, we discuss the...
Published 07/09/24
A PERFECT new niche perfume store has just opened in Williamsburg. It's called Stéle, and today, I'm joined by its Co-Founders Jake Levy and Matt Belanger. Despite the fact that this store has some of the most obscure and deeply niche fragrances I've come across, neither Matt nor Jake come from fragrance backgrounds! Hear how and why they created Stéle and all the great perfumes they've discovered (and stocked) along the way. Watch the full length video of this episode on Substack. FRAGS...
Published 06/25/24
I've been banking so many things we need to discuss for this episode! SO HERE THEY ARE: my fave fragrant Portugal discoveries, the Givaudan Haute Parfumerie event, Firmenich Mind Nose + Matter, perfume's newest consumer segment: teenage boys(!), June Smell Club, the TFF awards, and 5 recent PR standouts! PS: we're on Substack now! Subscribe for bonus and extended Perfume Room content! FRAGS MENTIONED: Ex Nihilo Santal Calling, Le Labo The Noir 29, Parle Moi de Parfum Milky Musk, Le Labo...
Published 06/18/24
This week, we’re looking back on a 2021 Perfume Room Gem. Enjoy this special re-air with Musician and fellow fragrance lover Sasha Spielberg (AKA Buzzy Lee)! We chat everything from Fragrantica reviews (spoiler alert: we reveal our aliases), to Sasha’s strict fragrance rule, the layering combo that earned her compliments in the times of triple-masking, and so much more!  FRAGS MENTIONED: 1509 Oil Matthias, Essential Faith, Riddle Oil,  Rosie by/ Rosie Jane, Ambre Blends, Kuumba Persian...
Published 06/11/24
Longtime Perfume Room friends Cathleen Cardinali and Anthony Policino, aka the duo behind Thin Wild Mercury, are back in the Perfume Room this week! From episode 1 to 140, so much has changed! This week we're chatting NYC, fantasy accords, scenting history, and of course the new Thin Wild Mercury New York collection! FRAGS MENTIONED: Amphora Parfum: Primal Yell, Sublimate; Hilde Soliani Fraaagola Saalaaata, Giardini di Toscano Celeste, Sora Dora Mallow, Thin Wild Mercury Chelsea Staircase,...
Published 06/04/24
The New Savant Co-Founders Ingrid Nilsen and Erica Anderson join me in the Perfume Room this week! The New Savant is a queer, women-owned, candle brand with handmade, small-batch candles, inspired by unique personal stories, and scented by top industry perfumers. Erica (a Fortune’s 40 Under 40) was Twitter News employee number one, and Ingrid (a Streamy Awards recipient and former Covergirl) was influencer number one! Prior to TNS, she was a YouTube Beauty/Lifestyle YouTube creator with 6+...
Published 05/21/24
Today’s episode is a masterclass! Fragrance legend, author, historian, taxonomist and Perfume Room fan-favorite Michael Edwards is back (!!), this time to chat about his newest book, “American Legends: The Evolution of American Fragrances.” What makes a perfume *American* in style and who are the quintessential American perfumes? What makes them legendary? What did they inspire? What does the future of perfumery look like? All that & more in this week's ep! FRAGS MENTIONED: Infiniment...
Published 05/14/24
Romano Ricci—Juliette Has a Gun Founder, great-grandson of Nina Ricci, and Co-Founder of Nose Paris—joins me in the Perfume Room this week! We discuss everything from rebelling against the fam biz, reimagining it, what gender in fragrance means to him, the idea behind Nose Paris, and why fragrance pyramids are a thing of the past. Plus, I live-smell the newest Juliette Has a Gun launch, Juliette! SOTD/review: Fueguia Ett Hem FRAGS MENTIONED: Fueguia Ett Hem, D'ORSAY Nous Sommes Amants MD,...
Published 05/07/24
*canon episode alert* Back in March, I sat down with legendary Givaudan VP Perfumer (and incredible storyteller!), Rodrigo-Flores Roux, to record a very special live-audience episode. This week, enjoy a condensed version of that conversation! Rodrigo shares his earliest scent memories and wins (the latter will shock (& delight) you), where he sources inspiration, the *Rodrigo flair* you might feel across all his creations, his most beloved vintages, and so many fun insider stories you...
Published 04/30/24
LuckyScent’s Steven Gontarski and Dana Buchanan are in the Perfume Room today talking hidden gems of LuckyScent, how to intuit what a client actually wants (versus what they say they want), and a retail phenomenon they refer to as 'perfume trigger words.' We of course also discuss their personal wardrobes/collections including their desert island scents, what's new and exciting them most right now, and why we need to redefine the criteria of what makes a fragrance “GOOD.” FRAGS...
Published 04/23/24
Givaudan Perfumer Christine Hassan is in the Perfume Room today! We discuss her unconventional and holistic path towards becoming a perfumer, perfumery across cultures, her own special scent rituals, and a benzaldehyde spill in her high school chemistry class that changed EVERYTHING. FRAGS MENTIONED: Zoologist Rabbit, Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse, Florence by Mills Wildly Me, Tory Burch Electric Sky, Boy Smells Hinoki Fantome, Anna Sui Mellow Yellow, Guess Bella Vita, Tom Ford Vanilla...
Published 04/09/24
Esxence is an annual Milan-based niche fragrance convention that boasts the title of world's largest perfumery trade show! Content Creator Valerie March, AKA @thenichesampler — a longtime friend of the pod AND 3rd year attendee of Esxence — is in the Perfume Room this week recapping her recent experience and sharing everything from perfumes [from Esxence] we need to know, to unspoken ecosystems and structures of the expo, hot takes, trends, and key takeaways! Plus a possible theory on the...
Published 04/02/24
IT'S OFFICIALLY FRAGRANCE WEEK! To celebrate, longtime friends of the pod—Jenn Sullivan and Jess Matlin, Fat Mascara Co-Hosts—are in the Perfume Room today sharing the fragrances that are exciting and intriguing them most for Spring 2024! FRAGS MENTIONED: Xinú Ummo, Parfums de Marly: Perseus, Delina; Riddle Oil, The Body Shop White Musk, Phlur Apricot Prive, The Perfumer’s Story Sequoia Wood, Régime des Fleurs Little Flower, Ellis Brooklyn Myth, Matière Première: Crystal Saffron, Vanilla...
Published 03/19/24
In 2001, 62 vials of perfume were recovered from the Titanic shipwreck. Neil Owen, Head of Product Safety Sciences at Givaudan, was one of the lucky few specialists (alongside esteemed perfumers Christopher Sheldrake and Mark Evans as well as a botanist) tasked with analyzing exactly what the contents of those vials were. To whom did these vials belong? Were their contents revolutionary or status quo for the times? What did they smell like? Which recovered vial did Christopher Sheldrake...
Published 03/12/24
Dave 1 is the guitarist and lead vocalist of the Grammy-nominated, Electro-Funk duo Chromeo, and he’s also a fraghead. This week he’s in the Perfume Room talking about everything from the the F-Boy scent of Paris you never saw coming, gems from his personal collection, perfumes you'll never catch him wearing, the evolution of his own taste, smells from different places and points in his life, and his *highly efficient and innovative* means of teaching himself new hobbies. FRAGS...
Published 03/05/24
What's the actual best Britney fragrance? Who's the most underrated flanker of them all? Liz Renstrom (@basenote_bitch) is in the Perfume Room today and we're traveling deep into the multiverse that is: BRITNEY SPEARS FRAGRANCES to tackle all the hard questions. We've procured 12 of her 36 creations (including 6 Fantasy flankers, 3 Prerogative flankers, Believe, Cosmic Radiance, and of course, the one that started it all: Curious). We're live-smelling, reviewing and ranking them all! PLUS...
Published 02/27/24
Margaux Le Paih Geurin is a perfumer at boutique perfume house, Flair Paris. A team of just four perfumers with infinite niche perfume launches to their name, Flair is easily one of the best houses of our time, and Margaux is one to watch. In just a few years in the industry, Margaux has already seen several of her creations hit shelves, including 3 BORNTOSTANDOUT fragrances. We discuss valuable learnings from her time in fragrance retail (including the one perfume she always recommended to...
Published 02/20/24
We're celebrating Valentine's Day with Master Perfumer Honorine Blanc, a perfumer especially renowned for her sensual and addictive fragrances. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, modern perfumery has two eras: B.H. and A.H. (that is, before Honorine and After), because Honorine quite literally invented a texture in perfume that before her, didn't exist. We discuss what makes a scent a 'date night scent,' how to create sensuality and texture in perfume, what it means to be a Master Perfumer,...
Published 02/13/24
A Third Culture Kid as she refers to herself, Phway Su Aye, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Gabar, has called many countries home. This week, she's in Perfume Room to talk about the one whose unforgettable aromas inspired her fragrance brand. Phway shares stories, rituals, and personal memories from her early childhood in Myanmar; she tells of a perfumery course that changed the trajectory of her career; and what it was like bottling these memories into perfumes during the lockdown and...
Published 02/06/24
Flower Shop Perfume Co’s Isaac Lekach and Lillian Shalom (also real-life husband and wife!) are in the Perfume Room today! We discuss: growing up in the industry (Isaac’s dad is former CEO of Parlux); celebrity perfume secrets; why the best perfumes are always a little bit controversial; the viral sensation that is Melanie Martinez’s Portals collection; a day in the life of a boutique fragrance house; and of course Cafe Society, and the most canonical perfumes of that era, including some very...
Published 01/30/24
Régime Des Fleurs Founder/Perfumer Alia Raza is in the Perfume Room today. We discuss everything from those absolutely perfect rococo bottles, to what it's like collaborating with THE Dominique Ropion, and you *know* I live-smell Nymphaea Caerulea—a perfume that at $990 for 8ML, earns the title of World's Most Expensive. SOTD: Fueguia Yakeñ & Chris Collins LUST | Oud Delice FRAGS MENTIONED: Fueguia Yakeñ, Chris Collins LUST | Oud Delice, Celine Nightclubbing, Vilhelm Purple Fig,...
Published 01/23/24
NEW YEAR, NEW SOLO. SAME PERFUME ROOM. 2023: favorite launches, most-worn fragrances, and most exciting discoveries 2024: INs and OUTs, trend predictions, and *manifestations* for the year ahead! FRAGS MENTIONED: Versatile Paris Rital Date, Masque Milano Basilica, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Kerosene Unknown Pleasures, Versatile Paris: Dimanche Flemme, Culot Thé; Headspace: Absinthe, Myrrh, Tubereuse, Santal; Lancome Oud Bouquet, Serge Lutens Serge Majascule, Perfumer H: Suede, Rain Cloud,...
Published 01/16/24