Hosted by comedian, dating expert, and perfume lover/advisor Emma Vernon, Perfume Room is a safe space for the Perfume-Obsessed to hang, learn, *live, laugh, and love.* Each episode delves into the mysterious world of fragrance through a lens that is equal parts entertaining and informative.
You can expect perfume reviews, 101s, hot takes, funny tangents, dating stories, and juicy conversations with top experts, innovators, and personalities in and outside of the fragrance world.
Perfume Room is a pod about life and love as experienced through the fifth sense.
IG: @perfumeroompod @emmavern
Music by Max Vernon
Art by Israel Rodriguez
61. Vabbing, The Ultimate Indie Sleaze Perfume, and Why You Need to Stop Trying to Make Goblincore Happen (w/ Old Loser In Brooklyn, Mandy Lee!)
This week I am joined by your fave fashion analyst/tastemaker Mandy Lee, AKA Old Loser in Brooklyn. With over 400k TikTok followers, Mandy has played a pivotal role in both setting and predicting so many trends, perhaps most notably, the ever-loved Indie Sleaze, which we obviously scent. From Cottagecore to Coquette, we also discuss the perfect fragrance for every trending e-aesthetic. And you knew it was coming; separately, Mandy has been very high on Perfumetok’s radar in the last month for a different reason— a viral video she made (and has since taken down) about vabbing. Yep, this is the vabbing episode. Since posting, Mandy has not spoken out about that video and the life it took on— UNTIL NOW.
Glossier You, Chanel Chance, Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, Under The Lemon Trees; Old Spice, Le Labo Bergamote 22, Essential Faith, Nemat Amber, Axe, Britney Spears Curious, Paris Hilton Tease, DKNY Be Delicious, Clinique Happy, ELdO Secretions Magnifiques, Akro Night, Mugler Angel, Regimes des Fleurs Little Flower, Kismet Olfactive Nostalgia, Marissa Zappas La Divina, Guerlain Insolence, Marissa Zappas Annabel’s Birthday Cake, Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, DKNY Be Delicious, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Masque Milano Lost Alice, Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau, Akro Dark, Initio Absolute Aphrodisiac, Maison Margiela Replica Blue Sailing Day, Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace
FOLLOW MANDY: @oldloserinbrooklyn on all platforms
FOLLOW EMMA: @perfumeroompod @emma_vern
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60. Beauty Editors' Most Coveted Fragrances (w/ Breaking Beauty podcast Co-Hosts Jill Dunn & Carlene Higgins)
Breaking Beauty podcast co-hosts Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins are in the Perfume Room today! These two longtime friends and beauty editors tell the stories behind the breakthrough people, products, and moments shaping beauty history and swatch and spritz everything so you don't have to. Today we discuss the most coveted fragrances in their personal collections, how beauty editors select the fragrances they write about, a wild press trip that included a multi-course Mugler Angel-inspired menu, fragrance in the metaverse, and of course, the trends and fragrances exciting them most right now. Need more of this?! Listen to my episode on Breaking Beauty that airs tomorrow all about my thoughts on the most viral Internet fragrances!
Chris Collins Citrus Grandis, Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Mimosa, Chris Collins African Rooibos, Le Labo The Matcha 26, Le Labo The Noir 29, Aspen Apothecary Dusk, Chanel Jersey, Terre D’Hermes, Penhaligon’s: Luna, Bluebell, Revenge of Lady Blanche; Liz Taylor White Diamonds, Dior J’Adore, Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, D.S. & Durga I Don’t Know What, Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers, The Body Shop White Musk, Coty: Exclamation, Vanilla Fields; Drakkar Noir, Old Spice cologne, Body Shop Vanilla Oil, Phlur Missing Person, Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, Marc Jacobs Splashes, Chanel Gardenia, Prada Infusion D’Iris, Chloe Eau de Fleurs Capucine, JLo Glow, Carolina Herrera Good Girl, Chanel No. 19, Dana Love’s Baby Soft, Stella McCartney Stella, Frederic Malle Synthetic Jungle, Baby Phat Goddess, SJP Lovely, Diesel Only the Brave, Emporio Armani Diamonds, ELdO I Am Trash, Henry Rose Windows Down, Chanel Gardenia, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, Ellis Brooklyn Salt Body Oil, Marc Jacobs: Cucumber, Cranberry Rain; Chloe EDP, Dossier, Better World
FOLLOW BREAKING BEAUTY: @breakingbeautypodcast
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59. Reconstructing Cleopatra’s Signature Scent: The Perfumes of Ancient Egypt (w/ Egyptologist Dora Goldsmith)
Egyptologist Dora Goldsmith is in the Perfume Room today! Dora is a PhD researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin who employs linguistics-based evidence to study and reconstruct the smells of ancient Egypt. You read that right; Dora doesn’t just study Egyptian scents, she brings them back to life(!) through perfect recreations of these ancient formulas. What did Cleopatra’s perfume smell like? Mummification? Deodorant? Hair Perfume? (Yes, hair perfume was a thing long before any of us started wearing it.) Dora knows and after today’s episode, so will you!
Teo Cabanel Peau Salee Kierin Pier NY, Mugler Womanity, Vacation Inc, Jo Malone Salty Amber, Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Mugler Womanity
FOLLOW DORA: @prof_dora
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58. The Urge to Herbal (w/ Queer Icon & Pop Star Hayley Kiyoko)
Hayley Kiyoko, AKA “Lesbian Jesus,” as her fans adoringly call her, is in the Perfume Room today! This multi-hyphenate pop-star, advocate, dancer, actress, producer, director, and ultimately queer *icon*, has added one more notch to her belt: perfume (which we obviously chat all about)! We discuss everything from the smells of her first crushes, to her newly-public relationship, to her horoscope sign and whether Hue (said newly launched fragrance) is indeed an Aries scent, and of course, we discuss her highly-anticipated second album, Panorama, which drops next Friday (!) MARK YOUR CALS & PREGAME THE ALBUM WITH THIS DELIGHTFUL CONVO 😘
Escentric Molecules: Escentric 02, Escentric 01, Molecule 01 + Iris, Escentric 04; DS & Durga Rose Atlantic, Snif Suganami, Chrisitan Dior Bois D'Argent, Goutal Etoile d'une Nuit, Hue Hayley Kiyoko, Kelloggs Corn Flakes®, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, D&G L’Imperatrice, VS Love Spell, Herbal Essences, Glow by JLo, P.F. Candle Co. No. 35 Ojai Lavender, P.F. Candle Co. No 21 Golden Coast, Le Labo Another 13, Glossier You, Tom Ford Lost Cherry
FOLLOW HAYLEY: @huefragrance @hayleykiyoko
SHOP HUE: huebyhayley.com
SEE HAYLEY ON TOUR: https://www.hayleykiyokoofficial.com/tour
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57. The Perfume with a 200,000-person-long Waitlist (w/ PHLUR Re-Founder Chriselle Lim!)
CHRISELLE LIM(!), Phlur Re-Founder, Bümo Co-Founder, mother, mega-influencer, Creative Director, and Rich Mom to 2.8M doting fans is in the Perfume Room today!! We discuss Missing Person—the Internet’s most wanted perfume (and its 200,000-person-long waitlist), the secret to great PR, the re-brand/launch/birth of both Chriselle and Phlur, and of course, Chriselle’s *Single* Rich Mom era—including her sexiest photoshoot yet 😏
Tocca Stella, Britney Spears Curious, Marissa Zappas Annabel’s Birthday Cake, Hanae Mori Butterfly EDT, Phlur: Apricot Privée, Missing Person, Not Your Baby, Phloria, Lost Cause, Ameline; Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Clinique Happy, CK One, Phlur: Missing Person, Not Your Baby
FOLLOW: @chrisellelim @phlur
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56. Perfume Room LIVE!!! (w/ Kismet Olfactive Founder/Perfumer Shabnam Tavakol!)
At long last, today's ep is the recording from Perfume Room LIVE (the one-year anniversary live show)!! Enjoy a snippet on trends of the past, present, and future from panelists Travaulya Wallace, Liz Renstrom (Basenote Bitch), and Dulma Altan, plus a full length interview with the Founder/Perfumer behind Kismet Olfactive, Shabnam Tavakol! Shaby and I discuss the path that led her to perfumery, what she actually learned in perfume school, the time she slept with a flower, and a phone call from Christopher Sheldrake that changed her life. PLUS enjoy a bonus cameo from MY MOM!
Revlon Enjoli, Jean Nate, Dana Canoe, 4711, Ambre Blends, Dry Idea, Clean Reserve Muguet & Skin, Kenzo Parfum D’Ete, Parfums de Marly Meliora, JHAG Not A Perfume, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad, Avon Skin So Soft, YSL Opium, BR 540, La Perla Possibilities, Malibu Musk, Gap: Dream, Grass, Heaven; Miss Dior, Miss Dior Cherie, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, SpiceBomb, Dior Sauvage, Curve for Men, SJP Stash, M by Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton Pixie Dust, Byredo, Phlur , Ariana Grande Cloud, Narciso For Her, Kismet Olfactive: Tuberose Tantra, Nymphea; Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers, A&F Fierce, Kismet Olfactive The Poet, VS Love Spell, Ralph Lauren Romance, Max Azria BCBG, Polo Blue, Strangelove, Kismet Olfactive Nostalgia, Tuberose Tantra
FOLLOW THE PANELISTS: @basenote_bitch @travaulyawallace @iamdulma
FOLLOW SHABY (Kismet Olfactive): @kismet.olfactive || kismetolfactive.com
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The highlight of my week
I look forward to new episodes, love the range of Emma’s guests and I learn new things each episode that just deepen my love for fragrance ! Love this podcast
Get ready to learn lots and have a good time!
I don’t think you have to be a fragrance enthusiast to listen to Emma or the Perfume Room. You are in to have a good time and learn a lot about the industry and fragrances. I love how she branches out to perfumers and other perfume enthusiasts and experts on the podcast. I can’t wait to hear more and see who else she brings!
A scentie bestie
It’s so fun to listen to Emma who clearly enjoys talking about fragrance while I get learn more about it on my commute to/from work. I’m fairly new to the perfume world but getting to hear her conversations with her guests and learning the jargon has been really cool! I love the segments in the pod and look forward to new episodes each week.