Tynan Sinks and Sable Yong — friends, beauty editors, award-winning fragrance writers (some of us), and scent fiends — are giving the world the podcast no one asked for.
Smell Ya Later explores every imaginable angle at which we interact with the aromas and odors in our lives, the scents that have seared themselves into our memory, and scents that inform the way we envision our future. That includes everything from fine fragrance to candles to dish soap.
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Theme song by Pasquale D'Silva;
Cover art by Lily Ng
The Smell of Death
Happy Halloweek, smellheads. For this episode, we're taking you someplace fascinatingly disgusting and morbidly evitable — DEATH. We spoke with writer and neuroscientist Mo Costandi about that certain je ne sais quoi of the bouquet of death as we delve into what exactly remains of your remains once you've embarked onto the afterlife. We also learn about how the stench of death can be helpful in forensic and psychiatric applications. It's a lot!! This is not for the squeamish and it does get graphic, just FYI. For more science, find Mo Costandi on Twitter at @mocost and https://neurophilosophy.wordpress.com/. Read more about what death smells like here: https://mosaicscience.com/story/smell-death/
[Fragrances mentioned: Mark Buxton Dreaming With Ghosts, Byredo Gypsy Water]
(Not) Burning Down The House With T. Kyle
Internet tastemaker, podcast superstar, and candle vlog darling, T. Kyle, joins us to talk candle vlogs, the formative (and homophobic) smells of his teen years growing up in New Jersey, and his most cherished New York City scents. He teaches us the 101 basics of candle lingo and how to stop your expensive candles from burning in that annoyingly wasteful way (you know the one). Binge T. Kyle's candle vlogs here: https://www.youtube.com/c/TKyleMacMahon/videos .
[Fragrances mentioned: R.E.M. by Ariana Grande, Chanel Chance, Cloud by Ariana Grande, Mahogany Teakwood by Bath & Body Works, Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande, New Bond Street by Bond No. 9]
All Work & All Play With Hawthorne
THE LAST FRONTIER in the customization of beauty…is fragrance. Many have tried, many have failed. And then there came Hawthorne, a brand created to match you with not one, but two custom scents: one for work and one for play. But HOW? In this episode, we grill Phillip Wong and Brian Jeong, co-founders of the brand, about how Hawthorne was created, the algorithmic sorcery involved in matching their customer with two different but complementary scents, and what the future of customization in beauty looks like.
[Fragrances mentioned: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Giorgio Armani My Way.]
The Pumpkin Spice Episode
This episode has everything: Satanism, cinnamon-flavored colonialism, misogynistic food groups, and the Hamburglar. We take it upon ourselves to do a two-person roundtable of all things pumpkin spice and its reign over autumn in the North American hemisphere. In this episode, we give you a semi-accurate history of pumpkin spice lore, we talk about what we love about the ubiquitous fall scent, and then shit-talk everything about it that we don't, while calling out all the products that took it upon themselves to pumpkin spice themselves for the season.
[Scents mentioned: Ex Nihilo Celeste Cuir, Lush I'm Home]
Bath & Body Works All Grown Up
It's our episode with the brand that your hosts grew up with, formed our nascent scent-ualities around, and forever have a soft spot in our gummy little hearts for... Bath & Body Works. It was the mall oasis where for less than $20 you could form your identity within clouds of Warm Vanilla Sugar, Sun-Ripened Raspberry, and Juniper Breeze.
Chrissy Montera, Associate VP of Marketing at Bath & Body Works joins us on the pod to talk about her impressive tenure at the brand, building the legacies of scents that we've come to associate with our adolescence, and how Bath & Body Works endures to this day as the brand that grew up with you.
Catbird Tarot Deck,
Maison Margiela Replica Music Festival
D.S. & Durga Sprays The Hits
We've got the D.S. in D.S. & Durga and the brand's perfumer, David Seth Moltz, to Zoom with us about how he and his partner Kavi Moltz went from a musician/waiter and architect (respectively) to create one of the coolest and most unique modern American perfume brands around. David breaks down our favorite scents from the line, scrambles our little bunny brains with some olfactory knowledge, and explains how starting their fragrance brand isn't all that dissimilar from starting a band.