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On The Scent is the podcast destination for anyone fascinated by fragrance (or keen to learn more) – a place where perfume snobbery is stripped away, and fragrance is accessible to all.

What began as a monthly sniff-in on the Outspoken Beauty Podcast soon became so popular in its own right (and with so many listeners sending in questions and asking for more) that On the Scent just had to go weekly - this time on its own perfumed platform!

Encompassing everything from icons and all-time classics to what’s new on the high street to the more ‘niche’ indie brands; Beauty broadcaster and columnist Nicola Bonn and award-winning fragrance journalist and expert Suzy Nightingale give personalised perfume prescriptions, describe fragrances in such an intoxicating way you can almost smell them and help navigate the thousands of scents out there to find the truly incredible ones. Also expect interviews with well-known figures, delving into their favourite scents of all time and opportunities to get to know some of the most exciting perfumers in the world.

Whether you’ve a collection of 500+ or are just starting on your scent journey, olfactory obsessives Nicola & Suzy are on a mission to find you fragrances that don’t simply smell good, but will re-connect you to long forgotten memories, engage your emotions and very likely blow your mind.

On The Scent Nicola Bonn

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 72 Ratings

On The Scent is the podcast destination for anyone fascinated by fragrance (or keen to learn more) – a place where perfume snobbery is stripped away, and fragrance is accessible to all.

What began as a monthly sniff-in on the Outspoken Beauty Podcast soon became so popular in its own right (and with so many listeners sending in questions and asking for more) that On the Scent just had to go weekly - this time on its own perfumed platform!

Encompassing everything from icons and all-time classics to what’s new on the high street to the more ‘niche’ indie brands; Beauty broadcaster and columnist Nicola Bonn and award-winning fragrance journalist and expert Suzy Nightingale give personalised perfume prescriptions, describe fragrances in such an intoxicating way you can almost smell them and help navigate the thousands of scents out there to find the truly incredible ones. Also expect interviews with well-known figures, delving into their favourite scents of all time and opportunities to get to know some of the most exciting perfumers in the world.

Whether you’ve a collection of 500+ or are just starting on your scent journey, olfactory obsessives Nicola & Suzy are on a mission to find you fragrances that don’t simply smell good, but will re-connect you to long forgotten memories, engage your emotions and very likely blow your mind.

    Dramatic Peach, Ormonde Jayne News & A Secret #Perfumeprescription

    Dramatic Peach, Ormonde Jayne News & A Secret #Perfumeprescription

    From a dramatised scent acted out @jovoymayfair (while sipping peach Bellinis), to a masterclass and afternoon tea with a master perfumer, our noses have been busy again! We’ve also news of two NEW fragrances and an extra-special fragrant calendar forthcoming from Ormonde Jayne, two scents Suzy’s obsessed by, and a SECRET (anonymous) listener prescription.  
    We discuss…
    @houseofsarahbaker Peach’s Revenge 
    @morillas.alberto @mizensir Perfect Oud Extrait (launching July 24th)
    @ormondejayne (2 new fragrances launching in September, plus 8-day calendar launching October 8th!) 
    @montblanc Vetiver Glacier 
    @montblanc Patchouli Ink

    #listenerprescription(Kept anonymous for a very special reason!)
    We suggest: 
    @neelavermeirecreationsparis Mohur (From @sainte.cellier in the U.K.) by Bertrand Duchaufour 
    @memo.paris French Leather eau de parfum 
    MEMO Journey Book Discovery Set £30OR you can choose whichever samples you like on their website (so you could choose the leather ones - think there are now 10!) then offer to buy them the full size of their favourite. 
    MEMO Russian Leather Teacups Set
    @perfumerhlondon Leather 
    @fredericmalle Rose & Cuir 
    @trudon Madeleine candle 
    Have you any other beautiful floral leather fragrances and / or candles YOU would suggest for our listener this week? Let us know! 
    Until next time,
    Love Suzy & Nicola xx

    • 41 min
    Tester Roulette, ‘Doll’s Head’ notes, & a Perfume Prescription

    Tester Roulette, ‘Doll’s Head’ notes, & a Perfume Prescription

    We’ve been going through our stash of scent samples recently - so many of us have them, don’t we? Vials and travel sizes rolling about in drawers and on desks (or, as many of our listeners have testified, stored neatly and documented in spreadsheets. We wish we were this organised!) Fragrance samples really are a brilliant way of trying something new, a bit daring or not what you’d normally go for first - and it adds an element of excitement to play ‘tester roulette’, as we have here! 
    We’re also discussing some of the fragrances we’ve been wearing and trying lately, AND answering a listener’s questions about finding what’s creating the ‘doll’s head’ note in a new fragrance she’s been testing, plus finding her an emboldening, long-lasting workplace perfume.
    We discuss…
    @jomalonelondon limited edition Orange Marmalade Cologne 
    @givenchybeauty La Collection Particulière Coeur Fou 
    @clivechristianperfume Private Collection E Cashmere MuskBaies Rose, Musk & Fleuriste Fusion
    Samples Sniffed…
    @marksandspencer Coastal Breeze (In ‘The Mini Discovery Set’)
    @commodity Juice (Expressive)
    @noyz_official Sh**ty Day
    @choreograph.perfume Inbetween (Perfume & music crossover project by Adey Zookrow, £14 for 7.5ml)
    @bastille_parfums Pleine Lune
    Sentire x @sainte.cellier English Garden 
    #perfumeprescription answers…
    @fredericmalle Portrait of a Lady 
    @sergeslutens Fils de Berlin 
    @goldfield_and_banks_australia Ingenious Ginger 
    @tomfordbeauty Black Orchid 
    @moltonbrown Rose Dunes
    @lancomeofficial La Nuit Trésor
    @moschino Toy Boy

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Vintage Style, Perfume Walks & Perfume Prescriptions

    Vintage Style, Perfume Walks & Perfume Prescriptions

    Lovers of classical styles of perfumery (but with a modern twist) are in for a treat with TWO nostalgia-infused niche houses we were lucky enough to sniff around at press launches. There was a fascinating perfume walk around Roman London, and a stunning new scent in the Electimuss collection that will take your nose on an adventure. Plus, Nicola was personality-matched to her perfect perfume, and we’ve got Perfume Prescriptions for listener’s questions: one desperately searching for an alternative to her friend’s discontinued signature scent; and another seeking a more affordable alternative to their dream fragrance. Have we found the answers…? Listen, and make up your own minds! 
    We discuss…
    @bienaime_1935 La Vie en FleursVermeilJours HeureuxFleurs d’Été
    @electimuss Spice D’Arno by @celinebarelperfumery (plus walking tour with Olga @perfumewalks)
    @theharmonist Hypnotising Fire
    @jouissanceparfums (available now @fioleuk)Les Cahiers Secrets En Plein Air La Bague d’O 
    #perfumeprescriptions 
    @bdkparfumsparis 312 Saint-Honoré
    @theharmonist Matrix Metal
    @andreamaack Craft
    @27_87 Per Sē
    @millerharris Violet Ida
    @mizensir Elixir de Musc 

    • 1 hr
    New fragrances for celebrations, get-aways & every day!

    New fragrances for celebrations, get-aways & every day!

    This time we review everything from a new indie fragrance that smells like a merry-go-round, one of THE best budget scents you can buy, a perfume with a firework accord (!) to scents so quenching they make you ache to taste ice-cold cocktails; and what to wear if you’re dipping your olfactory toes into your first ever oud…
    We discuss: 
    @100.bon Patchouli & Labdanum 
    @iggywooworld Iggywoo Cashmere Show Pony (just arrived @roullierwhite in the U.K.)
    @bastille_parfums 14 Juillet
    @ojarofficial Red Redemption
    @bleu.nour Neon Violette 
    #perfumeprescription suggestions to listener questions: 
    @maisoncrivelli Oud Maracujá
    @maisoncrivelli Cuir Infrarouge
    @juliettehasagun Lust for SunIndulge in the scents of summer with Juliette 
    @tothefairestlondon Cécile 
    @fugazzi In Love with the Cocos
    @kayali Oudgasm Rose Oud 
    @floris Honey Oud
    @maisonfranciskurkdjian Oud Satin Mood 
     @vallensefragrance Source (available end of July - stay tuned!) 

    • 48 min
    A Nautical, Fragrant Adventure On A Floating Laboratory

    A Nautical, Fragrant Adventure On A Floating Laboratory

    Join us dear listeners as we go on a fragrant adventure on the high seas (well actually the hidden canal in London's King's X).

    In this episode we took our little microphone on a very special day out in London.

    Join us onboard the Disco Volante, a beautiful narrow boat belonging to the incredible William Borrell who is the founder of @vallensefragrance. William has transformed his boat into what can only be described as a perfume lover's dream, with incredible equipment that macerates and distills wild and wonderful ingredients that William has sought out from all around the world, this boat can only be descrived as a floating laboratory. As you'll hear, the next step of William's creative process is taking his ingredients and inspiration to wonder perfumer @perfumer.pia. The results of their work together are mind blowing and the first three fragrances will be available in July.

    We'll also tell you about a phenomenal two hours with @rojadove and will tell you about our wonderful tea time experience.

    We hope you enjoy accompanying us on our scented journey.

    • 34 min
    Sunshine bottled, a scent safari + Handel & Hendrix in fragrant form

    Sunshine bottled, a scent safari + Handel & Hendrix in fragrant form

    This week we’ve got the scent memory of a hotel that a listener has reintroduced Nicola to; sunshine, bottled (and in a new candle), a thrilling scent safari in Paris, plus how Handel & Jimi Hendrix are united in music, place & perfume… Get ready to be whisked from sun-soaked Mediterranean islands to the coolest and most artistic Parisian niche perfume houses, then through history via two extraordinary musicians who were separated by 200 years, but changed the course of music and have now inspired two incredible fragrances.

    We discuss…

    The wonderful @cereria_molla_1899  Lemon and Cinnamon candle (best gift ever!)

    New @trudon Isla eau de parfum & De Oro Candle
    Suzy’s trip with @aspectsbeauty to Paris, which included:
    Visiting @constantsoniaperfumer and smelling the new @ellakparfumsparis Orchid K
    A masterclass with @jeroboamperfumes (Suzy adored Origino / Ambra / Boha / Unue)
    An afternoon spent sniffing the delights available at @jovoyparis
    A trip to the new @nishane.official boutique (where Suzy smelled the new Tuberóza X & fell madly for Sultan Vetiver & B-612)

    (Next time we’ll get into the stunning workshop experience with @alexandrejparfums for Butterfly, plus their mind-blowingly gorgeous extracts...) 

    Then our amazing, fully immersive breakfast at @handelandhendrixhouse where we explored the two latest @thameenfragrance Britologne Collection: Chords (inspired by Handel) and the new Bold as Love (inspired by Jimi Hendrix!) 

    Aghhh, we need more time! But will catch up with #perfumeprescription answers on the next episode, as well as linking to the Givaudan statement also mentioned. 

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

littlebunting ,

Where perfume meets prose

Yours is the first podcast I have ever felt the urge to write a review for, I just LOVE IT!
I stumbled across it a couple of months ago as I’m trying to build up my own fragrance wardrobe and trying to work out what I love.
You are both incredible wordsmiths and your descriptions and recommendations are amazing. I’ve already got a list of things to try and can’t wait to get out there and smell some amazing perfumes.
A quick business venture for you if you’re bored, can you please curate a sample site of all of your recommendations in one place so we can buy them, I’ve got no idea how I’m going to track down everything on my list!
And yes Suzie, your voice is incredibly sexy!

Mrs Finch! ,

An amazing community!

I found this amazing little (not so little anymore!) podcast last year and it truly has changed my life! Through this podcast Suzy and Nicola have created a community that are so caring for each other and some very special friendships have been made!
Suzy and Nicolas knowledge and expertise is second to none and is the absolute giggles we all have listening to our weekly treat is the best medicine ever!
I’ve gone places I would never have gone before, brought items I would of never have brought before and most importantly, made some very special friends!

morgszz ,

The best podcast

So I should probably start by thanking both Suzie and Nicola for reigniting the fire for fragrance within me. I have worked in the beauty industry but have been out of work for a while and have become less enchanted with fragrance (sadly). However, the podcast has relit the fire within me and I couldn’t be happier. These women will make you laugh, smile, maybe even cry. It is often said that fragrance has the power to change, it does. To change your life for the better today all you need do is listen to this podcast. There is no need to alter your appearance in order reveal your true personality to the world. Perfume is the magic that flows around us, shaping peoples perceptions of you, but without you ever needing to conform to beauty standards. Fragrance is rebellion. This podcast is a must listen for anyone, because fragrance will change your life.

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