On The Scent

On The Scent

By Nicola Bonn

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.


Episode 20: Our Most Complimented Fragrances

In this episode Nicola and Suzy delve into the fragrances that have had the biggest effect on the people around them. These are the ones that lead to people chasing them up the street to find out what they're wearing or unsolicited but not always unwelcome sniffs from strangers.Here's what they talk about during the episode:Suzy’s List:@ormondejayne Ormonde Woman @dior Patchouli Impérial@etatlibredorange Etat Libre d’Orange Une Amourette (Roland Mouret)@fredericmalle Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady@sergeslutens Serges Lutens Fleur d’Oranger@maisonfranciskurkdjian APOM Femme@officialtheofennel Theo Fennel Scent (discontinued – woe!)@chanelofficial Le Lion Nicola’s List:@lelabofragrances Another 13@fredericmalle Portrait of a Lady @sanajardin Berber blonde@sergeslutens Fleur d’Oranger@chanelofficial Chanel GabrielleIf you'd like to connect with Suzy and Nicola and ask them for a fragrance prescription then do DM them on Insta @onthescentpodcast.
13/10/2159m 51s

Episode 19: Affordable Fragrances That We Love

In this episode Suzy and Nicola delve into the world of fabulous affordable fragrances. Some of the most well respected perfumers in the industry have created spectacular fragrances, many of which are under £30 and Suzy shows us why price shouldn't always dictate our choices.Here's what they mention during the episode:On the Scent Podcast – Affordable Fragrances We Love…Zara @zara Fleur d’Oranger / Fleur de Patchouli / Bohemian Bluebells / Ebony Wood Ariana Grande @arianagrande Cloud Kim Kardashian @kimkardashian Pure Honey Katy Perry @katyperry Indi & Other Stories @andotherstories Sardonyx Fire Roger & Gallet @rogergallet Gingembre Jil Sander @jilsander Sun Listener Questions: Donna Karan @dkny Signature (discontinued) Shay & Blue @shayandbluelondon Black Tulip The Body Shop @thebodyshop Black MuskThe Body Shop @thebodyshop Ananya (discontinued) Cacharel @cacharelparfums Lou Lou Blue (discontinued)The Body Shop @thebodyshop Moringa Al Rehab @alrehab.official Elena Diesel @diesel Loverdose Jo Malone London @jomalonelondon Vanilla & AniseL’Occitane @loccitane_uk_ire Osmanthus Āman @aman Purifying Pulse Point Remedy Saini Blends @saini_blends_perfumers Gulab (rose) attar
07/10/2145m 34s

Episode 18 - The Scent of Autumn and an Introduction to Parfumado

In this episode, Suzy and Nicola start by reviewing the brilliant fragrance service Parfumado @uk.parfumado.com (This is a paid for review).Parfumado have a library of over 450 scents and you can pick a new one to try each month for £12.95. From niche to luxury to classic to fragrances that even Suzy hasn't heard of, they really do have a great collection. Start your subscription now by going to uk.parfumado.com and receive a 50% discount on your first month with discount code OUTSPOKEN50.Later in the episode it's time to discuss the fragrances that Nicola and Suzy are gravitating towards now that Summer is melting into Autumn as well as answering your fragrant prescriptions…Here are some of the fragrances mentioned during the episode:Nicola’s Been Wearing:@millerharris L’air de Rien@chanelofficial Le Lion@maisonfranciskurkdjian Oud Satin Mood@officialbyredo Rose of No Man’s Land@kilianparis Love Don’t Be Shy@theperfumersstory Azzi Glasser Fever 54@fredericmalle Portrait of a LadySuzy's been wearing:@sg79sthlm 17@diptyque Tempo@histoiresdeparfums 1969@maisoncrivelli Hibiscus Mahajád@exnihiloparis French AffairListener Prescriptions:@houseofsarahbaker Bascule@rpparfums Robert Piguet Bandit@ruthmastenbroek Ruth Mastenbroek Dagian@cloonkeen Lá Bealtaine@loccitane_uk_ire Osmanthus
29/09/2156m 27s

Episode 17 - Scented Adventures With Penhaligon's

In this episode we’re partnering with Penhaligon's and setting sail for a scented adventure. Together, we’ll be taking you to exotic locations, exploring the history of the precious perfume ingredients and contemporary ways they’re still used. The fragrances we’re focussing on are all about travelling via your nose – traversing the world in search of fragrant inspiration and travelling through time itself. The best thing is, there’s no queues or passports, Covid-tests or quarantine to worry about. And you’re all invited, so let’s jump aboard…Fragrances mentioned:Starting our journey at London’s docks - EMPRESSA.Turkey - HALFETI / HALFETI LEATHER / HALFETI CEDARAncient Mesopotamia - BABYLONEgypt - CAIROIstanbul - CONSTANTINOPLEDisembarking back in London - You can remember your adventures with a beautiful silk scarf by incredible designer to the stars, Fee Greening - there are two beautiful designs to choose from and you will get one free with a purchase of £90 and over, using the code TRADEROUTESTREAT at checkout. For more info and to see the scarves just follow this link: https://www.penhaligons.com/uk/en/trade-routes-scarves
22/09/2145m 9s

Episode 16: Old Faithfuls and New Favourites

In this episode we’re taking comfort in old faithful fragrances (Um, @fragrantmavern has been on something of what you might say is a fragrant nostalgia buying BINGE…) and getting extremely excited about some new favourites. We’ll also be answering some of your questions & giving fragrant prescriptions to satisfy your every need… Follow us on Instagram: @onthescentpodcast Please do leave a review on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts, & DM to tell us what you’re enjoying / things you’d like to hear us talk about in future episodes! Ones Suzy has purchased recently:@cacharelparfums Cacherel Noa @cacharelparfums Cacherel Eden @cacharelparfums Cacherel Loulou @ppaloma_officiel Paloma Picasso @rochasofficial Rochas Tocade @rochasofficial Rochas Femme @chopard Chopard Casmir @lalique Lalique Perles de Lalique Suzy’s New Faves: @furla Furla Preziosa @fredericmalle Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle Nicola’s New Fave: @fredericmalle Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle New to Nicola faves: @goutalparis Goutal Petite Cherié @esteelauderuk Estee Lauder Bronze GoddessListener Prescriptions:@lelabofragrances Le Labo Thé Noir @murdocklondon Murdock London Black Tea Cologne@vilhelm_parfumerie Vilhelm Parfumerie Dear Polly @millerharris Miller Harris Tea Tonique @versace Versace Pour Femme Dylan Turquoise @valentino.beauty Valentino Born in Roma Yellow Dream For Her
15/09/2153m 49s

Episode 15: Home Fragrance Special

In this episode we focus on the fragrances that we love to scent our home with and why. From the uplifting to the refreshing to the sultry, these are the smells that have offered escapism during lockdown and that continue to make our living spaces feel utterly fabulous on a number of levels.Here's what we mention in the episode:Suzy:@boujeebougies Boujee Bougies - Succulent / Queen Jam candles@skandinavisk Skandinavisk - Fjord candle@thebathhouseshop Bath House diffuser - GreenhouseBath House diffuser discovery sets - Rich & Warm / Fresh & Clean:@cloonkeen Cloon Keen - Spanish Arch candle@sun.dayoflondon Sun.day of London - VIII. Nocturne candle@catherineomai.fragrances Catherine Omai candleNicola:@neomorganics NEOM Happiness candle / oil@maisonmargielafragrancs Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Candle@Lamontanacandles First Light@theperfumersstory Azzi Glasser Black Moss candleListener Prescriptions:@diptyque Diptyque - Feu de Bois@thebathhouseshop Bath House - Clean & Fresh Diffuser Discovery Set@neomorganics NEOM Wellbeing Diffuser
08/09/2156m 15s

Episode 14 - Down and Dirty

In this episode Nicola and Suzy are talking about fragrances that range from sensual and alluring to sexy and downright dirty.From the more subtle fragrances with a whiff of "Come hither" to the ones that bring to mind a dominatrix's latex attire, this episode explores the world of fragrance, sensuality and sex. Prepare to get a bit hot under the collar!Here are the fragrances that are mentionedKilian Good Girl Gone Bad @kilianparis Serge Lutens Fleur d’Orangeur @sergeslutens Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer (Discontinued!) @michaelkorsFloris Honey Oud @florislondonFreddie Albrighton Boys @frediealbrightonperfume Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir @maisonfranciskurkdjianHistoire de Parfums 1889 Moulin Rouge @histoiredeparfumsmeBeauFort London Rake & Ruin @beaufortlondon
01/09/2139m 11s

Episode 13: Prescriptions Galore

In this episode we chat about the fragrances that we're turning to and loving at the moment and also answer your perfume prescription questions.Here are the fragrances that twe mention:What We’re Wearing… Suzy: Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM (A Part of Me) @maisonfranciskurkdjianNicola: Issey Miyake a drop D’Issey @isseymiyakeparfumsOther fragrances mentioned:Carine Roitfeld Travel Set @carineroitfeldparisChanel Platinum Egoiste @chanelofficialMaison Margiela At The Barber Shop @maisonmargielafragrancesMurdock London Avalon @murdocklondonD S & DURGA @dsanddurgaDior Tendre Poison (discontinued) @diorbeautyGres Cabotine @parfumsgresRook Undergrowth @rookperfumesFrédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady (YES, we know. Again!) @fredericmalleMiller Harris Vetiver Insolent @millerharrisPaloma Picasso @ppaloma_officielBody Shop Indian Gardenia perfume oil (discontinued) @thebodyshopKai @kaifragranceAl Haramain Forever @alharamainperfumesukAl Rehab Full @alrehab_perfumes_oasismall (look on eBay / Amazon)@kilian Gold Knight
25/08/2150m 20s

Episode 12: Smells Like Summer

In this episode we bring the sunshine (even though the British weather hasn’t really) with our round up of the scents that have got us through a challenging summer. What with the pandemic, travel restrictions and seemingly endless rain; we desperately needed these scents to evoke holidays, travelling to far-flung places & moments of pure bliss. So get your sun hats on, close your eyes, and imagine you’re gently swaying in a hammock as you listen…Ones we’ve raved about:Nivea Sun @nivea_ukRuth Mastenbroek Dagian @ruthmastenbroekperfumeEscentric Molecules Escentric 05 @escentric_moleculesWandervogel @27_87Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess @esteelauderukSuzy’s Unsung Summer Heroes:Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier @rogergalletSunspel Neroli Sun @sunspellclothingAtelier Cologne Lemon Island @ateliercologneAcqua du Parma Camellia @acquadiparma_officialL’Occitane Rose Callison @loccitane_uk_ireNicola Smelled Live On-Air / Suzy talked more about in previous Down & Dirty episode:BOYS @freddiealbrightonperfume
18/08/2154m 29s

Episode 11: A Fragrant Chat With Alice Du Parcq

In this episode we’re thrilled to welcome our first guest & who better than self-confessed fragrance obsessive, Alice du Parcq. From the age of 17, Alice worked in the beauty departments of Tatler, the Telegraph, The Times and Glamour magazine and was Beauty Director at Conde Nast Brides and Easy Living for over 10 years. Since going freelance she’s written for British Vogue, Red, Stella, Stylist, Sunday Times Style (the list goes on), is now Contributing Editor at Glamour & writes for Space NK’s magazine. Phew!During lockdown Alice began regular Instagram lives called Desert Island Spritz, which Suzy was honoured to be a guest on, but now we’re turning the tables to find out which fragrances have been her favourites for summer, lifelong loves, lockdown saviours and daily go-to’s…During our chat, these are the fragrances we mentioned:@ukgap Gap Heaven @guylarochefragrances Drakkar Noir@helmutlang Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum@millerharris L’Air de Rien@calvinklein Obsession@creedboutique Creed Angelique Encens@guerlain Mitsouko@jeanpaulgaultier Le Male@bentleymotors Bentley MomentumN.C.P Olfactive 704 Incense and Musk@cliniqueuk Aromatics Elixirs@jomalonelondon Basil & Neroli@diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau@chanelofficial Le Lion@nivea_uk Nivea Sun (use Alice’s code to get 20% off! ALICE20)
11/08/211h 0m

Episode 10: The Icons Part 2

In this episode we’re getting in our fragrant time-machine and revisiting three iconic scents – two of which were launched (incredibly!) in the 1920s. One of them got the daring Parisian flappers going and another Nicola has a very personal connection to and recently tracked down as a special present for a family member. This third icon we talk about is a modern classic from the 1980s, which was way ahead of its time in the whole ‘wellness’ scent inspiration and set a whole new trend we’re still following to this day. Amidst the nostalgia we also chat about the fragrances we chose to wear when meeting each other for the first time in-person, our accidental lingerie purchases, what we’re wearing now and the fragrance we’ve influenced ourselves into purchasing next… Fragrances mentioned: What We Wore to Sniff Each OtherSuzy: Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman @ormondejayneNicola: Serges Lutens Fleur D’Oranger @sergeslutensThe IconsMolinard Habanita @molinardparfumsClarins Eau Dynamisante @clarinsukCaron Nuit de Noel @caronparisofficial
04/08/2146m 24s

Episode 9- An Escentric Chat With Geza Schoen

In this episode Nicola has a good old catch up with perfumer extraordinaire and creator of Escentric Molecules, Geza Schoen. Geza has been described as a "perfume rockstar" and "a maverick perfumer" who teases and tantalises with his fragrances and during the episode Nicola and Geza reminisce about the last time they met ( Geza reveals something unexpected that had happened to his trousers that day). They then go on to discuss Geza's perfume journey, how he initially came up with the concept of Molecule 1 and how he and Escentric Molecules have evolved over the years.Geza is not only a perfume genius but is also a really lovely guy and we hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as we have.
28/07/2144m 21s

Episode 8: Fragrant Love Affairs

In this episode we’re talking about the fragrances we’ve fallen for recently, plus giving your fragrance prescriptions including one where we help a listener find a new fragrance for her husband to help him smell ‘less basic and sexier’ (her words not ours!) AND discovering: HOW many spritzes are considered ‘polite’…Fragrances we talk about in this episode:Nicola: @ella_k_parfums_paris Ella K Letter de Pushkar @theperfumersstory Azzi Glasser Sequoia Wood @glossier Glossier YouSuzy:@maisoncrivelli Maison Crivelli Osmanthe Kōdoshān @isseymiyakeparfums Issey Miyake a drop d’Issey @nancymeiland Gaia Attar Answers to Listener’s Questions: @ferragamo Salvatore Ferragamo Intense Leather @parterrefragrances Parterre Run of the River @escentric_molecules Molecule 01 @fredericmalle Carnal Flower
21/07/2152m 34s

Episode 7: Smells Like Teen Spirit

In this episode we go back in time and explore some of the fragrances that we wore in our teenage years and what they meant to us at the time. From sophisticated Chanel to the smell that sums up the PE changing room, prepare to go on a fun, fragrance filled trip down memory lane.Later in the episode we answer more of your perfume prescriptions and Suzy talks about the fragrance that she's adoring this week.Here are the fragrances that we talk about during the episode:Suzy’s been wearing: Atelier Vesper Ēdhen @ateliervesper Teenage Scent memories: SuzyCoco Chanel Bodyshop Dewberry / White Musk / Fuzzy Peach Impulse body sprays Coty Exclamation! Cacharel Lou LouTeenage scent memories Nicola:Anais AnaisCool Water WomenEscada Ocean BlueIssey Miyake / M and S IsisPlus:D.S. & DURGA Italian Citrus @dsanddurga Chienoir @bedeauxxAdam Levine For Her Katy Perry IndiJoan Collins I Am Woman Female British Perfumers: Lyn Harris @perfumerhlondon / @ruthmastenbroekperfume / Angela Flanders (now run by her daughter Kate) @angelaflanders / @nancymeilandparfums / Liz Moores @papillon_artisan_parfums / Sarah McCartney @4160tuesdaysperfume / Penny Williams (creates fragrances for) @tothefairestlondon
14/07/2157m 26s

Episode 6: The Icons

In this episode we enter the world of some of the most iconic fragrances of all time and chat about why they're as relevant now as they were when they first came out.Prepare for a journey through time, finding out about their history, the huge statements that they made and why they might just be some of the best fragrances ever made. (We hope we inspire you to try them on your skin and see how you feel when you wear them!)Fragrances Mentioned:@chanelofficial Chanel No.5 @guerlain Mitsouko @dior Diorissimo@rpparfums Robert Piguet Fracas
07/07/2153m 3s

Episode 5: Scents To Surprise and Delight

In this episode we chat through the fragrances that we are loving at the moment plus we give you your fragrance prescriptions talking through an extraordinary bitter orange blossom scent and a perfume that will take you on a most unexpected journey. If you have any fragrance related questions you can always DM us via our Instagram page @onthescentpodcastFragrances Mentioned: @thomasclipper Atlantic @kierinnyc Santal Sky @comptoir_sud_pacifique Coeur D’Ylang @fredericmalle Portrait of a Lady (yes, again!) @kilianparis Good Girl Gone Bad @exnihiloparis Venenum Kiss @chantecailleuk Le Wild @grandiflora_fragrance Saskia @furla Preziossa @ghostfragrances Ghost Orb of Night @sergeslutens Fleur d’Oranger
30/06/2156m 59s

Episode 4: Our British Tales Adventure With Penhaligons

*This episode was first published on The Outspoken Beauty Podcast*In this special episode in partnership with Penhaligons we go on a sensorial journey through their iconic British Tales Collection.After talking a bit about the perfume house's amazing history, we begin to chat through our reactions to the scents in the collection. Every single one is so different and yet so special and we have so much fun describing how each perfume makes us feel.We really hope that we take you on this journey with us and that we help you to get a feel for a perfume collection that is worlds apart.
30/06/211h 3m

Episode 3: Fabulous Niche Shops and Perfume Prescriptions

*This episode was first published on The Outspoken Beauty Podcast*In this our third episode, we discuss the fragrances that we've been wearing and loving, the very best niche shops to discover the right fragrance for you, we focus in on Suzy's fragrance of the month and also give you your fragrance prescriptions which you can ask us for via Instagram (@onthescentpodcast).Here's the list of scents and shops that we chat about during the episode:What Suzy’s been wearing:@lancomeofficial Lancôme Rose Peonia @januaryscents January Scents Vaporocindro @27_87 27 87 Wandervogel What Nicola's been Wearing:Miller Harris Scherzo hair mistFuggazzi In Love With The CocosPerfume Prescriptions:@vilhelm_parfumerie Vilhelm Peony Couture@lelabofragrances Le Labo Tonka 25 @millerharris Miller Harris @floralstreet_ Floral Street @jovoymayfair Jovoy @lessenteurs Les Senteurs @bloomperfumery Bloom@lartisanparfumeur L’Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc Extreme @millerharris Miller Harris Lost in the City@trishmcevoy Trish McEvoy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk @ateliercologne Atelier Cologne @ruthmastenbroekperfume Ruth Mastenbroek Dagian @czechandspeake Czech & Speake Villa AusoniaFragrant Focus:@diorparfums Dior Diorling
30/06/2145m 39s

Episode 2: Celebrity Scents Can Be Extraordinary

*This episode was first published on The Outspoken Beauty Podcast*During this episode we chat about some of the most exciting and incredible fragrances on the market (including one that may surprise you) and Suzy also does a fragrance prescription service, answering all of the fragrance dilemmas that you’ve been sending us via Instagram.As promised, here are all the fragrances that we discuss during the episode:To the Fairest, Cécile @tothefairestlondonSarah Jessica Parker, Lovely @sarahjessicaparkerNarcisso Rodriguez, For Her (pink bottle, original) @narcisso_rodriguezContradictions in ILK, Devious @ilkperfumeMiller Harris, L’air de Rien (possibly discontinued) @millerharrisJovoy, Rose Millisime @jovoymayfairStella McCartney, Stella @stellamccartneyPaul Smith, Rose @paulsmithdesignRuth Mastenbroek, Fire Dance @ruthmastenbroekperfumeMoschino, Toy Boy @moschinoCacharel, Noa @cacharelparfumsBeauFort London, Tonnerre @beaufortlondonDSquared2, Green Wood @dsquared2SJP, Stash @sarahjessicaparkerJuliette Has a Gun, Not a Perfume @juliettehasagunClean Reserve, Skin @cleanbeauty_collectiveKayali, Musk 12 @kayaliEtat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifique @etatlibredorangeVines House Parfum, Signature Story @vineshouseparfumBedeaux, Chienoir @bedeauxx
30/06/2151m 19s

Episode 1: Fragrances To Lift Your Emotions

* This episode was first published on The Outspoken Beauty Podcast*Get ready fragrance lovers! This episode is going to blow your sense of smell.Whether you want to find a perfume to give you confidence/uplift you/make you feel cosy or sensual, there's something for you in this episode and the way that Suzy describes fragrance is pure poetry.Welcome to the first episode of "On The Scent "- it's simply scensational! Perfumes mentioned:Carine Roitfeld Kar-waiJeroboam UNUEJuliette Has a Gun Lipstick Fever4711 Cologne Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Ruth Mastenbroek DagianLe Lion de ChanelFrederic Malle Portrait of a LadyPaul Schutze Tears of ErosTom Daxon Iridium 71%Le Couvent Maison de Parfum Cologne of the Missions Chopard CasmirSarah Baker Bascule
30/06/2153m 28s

On The Scent Trailer

On the Scent is a podcast hosted by award winning fragrance journalist and expert Suzy Nightingale and broadcaster and beauty writer Nicola Bonn.Get ready to go on the sensorial journey of your life, discovering a myriad of fragrances from luxury to niche to highstreet. Suzy and Nicola will also be chatting to a host of well known voices about the fragrances that mean the most to them and interviewing some of the most exciting people in the perfume industry. Plus they will be doing a perfume prescription service. (If you have any scent related questions you can contact them via Instagram @onthescentpodcast.)This is a podcast that takes the snobbery out of fragrance and 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.
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