LIFE IN SCENTS

Life in Scents is a podcast about smell which I co-host with radio producer Jo Barratt. Each month, our guest talks about the scents they love, the scents they hate, the scents they associate with growing up, or with work. Anything goes, as long as it’s olfactory. You can also subscribe to catch episodes as they’re released via our itunes page. This podcast is ideal listened to in the bath. Trust me.

IN THE LIFE IN SCENTS HOTSEAT:
Mark Crames

Mark Crames

The founder of fragrance company Demeter (in the UK ‘Library of Fragrance’) talks about what drives him to bottle the smells of the everyday, from snow to rotting fish.
18th Century

Smells in the 18th Century

In this programme we time travel back two hundred years to sniff out the Rakes and Macaronis of England circa 1770, with PhD researcher William Tullett of King College London.
Pedro da Costa Delgueiras

Pedro da Costa Felgueiras

A specialist in historic paint techniques shares the smells of his craft – from turpentine and pigments to the objects and buildings he painstakingly restores to their former glory
Mark Champkins

Mark Champkins

The Science Museum’s Inventor in Residence on why inspiration is like a smell, as he takes us on an olfactory tour of the museum.
Shonagh Marshall

Shonagh Marshall

We spend some time with fashion curator Shonagh Marshall, on the ghostly aromas that cling to clothes, and her time spent archiving the collections of Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen.
Darren Rook

Darren Rook

Darren, CEO and founder of the London Distillery Company, reveals the technical magic in creating a gin or whisky with a memorable aroma.
Williams Nkurunziza

His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom on drive towards rebuilding his country, and the olfactory scents of home, from coffee plantations to gorilla-spotting at altitude.
Victoria Henshaw

Dr Victoria Henshaw

We map the smells and stenches of the London, as Dr Henshaw, Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning at Sheffield University, shares her work in understanding the olfactory character of cities.
Benjamin Hebbert

Benjamin Hebbert

Enter the world of a violin dealer and former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for whom no smell is a good thing, for an instrument with an odour means that something’s up….
Uta Frith

Uta Frith

One of the most formidable neuroscientists of her generation, Uta Frith is an utter perfume-lover – a tour of her fragrant garden and lift the lid on her box of German ointments and unguents reminiscent of her childhood in Germany.
Scottee

Scottee

Performer Scottee talks about the specific use of fragrance in his acts and why perfume and class division are more intertwined than we think.
Ben Townsend

Ben Townsend

Acclaimed barista trainer Ben Townsend explains the process behind capturing the complex aromas of freshly brewed coffee and reflects on his childhood scent memories.
Gabriel Stebbing

Gabriel Stebbing

Musician Gabriel Stebbing, aka Night Works, talks about the creative process and East London inspiration behind his debut album and the fine fragrances wafting through the streets of Paris during his teenage years.
Richard Wentworth

Richard Wentworth

New British sculpture artist Richard Wentworth talks to Life In Scents about the significance of glue smells and why he hates perfumed candle shops.
Timothy Everest

Timothy Everest

The tailor for some of the most famous politicians, musicians and movie stars Timothy Everest opens up his impressive fragrance wardrobe and recounts his time training alongside The Rolling Stones outfitter Tommy Nutter.
Marek Kukula

Marek Kukula

We look to the stars with Royal Observatory astronomer Marek Kukula, who explains what the stars and planets would smell like in theory and reminisces about his rock n’ roll-filled odour memories of gigs in Manchester.
Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell

The Rare Tea Company founder Henrietta Lovell divulges her stories of sitting by Lapsang Souchong smoking-huts and her love of organic scents.
Gerhard Jenne

Gerhard Jenne

Gerhard Jenne, the konditormeister of London bakery Konditor & Cook and man responsible for a portrait of the Queen comprised of 3,000 cakes, opens up about the smells of his childhood in rural Germany and the scents he has olfactorily gathered throughout his foodie career.
Tony Conigliaro

Tony Conigliaro

Esteemed bartender and Drinks Factory founder Tony Conigliaro explains how he incorporates perfumery and science into his sought-after concoctions and how to capture memories of walking in the Portland forest in cocktail form.
Cleve West

Cleve West

Six time RHS Gold Medal award winning landscape designer Cleve West talks about his plasticine fetish and sniffing out deers through the park.
Father Christmas

Father Christmas

In this holiday-themed podcast, we speak to the elusive Father Christmas about the smells of elves, coconut, Old Spice and more.
S J Watson

S J Watson

Bestselling author S.J. Watson discusses the scent of bonfire nights , how working in the National Health Service taught him to spot an ear infection from a sniff away and his penchant for the smell of dry cleaning and garages.
Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

Legendary music producer and The Human League founder Martyn Ware retraces his life in scents, from the industrial odours of growing up in working-class Sheffield to the aromatic lemon groves of Italy.
Marcella Evaristi

Marcella Evaristi

Screenwriter and playwright Marcella Evaristi talks about her the ‘electric greyness’ of her hometown Glasgow, her olfactory relationship with Vicks VaporRub and the reason for her infatuation with turpentine.
James Craven

James Craven

James Craven, the resident archivist at London’s specialist perfumery Les Senteurs and fragrance authority, talks about a life immersed in scents and the fragrances that have held his interest over the years.
Amy Lame

Amy Lame

Comedian, writer and broadcaster Amy Lamé explains her olfactory attraction to the barnyard as well as open sewers and opens up role that scent played in finding her sexuality.
Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw

Life In Scents makes its debut with writer and poet Lavinia Greenlaw, who recounts her coming of age in the synthetically scented 1970s, dockside warehouses smelling of clove and cinnamon and the comforting English smells closest to her heart.

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