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In this week’s episode of the Fume Chat podcast, we discuss the fragrance families and ask themselves whether terms like “fougère” and “chypre” are fit for purpose in this day and age. Do they mean anything to consumers? do they represent they way fragrances smell? Are terms like “oriental” offensive? Listen and you’ll find out!

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How sustainable is your perfume? On this week’s episode, Thomas and Nick talk about how our fragrances can be renewable, recyclable and refillable, covering how the fragrance industry is trying to make itself more sustainable for the future.

As always, there is a round-up of new and noteworthy fragrances including launches from Paco Rabanne and Juliette Has a Gun.

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It’s battle time once again and in this episode, Thomas and Nick are joined by guest judge Nigel Dunckley (Thomas’ lovely yet long-suffering husband) in a fragrant fight of their favourite Eau de Colognes.

What is an Eau de Cologne? What fragrances do Thomas and Nick choose? Who is victorious? Will Thomas and Nigel still be married by the end of the episode? All this (and more) is answered in Fume Chat: Attack of the Colognes.

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Yesterday The Fragrance Foundation announced the winners of the Jasmine Awards 2018 and I am so thrilled to tell you that Fume Chat, the fragrance podcast that I host with my good friend (and perfume genius, let’s face it) Nick Gilbert, picked up an award in the Innovation Category for Episode 18 – The War of the Roses ft. Josephine Fairley. We put a huge amount of work in to making Fume Chat so it’s so wonderful to receive such recognition in the form of our very first award.

This is now my fifth Jasmine Award – I simply cannot believe it! Writing, or in this case talking about perfume, is my passion and to be recognised by the industry body so many times is hugely mind-blowing. Thank you to Nick for being my scented partner in crime and for bringing wit & wisdom to Fume Chat – Fume Chat would not be Fume Chat without you! Thank you to Jo Fairley for being the perfect podcast guess on our winning episode, and for sharing your expert knowledge. Finally, thank you too my husband Nigel for the unbending support – for each encouraging word, cup of tea when I’m struggling with a deadline or writer’s block, and for being there every step of the way.

The 2018 Jasmine Award winners are:

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Episode 24 is available for download!

In our latest episode of Fume Chat (the perfume podcast) we’re getting down and dirty with a battle of filthy (dirty, animalic, pungent, beastly, carnal, disgusting) fragrances. If you’re not familiar with our battle episodes, the format is simple: Nick and I pick three (or four) fragrances on a theme and then sniff them together in the episode. A guest judge determines who has picked the best selection of scents and is therefore, the victorious winner of the battle. It’s simple and a ton of fun too!

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New Fume Chat!

Guess who’s back?!

Fume Chat’s back, that’s who! Nick and I took a little break from Fume Chat over the summer months but now our summer hiatus is finally over and we are back with a brand new episode. For Episode 21 we’re sniffing some of September’s biggest launches, including  much-anticipated scents from CHANEL and Jean-Paul Gaultier, and much, much more!

So what do we sniff in EP21? Here’s a list:

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Ep19 is Here!

It’s Fume Chat, it’s Fume Chat, here we go! That’s right, folks, a brand new episode of Fume Chat is ready for you to download and enjoy. Our latest is a companion episode to Episode 16 (Molecule Mania) and this time we’re talking about the positives and negatives of natural perfumery. What makes it so tricky and why can natural perfumes sometimes come off smelling a little bit flat? And why do Nick and I find it a bit ‘meh’ overall? Find out in this latest episode of Fume Chat, in which we will sniff some fabulous natural stuff.