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Life in Scents

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Life in Scents is a podcast about smell, hosted by Jo Barratt and Odette Toilette. It’s an interview show where each time, our guest talks about the scents that have meant something to them through their life. Bonfires, arm pits, swimming pools, Shalimar, the subway or a club at 3am, if it’s got an odour, it’s got a story.

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Life in Scents is a podcast about smell, hosted by Jo Barratt and Odette Toilette. It’s an interview show where each time, our guest talks about the scents that have meant something to them through their life. Bonfires, arm pits, swimming pools, Shalimar, the subway or a club at 3am, if it’s got an odour, it’s got a story.

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By pinkmonk - Nov 22 2014
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This podcast is a true treat. It's a pleasure to dive into our often neglected sense and explore the world around us thorough it. Highly recommended.

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14 Ratings
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Lovely

By pinkmonk - Nov 22 2014
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This podcast is a true treat. It's a pleasure to dive into our often neglected sense and explore the world around us thorough it. Highly recommended.
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Life in Scents

Latest release on Sep 15, 2017

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 29 Tom Chatfield

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Tom Chatfield has written six books on digital culture and technology, and he's also got something to say about smell. In the light of his latest publication, Live This Book, he's urging us to reclaim the quality of our time including the relationships we hold with our environments. Join us for a fascinating, challenging discussion on the value of stopping to sniff in this edition of Life in Scents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 03 2015

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Rank #2: 14 Night Works

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In this episode of Life in Scents Jo Barratt speaks to Gabriel Stebbing, the man otherwise known as Night Works, ahead of the release of his debut album Urban Heat Island. Gabriel recalls the cooking smells growing up in the homes of his respective parents. We hear of Lynx Africa (Axe to International listeners) in suburban... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 16 2013

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Rank #3: 15 Ben Townsend

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Get a cup of coffee ready before listening to our latest edition of Life in Scents, as we meet Ben Townsend, one of the UK's most respected barista trainers. Ben's tiny coffee shop in London's Bloomsbury is a mecca to lovers of the bean, and we took a trip to Ben's basement to learn the art of cupping to experience the complex aromas in properly brewed coffee (our noses were truly put to the test!). We also hear about his Life in Scents - a childhood spent with craft glue and making models in his bedroom onto collecting vinyl... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 16 2013

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Rank #4: 18 Uta Frith

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Developmental psychologist, Professor Uta Frith takes the hotseat in the latest edition of Life in Scents. One of the most formidable neuroscientists of her generation, particularly in the field of autism, she also loves perfume - taking listeners on a tour of her garden, lifting the lid on her box of German ointments and unguents reminiscent of childhood, and sharing the importance of spending time to enjoy beautiful scented objects and fragrances. By the end, you may well be keen to try her recipe for Maibowle, an aromatised wine made with sweet woodruff...

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May 23 2013

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Rank #5: Victoria Henshaw: Urban Smellscapes

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In this special edition of Life in Scents, we map the smells and stenches of the city, as Dr Victoria Henshaw, Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning at Sheffield University, shares her work in understanding the olfactory character of the urban. Victoria's talk, hosted at Angela Flanders' perfumery in East London to a public audience, was recorded immediately following a smell tour round Spitalfields which Odette had organised. From the scent implications of urban zoning to the creation of scents for perfuming town centres and the ethics of whiffy street ads, get ready to resniff your street. Victoria's book, Urban Smellscapes, was recently published by Routledge, and her website is: smellandthecity.wordpress.com/

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Sep 20 2013

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Rank #6: 17 Matthew Beaumont

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We take an olfactory walk into the life of the flaneur in this month’s Life in Scents, as we meet Matthew Beaumont, an academic at University College London who specialises in the cultural history of the city. Matthew gives his take on some fragrances of the Flaneur, the difference between day and nighttime smells, and the smells encountered by the walker as they go about the metropolis.

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May 23 2013

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Rank #7: 16 Scottee

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With his acts ranging from CAMP - a celebration of variety showpresenting - to Hamburger Queen, a fat beauty pageant, Scottee is a truly unique performance artist, journalist and director who has collaborated with the Barbican, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, and even the X Factor. Scottee also happens to be a perfume-fanatic, and in Life in Scents he discusses why he thinks perfume and class (that British sticking point…) are wrapped up in each other, and how he uses particular fragrances with each of his shows, often bringing some unusual audience interactions…

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May 07 2013

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Rank #8: 19 Benjamin Hebbert

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Benjamin Hebbert, a London-based dealer in stringed instruments, is one of the world’s foremost experts on violins and instrument making. A former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and European Specialist for Christie’s auction house, Benjamin how buys and sells for a client base of professional musicians, for whom he helps find the perfect instrument. The world of strings is unexpectedly, one where an absence of smells is a mark of quality and authenticity. Odour is a sign that something might not be quite right, as Benjamin explained to us….

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Sep 14 2013

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Rank #9: 20 H.E. Williams Nkurunziza

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Our guest on Life in Scents this month is His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza, who is the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom and non-resident Ambassador to Ireland. With a diplomatic career that follows years in industry, His Excellency is also a poet, and his recent volume ranges across Rwanda's painful recent history and the drive towards rebuilding the country in the aftermath of genocide. We talked with him about the olfactory scentscapes of his home, from coffee plantations to gorilla-spotting at altitude.

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Oct 16 2013

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Rank #10: Perfume Pioneers: Geza Shoen

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The latest Perfume Pioneers podcasts features German entrepreneur Geza Schoen who introduces his elusive perfume Molecule 01, containing just one material known as Iso E Super. The molecule has been used in the making of perfume since the 1970's. Geza explains how his perfume, containing just one synthetic ingredient and a scent that many are unable to smell, became a pop culture phenomenon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 20 2017

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Rank #11: Perfume Pioneers: Mark Buxton

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Mark Buxton's Comme des Garçons 2 changed our perceptions of what perfume could be. In the first episode of the Perfume Pioneers series Mark gives insight into his madcap entry to the perfume world and Comme des Garçons 2 which features in the exhibition. It was created in response to a one-line brief to create the smell of a swimming pool of ink.

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, invites you to go on an olfactory journey through some of the most important perfumes over the last 20 years.

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Jul 20 2017

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Rank #12: 13 Richard Wentworth

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Richard Wentworth has been a major player in New British Sculpture for over thirty years. His work often focusses on the idea of objects and questions our understanding of them within the context of our daily lives. In this episode of life in Scents he talks to Jo Barratt about his relationship with smell. Chemical, glue and workshop smells sit alongside a consideration of how we think about and relate smell in a wider sense. As well as many other things Richard muses on the meaning that humans ascribe to that moment after a thunderstorm and how ideas of ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ relate to how we see ourselves within the world, as well as his hatred of perfumed candle shops.

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Dec 29 2012

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Rank #13: Perfume Pioneers: Daniela Andrier

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Daniela Andrier's perfumery is about evolution, not revolution. Her creation Purple Rain for Prada Olfactories (2015) is an exquisite, seamless layering of iris effects. Daniella introduces her philosophical approach to perfumery and gives insight into how our sense of smell can play an important role in memory, and our understanding of time and space. Purple Rain is designed to prompt a sense of deja vu by smelling distinct yet somehow familiar.

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent continues at Somerset House until 23 September.

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Jul 29 2017

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Rank #14: Perfume Pioneers: Antoine Lie

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Antoine Lie talks about love and bodily fluids as he introduces the concept behind Sécretions Magnifiques, perhaps the most provocative scent within the Perfume exhibition. Recalling the height of sexual pleasure with the smells of semen, sweat and milk, the perfume has been highly divisive since its launch a decade ago, labelled as both attractive and repulsive.

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent continues at Somerset House until 12 September.

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Jul 20 2017

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Rank #15: 28 Jay Tabb

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This time on Life in Scents we’re at the home of footballer Jay Tabb. Currently with Ipwitch, Jay has also played for Coventry and in the premier league with Reading. In this episode he talks to us about the smells which have accompanied throughout his career. From spending his weekends at the local rugby club with his dad, to the smell of his part in Readings 2012 Championship winning Campaign. Sweat, mud, fresh new boots and some other smells you might not expect. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 10 2015

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Rank #16: 27 Carla Valentine

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Carla Valentine is the technical curator of the Bart's Pathology Museum, founded in Smithfield London in the nineteenth century to conserve and document human specimens. Surrounded by death, whether restoring what are called 'pots' of remains, carrying out autopsies, excavating plague graves, or running a dating night for those working in the death industries, Carla shares with us the olfactory worlds of death and decay in an utterly captivating and sensitive way, from the funeral parlour-inspired scents of her personal perfume collection, to smells that most of us, fortunately, will never encounter. Contains content that is unsuitable for those aged under 18. Music by Kai Engel For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 24 2015

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Rank #17: The Flower Appreciation Society

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Everything's Coming up Roses. Ellie Jauncey and Anna Day are The Flower Appreciation Society, who have been revitalising the world of floristry with their unstuffy arrangements celebrating seasonal British flowers, and recently published their first book. Early one morning, they took us round New Covent Garden Flower Market to sniff around the sea of blooms, and find out how to buy flowers from the trade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 15 2015

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Rank #18: Ex Fuedo Stallaini

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A walk with Loredana. Encounter lucid, vivid scents, smells, colours and be present in this ancient place. Meet Salvatori, the last of his kind, who dances for us in his home. Feel the earth that produces fruit not tasted for a thousand years. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 24 2015

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Rank #19: 26 Mark Crames

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With over 300 scents in its catalogue, The Library of Fragrance (known as Demeter), has become the place to go for perfumes inspired by the everyday, the nostalgic and even the banal. In our only interview directly in the fragrance industry, Life in Scents chatted with lawyer-turned-perfume-company-founder Mark Crames about stopping in his tracks when he encounters smells that he simply has to get translated into sprayable form , whether it’s the perfect vanilla cake batter, fresh air in Alaska, and rotting fish. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 24 2014

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Rank #20: 25 William Tullett

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Life in Scents takes an unexpected turn this month; instead of discovering the smells of one person’s world, we travel back to the scents of a place and time: 18th Century England, with PhD researcher William Tullett of King’s College London. Moving between the aromatic pleasure gardens habituated by fashionable, scent-obsessed Macaronis, the perfume shops of London purveying the ubiquitous lavender water, and the crowded assembly halls with their assorted putrid miasmas, it’s time to inhale the fragrant (and not so fragrant), airs of the past and discover how a historian goes about using smell as a source material. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 16 2014

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