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.
Music by Chris Zabriskie

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.

Music by Chris Zabriskie


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. 

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. 


Pedro da Costa Felgueiras is a specialist in historic paint techniques. In this episode we talk to him about the smells of his craft from turpentine and pigments to the objects and buildings which he painstakingly restores to their former glory. We also travel back to with Pedro to his childhood and the scents fish, sea, vegetables and growing up in Portugal. And we visit him on site at the restoration of  Twickenham’s Georgian Gothic Revival Villa, Strawberry Hill House.

Pedro da Costa Felgueiras is a specialist in historic paint techniques. In this episode we talk to him about the smells of his craft from turpentine and pigments to the objects and buildings which he painstakingly restores to their former glory. We also travel back to with Pedro to his childhood and the scents fish, sea, vegetables and growing up in Portugal. And we visit him on site at the restoration of  Twickenham’s Georgian Gothic Revival Villa, Strawberry Hill House.


Life in Scents heads into the inspiring, energising and cacaphonous world of London’s Science Museum this month, as we meet Inventor-in-Residence Mark Champkins to talk all things smell. The founder of Concentrate Design, Mark is tasked with solving problems into useful, patentable products. He pitches the concept of the anti-smell spectrum, the odour absorbing school gym kit, and the olfactory world of the inventor, while Jo and Odette pitch him some real and fake smell-invention ideas to see if he bites…
Music
Swallowable perfume 
Pheromone tights

Life in Scents heads into the inspiring, energising and cacaphonous world of London’s Science Museum this month, as we meet Inventor-in-Residence Mark Champkins to talk all things smell. The founder of Concentrate Design, Mark is tasked with solving problems into useful, patentable products. He pitches the concept of the anti-smell spectrum, the odour absorbing school gym kit, and the olfactory world of the inventor, while Jo and Odette pitch him some real and fake smell-invention ideas to see if he bites…

Music

Swallowable perfume

Pheromone tights


Shonagh Marshall is a curator at the cultural centre Somerset House, home of London Fashion Week and the Courtauld Gallery. As a cataloguer and archiver of fashion collectors, she has worked on internationally renowned exhibitions including Alexander McQueen’s collection for the Costume Institute in New York, Tim Walker: Story Teller and Valentino: Master of Couture. Most recently, Shonagh was asked by Daphne Guiness to catalogue the personal collection of the late Isabella Blow, and co-curated the subsequent exhibition, Fashion Galore!, which has been running for the past four months in London. Shonagh joins LIfe in Scents to talk about how scent and clothing are connected, the Fracas effect, and an abhorrence of the aroma of oranges. This episode features original music by MADEWILD.

Shonagh Marshall is a curator at the cultural centre Somerset House, home of London Fashion Week and the Courtauld Gallery. As a cataloguer and archiver of fashion collectors, she has worked on internationally renowned exhibitions including Alexander McQueen’s collection for the Costume Institute in New York, Tim Walker: Story Teller and Valentino: Master of Couture. Most recently, Shonagh was asked by Daphne Guiness to catalogue the personal collection of the late Isabella Blow, and co-curated the subsequent exhibition, Fashion Galore!, which has been running for the past four months in London. Shonagh joins LIfe in Scents to talk about how scent and clothing are connected, the Fracas effect, and an abhorrence of the aroma of oranges. This episode features original music by MADEWILD.


Darren Rook is the co-founder and CEO of the London Distillery Company, the first to open it’s doors in London for over a hundred years. Darren speaks about how his team create their whisky and gin using high quality ingredients and an attention experimentation, process and the latest technology. He also takes us back to recycling plants in Newcastle, and to Islay, the island which sparked his passion for the magic of distilling.

Darren Rook is the co-founder and CEO of the London Distillery Company, the first to open it’s doors in London for over a hundred years. Darren speaks about how his team create their whisky and gin using high quality ingredients and an attention experimentation, process and the latest technology. He also takes us back to recycling plants in Newcastle, and to Islay, the island which sparked his passion for the magic of distilling.


Hawthorne and Pink May

Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 3

Hawthorne and Pink May

Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 3


Patchouli and The Incredibly Strange Bed
Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 2

Patchouli and The Incredibly Strange Bed

Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 2


Oud Velvet Mood and Lot 249
Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 1

Oud Velvet Mood and Lot 249

Sniff and Scream with James Craven: Episode 1


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.

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.