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17 | A Chat With Lorna McKay

17 | A Chat With Lorna McKay

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Episode Summary

To round off our February episodes, this week I'm in conversation with the wonderful Lorna McKay, co-founder of The Perfume Society and co-author of The Perfume Bible. As a lover of scent, I've been a fan of The Perfume Society since soon after it first launched a few years ago, and I've been to several of their fantastic events in London. Lorna is an expert in all things beauty and fragrance related, and so it was a real treat to chat with her.  I loved hearing about how she first got started in the beauty industry working for Harrods and becoming the buyer for their international department, before moving onto Liberty. 

As well as describing her interesting career, Lorna had lots of fascinating tips to share about perfume, including her suggested list of top 5 fragrances women should try at least once in their life and the up-and-coming perfumers she's keeping an eye on. I also enjoyed learning a bit more about what goes into creating a perfume and was also thrilled to get some suggestions as to rather more affordable alternatives to my all-time favourite scent 'Portrait of a Lady' by Frederic Malle. 

Listen for an entertaining discussion on the delights of perfume.

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:22 - Miranda introduces Lorna McKay.
  • 01:10  - Lorna describes her background in the beauty industry and how she first became interested in fragrance.
  • 05:58 - The beginnings of The Perfume Society.
  • 09:16 - Miranda questions Lorna on what she considers to be the key ingredients for an outstanding perfume, whatever the price-range. 
  • 10:50 - The connection between smell and memory. 
  • 14:48 - Lorna describes the process of creating a perfume and her experience collaborating with Liz Earle to produce their fragrances. 
  • 19:01 - Miranda asks Lorna whether she has a signature scent. 
  • 20:10 - Lorna recommends 5 perfumes every woman should try at least once in her lifetime.
  • 23:37 - For anyone else who loves Frederic Malle's Portrait of a Lady, Lorna gives some great (and more affordable) alternatives. 
  • 24:31 - Up-and-coming perfumers Lorna especially admires.
  • 24:54 - What's next for The Perfume Society. 

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What did you like most about this episode? Are you a fan of perfume? Do you have a 'signature scent,' or do you like to experiment? What's your happiest memory associated with a particular smell?

Next Time...

Be sure to tune in next Tuesday, when Sophie and I are chatting about home-making, and how to make your home inviting and happy, even when you're working with a small space. 

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