The Beyoncé of floristry, Maurice Harris, on why it's scents over red roses for Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is five sleeps away, and in the spirit of romance we’re talking flowers, fragrance, and “love at first sniff”.


MECCA education manager for fragrance Laura Curtis is back on the podcast to talk about the most seductive, stop-you-in-the-streets scents (and how they work!), plus, she drops her top fragrance gifts for Valentine’s Day – and any other day of the year.


Then, we jump on a call with Los Angeles-based ‘Beyoncé of floristry’, the ever-effervescent Maurice Harris of Bloom and Plume, to talk about his phenomenal career as a floral designer, merchandiser, artist, café owner and reality TV judge, his eye for ‘natural opulence’, and his recent collaboration with diptyque in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Eau Rose. Hit play!


Products mentioned in this episode:

diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Parfum

diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette

diptyque Roses Scented Candle

diptyque Camomille Scented Candle

diptyque Litchi Scented Candle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP

Le Labo Santal 33

Editions de Parfums By Frédéric Malle Une Rose EDP

Le Labo AnOther 13 EDP

Editions de Parfums By Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady EDP


Read more on The MECCA Memo:

Friends of MECCA share their non-cliché Valentine’s Day gift picks

Our failproof guide to finding the perfect fragrance

You asked, we answered: how to make your fragrance last longer


Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong

Guests: Laura Curtis, Maurice Harris

Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

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