Monday 13 June 2016


Familiar to a generation of children as the face of the BBC's Broom Cupboard, Debbie Flint reinvented herself as an anchor for BSB, a game show host and is now best known as a long serving presenter on the shopping channel QVC. In amongst all of this she also finds time to be a busy novelist, so I was pleased that she managed to squeeze me in. For someone who spends their life around fragrance on QVC, what would she reveal abut her own perfume memories during "Stephan's Six"?

What is the first smell that you can remember?
I'm not sure of the first, but an early one would definitely be the garden wall of the caretaker's house at Links Primary School in Tooting. My dad was the caretaker there, and my sister used to lick the walk. Don't ask why. I still remember it now! [Maybe “Wall” should be featured in The Library Of Fragrance?]

What was the first perfume you remember your mum or dad wearing?
Mum used to wear Blasé by Max Factor. When she went out I used to babysit my four siblings, so that smell always meant that I was in charge!

What was the perfume of your twenties?
For most of my twenties it was Estée Lauder's Cinnabar. That was the fragrance I was wearing when I started work at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, and met my (now ex) husband!!

What was your biggest perfume mistake?
Definitely putting my husband's aftershave on. I really liked it but I must have been allergic to something in it because I came up in massive carbuncles! I'm not exactly sure which one it was but I’m thinking either Kouros or Quorum?

You can only choose one perfume?
Without a shadow of doubt the best fragrance ever is Liz Earle's Number Fifteen. It’s part of the Botanical Essences range and really sums me up. It's a Floriental and I always get compliments when I wear it. It’s definitely one to get you noticed!

What perfume should I try?
Easy question … Tova Borgnine's range. She is the undisputed queen of the TV Shopping fragrance. Handsome, a tribute to her late hubbie Ernest, is stunning. Also her Tova Signature range is just delightful. They’re distinctive, and we frequently hear from people who wear them even if they don’t usually use perfume.

Debbie can regularly be seen on QVC UK, and for details on all of her novels you can visit Amazon or go straight to her website at


  1. Thanks for having me on - nice unusual blog questions! Thank u!

    1. My pleasure, and thank you for such a varied selection. Stephan

  2. I was a Cinnabar fan - still love it at Christmas. I will look out for the Liz Earle No 15 - sounds like it might be my kind of fragrance - I do love a decent floriental.

    1. Cinnabar always comes up in people's perfume memories, and it's still one that I reach for when I want an Oriental hit. Stephan