Once upon a time, potpourri was a popular way to freshen up a space. Now, for some, it feels a bit like the lava lamp of fragrance: an outdated fad from a bygone decade.

So, why was potpourri so popular in the 1980’s, and what happened to it? Did the trend dry up… or just evolve?

NHPR explores the transformation of potpourri, from the fermented mush of the Victorian era to the perfumed and colourful bag of pine cones of the eighties, and talks to a few of the people (including Paulus!) still making potpourri today.