People In Perfumeland – Thomas Dunckley Of The Candy Perfume Boy

Another important man in Perfumeland is here today, the fabulous Thomas, our Candy Perfume Boy.
Thomas’s blog is one of my personal favorites, even though our tastes are on different ends of the spectrum, I think we share a sense of humour and I like his style.

Let us enjoy his answers to my questionnaire:


A good day starts with… a cat (or two) coming for a hug, solely for the purpose of getting food. You have to take the love where you can find it with felines, regardless of their motives.

I’d never leave the house without… my personal and work iPhones. Without either of these I cannot function and they are possibly the only things that I carry with me everywhere I go. That said I’d feel pretty weird if I didn’t leave the house without a spritz (or 10) of perfume.

I always feel good when… I’m eating.

My favorite thing in the world is… my 1 litre bottle of Alien, or as I call it, ‘the mothership’. We have built a shrine to in in our bathroom.

The next thing I want to buy is… a house or a car, or both.

The place I always come back to is… the village I grew up in. It’s not too far from where I live now but since my dad sold our childhood home I find myself avoiding it. The thought of someone else in ‘our house’ is unbearable.

My personal style is… never quite what I would like it to be. I always have delusions that I am much more stylish than I am. In terms of what I wear though, I often go for bold colours and prints.

My favorite perfume… I honestly cannot give you an answer as there are so many that I love. I don’t think I could even narrow it down to a top 10. Instead I shall say that this year I have enjoyed Tom Ford’s Shanghai Lily the most.

When I travel I always take … too much. I never travel light and habitually pack too much based on 1001 ‘what if’ scenarios that are never going to happen. Case in point, on a recent trip I spent a night away for work recently and packed enough clothes and perfume for a least 4 days.

To relax I need… tea. Lots of tea. I’m very much in to variety when it comes to tea and will drink a different ‘brew’ dependent on my mood. In winter I tend to go for warmer, spicier teas such as Vanilla Chai or even the full-blown smoke fests of Lapsang Souchoung and Russian Caravan. Early Grey is, and always will be my staple though.

Currently I’m adoring the Marie Antoinette tea from Laduree – a blend of black tea, citrus, rose and honey. Served without milk and with one spoon of sugar it is pure heaven.

When I have a bad day… I tend to curl up in a ball and go to sleep.

I find my inspiration… in everything; fashion, food, books and films, to name a few. I love finding inspiration in unusual places.

Something I would never want to miss… is Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday or, more importantly, my upcoming wedding.

My last mistake was… probably catastrophic and I’m yet to be made aware of it. When I ‘fudge up’ it tends to be on an epic scale.

In my fridge there is always… Diet Coke, or as my partner and I like to call it – ‘the sweet nectar of the Gods’. There’s often lots of fresh foody stuff too, but as I’m not the cook in the house I stay well clear.

On my nightstand I keep… a picture of Madonna.

A perfect weekend starts with… Friday night TV and a Chinese takeaway. I’m easily pleased.

My role model is… RuPaul. If I can achieve but 1% of her fabulousness I will have succeeded in life.

Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is…

What is your biggest flaw? The answer is simple – I overthink everything causing myself much more grief than is ever necessary. I wish I could be more relaxed.

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Tea and Diet Coke are the most important beverages in my house as well, so I can totally relate. I would love to start my days with a cat cuddle too…

So people, let’s come to the most important issue here: what do we think about that 1 litre bottle of Alien in the bathroom?

Fellow CPB fans, speak up!

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31 Responses to People In Perfumeland – Thomas Dunckley Of The Candy Perfume Boy

  1. Persolaise says:

    Forget the Alien! It’s the nightstand I’m more interested in!

  2. Jordan River says:

    I think that the shrine needs to be moved immediately from the bathroom least that precious juice becomes heat affected.
    Lol to something I would not want to miss.
    What will be the Fragrance for the Perfumista Wedding of the Year? (This or next?). My guess is that it will not be by Illuminum.

  3. Sabine says:

    1 litre? Did they produce it especially for Thomas?

  4. haefennasiel says:

    One of my fave entries from CPB was his “Scenting the Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race” – such fuuuunn! But I would love to see his cats – they must be quite adorable furbabies! ^_^

  5. Tara says:

    Love Thomas, love his blog and love his answers to the 20 questions.

    He has introduced me to a lot of perfumes I might not have considered otherwise and few blogs are as entertaining or as well written as The CPB.

    I’m a fellow overthinker and it’s too good that he has a photo of Madge on his nightstand. What can I say about the 1 litre bottle of Alien? All bow down before the mothership!

  6. lucasai says:

    Hi Thomas and thanks a lot Birgit for inviting him to play your little questions game. I always find such things fascinating, especially if the answering person is the one that I know a little bit and read their blog, like in this case.
    I simply cannot imagine a monthership of Alien in the bathroom, especially in MY bathroom which is very small (plus I dislike Muglers)

  7. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Clearly, I knew that Thomas is a lovely Person – but learning about his love for cats makes him even more adorable.
    I completely agree with Birgit though: that Alien thingy, I need to know more about that !!!

  8. poodle says:

    I love that Thomas took part in your questionnaire. Love his answers. He needs to tweet out a picture of that nightstand. And the Mugler.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Lovely to read more about Thomas, a colourful and hugely endearing figure in Perfumeland, who has also introduced me to a number of new perfumes. I am surprised there was no overt mention of his showstopping socks…;) Like B, I envy him his cat cuddles, and I think one of the things he might also contemplate buying – even before the house or car – are loose covers for the sofa, or at the very least some of those armrest protector thingies. The cats do seem to have adopted it as their scratching post, hehe. And yes, he mustn’t miss his wedding day and he must wear a Mugler!

  10. fleurdelys says:

    Thomas and I may be secretly related, because he answered so many questions the way I would. Well, I don’t have a liter bottle of Alien (have never even smelled it!). However, I applaud anyone who has an industrial-size bottle of their favorite fragrance.

  11. Birgit, thank you so much for inviting me to take part, it is truly an honour! Our blog love is mutual!

    Thanks to all for the lovely comments to! I shall endeavour to increase my sock coverage but may disappoint with my lack of Mugler on the wedding day…


  12. Dear Brigit and Candy
    The litre bottle of Alien? Is it in preparation for an invasion?
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  13. Alexandra says:

    The Candy Perfume Boy finally convinced me to try Fracas, and to my surprise I adore it (in very gentle doses), great answers to the questionnaire and what an amazing bottle of Alien – wherever did you find it?! x

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