NEZ | The only periodical to be dedicated to scent and the sense of smell. Bringing together articles, interviews, surveys and critical analysis with an olfactory focus, nez challenges us to use our noses to explore the world. Art, literature, science, history, perfume… nez is unique in its diverse and informative approach and helps us understand how our sense of smell connects us to the world. Every six months passionate contributors, including scientists, perfumers, writers, scholars, historians, photographers and artists, fill the richly illustrated pages. Nez combines the varied editorial style of a magazine with the quality and longevity of a book. A large proportion is obviously given over to fragrance and perfumery – where the industry is heading, product reviews and promoting the cultural heritage of the art.
Online perfume reviews have shaken up the industry in the last decade and shown that alongside literary, film and music critics there is also a place for the perfume critic. nez will be the first print publication to take on this critical dimension (and it gets very critical!). With the whole journal dedicated to the subject, each issue offers a unique focus shaped by the particular specialisms of the contributors.
Cultivated in Burgandy, France, the fruit of the blackcurrant bush is famous for its use in liqueurs and aperitifs. But it is the bud that is employed in perfumery: Green and fruity with a liqueur-like bite, blackcurrant bud absolute is a high-end in..
Beyond compare and rich with symbolism, the rose is without question one of the most emblematic flowers in perfumery. Immerse yourself in the world of the famous Damask rose: botany, history, art, gastronomy, literature, agriculture, economy and chem..
Native to South Africa, the geraniums that decorate our balconies are not known for their fragrance. But rose geranium, once cultivated on the island of Réunion and now mainly in Egypt, contains in its leaves an essence with multiple olfactory and cu..
Fruity, green, with hints of orange blossom and cut grass, jasmine sambac leaves a truly unique fragrance in its wake. In India, it is woven into garlands, used as offerings to the gods and decorates women’s hair. In Europe, it has recently become a ..
Orange blossom, developed in Grasse before being cultivated in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, is so delicate that its buds are hand-picked, one by one. When processed into an essential oil called ‘neroli,’ orange blossom absolute or a floral water, it i..
Cultivated in Tuscany and in the south of France, Iris Pallida is the most expensive raw material in the perfumer’s palette. Obtaining this precious absolute requires five to six years of patience after harvest, for that is when the odorous component..
Once seen as a scent favored by courtesans and hippies, patchouli has become a key ingredient in today’s perfumery. Its warm, woody and complex fragrance provides the perfect setting for fresher notes to run free, especially in chypre and oriental pe..
Known to humankind for 3,000 years, sandalwood is now a rare tree, growing primarily in Australia and New Caledonia, where it is sustainably harvested. Its wood is one of the most pre- cious in the world, and the creamy, warm, woody, milky fragrance ..
Narcissus, so delicate in its appearance, gives off a fragrance that is heady, complex and bordering on narcotic. Immerse yourself in the world of the Auvergne narcissus across botany, history, art, gastronomy, literature, agriculture, economy and ch..
From cradle to rockerFrom our mother's womb to the grave, how do smells follow us through our lives? Can our sense of smell help us survive? Are perfumes also dying?This eleventh issue explores the close links that exist between our nose and the noti..
This Spring/Summer 2017 issue tackles a vast and enigmatic subject – the scent of sex. The olfactory conventions that lend gender to our fragrances – where do they come from? What links the olfactory sphere to sexuality, desire and attraction?Also, I..
In the Fourth Issue of NEZ: The fourth edition of Nez continues our olfactory exploration, breaking down yet more confines, conventions and preconceptions around our sense of smell. We open with olfactory icons including Andy Warhol, chemis..
This Spring/Summer 2018 issue tackles an intriguing and thorny subject – Natural Vs. Synthetic- The debate is brought to the fore, viewed from historical, scientific, legal industrial and marketing perspectives.Also, In this Packed Issue: The Nose of..
How is our sense of smell connected with our mind and body? The sixth edition of Nez looks at perfume’s therapeutic and spiritual roles, and explores the influence of odours in our daily lives on our health, our mood and our emotions...
How do animals use their sensitive noses? What is a vegan fragrance?Is the human sense of smell really as ancillary to our other senses as we think it is?The seventh edition of Nez examines the numerous, complex connections that link odours and anima..