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..
A world tour of fragrant raw materialsFrom Sicily to Laos, Paraguay to Madagascar, this book takes you on an incredible olfactory journey for a series of fascinating encounters with perfume plants, the producers who create fragrance essences, extract..
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 ..
The golden apples of the HesperidesBorn from the crossing of the bitter orange tree with the citron tree, the lemon tree thrives in hot, sunny climates, from Argentina to the Mediterranean Basin. Its tart, sparkling, zesty, juicy essence, obtained by..
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..
The team from Nez, the olfactory magazine invites you on a very special journey to explore perfume in all its facets, delving into the heart of a fascinating yet little-known world. This book lifts the curtain on the best kept secrets of perfumery, a..
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..
Torn between its artistic, artisanal, commercial and technical dimensions, between the rational and the emotional... And what if perfume were considered, first and foremost, as a piece of design?Nez is an invitation to explore the world through our o..
Sensing the ImmaterialThe realms of music and perfume have long corresponded and echoed each other. How are these two immaterial modes of expression related? Nez takes you on an olfactory journey around the world through the prism of history, anthrop..
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..