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NEZ The Olfactory Magazine – #04

Nez

Published bi-annually, Nez explores the world around us via our sense of smell. It provides an insight into the vital role that olfactory sensations play in our lives in a novel approach that encompasses art, literature, science, history, food and perfume. 
The fourth issue continues the olfactory exploration, breaking down yet more confines, conventions and preconceptions around our sense of smell - this time, in relation to Art and Perfume. 
It opens with olfactory icons including Andy Warhol, chemist George de Laire, philosopher Chantal Jaquet and neuroscientist John P. McGann. 
The Nose of Designers reveals some olfactory secrets of the profession. 

In the Odorama section, we learn about how the blind perceive odour, the story of ionones – the molecules that make the fragrance of violets – and the olfactory secrets of the carrot. And, without breaking the law, we immerse ourselves in the aroma of drugs, both soft and hard. 

Among the Connections pages, you can read an open letter from a young perfumer to their elders, discover the olfactory world of Sarah Bernhardt, take a fragrant, urban tour of Amsterdam, take in Roberto Greco‘s photography, get to know Olivier Roellingerand learn how, for him, the nose and mouth are linked, and experience a Fantin-Latour painting through smell. 

In the Magazine section, Annick Menardo, the creator of Bois d’argent, Lolita Lempickaand Hypnotic Poison, gives us her thoughts on the perfumer’s craft and her opinion on the industry. And from plantation to bottle, a photo-essay on oud, which everyone talks about without really understanding. An olfactory flashback whisks us off to the 1970s, while the fantasy perfumery has recommendations for some of that decade’s biggest names. 

The Special Feature draws on the close and complex links between perfume and art by seeking to answer the following questions: is perfumery an art? Is the perfumer an artist? Is perfume a creative oeuvre? What is an artistic director? How are perfume and aromas involved in today’s art? Analysis and opinion from legal, philosophical, artistic, historical and industrial perspectives. 

The Perfume pages help us to better understand this ever-changing industry, with a portrait of Oman’s independent brand Amouage, an investigation into counterfeiting, and the genealogy of the most famous perfume – Chanel No5. 

The Selection sniffs out our favourite 30 perfumes from the vast array of new releases, as well as a handful of new toiletries and home fragrances that have recently caught our attention. 

Finally, an Agenda of not-to-be-missed olfactory listings: a growing number of new books, exhibitions and other events related to smell and perfume. 



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