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Published biannually, Nez explores the world around us via our sense of smell. It provides insights into the vital role that olfactory sensations play in our lives using a novel approach that encompasses art, literature, science, history, food and perfume. 

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Can you get hooked on an odour? Why are ethanol and perfume such a good combination? How do brands try to create olfactory dependency? Tobacco, alcohol, drugs…

The eighth issue of Nez reveals the connections between our sense of smell and addictive substances.


The nose of fashion: Couture and perfume are old friends.

6 people who make good use of their noses

Everything you always wanted to know about odours but were afraid to ask.

The story of muguet-scented molecules

Lemon verbena, : a much loved herb

Analysing the smells of the child’s bedroom

Invisible yet undeniable, smells feature in all creative fields.

Parasite: olfactory sociology

Kōdō, open your nose and listen to the wood

Away with the yōkai, by Flore-Aël Surun

The Beekeeper, Didier Alessandroni

Infinity Blue, by Studio Swine

Portrait of the journalist Sylvia von Harden, by Otto Dix

Olfactory column, by Céline Ellena

Exploring the world of perfume through its origins, its trade secrets, its history and its professionals.

Report: Lavender

Interview: Serge Lutens

Flashback : the 2000s

The Fantasy Perfumery

An overview of the connections between our olfaction and psychoactive substances through the prism of history, science, marketing and sociology.

Perfumery and dependency.
Fragrances and substances over time

A history of alcohol
How ethanol became a cornerstone of the industry

Plumes to fumes
Tobacco and perfume are united in Smoke

Elite Sniffers
The Secret behind dogs that can find drugs is all in the training

The Scent of taboo
When Psychoactive Substances are Inspiration for Brands

They all want to get us hooked
Why is the Industry Obsessed with Addiction?

Perfume freaks
People who live by the bottle tell their story


From consumer products to works of art, Nez goes behind the scenes of the perfume industry and also appraises 30 new fragrances making the news.

Interview: Luca Turin

Behind the Brand: Nicolaï

Genealogy: Fracas by Robert Piguet

What’s new and our picks

Point of view
Formulating decisions

Hongkong oolong
Alan Chan + Maurice Roucel
Behind the scenes of a creation

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