To live is to breathe, to breathe is to smell.
Scent is a part of life, from our first seconds of existence when we recognize our mother’s smell, to our last years, when a familial scent can suddenly transport us far away, into a past we’d believed forgotten.
Everyone is fascinated by scent, but smelling isn’t a sense as obscure and complicated as one would have us believe. On the contrary, it is within each of us, forms a direct connection to our emotions, and only asks to be invited to express itself, to blossom and be set free. And it’s our modest ambition to offer you this introduction to the world through your nostrils!1
So begins the first issue of “Nez: La Revue Olfactive” (spring/summer 2016). Jeanne Doré, of the French perfume blog Auparfum, along with the design and publications team of Editions Le Contrepoint, started Nez. So far, it has been released twice a year, for two issues to date, both in French. Nez’s spring/summer 2017 issue, launching mid-April, will be the magazine’s first English-language version. For me, it will be a must-read…