Niche perfumery moves centre stage

As Esxence, the niche perfumery fair, prepares to open its doors in Milan from 15 to 18 June 2022, Nez caught up with a number of figures from the world of niche fragrances, in a series of interviews with perfumers, stores and brands. But, putting common misapprehensions aside, what lies behind the term that is as much overused as it is decried?

Scents in circulation: perfume life cycles

Behind the eco-responsibility claims highlighted by the perfume industry, production continues at a dizzying pace, raising the question of stock management: are stocks being optimised and overhauled now that the climate emergency is a reality? Once bottles are in use, can they have a second life?

When packaging goes green

Can eco-responsibility and luxury cohabit when it comes to bottling and packaging fragrances?

Inside the lab: rationalising, not rationing!

At a time when every area is concerned by sustainability issues, what steps are creation houses taking to cut the amount of waste generated in their laboratories? Let’s take a quick look at some of the best ideas.

Towards a more virtuous synthesis?

From biodegradable molecules and biotechnologies to renewable carbon, the perfume industry is developing new processes to create molecules with reduced environmental footprints to meet the challenges of sustainable development and growing consumer demand for naturalness. But has petrochemical synthesis said its last word?

Givaudan Foundation: A tailored commitment to communities and nature

Never has the issue of safeguarding natural resources and the future of communities seemed so pressing than at present due to climate change. Some companies did not wait to take action in this crucial area. The Givaudan Group has established itself as a pioneer.

Natural raw materials: plants, essences and people

Brand messaging regularly gives the impression that natural perfumery is all there is to sustainable perfumery, playing on the mirage conveyed by rose pickers happily at work as the sun peeps over the horizon. Can naturalness be so easily considered the best way towards a more responsible production?

Is sustainable perfumery possible?

As the perfumery industry enthusiastically embraces sustainable development, Nez has prepared a comprehensive report different practices and possible approaches to make perfume more compatible with a better future.

Where to train as a perfumer

From specialised schools and university courses to in-house schools at composition houses, there are several paths open to anyone who wants to make perfumery their profession.

Anosmia: in search of a lost sense of smell

We take an in-depth look at a little known disorder, its different causes, and the tried and tested rehabilitation protocols which prove that smelling sometimes equates to healing.

The long-term sandalwood, by Quintis

Today, Australia has overtaken India as the largest producer of sandalwood, where the sacred tree originated. As the world’s leading sandalwood exporter, Quintis has built a long-term development strategy to ensure both consistent yields and prices.

Knowledgeable amateurs: self-taught perfume connoisseurs

There are different paths people can take to explore the sense of smell, which form a broad landscape inhabited by amateurs from different horizons: what options are currently available to these fragrance aficionados so they can nurture their passion?

Back to school for the sense of smell

Although olfactory education is absent from the official school curriculum in France, a number of initiatives demonstrate the benefits it can offer to children.

Olfactory education: how to cultivate your nose

While the value of our fifth sense is increasingly recognised, there are very few ways of cultivating it. Nez is inviting you on a journey to discover the different ways we can sharpen our noses, covering specialist training for professionals and amateurs alike, therapeutic rehabilitation, lessons for young children and self-education.

Saskia Wilson Brown: ”Only diversity can allow for a living culture”

Director and founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, Saskia Wilson Brown is deeply engaged in open access and transmedia practices. The Institute for Art and Olfaction, founded in 2012, is a non-profit arts organization devoted to experimentation and education in perfumery.

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