In issue two, I wanted ODOU to contain the same standard of quality writing, engaging stories and revealing articles that existed in issue one. Having won the coveted Literary Award at the 2013 Jasmine Awards, I was conscious that there would be many more eyes looking this way.
Issue two would be a chance to continue that standard and push the boundaries further and seriously open up necessary dialogues. Writer and Perfumer Pia Long has delivered a truly overdue piece regarding natural chemicals in which she declares her love for palmitoleic acid, hexanal and E440; materials found in the common blueberry. The idea of "chemicals vs. naturals" is something of a bug bearer of mine too, so reading Pia's piece was somewhat refreshing.
Perfumer Maggie Mahboubian is challenging the perfume blogosphere’s belief, that there are simply too many fragrances released each year. Are there too many songs? Too many films? Too many books! She doesn't think so.
Artist Kendra Jones takes us on a scented journey through the American Southwest, Photographer Paul-André has scent-logged Istanbul, and artists Cassandra Vervoort and Nafia Guljar have catalogued their scent impressions of London. Let's not forget about going back in time with Graham Way from niche luxury fragrance line, A Life With A View.
There is much more to read in issue two, so pop on over to get your copy.