think piece

they are a god: beauty is next to godliness

What deems your favourite pop or rock star 'godlike'? Is it their talent, their use of the  transformational tool of beauty products or both? And how much do we consciously or unconsciously attempt to emulate them in our everyday lives? 

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hannah reid’s guide to songwriting

The London Grammar singer takes us by the headphone and guides us through the sensual word of her award-winning creativity.

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anosmia and memory

What happens if you lose your sense of smell and how does this affect your memory?

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the history of perfume

Ben Gazur talks us takes us back to perfumes very beginning in asking where exactly did it all begin?

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how to curate: a guide by fatos ustek

Fatos Ustek is one of the art world’s most exciting curators and art writers. Originally from Turkey, but having been based in London for the past ten years, Fatos has been at the helm of two of the most significant exhibitions the capital has seen in recent years.

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crushed flowers: a poem by selina nwulu

Written for The Fifth Sense, Crushed Flowers is Selina’s account of the power of scent in invoking very real and visceral memories of a former lover, with an illustrative response to the poem by Colombian artist Herikita.

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trans scents of femininity

The story of how Rhyannon Styles sculpted a fragrant new female identity.

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six of the finest female directors from iran

Contrary to stereotype, Iran has a higher percentage of women directors than most Western countries –and it’s still growing. Here we invite Women Under The Influence’s head honcho Tabitha Denholm to guide us through six of the best.

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sound of the underground – meet the female pioneers of beirut’s growing nightlife scene

In what was once a male-dominated world, women are invading the city’s dance music scene in radical ways.

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