It’s a fact! Smells are intrinsically linked to a culture. It has been proven that tradition, gastronomy, climate, etc. influence the way we perceive and interpret smells. The smell of lavender, typical of Provence, does not have the same connotations for a French person as it does to people from Turkey, who are more accustomed to the piquant smell of spices. At Eurofragance we understand these differences and create fragrances designed to delight different target audiences.
Although our fragrances are found in more than 60 countries, our deep understanding of raw materials and consumer preferences in the Middle East and the Gulf area has made us a leading company in this market.
Oriental perfumery palette
How do the oriental and western palettes differ? Truth be told, there is a growing trend to use exotic raw ingredients in perfumes all over the world. One example of this is the famous sandalwood, which shows up in extremely refined fragrances, adding its characteristic woody, creamy, velvety nuances. With a gently warm, floral side, it is used as an ingredient in fine perfumery and cosmetics around the world.
However, there are some ingredients that appeal far more in the oriental market. One of these is oudh, one of our favourite raw materials, and the star ingredient in our Nomad Tales collection. Also known as black gold by perfumers, oudh is an extremely expensive raw material used only in the perfumery industry. This essence is produced when the Aquilaria trees, known as Agar, become infected by fungus. This ‘natural accident’ occurs when wounds appear in the tree bark, and the tree produces a dense, dark and fragrant resin that, once extracted, has a unique smell: powerful, woody, smoky and animal. This resin has been burnt in the Persian Gulf for hundreds of years as a way of welcoming guests. If you like fresh, fruity and floral fragrances, then oudh is not for you. Nevertheless, it is turning up more and more frequent in the Western World. You may have smelt a perfume that contains oudh, albeit in tiny doses.
We also use spicy scents like saffron and cardamom essential oil to give fragrances a more oriental appeal. And while we are on the subject of combining raw ingredients, we must mention shamama attar -another of the stars of Nomad Tales-, a mixture of wild flowers, aromatic plants, spices and wood, which is distilled in sandalwood. Each producer changes the proportion of the ingredients, which is sometimes a family secret.
At Eurofragance we understand raw ingredients and our expertise in the Gulf area enables us to create fragrances tailored to all segments and products. In other words, we use global resources to meet local needs.
We all know that walking into a wonderful-smelling room can immediately change your mood. What’s more, if the fragrance is based on plants’ essential oils, it can also be relaxing and banish stress. But that’s not all! Aromatherapy has been used throughout the centuries by many civilizations for therapeutic purposes, providing relief from a plethora of conditions. Some essences, like lavender and tea tree, have been scientifically proven to have a beneficial effect on health. If you suffer from insomnia, have a cold or need to switch off and unwind, Eurofragance can tell you which aromas are useful for treating the symptoms.
Aromatherapy: scents that improve well-being
Diffusing essential oils such as oregano, ginger and eucalyptus is a safe and minimally invasive method that strengthens the immune system and combating colds and respiratory problems. Other scents such as the lemon, grapefruit or peppermint can give you a shot of energy. In contrast, lavender, we mentioned above, is great for relieving anxiety, muscle problems and stress-related headaches. What’s more, just a couple of drops of this essence is enough to give you a restful night’s sleep. Ready to give it a try? Read on to find out how.
Well-being wherever you are with portable diffusers
Even if you don’t have time to go to a specialist aromatherapy centre, you can still benefit from this aromatherapy in the office, when you’re doing the housework, or at the gym or library. Fortunately, the aromatherapy market has expanded so much during the last two years that creating your own treatment is much simpler. All you need are some essential oils and a diffuser. But be warned! Choosing your diffuser and oils is not as easy as you might think, because you’ll want to try them all.
There are diffusers with different functions, some are programmable and there are even portable versions. You can even carry your diffuser with you in your handbag and create a different ambience according to your mood or your needs.
Some of these devices come built into humidifiers and air purifiers to keep your skin and throat hydrated. Others emit soft light and soothing sounds and come in avant-garde designs that fit perfectly with any type of decoration. But what they all have in common is that they release natural fragrances that make you feel good instantly. Who could ask for more? Take advantage of the enormous range of products and oils to make everywhere you go your favourite place!
Time really does fly! We are already in the final stretch of 2018, which seems to us like a good time to take stock and get ready for what 2019 has in store. Which were this year’s main trends in the world of perfume? Which were the most successful ingredients this year? And, most excitingly, what can we expect next season? In an earlier article, we talked about women’s perfumes, so, this time we’re going to look at what’s new in the men’s sector, and revisit unique combinations of chords that the creative team at Eurofragance has designed. Keep reading and discover what’s new for your skin.
Fragrances for men. From acidic freshness to exotic forests
As we said in a previous post, there is a booming trend: new citrus fruits. This family of trees produces unfamiliar fruits such as the chinotto, the kumquat and the grapefruit, which are now starting to appear in some highly original, innovative ways, giving a new twist to the classic fresh scents of bergamot, lemon and orange. How about if we combine them with ginger, jasmine or cyclamen? A total delight for men who are looking for a light, clean, elegant fragrance.
We have also seen a move towards more classic, fougère structures. A historical segment in men’s perfumery, a combination of lavender and rosemary with woody notes, modernised here with fresh green notes such as basil and black tea.
What’s more refreshing than the sea breeze? A breathe of fresh air that will remain when summer is no more than a memory. Salty, watery notes take on a masculine touch when combined with woody notes. Eurofragance also suggests mixtures of daring ingredients, such as the grey amber, which is still present in many fragrances because of its marked character and clean, floral marine nuances, which make it almost unique. Many perfumes in the market strengthen its structure with notes of moss and grey amber to create fragrances for studiously up-to-date men with enveloping bases. The perfumers at Eurofragance are well versed in this trend and are already revolutionising their creations with new, surprising marine notes. The power of the ocean in a bottle.
And if fresh trends emerge from water, more sensual trends are extracted from natural elements of the earth: spices, wood and resins. Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, peppers of all kinds or even anise can completely transform a structure with subtle nuances.
Exotic woods rarely found in perfumery are also very much in vogue. After the rise of Oudh, perfumers are experimenting with other woods unfamiliar to the general public. These are perfect for men who prefer to wear warm and mysterious scent, with chords inspired by ebony, mahogany or rosewood.
The latest trend has emerged from forests, richer and more natural. Resins and balsams, both exotic and captivating, imbue men’s fragrances with the richness of the orient. And it is this enigmatic touch that is responsible for the success of fragrances that include ingredients with spiritual connotations, like incense, myrrh and Tolu balsam. Along these lines, Eurofragance has created two compositions that combine balsams and woods with daring touches of pure cocoa and floral notes. Unique perfumes for men with personality.
Did you know about these trends? Are there any that you follow? In 2019, dare to innovate and select fragrances that truly reflect your character.
Do you know what’s in this season? Like clothes and accessories, perfumery also has trends, and fashionable smells mimic the creations launched by big perfume houses. Eurofragance has set about studying what has been popular in 2018 and what’s on the horizon. Here’s a summary of ingredients and combinations about to be launched in the market. In addition, our team of perfumers, inspired by the latest trends, has created a set of unique, original fragrances in line with these fashions. This first instalment gives an overview of trends for women, from the freshest to the most sensual. Stick with us and discover how your skin will smell!
Women’s Fragrances – from green paradise to the warm chocolate
- Fresh summer fragrances with green and herbal notes are still in vogue. We have observed that well-known brands are using essence of green rose, fig leaves and bitter orange to create chords that add a touch of unique sophistication. Eurofragance has gone further, and joined the green revolution further by using rare ingredients like rhubarb, green tangerine, violet…
- At the same time, fruity combinations that remind us that tropical fruits are in fashion. These lush and warm scents are created with ingredients like mango, tamarind and passion fruit, that transport us to a state of eternal summer. Custard apple, guava and starfruit are part of the same trend but are more daring and mischievous.
- This summer season has also revealed an evolution toward sweeter, headier destinations. Successful scents are a combination of fruity notes and tropical florals like hibiscus, ylang-ylang, the flower of paradise… Do you dare to leave a mark?
- Delicate tones can also be found in floral fragrances, which we have classified into two very different groups. Some flowers, such as peony, magnolia and lily can be used to create fun and spontaneous mixtures with red fruits or essences of exotic woods to become an explosion of feminine delicacy when combined with the light aromas of fruits and flowers. Magic and delicacy in one inhalation!
- Soft, delicate velvety touches are added to transform chypres compositions into a dream of youth and sophistication. Gardenia and frangipani add white floral notes, which, when combined with the character of the patchouli and moss, give us younger, daring chypres perfumes.
- Sensuality is achieved by using deep sensual chords. Currently, we are seeing sandalwood, musk, vanilla and orris blended with sweet fruit and floral touches in fragrances that envelop us in their heady presence. Eurofragance is also using unique chords like toffee and caramel that go straight through the nose to the palate.
- And here’s a surprise… fragrances with nuances of toasted seeds. It is becoming increasingly common to see coffee, pure cocoa, vanilla pods, hazelnut, etc. used to create intense, long-lasting perfumes that envelop bold women in an air of mystery.
Fresh, sweet, sensual, sweeping… Women who make a statement, who know what they want. They want to be remembered and their perfume makes a lasting impression. Which trends do you go for?
Next time, it will be male trends, so don’t miss it!
Spontaneity, vitality, reflection… Each stage of life of a person is accompanied by an attitude and the right fragrance can represent it to perfection.
In an earlier post, we talked about perfumery ingredients that best represent a woman’s age. To finish the topic, today we’ll look at the most appropriate notes for a masculine audience. Are you wearing the right fragrance for your age? Find out!
From 20 to 35
After the age of 20, you may no longer feel that this sweet, citrus smell of the fragrance you used during your teens suits you. But hold on! There’s no need to give up fruity aromas completely. Fresh notes of bergamot, orange, lemon and other, less-known citrus smells are very much in fashion, and they are perfect combined with spicy touches of pepper, vanilla and cinnamon… They give a fragrance an appropriate depth for this stage of life.
From 35 to 45
After the age of 30, men tend to go for fragrances with woody notes that give the impression of strength and maturity. Some fragrances are based on pine, which gives clean air, while others, such as cedarwood, are warm and natural. Bamboo relaxes the senses, while other creamier, cosier smells like sandalwood and vetiver are well known for their intense, enigmatic, and even sweet aromas. Pick the one that best suits your personality!
From 45 to 55 and beyond
Now is the time to show off the experience you have amassed over the years. When you reach this age, your serenity and presence will shine through if you choose a fragrance with character. At this stage of life, men choose light, woody scents combined with earthy notes like ginger, galbanum and iris… Strong fragrances which are not heavy.
The perfume you wear is like a calling card that makes a first impression, one that we should rethink for each stage of life. Now you have the clues to find the best fragrances for men of every age. Find the combination you feel suits you best and let your perfume do the talking for you.
Close your eyes for a moment, and imagine you are in a villa on the Mediterranean coast. What can you smell?
The other day we talked about tropical sensations and mentioned how pineapple has become omnipresent. Today, we’d like to touch on another natural trend that is back with a vengeance this year: citrus fruit. Fresh and clean, bright and sophisticated.
It’s easy to identify the most common varieties – lemon, orange and grapefruit – with their rough skin, bright colours and, of course, the wonderful fragrance. These delectable fruits have been part of our diets for decades, with their delicious flavours, beneficial properties and their essence, which is used in numerous body and homecare products, transmitting clean, fresh sensations.
With cultural links to the Mediterranean, their smell has a familiar touch of sparkle that reminds us of the colognes of our childhood. However, recent trends in fragrances include new, original nuances, sometimes quite rare, that add a new twist to traditional chords.
New combinations and new citrus ingredients
Citrus notes can be strategically combined to create luminous fragrances, with character for longer-lasting freshness. There are now perfumes containing mandarin, bergamot and lemon, mixed with floral, spiced and woody notes.
The perfumer’s palate also features new, unusual citrus fruits, rarely seen until now. The chinotto (Citrus myrtifolia), Buddha’s hand or fingered citron (Citrus medica var. Sarcodactylis) and the yuzu (Citrus junos) may sound exotic and distant, but they are dietary staples in Italy, Brazil and China. Used in perfumery, these citrus olfactory notes are strange yet familiar: green, acidic, fruity, tropical or floral.
The most recent market launches combine mythological scents with floral and amber touches, prolonging that Mediterranean freshness. At Eurofragance, we are playing with this vibrant, explosive trend, harnessing the acidic facet of these fruits to create sparkling, sophisticated scents for use in any type of product. Citrus scents are always a sure success.
And we’ll continue with the olfactory trends. In our next post, we’ll tell you what’s new for 2018/2019. Get ready!