There’s nothing more evocative than the smells you associate with a place. Our visual memory records iconic buildings we see, but smells are what really stimulates the mind. Scents express an identity, a presence.
That’s why Eurofragance and the city of Rubí have joined forces to create a fragrance that evokes the essence of the place, with which we have a close relationship. The link between us goes back 26 years to 1995, when our first, and main, manufacturing plant was opened in the city.
Isabel Gil, Senior Perfumer at Eurofragance, is the creator of this perfume. As she was born in Rubí—though she’s currently working at our Singapore branch—she didn’t hesitate to take part in this initiative, which has transported her back to her childhood. “We wanted the fragrance to evoke the color red, which really reminds me of my city. Then, we added spices to express that it is a meeting point for people from all over, from America to Asia,” our perfumer explained.
The fragrance is composed of a blend of fruity, woody and spiced notes. The stars of the show are the red berry top notes: an obligatory nod to the city of Rubí’s characteristic color. These berries boost and complement the other opening notes of orange and plum, while contrasting with and adding depth to the ambergris and woody base. Finally, its heart—a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom—gives body to this expressive, special perfume.
Presentation with the mayor of Rubí
The fragrance was presented during a press conference with the local media in Masia de Can Serra’s Sala Fòrum involving Joan Pere Jiménez, our Chief Operations Officer and General Manager for Europe and the Maghreb, who was invited by Ana María Martínez, the mayor of Rubí. Isabel Gil, meanwhile, followed the event from Singapore via video call.
Martínez deemed Eurofragance “the perfect example of the nature of our business sector.” She highlighted “Eurofragance’s constant desire to work for the city.”
As the company’s representative, Joan Pere Jiménez declared that, from the very beginning, he saw this idea as “an opportunity to combine color and fragrance,” emphasising that “projects like this one give us the strength to keep working joyfully and with the city of Rubí, which is very close to our hearts.”
Rubí COLOR Week
This initiative is part of Rubí COLOR Week: a special event for the city to celebrate its identity through colors, combined with its public spaces, creativity, culture, plurality and diversity.
The fragrance will be an institutional gift from the council for new shops, so that the city’s businesses can be associated with this characteristic scent.
We are back! Last week we were in Paris to attend In-Cosmetics, the most outstanding international event about cosmetic ingredients. And as in Eurofragance we are experts in fragrances for cosmetic products, we could not miss it!
This year has been special: we have launched True Nomad Senso-Lab Collection, the collection of innovative fragrance applications and the first framed our creative project “Nomad Saga”. And, in addition, we present new trends for the segments of Fine Fragrance and Body Care. Are you ready to discover them?
True Nomad Senso-Lab Collection
If you thought you had seen everything in terms of applying fragrances, nothing could be further from reality. Our trip, inspired by the Nomad Saga project, will explore the creative blending of precious raw materials through extraordinary, inspiring and engaging applications where the True Nomads will treasure moments of beauty on their discovery journeys.
- Solid Perfume: An essential for those on the road who would like to keep perfumed on their adventures! Designed with vetiver as the main element. Its solid format is ideal to carry in your suitcase.
- Roller Pearl: Based on the Labdanum, this roll-on perfume just like a scented tattoo, marks your many adventures on your skin.
- Cushion: This cooling water jelly with rich perfume based in Rose note gives you a beautiful scent anywhere and anytime!
- Oil Perfume: A nourishing and silky oil whose core ingredient is Tonka Bean, with an ultimate second skin finish that illuminates your skin.
Trends in Fine Fragrance and Body Care
Eurofragance also presented in In-Cosmetics fair the latest creations of our expert perfumers. As for the Fine Fragrance segment, we announced 4 collections inspired in the latest trends: In Drinker Collection, concoctions and cocktails made their way into high-end perfumery. With White Magic Collection, White florals move from sunny territories toward sweet, oriental, balsamic lands. The Ethereal World Collection, Airy, delicate, magical, feminine floral scents make a stand as Peony leads the way. And in I wanna spice you up Collection, sexy fresh spices give a vibrant, different and young touch to the compositions.
In general, trends are moving toward lighter compositions and reinterpretations of classics, where some of the fragrances enter a new market by transcending the restrictions of masculine and feminine perfumery. In addition, the rise of millennials promotes the reinvention of classics and the increasing demand for lighter compositions. We see floral notes combined with oriental touches or spicy and youthful creations at the same time. Did you expect that?
In the Body Care segment as in other aspects of life, consumers seek more than ever products with natural ingredients and appearance. For this reason, at Eurofragance we propose the Back to the Roots, a collection of fragrances with botanical ingredients present in nature. There is also room for those daring people; for them, we bring new scents for applications such as Micellar Water, our scent smell fresh, musky and watery flowers. And for the most sentimental, our perfumers present Enhancing Emotions, fragrances that enrich emotions through their floral, tropical and fruity notes combined with citrus and sweet notes like vanilla applied to sensory textures.
But this has only just begun. We continue with the season of fairs and next week you can find us where “you must be” BeautyWorld Middle East, Dubai. We will keep you posted in our social networks and, soon, in a new blog post. Stay tuned!
In an earlier post, we told you all about our Nomad Saga project and in today’s article, we would like to share some secrets about Shamama, the first raw ingredient in our little Nomad Box.
Shamama is the star ingredient of Eurofragrance’s first quarter, the first jewel in our Nomad Box and a perfumery treasure that hails from the exotic city of Kannauj (India).
What makes it so special?
Shamama is a unique essential oil and the result of a unique combination of raw materials, with a formula that is still a closely guarded secret today. Unlike other distilled essential oils, Shamama is created manually by real artisans.
The nomad journey to Shamama
As you already know, Eurofragance has a nomadic, adventurous spirit that inspires us to travel the globe. And while we are travelling, we discover new places where there are exceptional materials that stimulate us to create our fragrances.
In this case, we had already heard about Shamama as a perfumistic ingredient, but when we travelled to the city of Kannauj to learn more about the mysterious Shamama, we realised that this was more than just a simple ingredient.
It is a magical elixir and, best of all, its formula, which has been passed down through the generations, is still a closely guarded secret. Nobody, except for those who make it, know the recipe.
Each Shamama is made up of at least 45 raw ingredients and there are as many Shamamas as there are blends. Incredible, don’t you think? All the creators have their own recipes and they concoct their Shamamas based on ancestral traditions and techniques. A legacy that has been kept intact over the years.
Aromas that transport us to another era
The scent of Shamama is like the scent of India. It takes us to the essence of this country, its landscapes and colours. So, how is this essential oil made?
During the Shamama manufacturing process, foam, grass and mitti (ceramic clay) are distilled in large quantities for a total of 20 days, enriching the essential oil every step of the way. Finally, the oil is mixed with an infusion of cardamom, saffron and cinnamon, and with essential oils of rose, kewra and oud. This adds the final touch that makes it unique.
Shamama is part of the DNA of Eurofragance, which is why it has become the first star of our Nomad Box. Our sense of adventure has led us to discover new lands, cultures, raw materials and new work techniques so that we can present Shamama as one of the many essential oils that form part of our history. Discover more on our new Nomad Saga website!
But this is only the beginning. Every quarter we’ll reveal a new raw material and explain its history and tradition. Don’t miss the excitement!
What are the scents of positive energy, scientific rigour and humanity? The Pasqual Maragall Foundation is turning ten years old, and our perfumer, Belén García, has created a fragrance based on its principles.
Moments in the past sometimes return in the most unexpected ways. And when they arrive through the sense of smell, a unique sensation is produced. Has it ever happened to you? It’s like returning to your grandparents’ home on vacation through the odour of burnt wood in a fireplace at Christmas. Or going back to your wedding day when you smell the fragrance of the irises that surrounded you at that very special moment. And it is memories related to the senses and emotions that endure the most in the end.
Helping remember memories since 2014
This year, the Pasqual Maragall Foundation is celebrating ten years dedicated to research against Alzheimer’s disease. And, as contributors to the entity since 2014, here at Eurofragance we have joined their celebration by creating a perfume called “És possible.” However, it is not just a regular perfume. It is a fragrance inspired by the entity’s values and principles, also reminding us of the strong bond existing between the sense of smell and memory. That is why it was given the same name as the Foundation’s slogan on its anniversary.
The creation of “És possible” has been a very stimulating creative process. Our creative team, with the perfumer Belén García and FDM Francesca Sideri at the helm, have used the foundation’s values as a point of reference in order to choose the raw materials to make up the fragrance. In addition to this, the techniques used to extract the essences also speak of what the Pasqual Maragall Foundation is all about. Do you want to know what this scent is like? Then keep reading!
What is the scent of “És possible”?
“És possible” smells like the positive energy and optimism that the Foundation uses on an everyday basis to fight against Alzheimer’s. Values masterfully represented by the citric notes of tangerine, pink grapefruit and sweet orange perceived in the composition’s top. To express scientific innovation and creativity, the Eurofragancers team has included equally innovative ingredients and techniques in the fragrance, including CO2 distillation of pink pepper and coffee extract. Then come the white flowers, selected to represent fondness, closeness and the human warmth which Alzheimer’s patients receive from family members and loved ones when they are stricken with this disease. And we could not leave out scientific rigour and social responsibility, flagships of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation. The heartiness and might of vetiver and cedarwood and a touch of amber are the ingredients which tell us about the strength of the work performed by the researchers.
The outcome is a gift to those attending the Foundation’s tenth anniversary gala: a perfume that can be used to create unique memories.
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!
Pineapples, pineapples, and more pineapples! Summertime is here and pineapples are everywhere. Mobile phone covers with massive pineapples in the centre, dresses in pineapple print fabrics, garlands of pineapple shaped lights…. But this summer’s theme is more than a visual trend. Pineapples are the fruit of the season at the greengrocer’s, and what’s more… we want to smell like pineapple, too!
Pineapples epitomise summer… fresh, fun, and spontaneous. These adjectives sum up the millennial generation to perfection, who have adopted this fruit as a standard graphic. Just look at Instagram and Pinterest and you’ll find boards full of this new trend: the colour, shape and essence of this tropical fruit are a natural hit with their young, digital lifestyles.
Pineapple’s in… on your skin!
In short, the tangy aroma of pineapple smells of summer. It makes you feel great! The personal care sector has joined the trend, and this season you’ll find pineapple products that send you out for the day with a smile on your face. Gels, shampoo, and body milk infused with the smell of this unique fruit will lift your spirits in the morning and transform your daily shower into a tropical adventure.
And to keep that exotic smell around all day long, why not some scent with pineapple notes! Fruity, relaxing, and luscious, it’s an ingredient in fragrances for men and women alike, adding an invigorating touch and a fresh twist to compositions.
Eurofragance is on trend
At Eurofragance, we have been working on this trend, and our perfumers have created a delicious collection of tempting fragrances. Our combination of little-known fruit essences with fresh citrus and sweet touches of vanilla and caramel are a successful choice for personal care products. Who wouldn’t want to smell like a tropical holiday all year round?
The experts agree that fruit is good for you, so don’t miss the fruity news we’ll be bringing you in our next post.