Behind every great perfume there is a great professional who mixes exquisite notes to create the perfect scent. This is the perfumer. We talked to our recent graduate Juncal Tomas, Eurofragance’s Junior Perfumer, and the Senior Perfumer and Perfumery School Director, Henry Van Den Heuvel, to learn a bit more about the perfumers training.
In Eurofragance we like to promote talent. That’s why when we discover that someone has “such special talent and passion”, we invest in their formation and training. The progress of this demanding and complex journey of becoming a perfumer goes from studying 850 raw materials, origin smell and chemical composition and belonging families, to learn how to combine them to get a specific accord. But what is more important, we always believe it has to be tailored to the trainee, as not everyone is identical, and it is very important they all overcome their challenges regarding a new fragrance creation.
To be a perfumer you need a special, educated and very sensitive nose that few people possess. “Being a perfumer is a lot of hard work” states Henry, it takes a lot of persistence and sensitivity to become a perfumer. Eurofragance’s training lasts between one and a half to two years. However, as Juncal explained to us, it isn’t a simple process where you have to memorize and past an exam, it is more complex than that. “My training was a constant feeling of uncertainty; it was a process of discovering my own knowledge… they were just guiding me to find the main profile of the raw material trying not to give me a lot of information” says Juncal. Despite this ambiguous situation, where you have to find out by yourself those characteristics that define a raw material, and sometimes you feel a bit off-track; becoming a Junior Perfumer is a process where you grow and learn every day, and after a while you realize how much you have learnt.
The smell is a very abstract element, every perfumer has a different perception of a fragrance, normally based on personal experiences. With this, we are able to realize that in perfumery not everything is black or white, perfumery is an art, it is difficult to find the depth and contrast of it. However, there will always be certain descriptions that qualify a raw material that trainees must recognition, as well as the duration of that scent. After the training is completed, trainees should be able to understand what is the soul of the perfume, defined by the raw materials.
Despite that perfumers training is an exigent process, it definitely pays off. Learning to be a good perfumer is a process that takes your entire life. After graduating from the school, trainees become Junior Perfumers, and guided by a Senior Perfumer, they continue their formation. Our type of training encourages trainees to engage, and despite of its difficulty “there are rewarding efforts like to smell a composition, discover a natural chord, etc”. Being a perfumer is definitely a vocation, it requires dedication and a continuous learning, but what is the most important thing, being a perfumer is being creative and passionate.
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!
Today’s post is a particularly exciting one for us. At long last, we are launching NOMAD SAGA, a creative project that takes us back to our roots, and which embodies our company’s personality and the people who make it what it is.
Our nomadic wanderings began decades ago when Santiago Sabatés first set foot in the lands of the Orient. We have been travelling ever since, discovering and absorbing new cultures, raw materials and ways of working. Nomad Saga encompasses all the experiences, anecdotes and stories we will share with our followers.
To ensure that you never miss a thing, we’ve designed the Nomad Saga website, a place where you can travel with us, share our stories and learn about the creations we make with the world’s most extraordinary raw ingredients.
Nomad Experience. Travel with us.
Nomad Experience is the record of our travels: trade fairs, congresses… Places where we can meet and where you can join us on our exciting journey through the world of fragrance. A trip that started last year at the BeautyWorld Middle East 2018 trade fair where we debuted our long-awaited Nomad Tales collection, details of which we shared in an earlier post. Four fragrances based on four raw materials that represent far-flung and imaginary climes. A unique, powerful experience for the senses, worthy of the nomadic legacy we are continuing.
And if Nomad Tales was a delightful surprise, wait until you see what we have in store this season.
Nomad Box. Treasures of perfumery in a unique box.
Eurofragance has always sought out and used extraordinary raw materials in its creations. According to our CEO, Laurent Mercier, there’s no better way of showing our skills as a company than sharing them. This we have done by creating a beautiful box containing fascinating elements from our perfumer’s palette, a fragrance created with this raw material and a guide to its history, culture and the people responsible for it.
Our first jewel is Shamama. A traditional essential oil originating in the city of Kannauj, in India, for which we have special affection at Eurofragance. And just like Eurofragance’s creations, it is always unique. The creators of this magical combination of raw ingredients have kept the formula a secret, converting this oil into almost a work of art.
Would you like to learn more about this extraordinary material? Keep an eye on our social networks. Little by little, we will tell you what our Nomad discovered about Shamama while travelling through these exotic lands.
Nomad Farm. Creative Workshop.
Finally, Nomad Saga also includes Nomad Farm. Eurofragance offers creative workshops based on the Nomad Saga theme. Get ready for an interactive journey where you will discover new ingredients, unique applications and trends.
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.
The fragrance we use reveals a lot about us… Including the age! So, watch out! Some fragrances are ageing, and some make us seem younger. So how to make choosing easier?
Deciding how to smell can be a difficult process. Too sweet or too daring, sensual, fresh… Just like your clothes, you want to send out a clear message about yourself.
That’s why, although there are no set rules, there are some ingredients and combinations of ingredients more suitable for certain ages.
Scents of ages
Generally, sweet, fruity fragrances are good for teens. That’s why lavender, lily, violet and tropical fruits like coconut and mango express the simplicity and innocence of youth.
Once we reach our twenties, scents like orange, grapefruit, bergamot, and lime are the clean-smelling, mood-lifting fragrances of choice. Touches of vanilla or caramel make of the fragrance a combination full of contrasts typical of this decade.
In our thirties, we start adding floral chords. Jasmine, rose, and orange blossom are synonymous with femininity and add an air of sophistication to your fragrance wardrobe.
In our forties and fifties, we find our signature perfumes. At this time of life, we opt for stronger aromas: woody, with musk, with the oriental nuances of ylang ylang or sandalwood, and spicy touches of clove and pink pepper….
Then, in their sixties, many women go for complex, intensive fragrances, a way of underlining their maturity and making their presence known in a space. Amber, patchouli, labdanum and vetiver are ingredients blended in classic, timeless fragrances.
Your perfume has an age, does it match yours? Now you know.
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!