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!
Winter is time for social gatherings: meals with friends, corporate dinners, family reunions… But when the temperatures plunge and the nights draw in early, it’s tempting to snuggle under a nice warm blanket rather than venture out. Never fear! Don’t let the cold affect your social life! Bring it home! And when your guests arrive, delight them with enchanting scents. How? Eurofragance specialises in filling the air with unique moments. If you want your home to smell of winter, select these ingredients and make winter your favourite time of year.
Chocolate. Who doesn’t love savouring a cup of hot chocolate when it’s cold outside? Now is also the time for treats like chocolate nougat and brownies. That’s why we’ve chosen cocoa as a perfect ingredient for giving your house a Christmassy atmosphere. Pure cocoa has woody, almost bitter nuances, often sweetened with touches of vanilla. Our suggestion: Combine the intense bitterness of cocoa with vanilla splashes of tonka bean and add some orange for contrast – a classic combo that never fails to please.
Cinnamon. If chocolate is the king of the season, then cinnamon is the queen. It’s a sweet yet warm and spicy fragrance that can transport anyone to a warm fireside in an instant. The team at Eurofragrance is in love with the versatility of cinnamon, which can either be the prominent note of a fragrance or an interesting addition. In an earlier post, we talked about the spicy trends appearing for the coming season. So pay attention!
Ginger. Another Christmas favourite is ginger, an ingredient with well-known year-round benefits, commonly found in Christmas sweetmeats like gingerbread. Not usually the main ingredient, its acidic, spicy chords really attract attention. Our perfumers use this raw material in two very different types of fragrance: either combined with oriental-type creations with spices like myrrh and cardamom or in clean fragrances with other, rare citrus fruits. If you want a warm, winter atmosphere, we recommend the former.
Pine. Bringing to mind the nostalgic scent of the Christmas tree, this is a must-have in your home during winter. Pine has a heady, natural, fresh, aromatic, unique scent reminiscent of the pure, fresh air of the mountains. The essence of pine needles gives out a fresh, woody smell that evokes Christmas like nothing else.
Cranberry. Last but not least, there’s cranberry. A delicious accompaniment to roast turkey, it is a Christmas standard in the United States, although less frequently in Europe. That’s why in many parts of the world, cranberry means Christmas. The sweet, fruity scent smells even better with sumptuous notes of cocoa and vanilla.
You may have noticed that everything seems to revolve around food at this time of year and Christmas smells are almost all from ingredients we use in the kitchen. Let these scents stimulate your appetite and enjoy the holidays!
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.
There are many types of bad smell, but the one that worries consumers all over the world is the foul smell of tobacco smoke. Whether or not you are a smoker, the smell of tobacco smoke is an enemy that we would all like to do without. Studies show getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke is a concern shared by consumers on all continents, and proof of this are the thousands of Google searches trying to find the answer to the same question: “How can I get rid of the smell of smoke?” EURO-MC™ fragrances are the answer!
EURO-MC™ is your ally against bad smells
EURO-MC™ is a technology developed by Eurofragance to get rid of specific bad smells. The first challenge: to neutralise the stench of tobacco. What does it do? The idea is to integrate and void the sensory effect of bad-smelling molecules with a fragrance for use as an air freshener. Rather than masking or overwhelming one smell with another, it neutralises the bad smell to create a pleasant one, without being strong or invasive. Mission accomplished!
Five fragrances for banishing the smell of tobacco smoke
Woodland, Wild Bloom, Indigo, Luminous and Tealicious are five fragrances created by Eurofragance with one purpose in mind: to keep rooms smelling pleasant and smoke-free for longer.
- WOODLAND (WOODY HESPERIDIC). A fruity fragrance with woody notes created with essence of grapefruit, sage, cardamom, labdanum, moss, and cedar wood.
- WILD BLOOM (FLORAL ROSE). A floral combination of lime, rose, wild peony, lily of the valley, patchouli, and sandalwood.
- INDIGO (AROMATIC FLORAL). With essence of lavender, Oolong tea, pink pepper, iris, blue cedarwood, and cashmere.
- LUMINOUS (AROMATIC MARINE). A blend of tangerine, lavender, sea salt, water accord, ambergris, and white sandalwood.
- TEALICIOUS (AROMATIC TEA). Contains blood orange, dewy leaves, green tea, waterlilies, driftwood, and musk.
Fresh, sweet, citrus scents… Something for everyone! Rigorous scientific tests have shown that this innovative method gives excellent results. First, we create the bad smell in a controlled and reproducible way in our new olfactory booths, then we spray the booth with one of the fragrances from the collection… et voilà! The intensity of the nasty smell immediately falls, and a mild, harmonious aroma appears.
But that’s not all. There are three more smoke-busting fragrances in development, as well as a new product that will banish disgusting bathroom odours once and for all. These invisible enemies are about to get their marching orders… forever!
There’s a quiet, peaceful revolution sweeping modern perfumery, a noticeable move toward more sophisticated, artistic creations. After years of fruity, sweet, young-style scents and fleeting trends that are here one day, and gone the next, consumers and brands have recovered their love for authenticity, a job well done, a view that perfume is art worthy of conservation and cultivation.
Niche perfumery has been important in awakening this new desire for higher-quality products, with history, more creative and artistic, which is encouraging consumers to select fragrances hampered by fewer commercial constraints, often creative follies that have been highly inspirational and beneficial to the sector.
Fragrance advertising has also had a role, with storytelling now more necessary than ever for connecting with consumers, who want to know the story behind the perfume, its inspiration, the origin of the ingredients.
Raw materials with a designation of origin
In fact, the source of raw materials has become an essential factor. Consumers are interested in how perfumes are orchestrated, their roots, where the components originate and if they are connected to their community: traditional aromatic plants like sage and lavender have crept back into the perfumer’s palette to give a sense of closeness and authenticity. Classic chords like fougère are updated with savoury, mineral and woody notes, giving rise to unique, modern, masculine chords.
White are back to women’s perfumery
This search for authenticity and tradition also explains the rise of white floral notes in women’s perfumery: tuberose, ylang ylang and sambac jasmine, enveloping, classic, feminine notes that languished for years, are back at the forefront of perfumery, this time brighter, modern, and transparent. They are found in major launches like Gucci Bloom and Gabrielle by Chanel. They share the stage with unfamiliar, exotic flowers like tiger orchids, hibiscus, tamarind flower, never previously used in perfumery that now shine as star ingredients that magic us away to faraway landscapes, enveloped in exoticism and mystery.
At the other end of the scale, local ingredients give us a connection to the community: aromatic plants such as lavender or rosemary, and vegetables like rhubarb or carrot, are back because our connection to the land, to something less artificial and more authentic, and to the sense of well-being that create.
Wood and authenticity in men’s perfumers
Men’s fragrances are also searching for authenticity, resulting in perfumes dominated by woody and balsamic notes. Wild and rustic, vetiver and cedar add the woodiness, and blended with the balsamic notes of laudanum and fir, they give natural, robust men’s fragrances with real presence.
Salty, mineral, exquisite aromas are the rising trend that counterbalances all this. Seaside, aquatic chords with sophisticated seaweed, minerals, touches of salt and ambergris, offer elegant, distinguished freshness.
Finally, unisex chords are proliferating in many olfactory compositions. Coffee, a masculine feature, is now a dominant ingredient in women’s perfumes. The line between men’s and women’s fragrances will fade in years to come.
Lastly, other formats are appearing in the market to please the millennials, a generation that dislikes classic formats and expects to find its favourite fragrances in previously unforeseen products. Haute perfumery is available in convenient solid format and in body sprays, ready to apply at any time, and select and niche scents will come in the form of home fragrances, fabric softeners and other daily products to become part of the fragrance storytelling consumers want.
On the International Women´s Day, we interview the women who lead Eurofragance Creative Centres in Singapore, Dubai and Barcelona
Equality is one of Eurofragance´s signatures. Women represent more than 50% of Eurofragance´s workforce, and the company ensures that both women and men have same work conditions and same opportunities to grow professionally.
On the International Women´s Day, we have interviewed three of the women that work in Eurofragance. Let us introduce you to Dr. Soni Singh, Ronalyn Canonigo, and Dolors Costa, Manager of Eurofragance`s Singapore Creative Centre, Coordinator of Dubai Creative Centre, and Manager of Barcelona Creative Centre, respectively.
Dr. Soni Singh, Singapore Creative Centre Manager
Dr. Soni Singh started at Eurofragance as a Technical Manager in 2016, to bring technical support to Asian team, working closely with Perfumers, Fragrance Development Managers (FDMs) and leading the implementation of best practices in all areas under responsibility, such as analysis, sampling, application and technical support. She also took part in the global technical community and leaded the technical projects in the Asian region. One year later, Soni became the Creative Centre Manager in Singapore for Eurofragance Asia Pacific.
“Eurofragance has the capability to nurture its talent, to give them (its talent) the platform needed to grow professionally”, Dr. Soni Singh.
Ronalyn Canonigo, Dubai Creative Centre Coordinator
Ronalyn Canonigo joined Eurofragance in 2015 as a Technical Laboratory Manager and soon she was also appointed as Dubai Creative Centre Coordinator. Ronalyn has been working in the fragrance industry for more than eight years and what she values the most about working at Eurofragance is the fact that the company promotes gender equality and diversity.
“Eurofragance as a company promotes and values gender equality, diversity, which somehow create a complex yet growth enhancing working environment”, Ronalyn Canonigo.
Dolors Costa, Barcelona Creative Centre Manager
Dolors Costa is a chemical engineer. She started in the industry in the Evaluation Area, that according to her, “has a very squared and scientific aspect, and at the same time, a sensory and hedonistic side”. Then she decided to move into marketing, and now she is involved in the development part of the business too, “being CC Manager is the most challenging job I’ve ever had”, she states.
“We are in a very feminine industry, particularly in the development side of the business. There are lots of perfumers, evaluators, technicians, scientist, that are inspirational and hard-working women, the heart of the engine. I have no reason to think that at Eurofragance my career is or will be determined by my gender”, Dolors Costa.
Women are an essential ingredient for Eurofragance scent. Perfumers, HR employees, FDM, Managers, Technical Lab Managers, Admin… Thank you! Thanks for your Passion, your Performance and your Entrepreneurship!
Happy International Women´s Day to all women in the world, especially to our Eurofragancers!