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.
Happy International Women’s Day! As every year, in the Eurofragance blog, we like to dedicate an article to our women. As they represent almost half of the workforce. Two years ago, we explained what steps we have taken in Eurofragance to enhance gender equality. And last year we interviewed the women who lead the creative centres of Singapore, Dubai and Barcelona.
In this 2019 we want to focus on our perfumers, the professionals who design and create the fragrances that will later be applied to Perfumery, Home and Personal Care products. And, as Julia Rodriguez says, “although the perfume industry has been focused to a greater extent on the female audience, the creative part has traditionally been dominated by men. Therefore, being a perfumer woman is a challenge to demonstrate that we are equally creative and we also have a closer vision to the final consumer. It is a challenge towards equality.”
Meet the “noses” of Eurofragance
Julia Rodriguez‘s dream was not to be a perfumer, but smells fascinated her and she was always attracted to this world. And it was through a master’s degree about fragrances and flavours that she finally jumps into the fragrance world. Being a perfumer means for Julia to reinvent classic themes through unique compositions to move us to the past with her scent. And what are the protagonists of their work? The Turkish rose, the jasmine sambac and the orris are his favourite raw materials, but since she works in Eurofragance and the Middle East market, the oud cannot be missing in her creations.
Belén García, however, has always wanted to be a perfumer. As a child, she enjoyed the smell of the sea, the flowers and the fragrance of her second home in Tarragona. That is why she always tries to work with natural, authentic and earth-related materials such as iris and vetiver. But, as happened to Julia Rodriguez, the oud has also conquered her by the oriental influence of Eurofragance. And now it is always present in her work!
Creating a perfume is for Natacha Jerome as telling a story, but instead of words with smells. And each story has to be unique: get a different fragrance that people like through the balance of opposite smells. Her favourite raw material, like Belén, is the iris because, for her, it is an incredible ingredient, beautiful with a unique smell.
For Soizic Beaucourt inspiration can come from music, from food, from a trip. But what is really interesting for her is to be able to translate this inspiration into reality. And find solutions to create a note that is both pleasant to the nose and suitable for the use that is going to give.
Angeline Poubeau decided to be a perfumer when she smelled the rose essential oil for the first time and it is now a must in her works. Her favourite ingredient may seem simple but that is very complex because of the many aspects it has to play with it.
Isabel Gil sees her profession as the best way to be in touch with her most emotional part and transform it into something tangible. “When you get a good job, the feeling of satisfaction is insurmountable.” But the challenge for Isabel is to work with specialized segments that require specific techniques such as Home and Air Care. And for this purpose, she is usually inspired by travelling and different cultures. This is how she met the frankincense, a mystical and multifaceted raw material, which she loves to combine with cardamom, a spice that brings spark and effervescence.
Our perfumer Celine Guivarc’h remembers her beginnings in the world of fragrances when she started to smell food before eating. That’s when her father encouraged her to be a perfumer. And that’s what she likes to do, get up in the morning knowing that she will live a dream the rest of the day.
Our perfumers are all great professionals with different origins and specialties. And that is reflected in her creations, which convey their characteristic personality. If you want to know a little more about these creative women and the rest of our perfumers, enter our playlist #Meetourperfumers on our YouTube channel, and follow us to not miss what is to come.
Eurofragance unveils the story behind the new collection presented at Beautyworld Middle East 2018 in Dubai
Have you ever felt the nostalgia of traveling to imaginary lands? That is precisely the feeling that inspired Nomad Tales, our new fragrance collection finally revealed at Beautyworld Middle East 2018. Scents based on precious raw materials that will transport you to fantastic worlds. A collection that was one of the most awaited themes during the 23rd edition of the largest fair of cosmetics and fragrances in the Middle East.
Nomad Tales is truly a unique sensorial experience: Four adventures told by our four exclusive fragrances. Jasmine, oud, cardamom and shamama combined with the mystical forces of the 4 elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth carry you on a journey to the faraway lands beyond imagination.
Four lands, four elements, four fragrances
Jasmineair: Impulsive and powerful just like air that comes in two forms: a hot sand storm that reshapes the golden sand dunes versus the oxygen that brings life into objects. A timeless and precious fragrance of Soizic Beaucourt.
Aquaoud: An unconventional evocative scent that reinvents the enigmatic oud… A contrasted harmony created by Olaf Larsen.
Cardamon’fire: The scent that burns with the heat of a thousand fires… Tempting and dangerous; passionate and seductive. This raw and carnal fragrance is the work of Belén García.
Shamamia!: The mystic attar captures the essence of the mother-earth; wise, nurturing, sacred and ever-evolving. A multi-faceted fragrance crafted by Julia Rodríguez.
Our perfumers, in collaboration with our excellent creative team, have designed a dreamlike map of distant lands unknown to date. Would you dare to visit them? Be careful, you might decide to stay!
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!
The company is guided by the passion for fragrances, ambitious challenges and projects, and by the entrepreneurial spirit it has had since its foundation in 1990
World and society evolve, so do companies. When the goal is to keep capturing sensations around the world through fragrances, the means to achieve it must adapt to the evolution of culture, taste and society needs. How does Eurofragance manage to capture sensations through its fragrances? Thanks to its values, thanks to its essence.
Eurofragance essence has always consisted of People, Passion and Creativity. Our People is the main ingredient for our success, the Passion for fragrance world is the secret to keep up with the good work, and the Creativity boosted among Eurofragancers the reason to come up with innovative and unique solutions for every customer within the Fine Fragrance, the Personal Care and the Home Care segments.
Eurofragance New Values: Passion, Performance & Entrepreneurship
Aiming to maintain our global leadership in the fragrance creation market, we have taken People, Passion and Creativity to the next level. Eurofragance evolved values are Passion, Performance and Entrepreneurship. We are guided by the Passion for fragrances, we are motivated by ambitious challenges and growth projects (Performance), and we are illuminated by the flame of the entrepreneurial spirit (Entrepreneurship) that started the very first day of our foundation in 1990.
- Passion means to us the love for fragrance world, for our daily job and for Eurofragance. None of our successes would have been possible without the passion that we add to every project, to every new fragrance.
- Performance is key to us. Our fragrances must be those preferred by our clients´ customers. Therefore, our activities and efforts are clearly oriented to deliver targets, over time.
- Entrepreneurship is part of Eurofragance. Our company is “the dream of an adventurous entrepreneur who has succeeded in seducing the world market with his fragrances”. In 1990, a young entrepreneur called Santiago Sabatés, now Chairman of Eurofragance, embarked on an adventure in the fragrance world which led to the growth of an international company with a presence in several continents: Europe, Asia, America and Africa. This entrepreneurial spirit has taken us this far because we take risks and never give up.
These three ingredients of Eurofragance essence are meant to achieve the company´s mission: design the best fragrances in partnership with its clients in order to make their products those preferred by consumers.
Keep your senses wide awake, Eurofragance keeps capturing sensations to deliver unique fragrances that you will find in different products such as perfumes, body lotions, soaps, air fresheners or candles, to name some.
We are PASSION, PERFORMANCE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
After an exciting 2017, Eurofragance prepares to introduce its fragrances in different markets during 2018
Last year was exciting at Eurofragance. The company surprised everyone at Beautyworld Middle East, thanks to the Scentsoo collection and a captivating stand that was praised by media and visitors; welcomed new employees such as Andrés Pagés, General Manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and Juan Ramón López Gil, new Chief Financial Officer; announced Halal certified fragrances through Asia production facility, and presented “Sensolab Fine Fragrance”, an innovative initiative that proposes new perfumery textures for the Fine Fragrance market.
These achievements were possible thanks to a hard and excellent team work. Our Eurofragancers keep giving their best to keep Capturing Sensations around the world through fragrances that bring emotions and wellness.
During 2017, at Eurofragance, we also introduced Eurocaps, a new formula for clothes’ scent to last longer, a new system that gives long-lasting qualities to fragrances applied in different products such as fabric softeners and detergents. Eurocaps are part of an ambitious research and development plan the company has developed for the coming years. Moreover, this 2018, more innovations are expected, so keep your eyes wide open because we´ll be telling you all about them on this special corner that is our blog.
Apart from innovation, teamwork and fragrances that Capture Sensations, there is an element that has been intrinsically related to Eurofragance culture from the very beginning: a determined international outlook. In this regard, and over the past year, the company participated in COSME TOKYO, its first landing at Japanese market. Also, it added the capability to produce Halal certified fragrances at its Singapore Rapido production facility, envisaging expanding the sale of these fragrances to other countries with an interest in Halal certification globally.
For 2018, Eurofragance has got new projects and challenges that we will soon uncover. In the meantime, let´s keep enriching our knowledge about fragrances world, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.