Barcelona will host the Barcelona Olfaction Week (BOW) from June 29 to July 4, 2020. The week of events will explore the depths of the world of perfumery and its special historical relationship with Barcelona, gastronomy, and art. For one week, perfume, olfactory sciences, and culture will collide!
Eurofragance is a gold sponsor of the 2020 BOW. The festival will be made up of 9 activities, most of which take place online (but require pre-registration). Join us for 3 exclusive events held by our Eurofragrance experts, outlined in the agenda below.
Want to join us? Sign up for your favorite activities now.
When: Mon, June 29, 2020 – Sat, Jul 4, 2020
Where: Online (find out more using the links below)
As Gold Sponsors, we will be hosting three events during BOW 2020.
- Tuesday 30 June, 10:00-11:00
Perfumery Online Webinar (English)
Our perfumer Lucas Sieuzac will be exploring the role of spices in perfumery through the years and how they influence the palette of perfumers. The first 25 people who register will receive 4 unique creations that will be presented in the webinar.
Register to attend the webinar for free here: https://beautyclusterbarcelona.timtul.es/events/perfumery-online-webinar-spicingthingsup/
- Thursday 2 July, 9:00-17:00
Barcelona Olfaction Congress (English)
Our research scientist Felipe San Juan will present our expertise in fragrance technology and body odor management to solve sweat issues.
Learn more and register for the event here: http://barcelonaolfactioncongress.com/
- Friday 3 July, 9:00-13:30
Round table on “The Universe of Perfume: History and Sensory Synaesthesia” (Spanish)
Our perfumer Bettina Perisson will join other experts to talk about the shared language of perfume, music, and wine.
Discover more about the event and speakers here: http://beautyclusterbarcelona.com/activitat/22-mayo-jornada-mesa-redonda-perfumeria/
Would you like to know everything that is happening in BOW? Click on the following link for more information: http://barcelonaolfactionweek.com/
We look forward to having you with us soon!
To celebrate International Creativity and Innovation Day, we are thrilled to share one of our core areas of expertise with you, fragrance design. It combines creativity and innovation, and plays a fundamental role in achieving our objective of perfuming the world. Our in-house team of experts conduct extensive research and analysis, in
Creativity + Innovation: Two Fundamental Ingredients in Fragrance Design
novate using applied technology and perfumer expertise, and leverage our wide range of quality olfactory ingredients.
This all comes together in Eurofragance’s Sensolab, a laboratory where fragrances come to life through textures application and renewed formulations. Smell Me Founder Melina Napolitano sat down with Eurofragance’s Applications Manager Myriam Terés to discuss the work that takes place in the SensoLab.
Melina Napolitano: How does a liquid fragrance become an innovative product?
Myriam Terés: This is the objective of Sensolab – to propose and apply new textures for the perfume market; formats where the consumer can explore the fragrance with the senses. The purpose is to be able to make the invisible tangible, to make fragrances a lively feature in the product, and thus, become a source of inspiration for our customers.
We know that perfume is a source of pleasure and wellbeing, and that the choice of a fragrance is our olfactory code compared to others. Fragrance is a sensorial experience in itself, as it gives us the ability to transport our mind to any place, at any time. This type of experience sometimes requires all the senses to make it happen.
Sensolab tries to find new textures in which to present the perfume; solid textures, foams etc. This allows us to experience fragrances in different formats, that’s what we call innovation.
MN: What is the process of creating a fragrance?
MT: The first step is the design of the fragrance. The choice of the right ingredients, along with creativity, is in the hands of the perfumers. They know in depth which raw materials should be used for each type of application, and they also have great expertise in the broad olfactory palette.
Then, the fragrance designed by the perfumer, goes through the application area where a physical-chemical evaluation of the composition is conducted and the behavior of the application itself is studied (shower gel, body lotion, etc.).
Once these steps have been carried out, the evaluators sit with the fragrances and check that the fragrance application in the product continues to be successful. This is what is called a zero-time validated fragrance. Then, stability studies are carried out to check that the stability of the fragrance does not change over time until the final fragrance is reached.
MN: A fragrance could be in multiple formats, right?
MT: Yes! Have you ever experienced a powdered perfume? Well, fragrance in this format has a double function: one is to give off a scent and the other is to moisturize. This format for a fragrance makes it easy to carry with the added benefit of nourishing the skin.
But there are many more types of textures in fragrances…
Solid perfume is a perfumed balm that can be applied by fingertip. Not only does it require less water in its chemical composition and formulation, but it also weighs less as a finished product. This implies a more sustainable product life cycle. The solid perfume can be converted into a gel shampoo, bath, body lotion, and deodorant in stick format.
These textures arise from a new trend called waterless perfumes, which arises from the movement to protect our most important natural resource: water. Here, innovation manifests in the need to respond to a global crisis, and calls for improved sustainability.
Foam fragrances, one of the most popular formats, are presented in an airy, voluptuous texture that also serves a moisturizing function.
Innovation is more than just a buzzword; Sensolab has no limits in its mission to exceed expectations. The goal is to continue inspiring customers and working on the creation of new ways to enjoy fragrances!
The PLMA Chicago 2019 is happening now! PLMA’s annual Private Label Trade Show is one of the most important events for the health & beauty, food & beverage and household products industries for the US & Canada market.
After almost 2 years of being established in USA; and upon our expertise in fragrances for different applications in the health & beauty and household industries, the PLMA Chicago is the place to be to share our expertise!
We have launched a very special Collection, the 4 Seasons of Fragrances which includes several scents linked to each season and to various categories. On top of that, we present our innovative Cannabis Corner. Are you ready to discover them?
The 4 Seasons of Fragrances
Have you ever wondered how it would be to experience the four seasons in one day? With this new collection we wanted to create different fragrances (matching each season) for four different applications.
- Spring Showers: A sampling of refreshing yet complex personal care fragrances developed for body lotion and shower gel. Find out more about 100% Natural Fragrances.
- Summer Waves: Vibrant and moisturizing, these summer-appropriate scents are perfect for shampoo and styling products, including the multicultural hair market.
- Fall Fires: Our candle selection is cosy and inviting, creating the perfect autumn ambiance for home with little fall flames.
- Winter Sparks: These fine fragrances beautifully capture exciting snapshots of winter – whether it’s an electric spark in the cool, crisp air, the twinkle of golden lights, or the tantalizing fizz of celebratory champagne.
Escape the reality of seasons with year-round chill, in our virtual escape room or Cannabis Corner.
The hemp collection offers a variety of applications to showcase the kaleidoscope of cannabis interpretations available through fragrance. Discover our fragrances for body milk, candle, room spray and fine fragrance.
At Eurofragance, we pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of market and product trends. It is always a pleasure for us to attend to these types of fairs where we get to meet you all and share all our new creations and projects.
See you in the next one!
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 recognize, 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.
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.