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!
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.
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!
Which raw materials should you be looking for depending on what you need
Scents have an effect on us, they can boost our energy, help us relax, make us feel good, take us back in time, etc. Despite not having been scientifically proved, the fact is that certain fragrances influence our mood and emotions.
Fragrances have the power to awake our senses. Furthermore, there are smells that can bring us back old memories: the perfume of our mother, the detergent with which clothes were washed at our house when we were children, the jasmine that used to be at our home town gardens, etc.
As we have said in previous posts, the sense of smell is connected to the part of the brain that processes emotions. Hence the influence of smells on our feelings.
You might be wondering, then, how to use fragrances to promote different sensations. Let us give you some advice. But, keep in mind that the fragrance world is as wide and subjective as humans are. So, there are scents that have different effect depending on the person.
Energy and productivity
Do you want to feel energetic and productive? There are certain raw materials used to create fragrances that can boost your energy and productivity. So, when looking for a perfume, body lotion or body wash the fragrance of which energizes you, search for ingredients such as sea salt, sea minerals, algae, lemon and citric notes, in general. They can help you to feel charged.
If what you need is to relax after a stressing day at work, you should be looking for fragrances that contain raw materials like lavender, jasmine or peppermint. What about a lavender bath essence or a candle with a jasmine scent? Give it a try and see what effect these fragrances have on you.
When feeling emotional, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, rose, or the perfume of a beloved one can have a lovely effect on your feelings! Also, sandalwood notes can boost sensuality and desire. It is just up to you!
Orange blossom, lily of the valley or bergamot are commonly used for fragrances that aim to create welcoming environments and wellness.
At Eurofragance, our aim is to be a global leader capturing sensations with the fragrances we create for customers within the Fine Fragrance, Home Care and Personal Care segments. Our goal is to promote wellbeing, happiness and positive sensations through our creations.
Let the power of scents improve your daily sensations!
Botanical trend: a call for local and sustainable resources coming from plants
Following our series of Personal Care Trends, we are introducing Botanical, a trend catering local and exotic sustainable botanical extracts such as kale, camellia or Amazonian nuts. As we have said in previous posts, eagerness for natural products is gaining ground not only in food, but also in the Personal Care segment. Hence the growing interest in Personal Care products which include any type of plants among its ingredients.
The Botanical trend is also powered by local manufacturers who can draw on locally sourced and sustainable botanical extracts to attract consumers.
The impact of Botanical trend on Personal Care
According to Mintel, significant data shows the relevance of this trend within the Personal Care segment. More than 50% of soaps launches from 2013 to 2016 were with botanical ingredients.
Raw materials most used in this trend
Seeds from coriander or tomato, oils from olive and argan tree, but also from flowers such as camellia, rose or ylang ylang; nuts from Amazonian rainforests or African jungles, as well as leaves from kale or geranium, are ingredient which are rising globally and becoming more common in hair and body care formulations.
Scents which fit products with botanical extracts
The latest personal care launches are relying on this trend. Green vegetal notes such as rhubarb, carrot or tomato leaf, exotic florals accord inspired by hibiscus, frangipani or mariposa flower and classic aromatic accords like lavender, rosemary and tea leaves are appearing in market shelves.
There are still more Personal Care trends to uncover, we will do it over the following weeks. Overall, we are seeing more natural, organic, caring, suitable for sensitive skin products and with fragrances that Capture Sensations (this is where Eurofragance comes in).
Which qualities you value the most in a Personal Care product?