Barcelona Olfaction Week 2020 is over!

Barcelona Olfaction Week 2020 is over!

Can you believe that Barcelona Olfaction Week 2020 is already over? We hope you were able to join us for some of the many exciting online events!

We attended some perfumery webinars, the second edition of the Barcelona Olfaction Congress; we also shared our expertise in the Round table and participated in the III International Perfumery Contest (Mouillette d’Argent). 

Wow… it has been a busy week! 

In case you couldn’t join us for all the events, we have prepared a summary of everything you may have missed from our team during BOW. Continue reading to find out more!

On Tuesday 30 July, we held an online perfumery webinar called “Spice Up Your Fragrance” hosted by Eurofragance senior perfumer Lucas Sieuzac. 

  • Lucas explored the role of spices in perfumery through the years and how they influence the palette of perfumers.
  • When asked about how he felt about his participation, he said, “I have really enjoyed being a part of the BOW. I was proud to represent Eurofragance and above all to meet passionate people.”
  • “Spices are amazing products that give opportunities to perfumers to create amazing fragrances.”
  • Lucas designed four new creations especially for this webinar: Tuberuma Tuberose and Turmeric, Sandalwood Pepper, Takashima forest, and Lumière de Cuir!
  • They were displayed in some shops around Barcelona, so people could smell them before the event! Also, the first 25 people to register for the event received these creations at home to keep as a souvenir.
  • Tuberuma tuberose and turmeric: “I chose tuberose for its heady, fresh side and aromatic spice, which echoes turmeric. Turmeric, in turn, has tuberose floral fresh notes. Then, I gave more texture to the accord, so I added spicy notes like nutmeg. Finally, Sandalwood is used as a binder to link the different elements”. 
  • Takashima forest: It is the vision of a small village and a Shintoism temple located in the middle of rice fields. Sichuan pepper, combined with cypress and bergamot, represent the fresh, resinous notes of the branches of the trees; watery synthetic notes like florol and florhydral, which reflect the humidity of August. Finally,  mineral notes that smell of stone like ambrinol, associated with smoky notes like cade, along with mate for its dry herb note symbolizes the image of this village.
  • Sandalwood pepper: It has a base of sandalwood and musk topped with pepper, infused saffron reinforced by a myrrh complex, and resinoid incense.
  • Lumière de cuir: “The main idea with this creation was to recreate leather illuminated by the fresh, zesty, and vibrant note of ginger”. It has a smoky, woody spice dimension, which is contributed by the olibanum and the Chinese cedar. Ginger’s rose note is heightened by a rose floral heart (citronellol laevo) in order to prolong the fresh note throughout the fragrance. The most interesting part of this creation resides in the duality of the spice and leather blocks.
  • Missed the webinar? Watch the full recording here:

 

 

On Thursday 2 July, we participated in the Barcelona Olfaction Congress, which was a day filled with fascinating and thought-provoking content from experts across the industry. Our expert, R&D scientist Dr. Felipe San Juan, gave a presentation on Eurofragance’s fragrance technology and body odor management.

  • Felipe presented our fragrance technology and body odor management solutions and expertise that can be used to solve sweat issues. 
  • When asked about his experience at Barcelona Olfaction Congress 2020, he said, “I was very pleased and delighted to have contributed to raising the profile of the technological and innovative capacity we have at Eurofragance. I believe this can contribute to the image of the company and help it grow.”
  • Fragrances have helped people to fight against malodors for centuries.
  • Body malodors have a complex origin and nature: Bacteria producing powerful odorant molecules by transforming, mainly sweat, a necessary physiological element. This makes it difficult to combat.
  • Many solutions for malodor removal are offered in the market. Some of them like antiperspirants or bactericides can have a negative effect on our health.
  • Fragrances are an effective agent to fight against sweat malodor.
  • Perceptual coverage, chemical elimination, and microbiological prevention are the three mechanisms by means of which fragrances can be active against negative odors.
  • Breakable fragrance microcapsules are a key solution to make fragrances really effective when malodor problems are noticeable during the day. 
  • Fragrances are an integral solution against body malodors: awful odors are removed, pleasant sensations are delivered, and without any negative effect on our health.

On Friday 3 July, Eurofragance’s KAM and perfumer Bettina Perisson participated in a round table discussion on “The Universe of Perfume: History and Sensory Synaesthesia”.

  • When asked about her involvement in the online round table event, Bettina said, “BOW this year, for me, has been a clear proof that everything can be done with enthusiasm, imagination, and passion. It seemed impossible that something could have been done in such difficult circumstances but everyone who participated, I think, felt we had to work together to take this challenge forward!”
  • Bettina continued to say, “It was very good to be able to listen to people from other arts explaining how their disciplines are and to see how their ultimate aim is also to touch the emotions, to make us live special moments through the senses and to heal the soul.”
  • Bettina explains that, as a summary of what she discussed, everything is valid in the language of perfumery, even borrowing attributes from other senses, such as touch or taste (rough, smooth, bitter..)
  • The perfumer ends up building a personalized dictionary that translates the perceptions, attributes, and emotions of the consumer into olfactory notes. 
  • Everyone in Bettina’s roundtable discussion agreed that perfumery is an art, that it is linked in a sensory way to all other arts and that it makes us live and feel unique moments. 

BONUS event: III International Perfumery Contest (Mouillette d’Argent)

  • On Saturday, to finish off the week of events, we attended the III International Perfumery Competition award ceremony at Ca l’Antigua Art Space in Teià.
  • 12 perfumes were competing to win the “Mouillette d’Argent”. 
  • Each year, the creations must be made around a specific note, and the choice for this edition was pepper. 
  • Four of the 12 finalist perfumes were created by our perfumers Belén Garcia, Soizic Beaucourt, and Julia Pastor. 
  • The independent jury, chaired by the master perfumer D. Rosendo Mateu, selected “Pepper & Pear” by Julia Pastor as the winner. Congratulations, Julia!!

As gold sponsors of Barcelona Olfaction Week 2020, we were thrilled to have been part of such a great week of events that ended on such a high note!

Thank you for joining us online! We look forward to seeing you in the future.

If you enjoy what we’re doing, please connect with us on our social media platforms. If you have any photos from the event, we’d love to see them. Tag your posts #Eurofragance and mention us @eurofragance. 

Spicing Things Up Creations Lucas

Lucas & Spice Up Your Fragrance Perfumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spice Up Your Fragrance Perfumes

Julia Pastor receiving the Mouillette d’Argent.

Eurofragance attends the III International Perfumery Contest (Mouillette d’Argent).

Spice Up Your Fragrance

Eurofragance Expands into China with New Office

Eurofragance Expands into China with New Office

All of us at Eurofragance would like to wish our team, customers, partners, and affiliates in Asia a warm and happy Chinese new year! As we usher in the start of the year of the rat, we would like to share some exciting updates in the region with the world.

With 2020, a new opportunity to activate new energies emerges, and, as astrologers say, this year is expected to be about progression and starting a new project with great strength. 

So, our new project is… drumroll… China! In August last year, we created our new entity in China. Our presence in Asia has now been strengthened by this decision and we will be working with a trusted local manufacturing partner to get things off the ground.

We are looking forward to working with a new (growing) team to keep the production local. This way, we can be fast and agile in delivering our products to new clients. We’re also open to domestic partnerships!

This new Chinese year is great for improving ongoing projects. We currently have a small presence in Shanghai, and we are hoping to continue growing as 2020 gets underway. Next, we will be turning our attention to all things sales!.

So, what does the year of the rat have in store for Eurofragance? Simply, it presents us with the chance to seize every opportunity that comes our way to grow our team and presence in China and capitalize on our momentum.

We will be reaching out to customers and scaling our business very proactively. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to reach new milestones.

Eurofragance’s Perfumers School

Eurofragance’s Perfumers School

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.

“És possible”, a perfume to remember

“És possible”, a perfume to remember

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.

Jasmineair, Aquaoud, Cardamon’fire, Shamamia!…  The olfactive itinerary of Nomad Tales

Jasmineair, Aquaoud, Cardamon’fire, Shamamia!… The olfactive itinerary of Nomad Tales

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!