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.
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!
How multiculturalism makes our company a better place
You already know the heart of Eurofragance. We have also talked about our amazing “perfume makers”. Some of our fragrances collections have been presented on this blog as well (Scentsoo, REMEMORIES, …). Time now for Eurofragance´s main raw material: PEOPLE.
Our team consists of more than 250 employees from over 20 countries in the world. They come from different backgrounds, cultures, specialities. However, they all are equally important for our main goal: Capturing Sensations through our fragrances.
Being an international company with family roots has allowed us to have a global perspective without missing the importance of local point of view. The cultural diversity in our workforce helps us enrich our knowledge, our vision and, of course, it is conveyed into fragrances that cater to a wide type of markets and publics.
Diversity is one of our best assets. We promote multiculturalism and having a multicultural team makes our daily routine enriching. We exchange experiences and knowledge with our colleagues and this allows all of us to grow not only individually, but also as a team. Apart from our day to day routine, which includes interesting activities such as the contest “Fragrance of the day”, we also organize some teambuilding activities (sport competitions, gymkhanas and outdoor activities).
People are the backbone of Eurofragance´s values so we also believe that developing their talent and promoting leadership and management skills are critical to achieving company´s and employee´s goals. Our Eurofragancers can achieve their maximum potential by permanently learning, focusing on their talents and enjoying what they do.
Only a happy team can work with passion and be creative. So, one of our aims is to get a work environment where our team can develop their skills, state their ideas, be innovative, dare, etc. To Capture Sensations, we must feel them before.
We are our PEOPLE. We are PEOPLE, PASSION & CREATIVITY.
“We firmly believe in the value of people and their capacity to take decisions as an instrument to make the company better every day”.
Santiago Sabatés , CEO.
Did you know that women represent the 56% of Eurofragance´s workforce?
We believe in equality. We work to establish a real equality. This is the reason why Eurofragance employs a total of 143 women out of its 254 employees. Women represent the 56% of Eurofragance´s workforce.
From the very beginning, since the company was created, we never had a doubt that this would be a company where men and women have the same rights and opportunities.
In order to achieve equality, we also apply measures that guarantee the same salary and the same work conditions for both women and men who are on the same role. We all at Eurofragance are different but we all are treated equally.
Some other measures we apply to all our employees are flexible timesheet, health assistance and health insurance. These procedures help employees to have quality of life and to adapt their work times to their personal life.
We are People, Passion and Creativity and only in a flexible and enjoyable working environment we can be passionate and creative.
Furthermore, we also work for equality outside our walls, collaborating with projects like Educo´s one. Educo is a global development NGO that acts in favour of children by defending their rights, especially the right to a quality education.
Eurofragance, specifically, helps Educo on the SHE grants program. These grants cover girls’ schooling costs for the first year of secondary school. Equality starts since we are born, by having the same opportunities, boys and girls.
Finally, we don´t want to finish this article without a big thanks to all the amazing women who work at Eurofragance. Thanks for your work, your ideas, your passion and your trust in this amazing project: Capturing Sensations all around the world to create captivating fragrances.
Happy International Women´s Day!