It’s a fact! Smells are intrinsically linked to a culture. It has been proven that tradition, gastronomy, climate, etc. influence the way we perceive and interpret smells. The smell of lavender, typical of Provence, does not have the same connotations for a French person as it does to people from Turkey, who are more accustomed to the piquant smell of spices. At Eurofragance we understand these differences and create fragrances designed to delight different target audiences.
Although our fragrances are found in more than 60 countries, our deep understanding of raw materials and consumer preferences in the Middle East and the Gulf area has made us a leading company in this market.
Oriental perfumery palette
How do the oriental and western palettes differ? Truth be told, there is a growing trend to use exotic raw ingredients in perfumes all over the world. One example of this is the famous sandalwood, which shows up in extremely refined fragrances, adding its characteristic woody, creamy, velvety nuances. With a gently warm, floral side, it is used as an ingredient in fine perfumery and cosmetics around the world.
However, there are some ingredients that appeal far more in the oriental market. One of these is oudh, one of our favourite raw materials, and the star ingredient in our Nomad Tales collection. Also known as black gold by perfumers, oudh is an extremely expensive raw material used only in the perfumery industry. This essence is produced when the Aquilaria trees, known as Agar, become infected by fungus. This ‘natural accident’ occurs when wounds appear in the tree bark, and the tree produces a dense, dark and fragrant resin that, once extracted, has a unique smell: powerful, woody, smoky and animal. This resin has been burnt in the Persian Gulf for hundreds of years as a way of welcoming guests. If you like fresh, fruity and floral fragrances, then oudh is not for you. Nevertheless, it is turning up more and more frequent in the Western World. You may have smelt a perfume that contains oudh, albeit in tiny doses.
We also use spicy scents like saffron and cardamom essential oil to give fragrances a more oriental appeal. And while we are on the subject of combining raw ingredients, we must mention shamama attar -another of the stars of Nomad Tales-, a mixture of wild flowers, aromatic plants, spices and wood, which is distilled in sandalwood. Each producer changes the proportion of the ingredients, which is sometimes a family secret.
At Eurofragance we understand raw ingredients and our expertise in the Gulf area enables us to create fragrances tailored to all segments and products. In other words, we use global resources to meet local needs.
There’s a quiet, peaceful revolution sweeping modern perfumery, a noticeable move toward more sophisticated, artistic creations. After years of fruity, sweet, young-style scents and fleeting trends that are here one day, and gone the next, consumers and brands have recovered their love for authenticity, a job well done, a view that perfume is art worthy of conservation and cultivation.
Niche perfumery has been important in awakening this new desire for higher-quality products, with history, more creative and artistic, which is encouraging consumers to select fragrances hampered by fewer commercial constraints, often creative follies that have been highly inspirational and beneficial to the sector.
Fragrance advertising has also had a role, with storytelling now more necessary than ever for connecting with consumers, who want to know the story behind the perfume, its inspiration, the origin of the ingredients.
Raw materials with a designation of origin
In fact, the source of raw materials has become an essential factor. Consumers are interested in how perfumes are orchestrated, their roots, where the components originate and if they are connected to their community: traditional aromatic plants like sage and lavender have crept back into the perfumer’s palette to give a sense of closeness and authenticity. Classic chords like fougère are updated with savoury, mineral and woody notes, giving rise to unique, modern, masculine chords.
White are back to women’s perfumery
This search for authenticity and tradition also explains the rise of white floral notes in women’s perfumery: tuberose, ylang ylang and sambac jasmine, enveloping, classic, feminine notes that languished for years, are back at the forefront of perfumery, this time brighter, modern, and transparent. They are found in major launches like Gucci Bloom and Gabrielle by Chanel. They share the stage with unfamiliar, exotic flowers like tiger orchids, hibiscus, tamarind flower, never previously used in perfumery that now shine as star ingredients that magic us away to faraway landscapes, enveloped in exoticism and mystery.
At the other end of the scale, local ingredients give us a connection to the community: aromatic plants such as lavender or rosemary, and vegetables like rhubarb or carrot, are back because our connection to the land, to something less artificial and more authentic, and to the sense of well-being that create.
Wood and authenticity in men’s perfumers
Men’s fragrances are also searching for authenticity, resulting in perfumes dominated by woody and balsamic notes. Wild and rustic, vetiver and cedar add the woodiness, and blended with the balsamic notes of laudanum and fir, they give natural, robust men’s fragrances with real presence.
Salty, mineral, exquisite aromas are the rising trend that counterbalances all this. Seaside, aquatic chords with sophisticated seaweed, minerals, touches of salt and ambergris, offer elegant, distinguished freshness.
Finally, unisex chords are proliferating in many olfactory compositions. Coffee, a masculine feature, is now a dominant ingredient in women’s perfumes. The line between men’s and women’s fragrances will fade in years to come.
Lastly, other formats are appearing in the market to please the millennials, a generation that dislikes classic formats and expects to find its favourite fragrances in previously unforeseen products. Haute perfumery is available in convenient solid format and in body sprays, ready to apply at any time, and select and niche scents will come in the form of home fragrances, fabric softeners and other daily products to become part of the fragrance storytelling consumers want.
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+.
Blue is the new green, get to know Oceanica trend
The first Personal Care trend we are unveiling is Oceanica, which has been taking more market share over the last two years thanks to the increasing concern about environment and oceans. The preference for more natural products is gaining ground not only in food, but also in the Personal Care category. Oceanica is based on the ocean as our main source for natural raw materials, which has made blue becomes the new green.
Oceanica has been introduced in the Personal Care market by lots of renowned brands that are selling products with marine extracts, algae, corals, and have also promoted them by ads that evoke oceans, seas, water, blue, etc.
New olfactive references taken from the oceans appear: sea salt, algae, moss or even sand. Salt is the latest trend for perfumery and cosmetics, and also algae accords appear in some niche perfumes. Algae appears also as an extract; it’s a non-food source, more sustainable than many natural ingredients and can prevent deforestation.
Marine raw materials bring a refreshing effect to fragrances and allow perfumes to transmit and reinforce some benefits, such moisturization or nutrition. Fragrances are a powerful tool to convey feelings or sensations, making a more holistic product.
This Personal Care trend sends a social message: the need of reconnecting with the seas. Hair and body care products created under this influence carry this feeling of wellness, pureness, vitality, exfoliation, hydration, etc.
At Eurofragance, we have been working on fragrances that follow Oceanica trend for products such as shower gel, hand wash or body lotions. These scents add sensations of freshness, well-being and energy to the products and have already captivated some brands within the personal care segment.
We keep working with PEOPLE, PASSION & CREATIVITY to Capture Sensations through our fragrances, to provide our customers with the most competitive scents for their products.
Eurofragance, where designing and producing fragrances become a sustainable art
Global warming, polluted air, contaminated water are some marks of human life on Earth. While we are writing this, The Independent just posted an article called Global warming didn’t pause, and is carrying on at catastrophic levels, scientists warn. It is, therefore, critical that us, human beings, start doing something about it.
At Eurofragance, we have always been environmentally responsible because nature is life, nature is the origin of our work, of raw materials, of fragrances. In order to perform our job with no harm for the environment, our company holds certifications such as ISO 14001, which shows that we work to reduce our environmental impact and be efficient while taking care of nature. We are committed to the environment and sustainability and so are our employees.
Over all these years, since company was launched 26 years ago, we have implemented different actions to help against global warming and ensure a sustainable fragrance design and production. Eurofragance complies with regulations such as the REACH Regulation that regulates the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances and preparations to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment.
We also take part of sustainable initiatives. In fact, we recently we were part of an initiative that has beem acknowledged by CNN. We joined forces with Educo and Eco-Soap Bank to carry out a charitable, sustainable project to encourage hygiene in Cambodian schools. Through this initiative -in which Markus Steger, General Manager of Eurofragance Asia Pacific, was involved- a total of 11,840 bars of soap were given out in 99 primary and pre-school schools, with an impact on around 20,000 children.
The project aimed to teach kids about hygiene and to encourage healthy habits to avoid health problems. Furthermore, the bars of soap were recycled and have been sterilised to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet.
Eurofragance is on nature´s side. Our company works every day to design and produce responsible fragrances, fragrances for perfumery, body care and home care products that Capture Sensations. We love what we do, so we made of our job a sustainable art.