Soap Cycling Singapore is an NGO that works with students, hotels, businesses, volunteers, and charities across Asia to recycle soap. In a movement to improve sanitation and hygiene, the organization collects, cleans, and renews gently used soaps that are about to be thrown out. Its efforts help support recycling and greener living, as well as waste reduction by distributing soap to regions without it and that need it most.
Soap Cycling was founded in 2012 by David Bishop, a law professor at The University of Hong Kong, and a group of his students. In 2017, operations started in Singapore, pioneered by students from the National University of Singapore.
We had the opportunity to connect with Jacqueline (Jackie) Tan, Soap Cycling Singapore’s partnerships manager, to discuss the organization’s journey and mission. She explained the recycling process that the organization follows, from initial collection to final distribution.
The process starts with the collection of lightly-used soap from local hotels in Singapore. “At the moment, we are saving 510kg of lightly used soap from the incinerator,” she explains.
Next, the soap is sent to Soap Cycling warehouses, which rely on partnerships. As in any other company, growth happens in small steps; after years of storing soap under their beds, one of their local partners has offered a modest storage place and activity spaces for volunteering sessions. “We experience an amicable collaboration here. This local charity is serving the migrant workers community in Singapore. Injured workers cannot work, so we compensate them by giving them tasks they can perform and covering their transport, leases and food costs” explains Jackie.
The soap is then sorted, recycled, and distributed to the needy with the help of NGO partners. In 2019, they distributed over 300kg (7,500 soap bars) in Singapore and the nearby region. Besides their local distribution, they also sent out soap to Indonesia and The Philippines.
To face down the COVID-19 crisis, Soap Cycling is joining forces with charity partners to distribute soap to vulnerable populations. “Our partners have already hand sanitizer and masks, so we are putting together a care package that we distribute. So far, we have distributed this care package to 1,800 workers in the past 2 weeks,” Jackie adds.
When asked about where she sees Soap Cycling moving in the next 5 years, Jackie explained that the organization wants to keep supporting the Singaporean and migrant worker communities and expand rapidly so that it can provide soap to disadvantaged communities throughout Southeast Asia. Moreover, she sees the future of the organization including liquid soap collection and recycling.
Eurofragance has contributed immensely to Soap Cycling Singapore’s recent development, and that’s just the start. We are going to continue to support this organization so that more projects can be undertaken and developed, and even more people can be helped.
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!
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+.
Floral fragrances are some of the favourite ones during this season
Spring is well-known to be a season where our senses are especially sensitive, where emotions are felt with more intensity than in other seasons. It is a magical time of year, in which many flowers bloom and green landscapes replace brown ones. It’s the right period for floral fragrances which are actually the favourites during this season.
Forsythias, azaleas or cherry blossoms are some of the flowers blooming in spring. However, there is one flower that takes the lead role in this season. It is a beautiful one, commonly used for romantic purposes and also widely used in perfumery. Can you guess which one is it? Yes, that is right, it is the rose.
There are different rose´ species, up to 100! Among them we find Damascus Rose or Rosa Damascena. Damascus Rose is a rose hybrid. Native of Iran, it was carried to Syria, and then brought from Damascus to all Europe. Damascus roses only bloom thirty days each year. Besides, the blossoms are still picked manually, and the picking is always a race against the sun as these roses have to be picked before sunrise.
Furthermore, Rosa Damascena is very well considered by its enchanting scent and also associated to health benefits. It is believed this type of rose has got anti-aging properties as well as a positive effect on the treatment against anxiety or stress. Actually, Damascus Rose is not only used to create perfumes but also to produce essential oils and cosmetics.
There is also another type of really famous rose called Centifolia Rose. The so-called Rose of the Hundred Leaves or Rose de Mai originates from the Caucasus although it is cultivated mainly in Morocco, and other countries with smaller production: Italy, the Balkan republics and Tunisia. Centifolia Rose blooms from 20 to 25 days in May. Its harvest is so splendid that, if in the morning its flowers are plucked, the next day they are again in full bloom.
Centifolia Rose along with Rosa Damascena are two of the rose types more used in perfumery. Their intense scent is much valued, not only for feminine fragrances but also in masculine and infantile perfumes.
No doubt why spring is the time of floral fragrances, fresh scents which make us feel energetic and relaxed in equal parts, scents which have a pleasant effect on our mood.
At Eurofragance, we explore the senses. We work with new types of perfumed textures that trigger surprising sensations. The main goal is always the same: to capture sensations for our unique fragrances to provide consumers with wellness and happiness.
Let spring scents captivate your senses!
What do we know about the philosophy behind Feng Shui and the role of fragrances on it?
Feng Shui is a philosophical method coming from China and consisting of harmonizing the environment that surrounds us so this environment has got a positive effect on ourselves and our visitors.
This method is usually practiced in different places: houses, offices, buildings, etc. Furthermore, the well-known five elements are essential for Feng Shui: water, metal, earth, fire and wood. They represent nature`s energy.
According to Feng Shui, the way we organize furniture, decoration and rooms -either at home, office or buildings- has got an effect on our mood and wellbeing. So, it is time to re-think how we dispose different objects in our surrounding environments.
You might be wondering what fragrances have to do with Feng Shui. Well, the scents we choose for our personal space or our company`s offices are also important to create pleasant atmospheres, rooms where we feel relaxed, we feel good. We have previously talked about the power of fragrances to create unique atmospheres. Hence, the value that fragrances add to the practice of Feng Shui.
Some scents have a pleasant effect on us, boost our energy, make us relaxed…Imagine then a room where everything is just in the right place and where the air is fragranced with scents like jasmine, lavender, peppermint, lemon or rose, depending on your emotions and your taste.
It is actually common that specific fragrances have an effect on our mood, on our feelings and emotions. This leads us to a practice called aromatherapy, which is based on the belief that various natural scents have an intrinsic ability to influence mood, cognition and health. For example, jasmine is used to relieve anger, increase confidence, ease depression and as aphrodisiac while lavender is good to relax and peppermint is best for relieving stress.
Are you ready to improve your wellbeing by practicing Feng Shui along with aromatherapy? Have a look at your surrounding environment, what would you change? Now, smell the room you are in. Do you like the scent or you would rather choose another air freshener?
At Eurofragance, our perfumers, fragrance evaluators, sensorial marketing teams and technical application experts work together to design the perfect fragrance combination for a welcoming environment.
Expertise, creativity, passion and technology are key to create fragrances for products such as air fresheners, candles, detergents, softeners…The main purpose: to offer wellbeing through our fragrances.
Because wellness starts at our surrounding environment.