Olfactory Culture

Cannabis, the transgressive green

The last few years have seen an increasing number of creations inspired by marijuana.
An overview of the olfactory interpretations of the plant, as seen through the eyes of perfumers Olivier Cresp (Firmenich) and Nicolas Beaulieu (IFF).

Actualités

SIMPPAR: Ingredients as fuel and off you go!

The International Exhibition of Raw Materials for Perfumery (SIMPPAR) was held on June 1 & 2, 2022, after three long years of anticipation. It provided the opportunity to not only learn about the latest developments and ingredients that will be used in future formulas, but also (and most importantly!) to finally be together again.

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Quintis Sandalwood competition finalists, Global Winner category

The 10 finalists for Quintis’ Sandalwood Reimagined competition were recently unveiled, with the two winners to be announced at WPC in Miami in early July. Who were the five senior perfumers chosen, and what inspired them? Here are their profiles.

Perfumery and sustainable development: behind the messaging

When packaging goes green

Can eco-responsibility and luxury cohabit when it comes to bottling and packaging fragrances?

Perfumery and sustainable development: behind the messaging

Inside the lab: rationalising, not rationing!

At a time when every area is concerned by sustainability issues, what steps are creation houses taking to cut the amount of waste generated in their laboratories? Let’s take a quick look at some of the best ideas.

Perfumery and sustainable development: behind the messaging

Towards a more virtuous synthesis?

From biodegradable molecules and biotechnologies to renewable carbon, the perfume industry is developing new processes to create molecules with reduced environmental footprints to meet the challenges of sustainable development and growing consumer demand for naturalness. But has petrochemical synthesis said its last word?

Perfumery and sustainable development: behind the messaging

Natural raw materials: plants, essences and people

Brand messaging regularly gives the impression that natural perfumery is all there is to sustainable perfumery, playing on the mirage conveyed by rose pickers happily at work as the sun peeps over the horizon. Can naturalness be so easily considered the best way towards a more responsible production?

Olfactory education: how to cultivate your nose

Becoming a perfumer: an obstacle-strewn path

While the profession of perfumer is inextricably linked to the notion of competition, the long, arduous path that leads to it is equally competitive.

Olfactory education: how to cultivate your nose

Where to train as a perfumer

From specialised schools and university courses to in-house schools at composition houses, there are several paths open to anyone who wants to make perfumery their profession.

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Dreamwood – the woody scent that dreams are made of

Firmenich is launching its fourth ingredient created using their white biotechnology, Dreamwood*. Through the alchemy of various substances science and nature have combined to transform sugar into a sandalwood scent.

With the support of our principal partners