Fragrance creation has many components— from the ingredient selection and formulation process to evaluation, each scent must deliver the experience it promises. With evolving consumer demands, technology in the fragrance industry must advance to meet these innovations.
Osmose chief technical officer Pascal Torres joins Perfumer & Flavorist+ to discuss the common challenges faced by fragrance professionals during the evaluation process and how the company’s resources can assist in overcoming those obstacles.
What are some of the challenges fragrance professionals are facing during the evaluation process?
Pascal Torres [PT]: There are three main components during the evaluation process:
1. An important phase in the creation of fragrances is the comparison—comparing your creation with competing products, or comparing your own creations with each other.
2. Evaluating the product in the environment for which it was designed.
3. Finally, the evaluation tests must be carried out in a neutral environment, not polluted by the previous test and where the most common challenges are face:
- This environment must be representative of real life, of the place where the consumer will use the product (an office, a shower, a bedroom, etc.).
- The tests must be reproducible. A test performed with the same parameters should give the same result. During a comparative test, only the product tested should have an impact on the result.
- Decontamination must be effective and rapid. The evaluation booths are both marketing tools (presentation to end customers), but also production tools (in creation mode). The number of tests that can be performed in a day should be maximum. The decontamination phases must therefore be the fastest, and very effective so as not to generate cross-contamination.
How does Osmose’s Scent Box differ from what’s currently available for fragrance evaluators?
What makes Scent Box more versatile for users?
PT: Osmose has been designing and manufacturing olfactory evaluation cabins for nearly 30 years. A cabin is not just a ventilated box, it is a technological product, with a catalog of more than 50 options. It is a real industrial product, designed by digital simulation and full of innovations. Osmose offers evaluation cabins of all sizes to cover all evaluation applications (from shower to bathroom size).
The Scent Box is a new experience in terms of olfactory evaluation. Simple and effective, the Scent Box works in three steps—configure, evaluate and decontaminate. With flexibility in mind, fragrance evaluators can assess a wide array of products including candles, perfumes, personal care and even home care.
The Scent Box can simulate any room size, any climatic environment (temperature and humidity), making it possible to evaluate many samples with reliable and reproducible results.
The Scent Box is an economic asset—increasing the number of tests in a reduced space and with a reduced financial investment with the added benefit of the Quick Purge function that allows you to quickly chain the tests one after the other.
Can you touch on the added benefits that the Osmose Scent Booths provide for fragrance evaluators?
PT: As mentioned above, Scent Box offers precise control over assessment conditions, such as room size, temperature and humidity. This allows evaluators to simulate different environments in which the fragrances will be used, which is essential for understanding their performance in real-life situations.
The benefits can be summed up in 7 points:
1. Tests in a neutral environment, without cross-pollution
2. Simulation of rooms of different volumes
3. Simulation of different climatic conditions (temperature and humidity)
4. User-friendly and easy to use
5. Easy to install or move
6. Space saving
7. Lower budget
In terms of equipment, what kind of equipment is valuable for streamlining lab procedures while also ensuring quality control?
PT: Osmose can support you in the design and optimization of your laboratories and factories. Among these solutions, we also offer a second family of products—The smart-Flow Range. It is a new generation hood, based on push-pull technology.
The smart-Flow guarantees absolute safety for laboratory operators while having the capability to not disturb the weighing phase, down to the thousandth of a gram. The smart-Flow divides airflows by 6 and operating costs by 30. In one sentence: smart-Flow protects better and consumes less.
Osmose products are available worldwide. They cover all needs for olfactory evaluation and source capture of gaseous or powder pollutants, in the laboratory or production workshop.
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