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Autumn Aromas

As the weather cools, new fragrances bring warmth to scented products. Here’s what we’re smelling across seasonal and limited-edition releases this fall.

Earthy Citrus

Herbal and woody notes add earthy complexity to citrus scents. White Barn describes its Fall Citrus Harvest fragrance as “a golden, earthy blend of zesty lemon, mint leaves and thyme.”

Trendsetters: White Barn Fall Citrus Harvest Gentle Foaming Hand SoapYankee Candle Fallen Leaves CandleLush Bat Art Bath Bomb

Dark Florals

Brands offer a seductive take on floral scents for fall and winter, blending strong florals with spicy and woody notes. Sana Jardin’s Jaipur Chant and Victoria’s Secret Lotus Desire mean to evoke an evening garden.

Trendsetters: Mrs. Meyer’s Mum Multisurface Cleaner, Victoria’s Secret Lotus Desire Fragrant Moisturizing Body Lotion, Sana Jardin Jaipur Chant

Pumpkin Latte

The pumpkin spice latte trend is still going strong. Inspired by the beloved fall beverage, fragrances combine notes of creamy vanilla, fall spices, and of course pumpkin.

Trendsetters: Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, Voluspa Spiced Pumpkin Latte Home Ambiance

To request samples, email [email protected]

Trending Kids’ Fragrances

While back to school looks different for everyone this fall, families are stocking up on seasonal essentials and learning supplies. Here is a look at the top trends in kids’ fragrances with notable product launches to engage the senses.

Wonderful Watermelon

Fruity fragrances remain hugely popular for children and watermelon scents are trending across product categories.

Trendsetters: More Than Magic Watermelon Hand Sanitizer, Dial Kids Tear Free Watery Melon Body Plus Hair Wash, Pillow Pets Sweet Scented Watermelon Ladybug Plush Toy.

Classic Sweets

The Toy Association identified nostalgic brands as a key trend for 2020. Look for sweet treats inspiring fragrances and imagery in toys and stationery.

Trendsetters: Dr. Stinky’s Scratch-N-Sniff Stickers Charleston Chew, Kid Robot Yummy World Sandy Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Plush, MGA Num Noms Snackables Silly Shakes Candy Corn Smoothie

Great Green Apple

Consumers commonly associate the smell of green apple with “fresh” and “clean,” making it one of the most popular fragrance notes in kids’ personal care products.

Trendsetters: Suave Silly Kids Apple 3in1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Bodywash, Aussie Kids Bloomin’ Apple Detangler, The Mane Choice Green Apple Kids Leave-In Conditioner

Super Stinky

Uniquely smelly scents— think Socks, Dirt, and Moldy Sponge, bring a fun surprise to stationery and toys.

Trendsetters: Crayola Silly Scents Stinky Crayons, TOMY Stink Bomz Plush, Trend Enterprises Zombie Fruit Dirt Scent Scratch ‘n Sniff Stinky Stickers

To request samples, email [email protected].

The Top Trending Gender Neutral Scents

Leading brands are creating products that are gender neutral. We surveyed the market to identify the most popular scents in these universal products. Here are the fragrances trending now.

Seaside Herbs

The refreshing aroma of an oceanside garden features in a range of new products. Fragrances combine notes of sea salt, ocean air, and fresh herbs.

Trendsetters: Bath & Body Works Seaside Lavender Candle, Method Beach Sage Liquid Fabric Softener, Raw Sugar Peppermint & Sea Salt Hand Sanitizer

Cool Mint

Often associated with cleanliness, minty scents are trending across categories. Perfumer & Flavorist has declared a “minty moment for perfumery” and anticipates that consumers will increasingly buy mint-scented products in reaction to COVID-19. 

Trendsetters: Mrs. Meyer’s Peppermint Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, Ooly Pastel Mints Scented Highlighters, Garnier Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo Mint Mojito

Uplifting Grapefruit

Classic and sophisticated grapefruit fragrances brighten products created for use by everyone. Grapefruit shines both on its own and in more complex blends. Aesop says, “Our newest body cleanser is an uplifting blend of Petitgrain, Grapefruit and Lemon.”

Trendsetters: Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser, Molton Brown Vetiver And Grapefruit Eau De Parfum, Nest Grapefruit Reed Diffuser

To request samples, email [email protected].

Meet Armando Baez, Key Account Manager for Orchidia Fragrances

Road to Orchidia Fragrances

I began working at Orchidia in 2013. I had worked in different labs but Orchidia’s philosophy of promoting from within was the deciding factor for me. In fact, one of my biggest accomplishments at Orchidia was my promotion to Key Account Manager. I quickly learned that Orchidia’s work environment is very friendly and everyone is passionate about what they do, and I think that translates into our fragrances.  

Most Memorable Orchidia Project 

Orchidia’s tradeshow booths have always been extravagant and unique. The brainstorm for one year’s tradeshow booth was to create an immersive virtual reality experience that included fragrance. I was able to contribute to the project by providing a company that created a scent dispensing mechanism that worked directly with the virtual reality experience. I had only learned of the company by attending technical symposiums in Asia that are based around fragrance technologies. I believe this all speaks to Orchidia’s innovative spirit. 

Favorite Thing About Working at Orchidia 

The people! I created lifelong friendships working at Orchidia and being apart of different departments has just introduced me to more amazing coworkers. 

Interesting Facts! 

  • Favorite Fragrance: Cherry. A certain cherry scent takes me back to my childhood.
  • Favorite Hobby: Fitness. I love finding new and exciting ways to exercise and believe it to be the best treatment for mind, body, and soul.
  • Fun Fact coworkers don’t know: Due to the quarantine, I had to find more creative ways to exercise at home and yoga has definitely been my favorite. I’ve become an amateur yogi!

Summer Scents Trending Across Product Categories

Lush floral and juicy fruity are the fragrance themes of this summer. Here are the scents trending across limited-edition and new product launches right now.

Blooming Peony

Peony is a top fragrance this season and expected to have lasting power. Mrs. Meyer’s launched its limited-edition peony scent across applications while other top brands incorporated the floral aroma in their permanent lines.

Trendsetters: Mrs. Meyer’s Peony Dish Soap, Dove Renewing Peony and Rose Oil Body Wash, Avon Flourish Peony Rosé Eau De Parfum

Succulent Peach

The summertime staple fruit lends an invigorating and nostalgic feel to numerous product applications. Fragrance characters range from sweet and juicy to light and refreshing.

Trendsetters: Bath & Body Works Georgia Peach Candle, Victoria’s Secret Peach Nectar Lip Gloss, Vagisil Scensitive Scents Peach Blossom Bath Bomb

Lush Lilac

Lilac or “millennial purple” is a key color in fashion apparel for the year. Simultaneously, limited-edition home care and popular personal care products feature fragrances with a prominent lilac note.

Trendsetters: Febreze Lilac & Violet Car Air Freshener, Native Lilac & White Tea Deodorant, Love Beauty & Planet Indian Lilac and Clove Leaf Shampoo

To request samples, email [email protected]

Brands Shift How Consumers Trial New Products

With limited in-store interaction, brands must change how consumers test new products. This month, The Benchmarking Company conducted a study that found 73% of U.S. women intend to continue buying beauty products online-only even after shelter in place mandates are lifted. For products where fragrance is an integral part of the user experience, brands offer alternatives to testing in person. Here are three ways companies are pushing the trial of new products.

Regimen Kits

In personal care, regimen kits offer full beauty routines in a smaller size with a lower cost commitment. The Benchmarking Company found 42% of U.S. women currently want regimen kits that meet their specific beauty needs.

Trendsetters: Target Beauty Men’s Grooming Kit, Bliss Spa to Glow Gift Set, elf Cosmetics Skin Hit Kit

Curated Subscription Boxes

In scented products, curated subscription boxes give consumers the flexibility to test a plethora of products from home. Users can even submit their preferences to tailor the products they receive. The Benchmarking Company found 45% of U.S. women want self-curated beauty boxes.

Trendsetters: Ipsy Glam Bag, Vellabox, Scentbird

Discovery Sets

Trial-size sets let customers test several fragrances before committing to a larger size. In candles and fine fragrance, these scents are often designed to combine. For example, Skylar’s Sample Palette encourages shoppers to “use these delightful minis to discover your new signature scent or layer multiple scents to match your mood.”

Trendsetters: Skylar Sample Palette, Voluspa Votive Candle Set, Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Sampler

Try our Scent Adventurer collection. Each fragrance stands alone and layers with the other fragrances to create bespoke scents.

Fig & Oak

Earthy yet sheer. The fruit and leaves of the fig tree deepen to a base of oak and moss, revealing a sense of understated sophistication.

Lemon & Amber

Crisp lemon blends with sheer florals against the lingering warmth of amber and musk. The subtlety of this scent lends itself to effortless pairing.

Peach & Musk

A whisper of jasmine reveals notes of velvety white peach over a base of musk. Lends creamy warmth to other layers.

Sea Salt & Water Lily

Gentle greenness mingles with water lily on a subtly tangy base of sea salt and ocean air. Imbues other layers with an airy aquatic feel.

Rose & Oud

Juicy raspberry notes infuse rose petals with jam-like sweetness on an alluring base of precious oud. Adds opulence and sensuality to other layers.

Pear & White Blossom

Juicy notes of crisp green apple and ripe pear bloom into a sensual base of freesia. Accentuates other layers with sweetness and bright floralcy.

To request samples, email [email protected].

Responding to the Covid-19 Crisis

We caught up with Laura Dembitzer, Director of Marketing & Communications, to discuss how Flavorchem and Orchidia Fragrances are responding to the Covid-19 crisis and what the future holds for the flavor & fragrance Industry.

How has the pandemic affected the demand for flavor and fragrance ingredients?

As restaurants and food service establishments close or limit service, sales of retail grocery items continue to surge. We are experiencing an increase in order volume for flavor and color ingredients to keep up with this rising demand. Retailers are under great pressure to restock cleaning and sanitizing products, a critical public health need. Fragrance is a key ingredient in these products and production is especially critical now to meet the sudden increased consumer and retail demand.

What long-term impacts do you foresee for food and fragranced products?

We will see policy changes across the board. Many of the leading restaurant chains and food delivery platforms in the US have already made changes to their employee benefits and operations, in addition to implementing new sanitation processes. The pandemic will have lasting impacts on consumer behavior and business operations. We are taking a proactive approach to ideating new ways of doing business in a virtual environment to service and support our customers. This will include virtual food demos, tastings, fragrance trainings and innovation sessions.

Practically speaking, can you tell us more about what measures Flavorchem and Orchidia Fragrances are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between workers in plants, warehouses, and other operational facilities?

We implemented a Covid-19 response plan that outlines the company’s preventative measures. A few highlights include sanitizing common touch surfaces like keyboards, door handles, and chairs at least twice during each shift by authorized personnel. As an added safety precaution, we adjusted shifts to provide greater separation of employees. This is meant to allow time for the sanitizers to work and for air exchange. We are extremely grateful to all our dedicated employees who have changed their daily lives to accommodate these shift changes. Contactless drop zones have been designated across our campus for items that need to pass between multiple departments.

If any worker in a plant, warehouse, or other operational facility tests positive for COVID-19, what are you prepared to do to prevent other workers from contracting the virus?

The health and wellness of our employees, customers and partners is our top priority. We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep our employees safe and healthy. As long as we are able, our global operations will continue to function even under the most stringent protocols, so we can do our part to keep supply chains open and support essential food and fragrance manufacturing.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM ORCHIDIA FRAGRANCES

To Our Valued Customers and Partners,

As the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic develops, our top priority at Orchidia Fragrances is the continued safety of our employees, customers, and suppliers. We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and implementing measures to ensure the health of our employees and deliver customer orders safely and on time.

Orchidia Fragrances is functioning at full capacity by instituting a robust operational and sanitation response plan that is reviewed and updated daily based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state, and local health experts and in accordance with industry best practices. All employees that can work from home have been instructed to do so. We will continue to closely monitor the supply chain and advise customers should we experience any delays in raw materials.

We are proud to meet the needs of our customers who are providing critical household cleaners and disinfectants to retailers and institutions across the country and around the globe. Orchidia Fragrances is ready to help supply ingredients to support the manufacturing and production of existing essential items. If your company needs fragrance ingredients, please email [email protected].

Communication is more important than ever in these times of uncertainty. Additional updates with pertinent information will be provided as the situation changes. We are grateful for your business and support during this challenging time.

Thank you,

The Orchidia Fragrances Team

Responding to COVID19

March 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Customer,

Orchidia Fragrances continues to be in contact with our suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Purchasing Department has obtained notification that factories in China are showing a rise in activity and there are improvements with transportation. They are also closely monitoring other countries where the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing. Alternate suppliers are being contacted if necessary. Any delays will be reported to our customers as the information is known.

Orchidia Fragrances has cancelled business travel until further notice. Movement between our buildings has been limited and all meetings are being held via phone or video conference. Onsite meetings with outside visitors have been cancelled.

We are providing our employees with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are reminded to stay home if they feel ill. Sanitation frequency of door handles, bathrooms and break areas has been increased. Awareness notices have been posted and emailed to all employees. Social distancing (6 ft) is being practiced in our facilities where possible.

We will continue to communicate any information to our customers during this time as it becomes available.


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or your salesperson.

Thank you,

Stacie Obman
Director of Regulatory Compliance
Orchidia Fragrances
Ph: 630/923-8100 x185 Email: [email protected]

Inside the Booming Trend of Philanthropic Products

With the holiday season and #GivingTuesday upon us, we’re looking at how brands and consumers are giving back. Over 70% of Millennials actively consider company values when making a purchase, Forrester reports. On top of this, consumers want products they consider ethically responsible. Top brands are responding by enabling consumers to make a charitable donation through their purchase. Here’s how.


Generating Buzz with Limited Editions

From celebrity-backed ketchup to work boots, charitable limited edition products are trending across categories. Not only do these products drive social media mentions, they give brands the opportunity to test drive a new product or packaging style.

  • Jo Malone is donating 75% of the sales of its special edition Lily of The Valley & Ivy Charity Candle to charities that support people affected by mental health problems.
  • This October, The Better Skin Co. donated 100% of proceeds from its Super Shield Serum to iGoPink, a nonprofit focused on breast cancer awareness and prevention.
  • Kiehl’s donated 100% of the net profits from the sale of its John Legend Rare Earth Mask to Earth Day Network, a global nonprofit that organizes environmental volunteer events.

Empowering Artisans and Communities

Many indie brands incorporate giving in their business model by employing local artisans to make their products. These brands spotlight the positive impact that each purchase has on the lives of real people.

  • Thistle Farms sells natural home and body products made by “women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”
  • Fragrance company Sana Jardin trains and employs women from an indigenous community in Morocco. These women keep 100% of the proceeds from the products they sell.
  • The Soap Co. makes luxury soap-based goods that are all “handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.”

Championing Nonprofits

A growing number of brands donate a percentage of sales to partnering philanthropic organizations. These products appeal to consumers who want assurance their dollars are going directly towards a noble cause.

  • A portion of every purchase from beauty brand Tatcha goes to Room to Read, a nonprofit that funds girl’s education and literacy in Asia and Africa.
  • Bridgewater Candles donates a portion of its proceeds to Rice Bowls, an organization that provides food to children in orphanages. The brand explains that each candle purchased provides a child with three meals.
  • Lush donates 100% of the price of its Charity Pot lotion to grassroots organizations focused on social justice, animal rights, and environmental protection.

Try our trending fragrances inspired by the spirit of charitable giving this holiday season.

Blue Spruce & Pine
Cardamom
Vanilla Icicles
Lavender & Sage

To request samples, email [email protected]