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01. August 2017

IHK Vocational Qualification Certificate in just one year

From nothing to a vocational certificate in one year: As part of a unique project in cooperation with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Federal Employment Agency), the IHK (Chambers of Industry and Commerce), and the Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein Business Academy), Frey + Lau GmbH has enabled five employees to retroactively obtain a recognized and accredited vocational qualification. The project is made possible by the “external students' examination” process. The German Federal Employment Agency supports this measure by providing financial support for training course fees, travel expenses, teaching materials and wage subsidies within the scope of the “WeGeBau” initiative, a Germany-wide program offered to employees over 45 years of age and those who do not have any usable certified vocational training.

Vocational qualification made easy? Far from it: the employees had to intensively study and prepare for the regular theory portion of the exam as well as the practical examination in just one year, on a part-time basis – a study course which would usually take two to three years at a vocational college. This can only be possible with full support from family and colleagues – and with so much backing, all five employees accomplished their goal and successfully passed the exam with good results. Unskilled employees thus became “Chemical Production Specialists” or “Warehouse Logistics Technicians”.

Frey + Lau is a co-initiator of the project and helped support it financially. CEO Claas Nendel says: "We feel strongly connected to our staff, and as a growing company, we are continuously looking for qualified, skilled employees to join us. It was therefore a logical step for us to enable our unskilled employees to document their expertise and know-how by obtaining a vocational qualification. Acquiring the specialized knowledge also lets employees understand their tasks better, and so the quality of work increases as a result.”
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01. August 2017

Sourcing Report: Visit to Mint Growing Regions

Specialized in essential oils of the highest quality level, there is good reason why Frey + Lau is one of the EU’s most renowned companies in the industry. To ensure top quality, our employees regularly visit the growing regions to get an accurate, up-close and personal overview of the supply situation of the raw ingredients. During the visits, fields and crops are inspected, samples are collected, the growth of the plants is assessed, and quality assurance audits are conducted.

Recently, Phillip Behrens traveled to India to check on the 2017 crop of the Mentha Arvensis, M. Piperita and M. Spicata mint species, and to give a first-hand report on what harvest yields can be expected.

Welcome news: For Mentha Arvensis, we expect a harvest yield in the Uttar Pradesh province similar to the one in 2016, i.e. 30,000-32,000 MT of crude mint oil. Although synthetic menthol has become an increasingly important commodity in recent years, it cannot cover the growing demand alone, so that the position of natural menthol on the world market is stable.

In the case of Mentha Piperita, all expectations point to a significant decline in production volume: The improvement of Piperita plants is stagnating, and at the same time, other plants are more attractive to farmers. While there were still 500 MT in 2016, the yield will fall well below the 400 MT mark this year. In the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab provinces, we estimate 175 to max. 200 MT. This is currently leading to extreme price increases, and we do not expect the situation to ease before the 2018 harvest! For the new crop year, the hope is that the current price hike will serve as an incentive to plant and cultivate a higher volume next year.

Unfortunately, the expected yield for Mentha Spicata is almost nonexistent: The cultivation trend in India is continuing to decline for this mint species.

In addition, new Goods & Services Tax (GST) laws in India are impeding payment transactions within the supply chain for mint products, which is also triggering price increases for them. Reimbursement of the GST will be considerably delayed, and the manufacturers will thus calculate higher sales prices for exports as well.

Even though Mr. Behrens brought back some figures that were not completely pleasing, at Frey + Lau, close contact with the producers is the foundation for a good and long-lasting cooperation. This approach lets us ensure that the raw ingredients meet our high quality standards.
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19. May 2017

Beautyworld Dubai 2017

A complete success with an oriental line: Frey + Lau at the 2017 Beautyworld

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17. May 2017

Frey + Lau on the run!

Henstedt-Ulzburg is running – and we are right along with it. The New York Marathon? It can’t ke
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05. April 2017

Fragrance Trends 2018

Day after day, we encounter a myriad of impressions and trends from many different areas of life. Ou
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Fragrance families

The diversity of fragrances: Our fragrance families. Fresh, spicy or fruity: We offer and develop the right fragrance for each product or field of application. Our fragrances lend harmonious notes to cleaning agents, cosmetics and candles. Since the world of fragrances is highly complex, it is divided into individual fragrance families. The following provides an overview of these fragrance families.

Citrus notes


Fragrance compositions based on citrus fruits are bursting with sparkling freshness and purity. Their primary components are citrus oils or citrus scents, which are generally associated with cleanliness. Whether lemon, bergamot, mandarin or grapefruit: these fresh fragrances are an ideal complement to all household and industrial cleaners and are an essential part of the top note of cosmetic fragrances.

Fruity notes


Fragrances with a clear, aromatic fruity note are particularly well-suited for use in shampoos, fabric softeners, cleaners and candles. Our fruity fragrance products feature the distinctive aromas of juicy apples, cherries, bananas or exotic fruits such as mangos and pineapples, evoking the feeling of summer. They can be wonderfully combined with floral, citrus and musk accents.

Floral notes


Fragrances with floral notes are sensual and tempting. The flower essences can form the heart note as well as the base or top note of a fragrance. They can be divided into the fresh-floral, exotic-floral, aldehyde-floral and sweet-floral fragrance families. Floral notes are often used in soaps and cosmetic products. The fragrance oils are
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Fragrances with floral notes are sensual and tempting. The flower essences can form the heart note as well as the base or top note of a fragrance. They can be divided into the fresh-floral, exotic-floral, aldehyde-floral and sweet-floral fragrance families. Floral notes are often used in soaps and cosmetic products. The fragrance oils are composed as rose, lily of the valley or jasmine scents. Multi-floral bouquets are popular too, which we like to supplement with green, fruity, sweet or fresh components.

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Woody notes


Elegant fragrance oils which smell like dried or freshly cut wood, bark or roots. The opulent, earthy, warm notes make you think of sandalwood, cedar, patchouli or the scent of the tropical grass vetiver. Woody notes are a perfect complement to strong top notes such as citrus, green or fruity chords. Woody fragrances are applied in many women's and men's perfumes, as well as in shower gels, cleaners and detergents.

Balsamic-sweet notes


A sweet chord with a warm, sensual character is typical for balsamic-sweet fragranes. Vanillin, ethylvanillin, heliotropin and cumarin are important components of this fragrance family, as is maltol. We like to supplement the resultant compositions with floral, fruity, green or woody accents. These fragrances are best suited for cosmetics and candles.

Oriental notes


We develop fragrances with a sensual-spicy character tailored to fit your ideas and wishes. Along with narcotic white blossoms, components such as cloves, cardamom, pepper and coriander are important ingredients. Patchouli, woody-balsamic nuances, vanilla and animalic notes round out the fond. The top note features fresh, citrus accents. The
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We develop fragrances with a sensual-spicy character tailored to fit your ideas and wishes. Along with narcotic white blossoms, components such as cloves, cardamom, pepper and coriander are important ingredients. Patchouli, woody-balsamic nuances, vanilla and animalic notes round out the fond. The top note features fresh, citrus accents. The character of sensual woods and resins as well as the opulence and sweetness of the compositions are reminiscent of the Arabian world. The in-trend note of oud, which is popular to use in home care and personal care, shares this same basis.

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Floriental notes


Just as in fashion, there are always new trends in fragrances. The floriental fragrance family has become increasingly popular, particularly in recent years. It unites the lightness of floral scents with the opulence and sensuality of oriental fragrance notes. It is distinguished by its sweet-floral fragrance concept, which is combined with slightly spicy and rich oriental accents.

Herbal-leathery notes


This fragrance family is characterized by a fresh, clear and natural note. We produce herbal-leathery fragrances from herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, mugwort and sage. Herbal-leathery compositions are especially popular in men's cosmetics, as well as in household products, washing powders and fabric softeners. They smell especially aromatic and are important components for the fougère family.
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