Original and copy

A good idea is recognizable by the fact that it gets stolen. - Gerhard Uhlenbruck

Of course, we notice when our products, our blueprints, even the structure of our website, operating instructions or formulations from our texts are copied and slightly modified or often even published directly in our version by third parties.

Where it would annoy others, we are proud, because it shows that we are the original and a role model for them.

The entire portfolio of our products is developed, designed and also manufactured in our company. This enables us to pay attention to the best solutions and highest quality for every single part, every raw material and every ingredient. We know which high-class and matched individual parts our technology must be composed of in order for it to function optimally and be long-lasting. We know exactly what we need to create a perfect fragrance composition. We know which ingredients a cleaner needs to achieve the highest performance. We know how to help when the customer has a problem. We know all this and so much more, because the experts for these questions are all sitting in our company and can exchange ideas and inspire each other. We have our own ideas, we ask our customers about their needs, we have the creative potential.

The customer has a query? - No problem, we train our employees for this.
An own fragrance creation for your spa? - Of course! You can get it from us.
The customer needs a special solution? - No problem, we have the right experts for that too.
The technology must be adapted to your special constructional conditions? - Don't worry, we can do it!

Where products are designed in-house, there are no problems. There are solutions.

According to the saying: "often copied and never reached" the imitations of our work are therefore a real confirmation, because they show that what we create is so good that others cannot find a better solution and therefore copy it exactly the way we have been doing it for years. And that makes us proud!


Usage of Kemitron fragrances in certified facilities

There are many different certifications for spa, sauna and wellness facilities. Since the certification requirements can vary immensely and there is no uniform regulation, we would like to inform you about the usage of our fragrances in these facilities.
In principle there are no specifications, which connect selected products to assigned facilities! Like in other areas, the quality of the products is of crucial relevance for systems to run easy and on low maintenance.
In this context, a lot of individual components go hand in hand: for example fragrances based on emulsifiers can leave residues and congest pipes and valves. Therefore we do not use emulsifiers as fragrance carriers at all instead we use alcohol, which volatizes residue-free and allows the fragrances to unfold in a dependable and consistent quality.(1)

The name Kemitron stands for highest quality
First-class fragrances need time to develop. To let the aroma unfold in the best way possible and therefore to ensure an unique experience for your customers, quality is of vital importance. Kemitron is well aware of its responsibilities and puts major attention to keep the entire value-creation chain from the finest selection of the odoriferous substance, to the development, through to production in our own hands. Our corporate philosophy obliges us to sustainably protect nature and the environment by handling resources carefully – namely in a holistic way, with the purchase of raw materials as well as the use of our products. We know that only high-quality oils create a long-lasting fragrance experience and therefore ensure a healthy relaxation. This is why at Kemitron we use a high concentration of natural essential oils. Because only they achieve the wide variety in modes of action on both body and senses. They are only supplemented with nature-identical oils, if natural raw materials are banned or difficult to acquire for reasons of natural conservation or the protection of endangered species, or are too ex- pensive as natural oils that the end product cannot be marketed at a reasonable price.
Sustainability on principle
All odoriferous substances and fragrances we purchase and use in manufacturing our products, are subject to the IFRA standard codex (2), which is based on scientific analyses of the RIFM (3). This sophisticated composition is one fundamental reason for the fact, that Kemitron fragrances remain stable in their intensity, even if the container has been in use for a while. We see this also as an essential contribution to a considerate handling of nature. Furthermore our Aromee products are remarkable for their high yield, efficiency and therefore for their cost-effectiveness. We have taken a conscious decision not to use water-based emulsions as well as emulsified fragrance compounds and the associated addition of preservatives. On this account we have not been informed of any health-impairing effects or other reactions resulting from Kemitron Aromee products. A confirmation will only be valid to the extent, that it can be verified that original Kemitron products were used and the dosage recommendations complied with.


(1) Also read our blog post “Fragrance solution or fragrance emulsion in sauna and steam bath?”on our homepage www.kemitron.de under Company -> Blog
(2) IFRA: International Fragrance Association – A glo- bally accepted, recognized and self-regulating system of the industry, based on risk assessments carried out by an independent Expert Panel.
(3) RIFM: Research Institute for Fragrance Materials – The RIFM Database is the most comprehensive, worldwide source of toxicology data, literature and general information on fragrance and flavor raw materials.

 


Menthol – the cold fragrance magic

In the past, menthol was used in mixtures with camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus and sage in cold-drops or creams against rhinitis.
In the meantime, it has been incorporated in other areas of application. In sauna and wellness-facilities infusions with menthol addition are now very widespread and have become vital. The cool and icy menthol effect is a fixed component of polar ice infusions, in heroic Terminator infusions it even is the center of the show, rotgut infusions use the cold-unfavorable properties.
The cooling effect in the usage of menthol occurs through the contact with the cold receptors on the skin. Due to the quick evaporation via the receptors a cold stimulus is activated, which causes a seemingly cooling effect. The skin temperature stays constant and the cooling effect is therefore only simulated.
Menthol is a white to colorless, needle-shaped crystal that is mainly pulled out of the essential oils of plants of the menthe family and other labiates.
The winning of the crystalline menthol is performed by freezing out the ultrapure peppermint oil by minus 40 °C. The most plain peppermint odor contains the left-turning menthol, which is extracted from the Mentha piperita plant.
Mostly the japanese peppermint and the chinese Mentha arvansis, which both contain more than 70% menthol, are used for the manufacturing of mint oil. Important cultivation areas exist besides the heartlands also in USA, Brasilia and India. Many other plants, mainly labiates, i.e. rosemary, thyme and sage as well as some nettle species also contain little amounts of menthol. It is soluble in alcohol or essential oils, but not in water. 
Every year about 20.000 tons of menthol are manufactured, whereby around 70% come from natural plant-based mint oil with the rest being produced synthetically.
Menthol is versatile:

  • As disinfecting addititve in spray agents, i.e. against mites in beehives
  • In food products: Candies and liquors (main application field)
  • Fragrance area: perfumes and scented fragrances
  • In spa and wellness: Experience showers, sauna infusions, ice fountains
  • Cosmetics and hygiene: Toiletry, hair tonic, bath products, dental and oral care products
  • Medicine: Ointments and rubs against skin irritations due to insect bites, minor burns and anti itching. In ointments menthol can also have an antispasmodic effect, i.e. for gastrointestinal discomforts.

However, it should always been paid attention: Careful with overdosage! As with many other things, menthol is harmful in too great quantities. Therefore, always read the instructions on the package. And don’t remove the crystals with bare hands.


Fragrance solution or fragrance emulsion in sauna and steam bath?

A wide variety of fragrances surround visitors during a visit to a sauna or spa, and they are used there for a reason. fragrances influence our mood and health.

If fragrances are to be purchased for the sauna, wellness or spa area, however, the choice is immense. One of the decisions to be made here is whether to use alcohol- or emulsion-based fragrances. These definitely have differences, which we would like to explain today:

In fragrance solution and fragrance concentrate, the essential oils are dissolved in alcohol. Due to their composition and the largely continuous evaporation process, alcohol-based fragrance solutions can be used very sparingly and thus economically. They are quickly and completely absorbed by the vapor. Contact times are short. Residues in the steam bath only occur if the steam contact time is too short or the dosage is not adjusted to the steam flow.
Excess amounts of the solutions are also quickly absorbed, and the specific odor of the essential oil arrives unaltered in the steam bath cabin. In the sauna, the fragrance solution evaporates without residue on the stone, the fragrance remains stable and can spread with the steam in the cabin.

In contrast, in fragrance emulsions (fragrance milk), the essential oil components are dissolved with the aid of an emulsifier and water. Since these emulsions are usually produced in mixing processes, a high emulsifier content is required for this.
The evaporation process is significantly less favorable in the case of fragrance emulsions. This is because the water portion condenses only incompletely, while the emulsifier (up to 20% of the emulsion) does not condense at all. The non-evaporated portion of the fragrance emulsion remains in the line and impedes the steam flow or runs as a greasy distillate from the steam nozzle into the booth. However, since a larger part of the essential oil is bound in the emulsifier or in the emulsifier-water mixture, this part flows off unused together with the distillate. In saunas, the emulsion leaves a layer on the stones.
In order to maintain the same fragrance intensity, this increases the consumption by up to several times the amount used in comparison with the solutions.
The amount used can be reduced even further if the dosing arrangements are unfavorable, e.g. if the steam contact times are too short.
Alcohol-based fragrance solutions allow quality monitoring by simple means, whereas this is virtually impossible with emulsions. Thus, parts of inferior essential oils (so-called "terpenes") as well as inadmissible emulsifiers (e.g. technical emulsifiers) can be incorporated into emulsions. This can lead to reddening of the mucous membranes and skin irritation during use.
Non-homogenized emulsions tend to segregate quickly, meaning that the oil and water phases separate from each other and the oil floats on top of the emulsion. If they are segregated, even remixing (intensive shaking) does not help; they can no longer be mixed completely uniformly.
Phase separation results in considerable differences in the quality of fragrance supply to the room when dosing emulsions, since the aqueous phase contains no essential oil, but the oil phase floating on top consists of the essential oil components. In addition, the different composition of the phases also leads to sticking of the metering pumps and the steam nozzle.
Likewise, the inherent odor of the emulsifier can override the specific odor of the essential oil. In addition, emulsifiers and aqueous solutions often distort the plant character and reduce the properties.
Immediately after opening the container of the fragrance emulsions, germination begins, which is accelerated by storage in warm rooms. This can be delayed by the addition of preservatives. Thus, emulsions have a shelf life of about 6 weeks.
Alcohol-based fragrance solutions do not have this germination problem. They remain stable in their mixture and the fragrance intensity remains the same, even if a container is in use for a longer period of time.
The use of fragrances in saunas, steam baths, warm air and aroma cabins supports the preventive health properties of the application. Therefore, care should be taken to ensure that fragrance solutions contain mainly natural essential oils. Alcoholic solutions enhance the characteristic radiance of the essential oil and support its properties, the plant character is preserved.
In summary, this means that we at Kemitron always use alcohol instead of emulsifiers (emulsion or emulsion milk) as a fragrance carrier in the manufacture of our Aromee products, and for good reason: with very good fragrance development, alcohol supports the quality and leaves no residue on the sauna stone or in the pipes of the steam bath.


Fragrance is life

A journey through the conceptions of the ancients on gods, incense, aromatic plants, and fragrances


The importance of fragrances in the ancient world

From the earliest human history until the early classical period, fragrances were exclusively reserved for the use of rulers and the priestly class. Only these groups were believed to have the knowledge and capabilities to use fragrances and incense to set up contact to the world of gods. The healing effect of aromatic plants, woods, and the fragrances themselves were discovered early, and knowledge of these powers systematically collected by emperors and other rulers. They enjoyed the unlimited respect of a god-fearing population, for – in established imagination – only those with almost divine powers could have the knowledge of healing. More than 3,500 years ago, the ancient Egyptians had the following proverb, known throughout the land:

“A day without fragrance is a wasted day.“

Original saying adapted

Egypt – The cradle of fragrance culture

To this very day, Egypt is known as a country of fragrance culture. It was there that the importance of fragrances and aromatic compounds for everydays life was first recognized.

Thus the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who reigned in Egypt from approximately 1470 to 1445 B. C., issued a divine decree that, from then on, incense, fragrances, and cosmetics were no longer to be permitted to the priestly class and the ruling family alone, but could also be used by all Egyptians, regardless of the social class.


Düfte

In many ancient cultures it was the widespread opinion that the gods only subsisted on the winds and fragrances sacrificed by humans: the “per fumum”.

Also dance, song, and music were believed to represent food for the gods, in some parts of the ancient world. Therefore burnt offerings, fumigation, and fragrance sacrifices were a way to talk to the unearthly, the heavenly – the gods – to be mild and merciful. Furthermore, they served as some sort of food for the gods. For it was believed that the gods were close, and divine protection assured, if people surrounded theirselves with the fragrances of smoke and incense.

Tradition of ayurvedic medicine and perfume manufacturing

The origins of ayurvedic health concept date at least 5,000 years back to the foothills of the Himalayas in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent.

Characterized by “veda” (knowledge), it already knew the positive effect of plant aromas as well as herbs, spices, resins, and minerals. Fragrances, that are distilled essences of plants and flowers, were appreciated not only for their medicinal properties, but also as natural perfumes. The tradition of manufacturing perfume (the distilling of fragrances) can be traced back to earlier than 3,000 B.C. Distilling equipment made of terracotta from this period has been found in western India and Pakistan. Leather bottles were also used for distilling.

The importance of fragrances in other advanced civilizations

In other advanced civilizations at times of the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, as well as in the early Indus civilization (around 2,800 B.C.) and the high period of the Harappan culture fragrances, aromatic plants, plant extracts, and cosmetics were used only by the priestly caste during religious ceremonies and funeral rites to communicate directly with the gods.


European fragrance culture

Offering, object of exchange, protection against diseases or seduction – the history of fragrances and perfumes reflect economy, medicine, faith and customs of different eras.

  • By the end of the 19th century under the influence of the upper bourgeoisie, the modern perfume industry develops. At the 1868 World Exhibition, the first purely synthetic perfume is presented.
  • In the Age of Enlightment, hygiene is recalled, finer fragrances are preferred, great importance is attached to make-up and hairstyles, and people submit to the dictatorship of fashion. Eau de Cologne is invented by Jean-Antoine Farina.
  • Perfuming over washing – based on the model of Versailles, men and women of the classical era mask their body odors with perfume. It is the age of perfume and powder manufacturers. Grasse und Montpellier compete to get medical herbs and aromatic plants.
  • The great discoverers of the Renaissance introduce new raw materials from America and India. Alchemical recipes are replaced by first chemical treatises. At the royal courts, a competition about the secrets of beauty starts.
  • In the Middle Ages, crusaders bring raw materials and perfume techniques from the oriental region to Europe. It was believed, that good odours keep out epidemics and enhance physical well-being.
  • In ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, salvationand scented plants, woods and resins were given to the gods as a sign of devotion. Incenses, oils and balms were used by rich and poor people to get close to devine.

Aromatic plants for healing

The use of wild herbs and aromatic plants for ritual purposes and for treating illnesses, extends even further back in human history.

According to legend, the Khoisan people, an ancient tribe in southwestern Africa, knew the use of wild herbs more than 100,000 years ago. They had already established familial structures and developed communities with their own language and close social ties. According to an evaluation of more than 2 million DNA data, conducted under the aegis of Prof. Stephan Schuster of Pennsylvania State University, the Khoisan were among the first modern human beings on the planet. Today, every person alive is directly descended from these ancestors.

Aromatic traditions and rituals

Incense plants, resins, and blossoms were widespread in the ancient world; apart from a few, mostly local exceptions, the same sources of fragrances were used everywhere.

Among the most popular and widely used sources were quince seeds, jasmine flowers, gum mastic, myrrh leaves, rosemary, lavender, juniper berries, cedar wood, oud or agarwood, lotus, and rose petals. The enthusiasm of the ancient Egyptians for flowers and fragrances cannot be explained simply by a fondness for pretty blossoms and pleasant fragrances, but has a deeply rooted religious basis. Thus it is that the word “bouquet” in the ancient Egyptian language uses the same hieroglyph and has the same meaning as the word “life”. It is this tradition that gave rise to a flower ritual performed at funerary ceremonies.

Bundles of aromatic flowers and bottles of fragrance were placed in the coffins that even the gods in the afterlife would still be able to smell the favorite fragrances of the dead. The basis for this tradition is the custom of cultivating flower gardens, widespread in Egypt and originally adopted from the Babylonians. This was done everywhere, even in the cities, to offer a pleasant environment for conversations with the departed, who were allowed to leave the underworld and visit the world of the living in the form of birds.


Perfect sense: With top, middle and base

Well-balanced fragrance compositions

A fragrance is recognized as a harmonious ensemble if three different scent profiles – the top-, middleand base note – blend perfectly with each other. These can vary widely, not only in the length of the effect but each of them also plays a distinct role in the complete concept of the fragrance composition.

Top note
The first thing perceived when a fragrance is tested is the top note. Its role is, to attract interest in total for the fragrance. Naturally, the top note is defined by refreshing, lively and high volatile aromatic substances. Examples for top note essential oils are citrus notes, mint, eucalyptus and basil. Their intensity already evaporates after 10 min, since at that time the middle note of the perfume develops.

Middle note
The middle notes are semivolatile, and secure a smooth and sensitive transition from the first to the third phase. Within the fragrance progress they guide to the flowery, fruitysweet notes and are mainly characterized by floral, spicy and also woody elements. Examples of essential oils for middle notes are: Attar of roses, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, balm, resinous notes, ylang-ylang. This phase shapes the character of the fragrance; therefore the second phase is also referred to as core element.

Base note
The slow volatilizing base notes are the last part of a fragrance procedure of a fragrance composition and still perceptible after hours. Hence they are responsible for the lasting impression in the room, and – depending on the fragrance – very individual. Examples for essential oils for base notes are: Woody notes, resinous notes, vanilla, honey essence, cocoa, patchouli, thyme.


Place unique fragrance notes

We are always surprised and touched by fragrances, if they are – like a perfume – composed of a top-, middle- and a base note. Not for nothing the fragrance compositions of Kemitron comprise of several odoriferous substances. Thus fragrances are not only perceived but consciously experienced because they can be sensed very long. Our basic assortment consists of roundabout sixty permanent available fragrance creations with both, fruity and tender flowery scented notes as well as rejuvenating herb- and bitter woody notes. We complement this assortment with seasonally available fragrances.

This gives you a comprehensive selection, to offer your guests – depending on daytime, target group and occasion – unique fragrance experiences.

We attach great importance to advise you competent during the selection process on the characteristics, behavior patterns and tolerability’s of the right fragrance creation. For example, we recommend in saunas to use only flowery scents, whose character is not significantly changed by heat. Or we advise peppermint to increase the icy feeling in cold water mist.


Conserving resources & special attention on fragrance development

The name Kemitron represents the highest level of quality

Due to the causal network, the quality of the odoriferous substances is of vital importance. Kemitron is well aware of its responsibilities and puts major attention to keep the entire value-creation chain from the finest selection of the odoriferous substance, to the development, through to production in our own hands. Our corporate philosophy obliges us to sustainably protect nature and the environment by handling resources carefully – namely in a holistic way, with the purchase of raw materials as well as the use of our products.

We know that only high-quality oils create a long-lasting fragrance experience and therefore ensure a healthy relaxation. This is why at Kemitron we use a high concentration of natural essential oils. Because only they achieve the wide variety in modes of action on both body and senses. They are only supplemented with nature-identical oils, if natural raw materials are banned or difficult to acquire for reasons of natural conservation or the protection of endangered species, or are too expensive as natural oils that the end product cannot be marketed at a reasonable price.

Sustainability on principle

All odoriferous substances and fragrances we purchase and use in manufacturing our products, are subject to the IFRA standard codex, which is based on scientific analyses of the RIFM. This sophisticated composition is one fundamental reason for the fact, that Kemitron fragrances remain stable in their intensity, even if the container has been in use for a while. We see this also as an essential contribution to a considerate handling of nature. Furthermore our Aromee products are remarkable for their high yield, efficiency and therefore for their cost-effectiveness.

We have taken a conscious decision not to use water- based emulsions as well as emulsified fragrance compounds and the associated addition of preservatives. On this account we have not been informed of any health impairing effects or other reactions resulting from Kemitron Aromee products. A confirmation will only be valid to the extent, that it can be verified that original Kemitron products were used and the dosage recommendations complied with.


Fragrances are effective

Many fragrances have a very intensive effect on the human psyche. For example bergamot cheers up and encourages people, jasmine calms them down.

This is primarily due to the fact, that aroma sensations are closely linked to our feelings. Receptors that analyze the fragrance components and forward them via electrochemical impulse directly to the brain are located in the nose.

The signals of the olfactory nerve reach the brain center and affect the vegetative nervous system that controls heartbeat, respiration, body temperature, digestion, sleep rhythm and hormone release. They also affect directly the actual emotional center – the limbic system – which processes emotions and direct instincts. As a part of the limbic system, the hippocampus is responsible for establishment and structuring of long-term memory. This explains also, why fragrances cause spontaneous images and memories in our subconscious mind.