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Interview with Leo Zängerle
Scents with soul. We use our senses to perceive the world, and the natural
fragrances that we inhale strike an especially deep chord within us. Dr. Leo
Zängerle, Head of the Weleda Fragrance Competence Centre, explains their
DR. LEO ZÄNGERLE: Sensations of smells are closely
intertwined with memories and emotions, so it stands to reason that evaluating
fragrances is always a subjective endeavour. Depending on our experiences with a
given fragrance, we associate it with something positive or negative. Our scent
preferences can also change, for example, with increasing age or during
LZ: Human beings have an inner affinity for natural fragrances because they share the same roots in living nature. During the course of our lives, we have various experiences with fragrances and associate them, often unconsciously, with memories and emotions.
Synthetic substances can also engender such associations. However, natural fragrances are more manifold and complex, and thanks to our personal affinity with them, they strike a deeper chord within us on an emotional level and have a holistic appeal. Take for instance the alluring fragrance of a loved one, or the uplifting scent of a forest. Natural fragrances are not just dead matter; these substances carry the essentials of the plants in them.
LZ: One of the key characteristics of Weleda perfumery is
that we only use high-quality, natural raw materials for our fragrances. The
connection to nature and the use of authentic plant fragrances is essential to
our work, and is clearly recognisable in all Weleda fragrances because they are
not constricted or overlaid by components that do not stem from living nature.
It is only possible to develop holistic fragrances if we can assure the
naturally pure quality of the essential oils.
LZ: We go to great lengths to source pure, high-quality raw
materials for our fragrances. For example, we work hand-in-hand with the people
who cultivate and distil aromatic plants. We help them with issues surrounding
sustainable agriculture and the production of high-quality fragrances.
Each individual supplier is evaluated and inspected before we make our first
purchase. Key factors affecting quality include the proper maturation of
essential oils along with the transport and storage of the raw materials. We
then very carefully verify each shipment of incoming goods by testing its
quality in our cutting-edge physical and chemical analysis labs. But the most
important tools in the manufacture of Weleda natural cosmetics are the noses of
our perfumers. These experts review all delivered raw materials to determine
which of them should be more closely examined.
After all, the most advanced analysis device in the world can’t replace the
Dr. Leo Zängerle
Leo is Head of the Weleda Fragrance Competence Centre. As a chemist, he is
fascinated by how scents are created in plants, their composition and their
significance for both human beings and nature.
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