Our Professions

A world of scents and flavours



The intoxicating fragrances of tropical plants and authentic freshness of lavender fields in Provence …

Our natural raw materials come from the heart of our lands of production so we can offer the very soul of the fragrances to our customers, i.e. specialists of fine perfumery, cosmetics and aromatherapy and food and pharmaceutical industries.

All our aromatic ingredients scrupulously comply with French and international regulations.
Therefore, we pay special attention to analysing the naturalness, allergen levels and colour of our essences.





100 % pure and et natural essential oils



The care taken to harvest and produce essential oils is of vital importance. Indeed, the origin of the plants, the harvesting processes and extraction methods determine the final characteristics of the oil. This is why we carry out rigorous controls in our production areas in the Indian Ocean and Ukraine and keep a close watch on our partnerships with local producers in Provence and Latin America.

Our essential oils are therefore guaranteed 100% pure and natural.

Our range of world essences reveals the great abundance of nature:

– Provence: lavender (true, clonal), lavandin (grosso, abrial, super, sumian), hyssop, tarragon, cypress, etc.

– Indian Ocean: ylang-ylang, clove buds and stems, neroli, geranium, patchouli, petitgrain, etc.

– Eastern Europe: coriander, Clary sage, Artemisia, dill, caraway, fennel, etc.

– Latin America: orange, lemon, grapefruit, petitgrain, etc.

– Fine essences: carrot, lovage, parsley, cypress, camomile, etc.

– And a whole range of Organic essences: lavender, peppermint, sweet mint, ylang-ylang, neroli, etc.

All the certificates of origin, purity and naturalness of our essential oils can be supplied on request.

Certificates issued: analysis reports, physico-chemical technical specifications, safety data sheets, non-GMO certificate, BSE certificate, food compatibility certificate, IFRA certificate, certificate of conformity with Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC. Ecocert and USDA NOP certification.



Allergen light



To respond to our customers’ concerns, we have carried out a detailed study on the level of allergens present in our essential oils and developed ranges and/or products that are hypoallergenic and do not require further labelling. This study integrates the instructions in the 7th amendment of the 1976 European directive on cosmetics (76/768/EEC).

Therefore, we offer a selection of essential oils with naturally low levels of allergens (less than 1%).

We have also developed a range of “Allergen-light essential oils” with lowered levels of allergens: camomile, geranium, lavandin, lavender essential oils. Other essences are being studied and will soon be added to this range of natural raw materials containing very few allergenic substances.

Certificates relating to “food allergens” and “Cosmetic Directive 2003/15/EEC cosmetic allergens” will be supplied on request.



Flavour and fragrance compounds suitable for all applications 



Flavour and fragrance compounds suitable for all applications

Our teams of technicians and fragrance creators listen carefully to our customers and offer them flavour and fragrance compounds suited to their activity. They are creative, responsive and skilled, anticipating customers’ needs and providing them with a competitive advantage in their markets. We strive to regularly supply our customers with the raw materials used in their products at precise dates. We are committed to meeting deadlines and offering the best value for money.

Working alongside customers, our research and development teams design products targeted to specific applications.

We use our know-how to manage colour standards and offer clear or colourless essential oils. Our analytical and colorimetric research has allowed us to develop a range of specialities like rectified Gurjum, rectified Peru, concentrated Citrus, rectified Birch, etc.

Moreover, we offer nature’s vibrant tastes and smells through concentrated essential oils, washed citrus fruits, deterpenated, rectified or customised essential oils and balsam, rubber and tar essential oils.

We have a wide range of water-soluble essences that are easy to use and essences that can be diluted in any proportions.

We provide terpenic fractions, natural isolates and essential oil by-products.

Our production facilities in the Comoros and Ukraine are specialised in the creation of concretes and absolutes.

Finally, we develop a wide range of synthetic raw materials, Cis-3-hexenol by-products and various Aroma Chemicals.

Our legislation department processes product questionnaires and supplies certificates required for each delivery, such as: analysis reports, safety data sheets, physico-chemical technical specifications, purity certificate, naturalness certificate, IFRA certificate, certificate of conformity with Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC, cosmetic allergens certificate Cosmetics Directive 2003/15/EEC.

For flavour compounds, our raw materials all have food compatibility certification and a FEMA number.

In application of Article R1342-3 of the French Code of Public Health: Hazardous substances. Comply with special handling precautions

Technological know-how



Our team offers a large selection of natural, made-to order ingredients. To do this, we have efficient equipment:

- Distillation columns to produce essential oils by steaming (continuous distillation) on the sites in the Comoros and Ukraine.

- Extraction plants to produce concretes in the Comoros and in the Ukraine.

- Tanks for combining and blending to homogenise and prepare the orders.

- Continuous filtration and centrifuge machines.

- Continuous filling lines for packaging (from 500 kg to 15,000 kg).

- Drying ovens for solids and pastes.

- Distillation columns for the rectification and deterpenation process.

The quality of our productions is scrupulously monitored by laboratories equipped with tools to test colours, measure physical properties (density, refraction index, rotary power), measure chemical properties (acid index, peroxide index, phenol concentration, aldehyde concentration, ester concentration) and carry out gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, bacterial and organoleptic analysis.



Herb products



For thousands of years, peoples’ lives have been influenced by the use of medicinal plants. From generation to generation, nature has generously provided them with plant remedies to ensure their physical and mental well-being. As long ago as 4000 BC, Sumeriens inscribed the first plant remedy formulas on clay plates in the Middle East. The Egyptians (2700 BC) made aromatic products such as fragrant oils and waters and cosmetic dressings for body care and embalming. The Greeks and Romans also used a lot of aromatic products. Even then, Hippocrates recommended essential oils for their curative properties.

Nowadays, the curative properties of plants are attracting more and more consumers concerned about their health and well-being. To meet this demand, we have developed a line of dried plants and essences to be used in aromatherapy for their antiseptic properties (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and pest control), for indoor hygiene (prevention and treatment of infectious diseases), for beauty treatments, for relaxation, etc.



Special announcement

Following the sale of its shares in its subsidiary FLORESSENCE, fragrance compositions division of the ELIXENS Group, our website will undergo some modifications and certain pages will no longer be accessible.
With this transaction, the ELIXENS group will now focus its activities on the Aromatic raw materials business (essential oils, hydrolates and specialties) in conventional and organics, through its affiliates ELIXENS France, ELIXENS AMERICA Inc. and ELIXENS UK ltd.






Unique tastes



Flavours are sources of emotion and pleasure, inspiring product loyalty.

Taste asserts the character and identity of food.

As producers of sweet and savoury flavours, we help our customers enhance their products and preparations through our inventive flavour creators, our technology and innovative approach.

With a close eye on changes affecting the food industry and on consumer trends, we have a certain expertise in the industrial challenges facing this sector and we give top priority to food safety.





Production


The technicians at Elixens France, Elixens group’s Flavouring division, develop made-to-order aromatic formulations according to customers’ specifications for end use and regulatory compliance. They strive to offer the highest quality at the best price, by creating a unique flavouring that is both suited to a customer’s processes and a perfect match for end consumers’ tastes.

We produce a wide range of flavourings that comply with European Directive CE1334/2008 and that offer a vast spectrum of tastes:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Exotic fruits
  • Yellow fruits
  • Red fruits
  • Warm flavours
  • Flowers and plants
  • Spices and condiments
  • Ethnic flavours
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Liquorice
To meet each sector’s technological requirements, all these flavours come in various forms: liquids, emulsions, powders, atomised, granules and extruded.



Sweet flavours



Whether they want a simple lemon essential oil or an elaborate citrus fruit flavouring for drinks, we offer food manufacturers a large assortment of sweet flavours to enhance their preparations.

Beverages

Our drink flavourings can be adapted to suit all requirements - to cheer up a non-alcoholic drink with a touch of caramel, apricot or cola or to enhance an energy drink or alcoholic cocktail (Margarita, piña colada, tequila cocktail).

Confectionery - Chocolate

Recapture all the magic of childhood in the taste of a sweet. Strawberry or cola are just two of the delicious tastes in our extensive flavour bank.Our flavour creators can design unique combinations - a marriage of chocolate and raspberry and a wide range of tropical flavours to suggest exoticism. We develop flavours for all types of applications – gumdrops, toffees, fondants, chewing-gums, coatings and chocolates.

Biscuits - Viennoiserie - Pastries

The evocative power of taste.... For Marcel Proust, a madeleine cake was enough to conjure up his entire childhood. Our flavours enable biscuit producers to make delicious biscuits, coatings and fillings.Every day, we come up with new formulas that correspond to a customer’s request or offer new sources of inspiration.

Dairy products and ice-creams

A taste for each dairy product.... Our flavours and natural extracts can be adapted to all types of dairy products: set or stirred yoghurts, milk drinks, ice-creams and sorbets, cheeses, etc.Our technicians can also prepare tailor-made products or blend different profiles to give a flavour an inimitable taste.

Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical industry customers also benefit from our know-how and experience in food industry flavourings. We have been awarded BPF certification by ANSEM (French agency for health product safety) and are developing flavours to address the specific challenges facing this sector (for example, toothpastes, mouth washes, etc.).



Savoury flavours



Adding a note of coriander to an Asian dish, spicing up some seasoning with a touch of hot pepper or enhancing some crisps with a bacon flavour – our flavour creators can offer a whole range of flavours for savoury preparations. We develop flavours suited to all types of dishes, from ready-made meals to snacks and to all modes of preservation, from vacuum-packed food to frozen food.

Ready-made meals

Our flavours invite you on a Mediterranean escapade or gastronomic tour. Our research centre works in close collaboration with our customers to develop the appropriate flavour, whatever the end product: canned meat, canned vegetables, vacuum-packed or frozen ready-made meals.With their ethnic and exotic flavours, our aromatic products are intended for a great variety of preparations: lasagnes, paella, raviolis, stuffed tomatoes, beef bourguignon, cassoulet, etc.

Snacks

To provide consumers with fast and tasty meals that they really enjoy, we have a whole range of flavours, spices and seasonings that can be used in a great variety of snacks. These mild and tasty ingredients such as bacon, cheddar, cheese, onion, salsa, meat, etc. greatly enhance the sensory quality of finished products.

Our technological know-how allows us to design innovative flavours which meet the specific requirements of the fast food industry and ensure the preservation of taste and quality.



Flavours for animal nutrition



Animal nutrition specialists also benefit from our overlapping skills. Indeed, our experience in the food industry allows us to develop a wide range of tastes and to extend our creative capacities.

We offer a range of food flavourings suited to each type of animal. For cattle, anise, fenugreek, etc. For pigs, vanilla, tutti-frutti, etc. Apple, cocoa or carrot flavours for horses, banana or thyme for rabbits and a whole range of flavours for pets.

Our flavour designers aim to make animal foods more appealing, while ensuring that breeders can use them just as easily.



Quality, regulations, know-how



Quality

Our expertise in dealing with industrial challenges facing the food industry has led us to give top priority to food safety.

In 1994, our production site in Saint Ouen l'Aumône set up a process to control the quality of its products and services. This process bore its fruits in 1996, when we obtained ISO 9001 certification for our quality management system (version 94), followed by ISO 9001 certification (version 2008).

An HACCP study compliant with Codex Alimentarius instructions confirmed the quality of our manufacturing methods.

In accordance with regulation 178/2002/CE, laying down procedures in matters of food safety, we scrupulously implement the rules related to traceability, information, notification and the control of products. We are in regular contact with ANSM (the French agency for health product safety) and we constantly control the quality of our products.

Finally, in November 2014, ELIXENS France obtained FSSC 22000 certification, positioning the company among the pioneers of French flavor manufacturers. By obtaining this certification ELIXENS France confirms its teams' daily involvement in food safety measures within the company, a global safety and quality policy the ELIXENS group has been attached to for many years.

By choosing to adopt the FSSC 22000 standard, ELIXENS France joins a most demanding and efficient food safety scheme, to benefit both internally and for its customers:

  • A single, globally-accepted standard that is recognized in many countries,
  • Uniform food safety procedures that are applicable worldwide,
  • Improved communication with trading partners by means of a unique auditing platform,
  • Better understanding and implementation of HACCP principles, helping identify, evaluate, and control hazards related to food safety throughout the food production and its supply chain,
  • A driver for continuous improvement, due to ISO's known management system approach,
  • Obligation to achieve results, allowing nevertheless free choice of means to get there,
  • Improved food safety hazard control.

Regulations

The legislation department is actively involved in all orders, enabling us to check that Directives and Regulations on flavourings are properly applied, depending on the country.

The legislation department processes our customers’ product questionnaires and provides them with all the certificates they require (Kosher, Halal, GMO-free, BSE-free, allergen-free and Organic).

All our material safety data sheets are available on http://www.quickfds.com using product code.

Skills

To create our flavours, we have three laboratories, each of which has its own specific skills. One laboratory specialises in sweet formulations for producers of dairy products, beverages, confectionery, biscuits, etc. Another specialises in savoury formulations to address the challenges facing producers of ready-made meals, snacks, condiments, etc. And the third application laboratory tests our flavours in the finished products.

We have six production workshops equipped with powder and liquid mixers, emulsifiers/homogenizers, atomisation towers, granulators and distillation columns, reactors, terpene removers (total capacity: 2,500 tons per year).

Finally, our analytical laboratory tests incoming and outgoing products and performs chemical and physico-chemical analyses (gas-liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, densitometry, flash point, refractometry, spectrophotometry, pH metry, etc.) and some microbiological analyses (total aerobic mesophilic flora, yeasts, moulds and coliforms).

In application of Article R1342-3 of the French Code of Public Health: Hazardous substances. Comply with special handling precautions
La nature déploie une palette extraordinaire de saveurs et de senteurs. En maîtrisant les étapes de la chaîne de production aromatique, depuis la culture des plantes à parfum jusqu’à la livraison des précieux extraits, nous partageons avec vous la sensorialité que la nature nous inspire.

Nos ingrédients






A word on quality

Because quality is not just an empty concept, we implement a policy involving the certification of our products and manufacturing methods. These certificates, issued by independent and respected organisations, are safety assurances for consumers or end-users. We keep a constant watch on the legislation that effects the fragrances and flavours industry.

The ELIXENS group has a long time commitment to implementing environmentally friendly methods throughout the whole chain of production, ensuring consumer safety and the promotion of natural substances. Our subsidiaries have been awarded ISO 9001: 2008 certification.

Our organic products have been certified by Ecocert, an international certification body recognised by public authorities. This certificate guarantees that environmentally friendly methods have really been implemented throughout the whole chain of production and vouches for consumer safety and the use of environmentally superior natural substances (equivalence with NOP import certificate - for export to the USA - USDA Organic)

In the Drôme region (in the heart of France), our raw material suppliers are farmers of the Sica Bioplantes cooperative, France’s leading producer of Organic medicinal and aromatic plants. This represents 30 different plant species cultivated on 400 hectares of land free from chemical pesticides, fertilizers or weed-killers. The soil is nourished with compost made from straw from the distillery. Everything produced by Sica Bioplantes is certified by ECOCERT.

Following the takeover of Sanoflore’s Raw Materials division in March 2010, which is accompanied by an exclusive partnership with Sica Bioplantes, the ELIXENS France division, member of the BIOPARTENAIRE association, has been recognized having an organic domestic fair trade commitment. Monitored and controlled by ECOCERT, it is authorized to attest its involvement in organic domestic fair trade approved by ECOCERT Environnement, according to ESR standards (Fairness, Solidarity & Responsibility) for a large number of its locally produced raw materials, essential oils, hydrolates and floral waters (list of products recognized ORGANIC FAIR TRADE on request).

In accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), we scrupulously observe essential good manufacturing practices with regards people, hygienic conditions on the premises, manufacturing operations, labelling, packaging and quality control of aromatic raw materials.

In accordance with European Cosmetics Directives 76/768/EEC and 2003/15/EEC, we guarantee the quality of our products, the absence of extracts and ingredients derived from bovine, ovine and caprine tissues and liquids and the absence of animal experimentation.

Within the framework of Reach, European Regulation 1907/2006, we have pre-registered the chemical substances that we import or produce when quantities exceed one ton per year within the European Community.

With regard to raw materials used in pharmaceuticals, we have obtained GMP certification from ANSM (National agency for health product safety, in France) stating that we observe Good Manufacturing Practices.