Create It.

Renewable. Responsible. Remarkable.

Are you ready to reimagine the future

of fragrance and flavor with us? 

The power of three: combining our unique expertise

We are using our expertise in Naturals, Synthetics and Biotechnology to invent a planet-friendly future.

By providing renewable ingredients that inspire creators and respect the environment – responsibly sourced and produced for present and next generations to enjoy.

Naturals

 

Working with our suppliers at source

 

Innovating at our Grasse Center of Expertise

 

Leading with extraction technologies and renewable processes

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Naturals

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Synthetics

 

Extending our legacy of discovery

 

Creating the iconic synthetics of today and tomorrow

 

Mastering green chemistry

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Synthetics

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Biotechnology

 

Building on tradition through super-science 

 

Leading a renewable carbon revolution

 

Delivering quality, efficiency, reliability and sustainability

Biotechnology

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Julien Firmenich
"Our renewable ingredients are responsibly sourced and produced to put people and planet first."

Julien Firmenich
VICE PRESIDENT PROJECT STRATEGY AND PROMOTION

Nature and Science combined to deliver ingredients that are original, renewable and emotionally charged. Come behind the scenes to find out more.

OUR INGREDIENTS TELL OUR STORY AND INSPIRE YOURS

Every Firmenich breakthrough since 1895, from iconic molecules to innovative extraction techniques, has been a stepping-stone to the next "first."

We learn from our past to improve your future.  

See what we have achieved in the "golden age of Green Chemistry."

1995-1998

Catalysis and supercritical CO2 extraction

Firmenich pioneered chemical catalysis with the launch of Paradisone® and launched the very first supercritical CO2 extract, a Pink Pepper, for use in perfumery. Our breakthroughs coincided with Anastas and Warner’s definition of the 12 Green chemistry principles.

1998

2010

Green Gate strategy and Naturals innovation

Two unique milestones set us apart: our Green Gate strategy, which ensures that all new molecules we discover or create will now be degradable, and our Naturals Center of Expertise in Grasse, France. Both demonstrate our commitment to protect and respect nature. 

 

 
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2014

Industry-first biotechnology ingredient

Firmenich unveiled Clearwood® - the first biotechnology ingredient available to our industry. It is 100% natural, 100% renewable, biodegradable and the start of an innovative sequence.

 

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Clearwood

2020

Three steps ahead in renewability and natural extraction

 

Two acquisitions moved us forward. DRT widened our portfolio of renewable ingredients. Evonik CO2 unit added a new dimension to our supercritical fluid extraction capabilities. A third step came with EcoIngredient Compass™ – a tool highlighting the intrinsic green characteristics of our iconic molecules with full transparency.

 

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TECHNOLOGIES

Fusing nature and science

We harness and advance science to borrow from nature, mimic its treasures and even complement its riches with unique solutions. Our approach is extremely dynamic but always ethical and environmentally aware.

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COLLECTIONS

 

Sharing our strengths 

 

Expanding into new markets

Offering the best of nature to design high-performance bio-sourced ingredients for industries 

 

With the acquisition of DRT (Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques) in 2020, we have become a leader in renewable and naturally-derived ingredients, paving the way for new endeavours in Health & Nutrition as well as new industrial markets.

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Ingredients