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June 27, 2018

Sabine Engelhardt develops exclusive car room fragrances for Mercedes-Benz. She is not a perfumer at all, but a trained librarian. "That fits very good. Stories play a crucial role in our sensor technology, ”says Engelhardt. We talked to her about the smell of the street and the smell of sun, beach and sea.

If you ask Sabine Engelhardt what it smells like in Berlin, the answer comes straight away: “Linden blossom. At least in spring and summer. ”Most people find it very pleasant, discreet and wonderfully calm. “You just feel good with that smell in your nose. And that's exactly what room fragrance is all about, ”explains the fragrance designer. From their point of view, this is the big difference to body perfume.

The Mercedes-Benz AIR-BALANCE system consists of a fragrance and the bottles.

The perfect fragrance for the vehicle.

With perfume, the smells change much more frequently, this is due to the fast-moving trends. “In comparison, room fragrances are one-dimensional, clearer and less playful. Once you have found your type, you will stick with this fragrance for many years. We like to smell it. When you notice it, it triggers positive feelings and you feel much more relaxed. ”Because of these effects, Mercedes-Benz offers the AIR-BALANCE package for various model series, which was first introduced in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. There are now eight different varieties that Engelhardt created and then made from high-quality substances. She explains exactly how this works in an interview with the Mercedes-Benz customer magazine.

Ms. Engelhardt, how do you develop a fragrance for the interior of a car?

Just like a vehicle, the fragrance is assembled by us. At least that's what we call it. We only use other materials, namely molecules from selected perfume oils.

"The perfumer creates five to six olfactory patterns that, in his opinion, fit my story."

Sabine Engelhardt

Molecules, perfume oils - sounds like a lot of laboratory work ...

That is a fallacy. Rather, my work begins with an idea. For each fragrance, I first have to develop a story of my own. This creates images that I either reject or that gradually solidify. Then I know that I am on the right track.

That sounds very imaginative ...

Absolutely. One of the challenges in perfume design is to describe fragrances. The sense of smell is a linguistic sense. Perfumers practice this every day and there are very few specialists in the world who are good at it. I work with Marc vom Ende on this, he is a proven expert in this field. I tell him my story and then his work begins.

A well-coordinated team: Sabine Engelhardt and perfumer Marc vom Ende develop room fragrances for Mercedes-Benz.

Please tell us one of these stories too!

Imagine the following scenery: You are driving along the US Pacific coast in an S-Class convertible. The top is open, the sun is shining and the wind carries a light breeze from the ocean. You can taste the salt on your lips, there is a hint of sunscreen in the air. This is a situation that everyone probably loves and is comfortable in. You involuntarily think of vacation, an excursion, wonderful moments. And that's exactly what I described to Marc from the end and then developed “Pacific Mood” with him.

What does this fragrance smell like?

After several facets - there are also a hint of orange and lemon, accompanied by a certain spice and a pinch of sea.

And how exactly did the development of “Pacific Mood” work?

The perfumer creates five to six olfactory patterns that, in his opinion, fit my story. He translates the sketched images into fragrances - all with the same basic mood. Incidentally, that doesn't happen in the laboratory, but on the computer. Here it can combine several thousand characteristics. With the samples, I then check whether they fit my story and the car and which ones are best. In the end there is a combination left. I coordinate the result with our interior designers, engineers and developers. And then production begins. The entire process can take a year. Of course, I also test the scent in the interior of the vehicle - because it has to match it. I do this several times, because I have made the experience that the sense of smell is also influenced by the daily form.

The future of mobility.

Mobility from a female perspective.

Sabine Engelhardt works in research at Daimler AG. Among other things, the expert deals with the question of how mobility might look in the future and what role the “female gaze” will play in this. Engelhardt works closely with futurologist Alexander Mankowsky.

To feel good - the Mercedes-Benz car fragrance package.

Photos: © Daimler AG, Sabine Engelhardt

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