The Basics of Fragrance

For students that are interested in perfumery and cosmetic, Singapore Polytechnic launched S$1 million worth of modern facility on January 7, 2014. The 575 square meters facility can help students develop and formulate products like soaps and scents. The facility is called Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre. The facility features 3 sectors for the students to be trained. The sectors include Research & Design, Formulation and Development of the final saleable products.     Carthusia-parfum

The facility is a good start to develop Singapore’s personal care products. In fact here in Singapore, there are at least 5 fragrance brands. According to the figures provided by the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), the fragrance industry will significantly rise here in Asia by 2017. There will be forty per cent rise which will produce S$20 billion. That’s a pretty big market.

If you love perfumes, there are other things that you need to know. The following things can give you more knowledge about perfumes:

  • Definition of Perfume

Perfume refers to the mixture of essential oils and alcohol that can create a fragrance. Essential oils can be natural or synthetic. Natural essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers and many more. Synthetic essential oils are created in laboratories.

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  • Categories of Fragrance

You should know that perfumers have this categorization of fragrance. There categories of fragrance include Floral, Oriental, Chypre, Green and Fougre. The largest category is the floral fragrances. The heaviest is Oriental.

  • Classifications of Fragrance

There are classifications of fragrance. The classification is based on the fragrance’s strength or percentage of the compound used. Classifications of fragrance include Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Splash Cologne.

What are you waiting for? You should visit the new centre and if you like it, enrol yourself. Perfumery is not easy and it needs science, technology and art. The new centre can be of great help.

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Managing Hawker Centres

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If you are thinking of a food business, why not try to be a stallholder in hawker centres? This is a great way to start. You should first go to The National Environment Agency (NEA) and inquire about the processes. To date, NEA regulates and manages about 107 hawker centres here in Singapore. You should know that NEA performs a tender exercise every month.

The tender exercise is done to offer vacant hawker stalls to the general public. It is scheduled every 13th-26th every month. The details are published in different papers here in Singapore. If you seriously consider hawker centres, you need to know hawker’s policies. Here are some rental policies for hawkers:

Subsidized and Non-Subsidized Stalls

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If you are talking about government stalls, it can either be subsidized or non-subsidized. In 1970, the government launched the hardship scheme (discontinued in 1989) which gave subsidized stalls to people who were selling from the streets. The non-subsidized stall refers to tendered and market.

Sold Stalls

You need to be familiar with the Stall Ownership Scheme. Under this scheme, the stalls are sold to the present stallholders under a 20-year leasing agreement.

Food Prices

Hawker centres are appealing because they provide affordable yet tasty meals. The affordability is attributed to the subsidized rentals and lower market rental (in private food courts). The good news is that the government still continues to assist hawkers. For example, rental rebates during the crisis in 2009 were given.

There you go. Hopefully the things mentioned above gave you an idea of how to manage hawker centres. If you are serious about this, you will surely succeed. Do not worry because as long as there are Singaporeans, your business will thrive. Do not forget to give a good food and astounding service.

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Delectable Flavours of Singapore

Singapore not only offers the best shopping experience because it also provides delectable foods. You will surely enjoy different selections of dishes from Malays to Chinese and Indians. If you want to delight your taste buds, you should start with the following dishes:

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a popular meal here in Singapore. It is prepared by frying rice noodles then mix it with soy sauce, shrimp paste, bean sprouts, sausages and vegetables. If you crave for a bowl or plate of Char Kway Teow, you should go to Maxwell Hawker, Zion Hawker and Princess Terrace Cafe. Actually Char Kway Teow is famous that you can find it in every food centres around.

Chilli Crab

If you are in the mood for seafood, Chilli Crab should top your list. Chilli Crab is a must try here with its delicious and fragrant sauce. The Chilli Crab is best paired with toasted buns or rice. To grab a taste of the best Chilli Crab in town, you should head to No Signboard Restaurant, Long Beach Seafood, Jumbo Seafood and Eng Seng Restaurant.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is a simple dish that captured the heart of locals and tourists. The dish is prepared with rice, soy sauce, ginger paste, cucumber, chicken soup and white chicken (steamed). To grab a taste of the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in town, you should head to Maxwell Rd Hawker, Boon Tong Kee, Chatterbox and other restaurants.

If you are looking for more heavy meals, you can grab Thosai, Satay, Roti Prata, Rendang, Rojak, Hakka Yong Tau Foo, Laksa, Hokkien Prawn Mee and many more. If you simply want to have a snack, Kaya Toast, Fried Sesame Ball, Mooncakes and Carrot Cakes are good. If you are thirsty or looking for a dessert, you can consider Singapore Sling, Teh Tarik and Ice Kachang.