Checklist for my SE Asian Travels

Checklist for my SE Asian Travels

Beautiful Bali

When I decided a year ago to go travelling around SE Asia, I never quite realised just what was involved. I had assumed it was just a matter of getting my passport, packing up my things and leaving but how wrong was I!

What with the Visa’s (both Thai and Indonesian), renting our house whilst we’re away, securing cat sitters, vaccinations, flights and accommodation, it has taken us a full year to get everything lined up. And then there’s the danger element posed by a location such as this – the stinger suits for box jellyfish and super strength mosquito repellent for the Zika, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and Malaria carrying mossies. The vaccinations for the Japanese encephalitis alone cost an eye watering £170. The travel clinic also suggested that we get a Rabies injection but at £150 and no intention of going anywhere near stray dogs, that wasn’t gonna happen.

I guess it hasn’t sunk it just yet that I’m off for 4 months to an exotic and strange locale but that might just be because I’ve still got so much to do!

Here are a few things I’m taken with me from England that I just can’t live without:

Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – this cleanser keeps my skin soft, supple and clean. It also is made using natural ingredients which is very important to me.

Lush, Rose Jam Shower Gel – an absolutely beautiful smelling shower gel made with Turkish Roses. It smells heavenly and usually only comes out at Christmas so I made sure I got the biggest one I could find!

Yogi Flow, Shower Foam – because I’m going to the spiritual home of Bali and this is something the God’s would surely approve of.

Australian Gold, Sun Cream (30 SPF) – I love the coverage of this product and it smells pretty good too!

Ben’s 30, Insect Repellent  – Following some intensive research, this brand of insect repellent was thought to be the most effective in repelling the dreaded mossies and since I am particularly susceptible to their bite (don’t ask me why!) I thought it best to pick up a few. This one has 30% DEET in it but I also bought a natural mosquito repellent.

Stingray Australia, Stinger Suit – I bought this suit after finding out that the deadly and almost transparent creature the Box JellyFish are in the waters of Thailand and Bali. There have been a number of deaths over the past couple of years from this creature and no doubt even more then what has been recorded. Swimming Without Stress seem to be the only company in the UK that stock this suit, which has been specially designed to withstand the deadly sting of the jellyfish. Since there is no way of preventing the jellyfish from stinging, and you can hardly see it in the water, I decided that in order to preserve my life (or just feel at ease whilst swimming in the sea), I would wear one.

Laura Mercier, Tinted Moisturiser – I stopped wearing about 10 years ago and only wear Tinted Moisturiser now as I find it doesn’t clog my pores and keeps my skin looking and feeling healthy. This one from Laura Mercier has an SPF of 15 which means it’s great for wearing in the daytime also though I don’t really wear makeup on a daily basis – I keep this for nights out instead.

Superdrug, Cocoon Perfume Mist Spray – since there’s not much point wearing heavy perfumes which you’ll just sweat off in the Bali heat I thought that this mist spray, which is an intoxicating mixture of Jasmine & Musk would be a good idea to wear instead. It’s really cheap (only £3.99!) and has surprising sillage (a fancy word for ‘throw’).

Sunday is the day I’m flying out via Singapore and my first stop is Ubud! I look forward to updating you on my travels as I go and who knows, I might even try some surfing while I’m there?!

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Poster Girls Update

Poster Girls Update

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So. It’s over. And it went rather well actually.

The part I was most worried about – losing my voice, never came to pass, as I was given a microphone to use for the workshop.

I had never visited the London Transport Museum before, so when they approached me about doing a Perfume Workshop for the launch of their new exhibition I was both excited and flattered. When I arrived there I was at once impressed by the size of the place –  it was huge, not to mention the artifacts and various modes of transport in the museum. I got a brief look inside the gallery too, and what I saw was great – huge, colourful pieces of artwork from as early as 1910 to present day, and all done by women. What a privilege. I was going to be hosting my workshop in the Design Gallery which they had set up with me with some easels with the artwork on, a table and chairs cinema style, a fan and a microphone. I still had absolutely no idea how I was going to be able to talk to people for 3 hours but I had told myself that I was going to try to relax and just enjoy it. And enjoy it I did!

After introducing myself and providing a little background about The Secret Scent Société and how it all began, I told them some Perfume History and then let them smell some selected perfume ingredients. Afterwards, I began blending.

I had created 3 perfumes especially for the occasion: A Green scent to describe the woody, earthy, mossiness of Mabel Attwell‘s “Country Fair” artwork.  A glamorous Floral to describe the glamour and excitement of Freda Beard‘s “Molesey Regatta” and a Floriental, to describe the exoticism and vibrancy of Jennie Tuffs “Kew Gardens”. I was happy enough with the fragrances that I had created but of course it was the process that was most enjoyable. Through the evening I made the perfumes from scratch in front of a live audience who then got to take the perfumes away with them on a scent strip to refer to in the gallery whilst they perused the artwork. It was a really fun way of making perfume and I would love to do it again!

Here are some descriptions of 2 of the pieces of artwork that I created for the Poster Girls event: 

Jennie Tuffs, Kew Gardens

“An exotic, sensual take on a floral bouquet, this perfume showcases the vibrancy and beauty of sweet blooming flowers with a sophisticated fusion of soft, powdery florals and an exotic Amber base.

With radiant top notes of Bergamot and Sweet Orange, this fragrance delights with a romantic and timeless heart accord of Jasmine, Rose and Ylang Ylang, before it’s opulent base of Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Patchouli arrives”

Freda Beard, Molesey Regatta 

“An intensely floral and feminine fragrance, depicting the glamour, elegance and joy de vivre of a fine summer’s day at the Regatta, opening with a lusty burst of Grapefruit and Lemon, with sensual heart notes of Tuberose and Neroli, before drying down to a soft wood and sheer musk base with hints of Sage, Pink Pepper and sweet, rich Blood Orange”

Mabel Lucie Attwell, Country Fair 

“Green and aromatic, with middle notes of Juniper, Galbanum and Sage, this natural fragrance opens first with a fresh accord of Petitgrain and Linden Blossom, before Frankincense makes it’s entrance, giving it a magical and luminous quality before mellowing into a woody, earthy and mossy base of Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Benzoin”

Considering this was my first time hosting a workshop in this format, I felt I handled it pretty well.

I received lots of positive feedback following the workshop, from people saying how much they learnt and how much they enjoyed the experience and enquiries from people interested in booking on one of my Perfume Experiences so definitely think it was worth doing and I had lots of fun doing it! In addition, and perhaps most importantly, it provided me with a challenge and gave me some ideas about what I could do in my own workshops: Art & Scent Therapy anyone?

 

Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum

Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum

This Friday 13th October, join us for an exciting event in Covent Garden, at the launch of the London Transport Museum’s new exhibition Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design.

Celebrating the artwork of women who produced work for the London Transport Museum during the 20th and 21st centuries, we are going to be running 3 exclusive drop in workshops where we’ll be creating 3 perfumes from scratch, taking inspiration from selected pieces of work. After the workshop guests will be able to take the scents away with them on a perfume strip as they go around the gallery connecting the art with scent.

Aswell as our perfume workshop which we’re very excited about! – there is also going to be lots of other activities including arts and crafts, talks and quiz’s.

Tickets can be purchased online on the Transport Museums website: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/friday-lates#poster-girls

Come on down and say Hi!

Tori

#followyournose

Scents for a Minimal Home

Scents for a Minimal Home

My Scented Candle range was created out of the need to provide a neutral coloured candle that was perfect to give as a gift or display in peoples homes, with beautiful, simplistic fragrances that are easy to fall in love with all at a reasonable price. They are hand poured with soy wax and a combination with a choice of 4 simple yet beautiful fragrances:

Apple Blossom & Pear – a fresh & gentle fragrance with soft fruity notes

Coconut & Musk – exotic and seductive with a musk base and notes of creamy coconut

Lychee & Monoi de Tahiti – a sparkling, effervescent, elegant fragrance with a winning accord of Lychee & Monoi de Tahiti

Tuberose, Jasmine & Mediterranean Fig – with warming notes of fig and the sensual and hypnotic scent of Tuberose and Jasmine

 

Please visit our website to find out more: www.thesecretscentsociete.co.uk

 

Join us for our last perfume making workshop of the year this September!

Join us for our last perfume making workshop of the year this September!

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If you haven’t learnt how to make your own perfume yet then what are you waiting for?

These past few months we have been working on our perfume workshops so that they are fun, relaxed and informative and we always supply a large variety of oils for our students to use which include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, fragrance and aroma oils.

Located in a beautiful, airy space above a jewellers in Hatton Garden it is the perfect environment to stimulate your creativity and we serve cupcakes and prosecco too!

Our September workshop will be our last one for the year so if you’re interested in finding out more please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perfume-making-experience-with-prosecco-tickets-36772984988

 

I’m off to Bali!

I’m off to Bali!

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Incase you didn’t know already, my boyfriend and I are going travelling for 4 months in October (yeah baby!). After spending another miserably cold winter in England last year we finally decided that we would take the plunge, get some time off work (or I would anyway), and go someplace we both loved and wanted to spend more time in: Thailand.

But the thought of being on the beautiful island of Samui on my boyfriend’s birthday, on Christmas day and over the new year has only just began to sink in, and I must say: I’m feeling pretty darn chuffed about it. Initially, we were going to do two months in Koh Samui and then two months in Chiang Mai, but after some deliberation we finally decided to add Bali to the mix, which is somewhere that neither of us had been to before but a place we were both very eager to visit. So now we are going to be spending two month in Bali – one month in Ubud and one month in Canggu, and then we’ll be spending one month in Koh Samui in Thailand (where we will be for Christmas and New Year), before moving on to Chiang Mai.

We have chosen these specific places because we have heard a lot of great things about them including their natural beauty aswell as the food, the friendliness and warmth of the people, and also the weather (a no brainer when you leave in damp cold most of the time), the high standard of living and the more simple and laid back way of life. I know that Bali in particular is heavily populated by Aussies (as Spain is by Brits I guess), but I’m willing to take my chances as it is stunningly beautiful and filled with nature – something that after spending most of my life in England I am desperate to experience.

Whilst we’re there other then lazing about, swimming in the sea, sightseeing, mixing with the locals and perhaps learning a little Thai and Indonesian words I am planning on documenting my travels right here on this here blog. It’s not a travel blog as you know, but I figured that you would love to hear about my adventures 😉 and I’m really not all that serious about trying to make money from writing about it hence why there’s no point in me setting up one just for that reason. I just like to write I guess.

So I hope that you will tune in and listen to my ramblings of my life and times in Bali and Thailand, and perhaps I might even bring back some sunshine with me! 🙂

 

Silk La Fox

Bridal Perfumes for a Summer Wedding

Bridal Perfumes for a Summer Wedding

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A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of being asked to host a pop up Bridal Perfume Workshop at a wedding event that had been organised by our partners and retail giants Notonthehighstreet.

The event was held in One Marylebone, a very grand former church with sweeping arched ceilings and a dramatic and classic elegance and was open to journalists, press and wedding organisers to see the products and services that Notonthehighstreet partners offered for this exciting and growing market.

The place had been decorated with a wedding theme to showcase the abundance and variety of handmade items including wedding dresses, jewellery, gifts, shoes, wedding decorations, flowers, cards, and anything else you could think of that was related to weddings. In one room there was a mock outdoor wedding set up to showcase handmade decorations for a spring or summer wedding, then there was the invites, the cutlery for the wedding dinner and even a mixology class for the hen party. In the “dressing room” was intricate, handcrafted wedding dresses, along with tiara’s and veils, jewellery and shoes and then there was me, with my stand demonstrating our Bridal Perfume Experience. 

In our pop up workshop I showcased the raw materials that I used to make my perfumes, the process behind making perfume, my inspiration and then finally I blended 3 Bridal Perfume formula’s that I had created exclusively for the event. The 3 Bridal fragrances were created specifically for a Summer Wedding. 2 of the Bridal Perfumes were made for brides and 1 for the groom. None of these fragrances are available for resale.

ZEN

Eau de Cologne

Inspired by the ancient art of Meditation and the exotic smells of the orient Zen starts by opening with top notes of Basil, Bergamot and Lemon before revealing it’s heart – a fresh and spicy accord of Clary Sage, Cardomom, Ginger and Frankincense before settling down into a base of smoky musk and luxurious woods including Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vetiver.

DAY OF THE ROSE

Eau de Parfum

Day of the Rose is a showstopping Oriental fragrance for the bride who wants to make a dramatic entrance on her wedding day and stay in the mind and heart of her man forever. Opening with a radiant top note of Blood Orange and Bergamot with an intoxicating floral bouquet of white flowers including Tuberose, Rose and Gardenia and a base of Vanilla, Amber and Sandalwood, it is all at once incredibly romantic, mysterious and effortlessly sensual.

BOHEMIAN HONEYMOON

Eau de Toilette

Bohemian Honeymoon is a light floral fragrance – the scent for a bohemian bride with a natural beauty and a care-free and innocent femininity that opens gently with fresh top notes of Linden Blossom and Grapefruit, followed by a floral heart of Neroli, Jasmine and Gardenia with a seductive base of precious musk and exotic woods.

The whole experience was hugely satisfying and though it was a long day, I left feeling inspired and encouraged as we received lots of compliments on all 3 fragrances, and the workshops themselves. As for me, there is nothing more enjoyable then sharing my passion about perfumery with the world!

A FRAGRANCE FOR THE ROMANTICALLY FRAGRANT

With our Bridal Fragrance Service, the Bride can create the perfume of her dreams to match her flower arrangement, her favourite smells, a memory or a feeling to wear on her wedding day, her wedding night or her honeymoon. There really is no better way to commemorate one of the most important days and moments in your life then to capture your memories in scent. And unlike other Bridal Perfume making experiences we invite you to be part of the process from start to finish. We do not use pre mixed bases and we do not offer fragrance combining, so you will have a completely bespoke bridal fragrance that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. And you will know exactly what goes into it as you will be there to create it along with a perfumer who will guide you in the process.

This unique service we also offer as a fun hen party activity, an activity for the bride and groom to do together or just for the groom as we also make bespoke cologne’s. We can come to you or you can come to us, and as always our experiences include personal attention, expert advice plus Prosecco and Cake.

To learn more, or to book your FREE BRIDAL CONSULTATION please send us an email: info@thesecretscentsociete.co.uk