wishwant & The Secret Scent Societe’

wishwant & The Secret Scent Societe’

 

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Yesterday we had some really great news here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab – Our partnership with online gift buying store wishwant is now official, and there brand new website has just gone live! (yippeee!)

wishwant are offering an entirely new gift buying experience to the masses – not content with merely offering gifts, they have partnered with some of the most exciting UK brands (including us!) to offer a variety of products to people with a twist. And here’s the twist…rather then the gift buyer choosing the gifts (and potentially getting it wrong!),  it’s the gift receiver instead that chooses.

How does that work? I hear you ask

Well, wishwant allow the gift buyer to select up to 12 different gifts they think their recipient would like from a selection based on their budget, and then those gift choices are packaged up in a fancy booklet and sent to the recipient for them to choose from. Then they simply go online and redeem there gift and it gets sent to them. And voila! Everyones happy! 🙂

I really think that this concept is a great idea and I’ve had a look at some of the other companies partnering with them and there are some really lovely and unique products on there so I would definitely consider using the service myself. I think that this type of gift buying could become very popular in the future and I’m really excited to be a part of it. Currently my Body Souffle’ and Aromatherapy Candles are available to buy (or include as a gift suggestion). I can’t wait for people to start talking about and using this very unique service!

wishwant say:

We are excited to announce that our products are now available at wishwant.co.uk, a brand new gifting website with a twist.   

 Wishwant is a unique concept that allows you to curate a beautiful personalised gift book with a selection of twelve handpicked products for your loved one to choose from.

 Founded by good friends Ksenia and Tetiana, this London-based company is hoping to revolutionise gifting this Christmas by making unwanted presents a thing of the past. At the heart of Wishwant’s philosophy is the desire to stock truly beautiful and unique products by carefully selected British retailers.

 So, head over to wishwant.co.uk to add our products to your own personalised gift book and give a gift that the recipient is guaranteed to love.

So, if you’re stuck for ideas, run out of time, are on a budget, or just need some help in choosing a gift then please do take a minute to check them out!

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Rules of a Lady

Rules of a Lady

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This week we’ve been featured on a wonderful blog called Rules of a Lady, cool name huh?!

Rules of a Lady is a young, fashion forward lifestyle blog created by Italian blogger Silvia Cavagnini. She is big into fashion, lifestyle, interior design and infact anything beautiful and unusual and she contacted me recently about doing a collaboration with her. She looks for products that she really likes on websites such as Etsy (where she found me), and then she contacts companies about doing a feature on them. I just happened to be one of the lucky ones. She was particularly taken with my Coconut & Musk Soy candle and my RoseGold Reed Diffuser. A few weeks ago I sent her my very favourite soy candle Apple Blossom and Pear and my Luxury Grapefruit Bath Salts to review and she took a picture of it and left a review here:

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Rebatched/French Milled Soap

Rebatched/French Milled Soap

 

It’s very unfortunate to say but it is looking like I’m going to have to rebatch my Neroli and Lavender Meadowfoam soap. My Cocoa Butter and Rose soap was a success, infact if I had any complaints about it at all it was that it took quite awhile to trace, something like 15 minutes, BUT it looks and smells glorious! My Neroli and Lavender Soap however has issues: I think the lye wasn’t properly incorporated into the batch when I made it – I unmoulded the soap after 24 hours and found that there were oil/lye pockets throughout. I waited for awhile in the hope that perhaps it would dry out and rectify itself but after 3 days the wet patches are still there so I think it would be safest (particularly as they will be provided to strangers as complimentary favours) that I rebatch and start again.

Now I have never rebatched soap before so I’m not 100% certain I know what I’m doing but I have it on good authority by reading a number of soapmaking forums that once it’s rebatched it’s perfectly safe to use, and in this way you can save your failed soap or improve it by adding various nutrients, colourants, fragrances etc that would otherwise have caused your cold process soap to seize when made in the traditional cold process way. Often the reason why people rebatch is because they have forgotten to add an ingredient. My case is simply because I don’t think I stirred it for long (or thoroughly) enough. It was taking awhile to come to trace and I got impatient. Because my experience with other soap batches was so different (they all seized on me within seconds due to, I realise now, the fragrance oils I used). I expected the batch to seize in a moments notice and I was preparing for it to do so but then I was also worried that it was going the other way..it was taking too long to trace. And so the soapmaking story goes!

Well I have been warned that when you hot process or rebatch soap it doesn’t come out quite the way you hope it to (aesthetically that is), and that is a shame because I am not particularly a fan of the rough, rustic, knobbly look, alas it will have to do as as perfectly looking as my soap currently is (aside from the lye spots that is!) it’s not going to retain it’s smooth look after I have rebatched it. On the flip side, at least I’ve learned a valuable lesson about how long it takes to bring this particular recipe to trace, and I had previously written in my notes that I would have preferred a little more Neroil Oil in the batch and with this rebatching method I will now be able to remedy this. ALSO, and for me this is the most exciting thing of all (sad I know), I will now be able to call this soap technique French Milled Soap (though apparently you can’t actually use this term to describe your soap made here, it has to have been made in France!). I know that it basically means the same thing as rebatched soap but this version sounds more desirable to me! lol

There are 3 ways (and possibly more that I’d love to hear about in the comments below if you know of any!) of rebatching soap namely: Microwaving, Oven Method and the Double Boiler Method. I will be using the Microwave Method because it’s much quicker and I don’t intend to spend much more time on it!

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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We’ve come to a bit of a lull here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab but rather then sit about stewing over the whats the whys and the wheres I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and try getting my products into some magazines. I don’t know what stopped me from doing this before, fear perhaps, but I’ve decided that fear isn’t going to get my brand where I want it to be. I realise now that without setting any realistic tasks and goals I would continue to feel de-motivated and ask myself what the point was. Understanding that this is normal, and that I’m far from being the only one is the first step to deciding how to remedy the problem. So I took some advice that my cousin gave me last week about contacting the magazines and websites that I want my products to be featured in and have contacted the editor of my favourite magazine of all Stylist. There page The Style List always has an eyecatching variety of products both from well known brands and small independent ones. It’s infact the one place where I know that my products would do well to be seen in, as in actually result in sales, which unfortunately not what happened after my ad in VOGUE (sad but true). In reality all marketing and promotion is a gamble, and sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. But I do believe that being seen in Stylist is a positive and progressive step towards being where I want to be: An established brand that people can’t help but to be loyal to. I appreciate that they must get tons of people contacting them about being in there magazine so I have sent an email offering a free sample of my products. I mean, who doesn’t want a freebie?
I think that since I’m on a roll there’s no point in stopping there.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to contact a few other publications about being featured. Aferall they can only say no huh?

Has fear ever held you back from doing things you want to do? And if so, what did you do about it in the end?

Just 2 weeks to go!

Just 2 weeks to go!

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Yes, tis a mere 2 weeks to go before my debut in British VOGUE Magazine and gosh am I excited!
My plan to replace all of the pictures on my NotOnTheHighstreet page is in process (a work in progress!) in preparation for lots of views (and hopefully, sales!)
It’s far from perfect but I think that finally I’m getting the hang of this photography thing, which is a relief I can tell you.

I have pre warned a few friends that I may be requiring there assistance should things get a little crazy following the VOGUE release and I’m giving away my very first batch of cold process soap to some specially selected friends and family with a prompt for them to review it and give me there honest opinion. I think this will be really helpful in order to improve on my next batch of soap, listening to there very honest advice and taking into account all of the things that they think constitutes a good bar of soap! I intend on doing many more soap tests to get the perfect bar before I release any for general sale.

I’m continuing to market my products on Etsy, though I’m not getting many bites. To be honest the only reason why I bother staying on there at all is for my presence on the internet, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. Despite my products being cheaper on there then on notonthehighstreet sales are still excruciatingly slow, almost non existent.

The feature in VOGUE is out on Monday 7th April so do pick one up! It’s called “Best Kept Beauty Secrets”

Also, if you haven’t already done so, do follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook and I will follow you/like you back! Links below.

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

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Vetiver inci name Chrysopogon zizanioides, is a dark thick like sap that originates from grass in tropical countries such as India, Tahiti and Haiti. It has a very strong odour reminiscent of damp earth, cacao and wood and is extracted by steam distillation.

Vetiver is a popular ingredient in soap making and perfumery because of it’s distinctive smell and excellent fixative qualities. It has therapeutic properties including being an antiseptic, aphrodisiac, relieving insomnia, helping with mental and physical exhaustion and nourishing dry skin and lessening wrinkles. A lot of men’s aftershaves include Vetiver as it is reminiscent of classic manliness, worn leather sofa’s and expensive cigars.

Vetiver is affordable and is used in many wellknown perfumes including Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Christian Dior Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver.

Vetiver is in my not yet released “Hair Elixir”, which I’m using myself at the moment as I’m trying to grow my hair and it is simply wonderful. Not too greasy, but nourishing and ultra moisturising with the beautiful fragrance of orange, rose-geranium and vetiver.

If you have any other tips for growing hair then I’ll be happy to hear them as I really don’t want to have to wait a whole 2 years for it to get to shoulder length (remember I’m starting from scratch as I shaved all of my hair off! lol)