In less then 2 weeks time The Secret Scent Societe’ will be showcasing our gorgeous fragrant wares to the residents of North London at the Myddleton Road Summer Festival.
Myddleton Road Market is a fabulous local market, that recently won The Great British Market Award for Best Small Community Market.
Featuring a hand selected group of local business owners and designer/makers (I don’t actually live locally but my sister in law actually lives on Myddleton Road itself!), and including Arts and Crafts, Jewellery, Accessories, Clothes, Beauty and Food sellers, the market will also have live Music, Face Painting and even a Fun Fair for Children.
Following our successful event at the Charles Worthington salon a few weeks ago we are on form to spread a little perfumed joy to all of the people of Myddleton Road and beyond and we are looking forward to maybe meeting some of you there!
You can find the details of the festival below (spread the word!)
Also, our website will be going live very soon.
A few weeks ago I had a photoshoot in Kilburn for my existing and up and coming products.
It was waaay overdue and I’m really glad that I done it though I had only booked a 2 hour slot and I didn’t realise until we were shooting how quickly that time goes!
I do think that it makes sense to do product photoshoots regularly (like every 6 months or so) and time it so that you’re able to incorporate any new products into your shoot also.
I will be releasing 3 new products just in time for Christmas! (Wood Wick Candles, Hair Perfume and Eau De Parfum)
Here are the fruits of my labour (or his, depending on which way you want to look at it!):
- Anniversary Reed Diffuser
- Lavender, With Love Luxury Soy Candle
- Lemongrass & Mandarin Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub Souffle’
- First Love Eau De Parfum
Would love to know your thoughts on the new photography and products!
As always, The Secret Scent Societe’ Bath, Bodycare and Fragrant Homewares are available to buy on NOTHS: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete
Here’s another totally gorgeous, natural FREE skincare recipe for you to try at home! Our Rose Glow Mask Recipe is a simple but effective way of giving your skin some much needed and well deserved TLC. The Manuka honey in the recipe will leave your skin clean and silky smooth, while the combination of both the Rhassoul and Kaolin clays will absorb any impurities and give your skin lots of beneficial minerals and nutrients. This is a great recipe that leaves your skin with a lovely, healthy glow and of course it smells wonderful too which is a bonus 😉 Try it out and let me know what you think!
Ingredients 1 tbsp Manuka honey 1 tsp Milk (whole or goats milk, or you can use powered milk) 1/2 tbsp Rhassoul clay Rose Floral Water 1/2 tbsp White Kaolin clay 1 tbsp. Rose petal powder 5 drops Grapefruit pink Essential Oil 1 drop Rose Essential Oil Rose Floral Water Grapeseed Oil (optional)
Instructions Mix the dry ingredients together: The clays & rose petal powder together with the powdered milk (if using). Add the Essential oils and a few drops of Grapeseed oil if you tend to have dry skin Then mix in the honey, milk and floral water to make a paste. The honey gives the mask a nice smooth texture and keeps the clay from flaking & crumbling. You can also add a tsp of honey powder to enhance those benefits. Apply in a circular motion. Leave on for 20 min. or so, then wipe off gently with a wet, warm flannel. Follow up with a little bit of Coconut Oil to moisturise. Wonderful!
This week has been really busy here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab!
I made contact with Love Lula on Monday, who are an award winning UK online boutique who exclusively sell natural and organic beauty and skincare brands. They have the biggest selection of natural and organic products online in the UK not to mention some truly amazing, innovative brands. I introduced myself and The Secret Scent Societe’ to them and they said they were interested and asked me to send them some samples of my products so I’m just waiting to hear back from them now. Fingers crossed they like them!
My cousin, who is a jewellery designer, contacted me about doing a collaborative presentation of both of our products at 2 offices she is booked to go and see in a couple of weeks to sell her products. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the time off work to attend with her but she’s offered to not only take my products with her and display them alongside her own but also to sell them for me (and she doesn’t even want a cut!). She’s being so generous with her time and efforts! The only problem is that I’m out of stock on most things! So I’ve had to make a rush order so that I can have a few products to give to her by next weekend (aaah!).
As you know I’ve had a number of issues when trying to take photographs of my products and despite buying professional equipment, watching videos online and reading books on the topic I’m still unsatisfied with my product photography. I was previously against the idea of paying a professional to take the photographs because I didn’t feel it was worth it when I could do it myself (not!), but after talking to my cousin she encouraged me to do so. She has amazing photography and said that she pays a photographer to take pictures of her jewellery every 6 months, so she gets him to take pictures of any new products then. Realising that I was holding myself back from doing many things like approaching online retailers, magazines and blogs about promoting or selling my products because of my lack of suitable photography, I’ve finally made a decision to get a professional in! It’s right when they say that you should delegate the jobs you’re no good at and concentrate on the jobs you are good! I contacted a photographer on Gumtree and he said he could do it no problem. I didn’t want to spend the money initially but not spending the money wasn’t progressing my business so I’ve just decided to stop procrastinating. And now I feel much better now that I’ve made that decision. It really takes a weight off my shoulders and I know that it will be money well spent in the longrun.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my brand image because besides the fact that people always tell me how great it is there are a few products that won’t shift online no matter what and I think I’ve finally worked out what it is (aside from the price that is!). When I sell products in person people seem to really love them but online I think that perhaps their vibrant colours can be a little off-putting/bright. I’m referring to 3AM (Gold) and Black Frost (Purple). The irony is that these candles both have the most unusual, complex and alluring scents of all the candles I make which people seem to really take to when they smell them in person but of course selling scents online is another matter entirely! So I have decided to trial some other candle colours by a candle colour specialist company called Bekro. They have some really pretty neutral colours which I like: beige, grey, dusky pinks, lilac, cream etc and I not only personally prefer these kinds of colours but I think these colours are more suited to my brand and I think that more people will like them. Of course, I still make white candles but they can be very boring – it’s good to give people some alternative options. I have also decided to change the packaging of the body scrub souffle’ kilner jars (which are currently the same colour as the body soufflé’s: smoke grey). I’m going instead for this Rose Pink Pantone colour:
The company I buy my candle holders and cosmetics containers from are able to do customised colours so long as it’s a Pantone colour so let’s see what they come up with!
Wood Wick Candles
Remember awhile ago I told you about my intention to make wood wick candles? – well they are finally on there way! I hope to have them ready for my cousin to take to her events in a couple of weeks but I still need to think about fragrances as I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to do the wood wicks with fragrance oils or essential oils (which will be much more expensive). I’m going to wait until the ingredients arrive and decide then I think. I believe that they will sell really well because I don’t know anyone else who are doing these types of candles and they have such a satisfying sound and smoky aroma. Just Gawjus!
I’ve got a gorgeous FREE recipe for all my wonderful bloggee’s and bloggette’s today! It’s not only a completely natural skincare recipe but it’s super easy and works wonders. You might even have a few of these ingredients already in your kitchen so there’s no excuse not to give it a try and It will make your skin really soft and well nourished! Ingredients 1/2 cup of powdered milk (I suggest buttermilk) 1/2 cup of baking soda 1/2 cup of cornstarch 1/2 cup of citric acid 1/2 cup of Epsom salts Dried Chamomile flowers A few drops of Essential Oils (I suggest Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Vanilla) Instructions Mix all dried the ingredients together, add the chamomile flowers, mix well and the gradually add your essential oils (not too much just a few drops of each is fine), then mix again. Let it dry for 24 hours (patience is a virtue:). Store in plastic jars with a tight lid. Use 3 to 4 tablespoons per bath or 2 tablespoons for a foot soak. Relax and enjoy! If you tried this recipe please do let me know how you got on Have a beautiful day! 🙂
Trying to come up with a statement that describes who you are, what makes your business unique, it’s ethics, beliefs and values isn’t easy. I know the things that are important to me and why I feel that my brand is unique but conveying that into a brief statement, one that not only reads clearly but captivates and inspires the imagination too is quite a challenge.
I’m still working on it, but here’s what I have so far:
Luxury. Scents. Nature
The Secret Scent Societe’ is a luxury beauty brand that fuses a love of nature with a passion for fragrance. We believe strongly in the purity and simplicity of natural ingredients which we use exclusively in our natural skincare products, and we believe in the power and mystery of scent. We celebrate this in our line of luxury handmade fragrance and natural skincare products. Love you completely.
I’ve re-written it a couple of times but for some reason I just keep coming back to this sentence so I’m going to leave it for now. I’ve seen some really excellent mission statements from my competitors so I’m keen to improve mine gradually so that it’s the best that it can be and represents my brand philosophy completely but for now I’m going to stick to this one and then maybe I can come back to it in a few weeks and review it again.
What are your thoughts on it? – Is there anything you’d change or add to it? Do you think I’ve covered everything here? Does it read and convey well?
This Friday, we will be commencing our very first Black ‘Fragrance’ Friday Sale, which means that we will be giving away lots of our wonderful handmade products for almost half the price! This is the first Winter Sale for The Secret Scent Societe’ and we are very excited about it indeed! We really want our products to be unwrapped on Christmas Day and enjoyed by your loved ones all over the country and this super duper sale makes it easy for them to do so! The Black Friday Sale includes products in our range such as our hugely popular Body Souffle’ and Aromatherapy Candles and will be exclusive to notonthehighstreet for one day only (Friday 28th November). So, if you’re still stuck for great gift ideas, really want some luxury goods that you’re loved ones are going to love, or just want to treat yourself then check out our products on notonthehighstreet: