A lesson in love

A lesson in love

“Make me a Fragrance that Smells like Love”

Christian Dior

This Saturday 11th February I am going to be hosting a Valentine’s inspired Perfume Making Workshop and it’s wonderfully exciting!

When I first started learning about Perfumery some years ago, it was partly the love for the complexity and beauty of the oils that seduced me but also the mystery of this elusive and magical art. The thought of being a perfumer to me was very romantic. And somehow forbidden, because back in the days a Perfumer was to be also an alchemist, an aromatherapist, and a sacred person.

Perfumery has always been a very secretive profession and there are only a smattering of Perfumery Schools these days who even teach it. I was lucky in that I was interested in learning mainly about natural perfumes (most of the perfumes you buy these days are made with chemicals) so I was able to find a local course teaching perfumery by a very eccentric Chinese perfumer and botanist who seemed reasonably delighted with my amateur creations.  I was hooked.

What I always wanted to do however was make bespoke perfumes for people. It’s why I started making candles, to assuage my need for creating fragrances, and why I started The Secret Scent Société and why I finally, after finding the right space to do it in, have started offering Bespoke Perfume Making Classes in London. In this respect I think I’ve finally found my calling.

The first event is in London with the theme of Valentines Day which means different things for different people, but for me it definitely means flowers! So we will be making perfumes with a variety of different essential oils (as it’s a natural perfume making workshop), and people will be smelling, selecting, building, and blending their very own creations on the day.

I’m really excited about offering this experience to people and I look forward to doing many more in the future!

If you would like to know more, are thinking of coming along or know someone who might like being a perfumer for the day then forward this onto them!

Limited tickets are available to buy here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-perfume-making-workshop-tickets-30845865815

Fragrant Wishes,

Tori

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Our Brand New Website is Live!

Our Brand New Website is Live!

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Last weekend we exhibited at the hugely popular Myddleton Road Market. Thankfully the weather held out for us and as it was also Fathers Day people were out in their hundreds looking for crafty finds, sampling the tasty street food, socialising and watching the live entertainment.

It was wonderful meeting and talking to people, and they were very complimentary about my products and services which was very flattering. I didn’t make lots of sales but sometimes it’s the feedback that is invaluable and there is a possibility of the market going monthly so it might be in my best interests to consider being more of a permanent fixture in order to grow my client base.

My new banner looked great too, in particular because it showcased my brand new website which went live just the day before!

Here are some picture from the event:

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And here is our official website: www.thesecretscentsociete.co.uk

To celebrate the opening of our new store we are running a promotion. Just use the code NEWSCENTS and get 10% off any product on our website. It’s only valid until Thursday 30th June so hurry!

Myddleton Road Summer Festival

Myddleton Road Summer Festival

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!)

 

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Also, our website will be going live very soon.

Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

 

Helloo Bloggees and Bloggette’s!

So, I was browsing on Twitter this morning when I came across this article via VOGUE about a Black British model called Leomie Anderson who tweeted blasting the fashion industry and more specifically the injustice of black models never having anyone competent enough to do their hair and makeup at fashion shows.

Basically, black women are not being catered for, and worse yet, they seem to be an afterthought in the industry since the makeup artists they hire (who needless to say are mostly white), are ill prepared and inexperienced to deal with any other model but white. The irony of this is that the very few black makeup artists and hair stylists who they employ can do both!

Leomie has been very vocal about this in her career so far and I think that she is refreshingly bold aswell as beautiful. In her tweets she accuses these makeup artists, who clearly have absolutely no idea how to select or blend for darker skin tones, of being unprofessional, and to be perfectly frank with you I agree wholeheartedly. They don’t even have the foundations required to do makeup on darker skin tones therefore they are ill equipped. They are ill equipped and unprepared and that IS unprofessional.

When I modelled a few years ago I didn’t DARE to rely on the makeup artists to get it right. They used to always make me look like a clown. They just did not have the expertise nor the knowledge required.  I had to bring my own makeup as the makeup artists kit never had the right shades for my skin tone. This is a common complaint by black models and it is absolutely unacceptable. It’s bad enough that they have to deal with the prejudices that exist within the modelling industry but it’s just diabolical that these makeup artists being paid a shit load to make these models look beautiful can only seem to make the white ones look beautiful. If they cannot do the makeup for all models, no matter what their ethnicity or skin tone, then they shouldn’t be employed, end of. And while they’re at it, why don’t they employ more black makeup artists who are efficient at doing all types of skin tones?! Why should black models AND black makeup artists play second fiddle?

It is so infuriating! And Leonie is completely right to shout about it. We ALL need to shout about it because we’ve truly had enough.

When I used to work for the Vidal Sassoon Education Centre, which is where the hairdressers went to train how to do hair, despite touting themselves as being the best in the industry they were clearly INCAPABLE of handling afro hair so I had to get my hair done by my hairdresser in Brockley, South London, who was excellent.

I think Vidal Sassoon were ashamed and jealous of this because when I went into work one day with my newly done hairstyle (that wasn’t done by them!), I had a gang of their Korean students surround me. They were going absolutely crazy about my hair and were taking pictures of me, complimenting my hair obviously thinking that it had been done by Vidal Sassoon. But of course it hadn’t. Vidal Sassoon was incapable of the task. I had also been complimented in the street by a passerby on my way to work. At first I was berated by my manager about having my hair done by another hair salon (needless to say this clearly wouldn’t have been an issue if my hairstyle was just average and didn’t cause such a commotion) but then I was literally frogmarched into the hairdressers chair to get my hair dyed an extremely dull and lifeless brown (it had initially been a beautiful, bright, shiny bronzey-orange colour). They simply could not compete.

The fact is that I didn’t WANT to have to go elsewhere to get my hair done but they were simply not capable of doing afro hair. They didn’t know how to style it, how to look after it, or even how to dye it. This they clearly didn’t want to admit but they didn’t want a random hairdresser from South London overshadowing them that was for sure!

It’s high time the whole industry woke up, because outspoken models like Leomie, fed up with being treated with such nonchalance and inconsideration are just going to keep on speaking out. And I may not do modelling myself anymore but I’m 100% behind them.

Read the VOGUE article here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2016/02/18/leomie-anderson-make-up-artist-black-models-at-shows

Leomie also writes the blog The Cracked China Cup: http://www.crackedchinacup.com/

Candle Massage Therapy

Candle Massage Therapy

Cloud Nine Candle

 Aromatherapy Massage Candles (also known as Body Candles) are a relatively new phenomenon and they have been gaining popularity because they can be used in 3 ways:

  1. As a nourishing Body Moisturiser, to soften and smooth the skin
  2. As an Aromatherapy Candle, providing a fresh and beautiful fragrance to your home
  3. As a luxurious quick absorbing Massage Oil to relax the body and ease the mind

Our 3 in 1 Massage Candles are handmade in our London Studio from 100% natural ingredients including a Cotton Wick, a blend of Essential Oils, Vegetable Wax and Oils.

This luxurious product not only imparts a beautiful aroma but it is also packed full of vitamins and minerals such as Coconut Oil and Grapeseed Oil that will keep your skin soft, smooth and supple.

It comes in 2 captivating fragrances:

Serenity: Chamomile & Lavender and Sensuality: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

How to Use your Massage Candle:

After lighting the wick and waiting for the wax to melt to your desired amount, blow it out and wait for it to cool down before checking the temperature (making sure that the wax isn’t too hot) before pouring the warm wax directly onto your skin.

Our Massage Candle comes in a heavy glass container within a white milskin gift box and is available to buy online on our NOTHS page now:

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-massage-candles

 

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Here’s a list of a few coffee table books that I’ve currently got my beady eyes on.

They say that one’s coffee table book collection is a glimpse into their life/tastes/character so here’s a glimpse into mine:

High Fashion

Dior

Dior Book 2

Chanel

Chanel Book

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Book

Chloe

Chloe Book

Black Beauty

(and it’s namesake)

Black Beauty Book

Vintage Black Glamour

A beautifully done book with lots of unseen pictures of historical black glamour

Black Glamour Book

Perfume

Dior: The Perfumes

Dior The Perfumes Book

A book on Perfumes by the master perfumer Roja Dove

Roja Dove Book

Frederic Malle on Perfume Making

Perfume Making Book

Luxury

The Luxury Alchemist: Love the title 🙂

Luxury Alchemist

Travel

Caribbean Hideaways

Beautiful photography from a beautiful part of the world!

Caribbean Hideaways Book

Provence

One of my favourite places in the world

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A wonderful collection of arctic photography

Antarctica Book

Conde’ Nast

 

Conde Nast Traveller Book

Cats

The French Cat Book

Buddhism & Mindfulness

Buddha Book

Home Interiors

EOS Book

Glamorous Rooms Book

Verandah Book

Nature

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I recently watched this french filmmaker/journalist/environmentalist/photographer’s documentaries HUMAN and HOME and I was utterly blown away. He has a coffee table book featuring some of his amazing work and I cannot wait to get it!

Arthus Book

One Planet Book

Inspirational People

Oprah Winfrey- her names precedes her

Oprah Winfrey Book

Naomi Campbell

A beautiful collection of some of Naomi Campbell’s best and some unseen work. A collection spanning her decades as one of the most successful supermodels in history. Unfortunately this book won’t be gracing my coffee table as it is extortionately expensive!

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Nelson Mandela – What a man!

Mandela Book

David Attenborough

A passionate, intelligent, wonderful man. I just love him!

David Attenborough Book

And that concludes my list of lustworthy coffee table books! I hope to gift myself with one a month if I can.

What coffee table books do you have that you love? Which is your favourite out of the ones above?

 

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

 

Perfumery is such a mysterious business, and such a niche, that it is notoriously difficult to get into it as a career. Perfumers are known mostly by reputation and usually knowledge is passed down through the generations and kept within a small amount of families.

I found this article online about the process of making perfume. It shows the process of how perfumers get from an idea or concept from their clients to an actual product.