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?

 

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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

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

 

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

 

Oriental Perfume Making Workshop

Oriental Perfume Making Workshop

Last weekend was our Spring Perfume Making Workshop where I taught a workshop on Spring inspired Perfumes in a beautiful space above a jewellery shop in Hatton Garden.

We drunk prosecco, made some beautiful perfumes and generally made merry – it was a really relaxing, beautiful day and my guests said that they had really enjoyed the experience (infact one of them had even travelled all the way from Munich to attend!). Flattering indeed.

And for me, well to be honest it didn’t really feel like work at all. I really enjoy teaching and though I don’t know everything I enjoy the process of teaching, learning and being taught. Indeed, these ladies had some things to teach me as one was an aromatherapist, and the other a natural skincare maker. It IS nice being in the presence of likeminded fellows. Since our theme was spring we concentrated on making scents that were floral, green/aromatic and/or citrus and I really think we achieved this. The ladies were certainly very happy with their creations.

So since this Perfume Gift Experience seems to be going so well (and since I’m a little bit obsessed with it), I think I will continue!

I have just organised my next workshop which this time will be on Oriental Fragrances.

Oriental Fragrances, along with Florals, are one of the most popular types of fragrance and so I thought it would be a great idea to do a workshop using some of the sexiest aromatic materials around. Think dusky woods, musks, sensual florals and spices.

I love Clerkenwell so I decided to host the workshop in Clerkenwell again, close to Hatton Garden, Sadler’s Wells and Exmouth Market.

If prosecco, cake and perfume making sounds like a good idea to you then why don’t you come along?

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

 

Valentine’s Bespoke Perfume Workshop

Valentine’s Bespoke Perfume Workshop

Learn the ancient craft of Perfumery with The Secret Scent Société in our brand new Perfume Making Workshop in London’s glamorous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden.

Using a collection of pure essential oils with expert guidance and attention, you will get to create a unique and natural perfume that is beautiful and harmonious to take away with you on the day.

We will be serving refreshments including Champagne and Cake.

This unique experience is a great way to learn a little about the history of Perfumery, discover a new skill and connect with other Perfume lovers. It’s perfect for beginners and connoisseur alike and a perfect treat for your Valentine!

In this workshop we will be concentrating on the love theme, so think soft florals and decadent woods. All are welcome.

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

See you there!

Tori x

How to find your Signature Fragrance

How to find your Signature Fragrance

 For most people, choosing a fragrance for themselves can be tricky. They want to have a scent that reflects their character but doesn’t smell like everyone else, and they want it to be memorable and speak to their emotions. When I was younger and in the early stages of studying perfumery, I fell in love with Orris – to me it smelt almost otherworldly and magical but grounded and earthy at the same time,  but now when I smell it it doesn’t have that same dramatic effect for me as it once did so I realise that my scent preferences have changed over time and this is infact quite normal.
So, how do you choose a fragrance that’s going to reflect who you are and how you want to be seen? 
Well first, you start with your fragrance family. A fragrance family is what perfumers use to put perfumes into groups based on their dominant character or notes in order to classify them.  So say for instance you wanted a Rose perfume because you loved the smell of Roses, well then you would look for a perfume with Rose in it or one with floral notes or bouquet (a mix of flowers). It’s important to understand the type of scents you like in order to find the perfect fragrance.
Some examples of great Rose fragrances are Dyptique’s Eau Rose Perfume which is a subtle and sophisticated rose scent or Roses De Chloe by Chloe. Both are true to their character and for lovers of Roses you couldn’t go much wrong with either of these two.
Of course there are many other scent profiles other then florals including: Spicy, Oriental, Woody, Fougere and Chypre to name just a few.
What does Fougere and Chypre mean? 
Fougere is a term that was honed by the French to described a mossy, herbacious perfume. It usually has notes like Lavender, Vetiver, Bergamot and Oakmoss and it used to be a popular choice for women but these days it seems that alot of men’s perfumes are Fougere’s so I think it’s safe to say that these days Fougere’s appeal to both men and women.
Chypre comes from the word Cyprus and was created to reflect the dry, warmth of Cyprus typically displayed through it’s notes of Oakmoss, Patchouli and Bergamot. Chypre’s were very popular in the 19th century but because they are very heavy, complex and sophisticated fragrances they are best worn at night in an ultra glamorous surroundings as is befitting.
Aswell as the normal fragrance families perfumers are always trying to create new ones to add to the family and break the boundary’s to what is the norm. This means that sooner or later it will be even harder to identify the characteristics of each perfumes but you will have even more beautiful fragrances to choose from which is of course very exciting.