Newbies!

Newbies!

Hi!

This past week has been a little manic for me. I’ve been trying to drastically reduce my clothes and shoe collection as I’m going to be moving in with my boyfriend next weekend (yay) and I don’t wish to overflow his house with clothes and shoes that I’m not likely to wear again. So I decided that I’d give as many of my clothes as I can to charity, and the shoes that I never wore more then once, or in some cases not at all, to some of my friends. So far so good. I never realised how much skincare/candlemaking equipment I have though – it’s taking over the entire kitchen, lol.

I finally managed to sort out the settings on my camera and take some photographs of my new products, including:

Skin Silk Shea Body Butter
Skin Silk Cocoa Body Butter
Aromatherapy Candles: Rose-Geranium & Jasmine, Ginger & Sage, Grapefruit & Lime, Ylang Ylang & Vanilla and Lemongrass & Mandarin
White Scented Candles: Coconut & Musk, Appleblossom & Pear, Tuberose, Jasmine & Mediterranean Fig and Monoi de Tahiti & Lychee
Hair Elixir
First Love Eau de Parfum
Hair Perfume Mist Spray
Luxury Grapefruit Bath Salts
Rose-Geranium and Jasmine Body Souffle’
Rose Geranium and Jasmine Salt Scrub Souffle’
Lemongrass and Mandarin Body Souffle’
Lemongrass and Mandarin Salt Scrub Souffle’

I’ve also started putting together some gift baskets for the Christmas. I was approached by a film production company about trading at there private party a few weeks ago and also by the manager of the Christmas Markets in Islington regarding trading at there 3 day event at the beginning of December however I had to decline both as I just wouldn’t have had enough time to get everything ready, not to mention the actual creating the stock to sell at the events in the firstplace plus I’m down to trade at Brick Lane Market again at the beginning of December. The Islington event did sound great but I knew it would just be too much to organise in a mere 3 weeks, however I am planning on going there on one of the days to have a look around so that I can consider possibly trading with them next year.

If your a crafter, what Christmas markets are you trading at? have you traded there before? are you looking forward to it? have any been recommended to you? where is the market your trading at?

Here are a few of the new products that I have recently created. They are available to buy on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet now:

Grapefruit bath salts. Available now on NOTHS: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/luxury-grapefruit-bath-salts

Grapefruit Bath Salts 3

Aromatherapy Candle: Ginger & Sage. Available now on NOTHS:
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-ginger-and-sage-soy-candle

Aromatherapy Candle Ginger & Sage w box

White Scented Candle: Tuberose, Jasmine and Mediterranean Fig. Available now on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/169722039/white-tuberose-mediterranean-fig-and?

Tuberose, Jasmine and Fig Scented Candle w box

Lemongrass & Mandarin Body Souffle’. Available now on NOTHS:
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/rose-geranium-or-lemongrass-body-souffle

Lemongrass Body Souffle'

P.S I used my new lightbox to take these photographs! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts, comments, suggestions etc!

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Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market

So, I exhibited in Brick Lane Market this Sunday. It was extremely busy there – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people at a market before which I took to be a good sign. I had to wake up at 6: 00 am in order to get there for my early start at 8:30 am! As I’d never traded there before I didn’t want to leave anything to chance in terms of parking, locating my stall and setting up etc so I got myself there an hour and a half before the market opened to the public. The market itself is huge – it’s situated in an enormous warehouse where there are traders selling everything from gelato and international cuisine, to clothes and jewellery, art, furniture, and handmade goods. The market I traded in is exclusive to Designer-Makers and was bright and roomy. The table I got to showcase my wares on was huge! It doesn’t get as much traffic as the main market “Upmarket” but is more niche, and you know you are getting quality when everything sold there has been handcrafted by the trader. There did seem to be quite ALOT of traders selling food which seemed to be extremely popular and I guess I didn’t do too badly, but I did feel as though people were there to find a bargain, and not necessarily to buy quality goods. As much as I’d like to offer my products for next to nothing, the materials I use certainly don’t cost next to nothing to source and neither does my time in creating them and I find it hard striking that balance between offering a good price, and offering products at the price they cost, and are worth. You are always going to pay a premium for handmade goods anyway, particularly luxury handmade goods. I began to get the feeling that this wasn’t my target market when in the 3rd hour of me being there, despite there being hoards of people present, people were sniffing, complimenting, oohing and aahing, but weren’t buying. It was very frustrating to say the least. But I forced myself to put things into perspective when a man approached me saying that he ran a couple of Markets around London (including one in Fulham and a new one that he’d like to run regularly in Islington) and said that he really liked my products and was doing a special Christmas event in Islington which would be heavily publicised in the media, and at which there would only be 32 traders selling similar high end products to my own trading there. He invited me to exhibit there and said that he’d send me the details in the coming weeks. Sounds promising!

At Homegrown I also revealed my brand new hair care products that I’ve just created: Hair Elixir.

I made 2 testers and brought them along with me to the show so that people could try them out, and I could gain some valuable feedback on what people thought of them. People really seemed to like them so I think it’s only right that I make them available for sale online and in person. I might even try and get them into salons too.

There are 2 types of Hair Perfume that I’ve made: Number 1, is a non greasy, Alcohol-free Hair Perfume made with Jojoba Oil, Glycerin and Vitamin E to nourish, moisturise and deeply penetrate the hair, with a beautiful floral Essential Oil blend.

And the 2nd is a Perfume Hair Mist Spray, made with Orange Blossom Water and Vitamin E to fragrance, refresh and revitalise the hair. Both are 100% Alcohol-free and scented with pure Essential Oils.

I can’t tell you how much they will be just yet as I need to finalise some packaging details but I will soon! I think it’s pretty safe to say that every woman will want one of these badboys!

Here is a picture of my stall @ the Homegrown Market in Brick Lane:

Homegrown Brick Lane 2

Get ready for Crimbo!

Get ready for Crimbo!

Homegrown

The Sunday Markets in Brick Lane Market have a wonderful collection of original, antique, handmade, vintage, wonderfully creative finds, a lot of which you won’t find anywhere else in London. Or why not commission a bespoke creation from a local independent artist/designer-maker? – Take a stroll down to the infamous Columbia Road flower market to pick up some beautiful, fragrant flowers? Or to the food market to taste some tasty food from faraway exotic climes?

I love Brick Lane Market for it’s ability to infuse the uber-cool, with originality and sophistication so effortlessly. The Secret Societe’ fuses art and science to create handmade fragrance, beauty and skincare products and we think that the Homegrown Market in particular, which showcases a collection from independent designer-makers in the UK, is the perfect place for us to begin our journey!

So, if your struggling to decide what to buy for your best friend, your Mum, your sister, your brother, your Dad, your husband (phew!), then come and see us at the HomeGrown Market this Sunday 20th October – we just might have the perfect gift!

The HomeGrown Market is situated in Elys Yard, which is on the corner of Hanbury Street and Brick Lane. Walk through UpMarket – another interesting market with a huge variety of food, lifestyle, accessories and fashion – and you will see the HomeGrown Market just up the small ramp. There is also a sitting down area if you need to rest your feet after a hard days shop!

We’ll be there from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Fun Times!

Fun Times!

I never thought a craft market could be so fun!

Yesterday, The Secret Scent Societe’ exhibited at The Crafty Fox Market in Brixton and though at first it was a little nervewracking (because I was worried that I wouldn’t make any sales at all!), I ended up having a fabulous time. The DJs were excellent (there was a DJ on every floor!), the atmosphere buzzing, the traders friendly, and the tea and cakes a welcome treat! My boyfriend was roped into helping me set up, my Mum into admin duties, and my friends into packing up, and to tell you the truth: I really couldn’t have done it without them. They were absolute gems.

Alongside having my friends, boyfriend and parents there for moral support, I managed to exceed my sales target and more importantly, I gained some invaluable feedback (and some lovely compliments too) about my products so that I can go forward with a clearer idea of what my clients liked, what they didn’t like, what they want, and ultimately what I need to do to improve my products and services. And unlike other Markets that I’ve done, there didn’t seem to be a clear favourite product wise, as people loved the candles, the skincare products (in particular the rose geranium and jasmine body souffle’), but also my reed diffusers, soap and incense too and that means…well I guess it just means that I am somewhat on the right track as it’s important to me that my products are equally well received.
I myself have fallen in love with some of my products, some of them I swear by (My Pear and Apple Blossom Candle, Solid Lotion Bar and Body Scrub Souffle’ for instance), and I’d like that same belief and enjoyment to be experienced by others.

On Sunday 20th October (which is in 2 weeks time), I will be doing another market! this time in Brick Lane, and I hope to introduce a brand new product there that I have been thinking about making for quite some time now: Hair Elixir. Details to follow shortly!

Some pictures of my stand @ Crafty Fox yesterday:

Display @ The Crafty Fox

Grapefruit Bath Salts

Personalised Crates

Skincare Display

Craft Markets R US!

Craft Markets R US!

upmarket logo

I’m off to Ibiza in 20 days time and I can’t wait! Beautiful weather, beautiful people, sun, sand and great house music, what more could you ask for??

Following our announcement about us trading at Crafty Fox in October I was contacted by the manager of the Brick Lane markets in East London about trading with them so I went down on Sunday to check them out. The markets were absolutely heaving with people and I could immediately see why there “Up Market” has been voted by Time Out as being the “Best Market for New Designers”. Brick Lane Markets boasts the largest, most creative, eclectic and unique finds in London. People that frequent Brick Lane spend there entire day browsing the amazing stalls, listening to the live bands that play there, hanging out with friends, and tasting some of the delicious looking international cuisines on offer. Almost anything you could possibly want you can find there, it’s like a trove of treasures.

brick lane market

Homegrown is a market that specifically caters to those looking for handcrafted goods, championing independent UK designers and makers and helping to gain exposure for small local creative businesses. It’s a relatively new concept for Brick Lane as there Up Market and Backyard Markets offer mainly sourced Vintage wares, clothes and jewellery and because it’s new it isn’t as established or as popular as the others but I think this is likely to change (and soon) as more and more people look for products that have been handmade, and preferably with an environmental and eco friendly conscience.

Though it was clear that Upmarket was the more popular market I’ve decided to trade at Homegrown as my products are all handmade and I think it’s important to promote that fact, plus I preferred the space as it felt quite light and airy in comparison to the other markets. Also it has a pretty reasonable trading rate. Trading at Up Market on the other hand, costs £100 a day (ouch), so better left until I’m absolutely sure I’ll be able to cover that fee methinks!

I’m thinking about trading in the month of September but we’ll have to see how it goes when I return from my hols at the beginning of the month as there are lots of products I want to make before then to make sure that my stall is as varied as possible.

I’ve been searching for some inspiration so that I can create an elegant yet visually arresting stall display for my products so if you have any great ideas then please feel free to share them with me here. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a grrreat day! 🙂