See you next year!

See you next year!

 

This will be the last time you hear from me this year as in two days time I will be flying off to sunny Thailand for 2 weeks!

It’s been a great year for me, and even better for my brand The Secret Scent Societe’ which has grown from strength to strength. I’ve become a lot more relaxed in my approach to business which I feel has helped me become a better business women. I’ve also taken more risks this year with regards to sending off my products to bloggers to have them reviewed (which I wasn’t all that keen on doing previously) and finally getting a professional photographer to photograph my products.

I’ve also introduced some new products this year which have had a really good response from my customers: Wood Wick Candles, Bespoke Reed Diffusers, Hair Perfume and my very first Eau de Parfum “First Love”.

Next year I hope to create more Perfumes, perhaps a Massage Candle, Bath Bombs, and lots more! Tis all very exciting.

I wish you all the very best of festive holidays, with lots of good food, laughter and quality time spent with the ones you love. I will be thinking of you whilst I’m luxuriating myself on Lamai Beach with a glass of French 75.

So, until 2016:

Bon Voyage!

 

Going down to Smiley Town

Going down to Smiley Town

The nickname for Thailand is “The land of the smiley people” and in precisely 2 weeks time I will be smiling along with them as I’m off to Thailand! (yay me!)

Not only will it be my first time away from home at Christmas time, but it will also be my first time away with Ian at Christmas and both of our first times visiting Thailand.  So, plenty of firsts!

Apart from sampling all of the lovely food on offer (I LOVE Thai food), I also want to see some of the famous Buddhist temples, and I’d love to see some wildlife (though I’m not sure that I agree with elephant trekking or watching monkey entertainment shows) –  I’d much rather see animals in their natural habitat. And let us not forget the multitude of beautiful beaches of which Koh Samui, the part of Thailand that I’m visiting has an abundance of.

Anthong Marine Park, which has been featured in Hollywood films such as Leonardo De Caprio’s The Beach is spectacularly beautiful and offers a variety of activities on it’s surrounding islands such as kayaking, scuba diving and kayaking.  

As we’ll be celebrating Ian’s birthday whilst we’re in Thailand, I have booked an allday boat trip to Anthong Park which he doesn’t know about yet. I’m excited because I’ve a pretty good idea that a) he’s not expecting it and b) he’ll love it. So I’m content.

I have no idea how they commemorate Christmas in Thailand but I’m sure it’s not going to be anything like in England so I’m just going to go with it and see what happens.

Just in time for Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas!

 

Finally! we have released our long awaited candle range: Wood Wick Soy Candles.

Handmade in our London Studio using sustainable soy wax, a choice of 4 of our most spellbinding fragrance blends and a natural wood wick, these beautiful candles are the next best thing when it comes to home fragrance.

The wood wicks used in our candles give off a subtle smoky aroma and have the authentic sound of a crackling wood log fire. They make an especially beautiful winter addition to the home and are absolutely perfect for Christmas!

Available on our website now: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

Wood Wick CandleWhite Gift Box

 

Happy 2015 Everyone!!

Happy 2015 Everyone!!

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black background

Happy 2015 to you all, and I do hope that you had a most tremendous one!

My Xmas was wonderful, I spent it at my Mums with my family and we had a feast for kings! – capon, duck, salmon and lamb (my fav), was lavished upon us in all it’s glory. Everything was absolutely delicious and had clearly taken quite a number of hours for my Mum (and brother, who was on gravy duty), to produce. My Mum done my late Aunty Cynth proud.

Boxing Day was spent back at home doing lots of dinner prep for we had offered to entertain both Ian’s family and mine (11 people in total) at ours the following day (Gawd help us!). I had never cooked for that number of people before and it was quite a feit taking on an entire menu that I’d never cooked before (excluding my trusty French onion soup starter). I guess I must love a challenge!

On the day I never thought that it was possible to be more stressful as we managed to have one disaster after enough despite my intensive forward planning.

First, it was an overflowing toilet (which had never happened before but decided to happen that very day!), a broken fireplace grate (which also had never happened before but Ian had to then fix because we’d planned to use the fireplace), THEN the worst disaster of all, the clay pot that my Mum had borrowed to me to use for our lamb cracked when we were trying to brown our lamb!! (- we later found out that it was never meant to be put on the stove, only in the oven: Duh!). My Mums beloved pot was completely destroyed so we had to throw it away and quickly find an alternative to house our 7 hour lamb.

We managed to find a casserole dish but unfortunately it wasn’t big enough to put our lamb in so we had to saw part of the lambs bone off! – It was testing to say the least. Alas, halfway through cooking when we went to turn the lamb we were horrified to find that because we didn’t have a matching lid for the casserole dish it had overflowed into the oven and had caused a terrible mess! What a nightmare. But despite this, because I had about 50 alarms going off for various stages in my mega cooking showdown I managed to avert any further cooking disasters.

Thankfully, I had things under control by the time our guests arrived so they were blissfully unaware of my earlier disasters and they were raving about the dinner. So, phew!

NYE was spent at home with Ian and the kittens, my friend and my sister. It was very chilled and warm – which was exactly what I wanted! I was not keen on the idea of spending NYE somewhere far that I’d have to travel to and from, spend money at and ultimately, gamble on whether I’d enjoy so I was very happy indeed just to be at home with some of my favourite people.

Christmas was very busy for The Secret Scent Societe’ which was great, and next year (or should I say this!), there will be much of the same and a lot of new. I don’t make new years resolutions but I do make plans, and I have a lot of plans for The Secret Scent Societe’, such as getting our products onto shelves and bringing more products to market, aswell as a new business idea that I won’t tell you about just yet, but will when it’s more advanced.

My kittens (fluffy balls of mischevious joy that they are), turn 9 months tomorrow! – can you believe it? – time seems to go so by quickly!

 

 

Black ‘Fragrance’ Friday

Black ‘Fragrance’ Friday

Black Friday 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:

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

The Secret Scent Societe’ Annual Summer Sale!

The Secret Scent Societe’ Annual Summer Sale!

The Secret Scent Societe’ is having our annual Summer Sale in June where you will be able to get your hands on some much coveted fragrant possessions. We are giving up to a whopping 25% off in the sale so do not miss out! Everything from our scented candles, to our wonderful bath salts, body soufflé’s AND reed diffusers is going to be up for grabs for a heavily discounted price. So if you have any Aunty’s, Sisters, Mothers, Daughters, Friends or Neighbours that you need to gift this year then this is your chance!

And to top this off all products over £30 get FREE DELIVERY. Yes that’s right: FREE!

The Sale will go live on Monday 16th June so put the date in your diaries and get ready to rejoice!

The sale is exclusively on that fabulous website they call Notonthehighstreet.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

Summer Sale

And a Happy New Year!

And a Happy New Year!

2014! – A whole new year! – have you made any resolutions yet?..

Resolutions for me are to cook more (I made a beautiful French onion soup last night!), keep up with my exercise regime, see my friends more and business wise I’d like to have my products stocked in at least 1 or 2 retail stores by the end of the year.

My Christmas was fabulous – my boyfriend and I spent it with his parents and brother and I was spoilt to within an inch of my life! check out all of my goodies! 🙂

Xmas Goodies

My boyfriend got the award for getting me the best combination of gifts ever with a dazzling array of jewellery, a gorgeous scarf, lingerie, a sexy photoshoot, front row tickets to the cirque de soleil show, perfume, a dress and a beautiful grey fox fur coat that I’ve had my eyes on (but couldn’t afford!). I even got a beautiful velvet riding hat from his parents as I’m taking up horseriding lessons this year.

After Christmas we went to my Mums for dinner with my family which was lovely. I bought my Mum a bracelet that I had engraved with words which made her cry. I was happy to have touched her with my words though my intention obviously wasn’t exactly to make her a shed tear! 🙂
We played my favourite board game Balderdash, which I lost – to my boyfriend naturally as he’s always winning these kinds of games. Hmpf!

I’m off on my holidays on Thursday, we’re going on a Caribbean cruise. It’ll be our first ever cruise and our first ever visit to most of the cruise destinations. We’ll be going to Dominica, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados and Florida. We are cruising with Celebrity Cruises and the ship looks amaaaazing and has everything and anything you could possibly wish for including a lawn club, spa, gym and swimming pools, a theatre, a glass blowing show, arts and crafts workshops, nightclubs, restaurants, a shopping centre and much much more!

I can’t wait to experience a little cruise style luxury and visit all of the beautiful west indian islands on my travels and I will surely update you on my findings upon my return!

Have you got any holidays planned this year? If so, where to? 🙂