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

 

A Workshop for Perfume Lovers

A Workshop for Perfume Lovers

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It’s not always easy to find a fragrance that smells good on you. And what smells good on someone else may not smell good on you at all. That’s because the ph balance on everyone’s skin is unique to them which is why bespoke fragrances are such a necessity, rather then a luxury, for perfume lovers.

But having a bespoke fragrance is prohibitively expensive for most people (me included). A bespoke fragrance can start from around £5,000 and that’s a very conservative figure, generally, they are in the thousands. And it’s not enough to simply offer a pre-mixed base, as that isn’t really a bespoke perfume. There are a lot of companies out there who promise a true personalised perfume but then make you choose from pre-made blends that have been made by a perfumer which they then label as bespoke. Well it’s not.

A bespoke perfume is one that takes into consideration, not just your likes, but your dislikes, the way you want the perfume to make you feel, or who you want your perfume to make you become. Because perfume also has the ability to transform a person, to make them become the person they want to be – to play a role.

It is this transformational power that makes it not just mysterious, but powerful too.

Since most of us cannot afford the luxury of a signature scent, perhaps a beautiful compromise is to attend a perfume workshop and make your own?

Our next perfume workshop, where we will be teaching delights of Oriental Perfumes, will be on Saturday 27th May.

Tickets are buy one bring a friend for free, and include prosecco and cake. Get your ticket and reserve your space now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oriental-perfume-making-workshop-with-prosecco-and-cake-tickets-33149324522

 

 

 

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

 

Spring Perfume Making Workshop

Spring Perfume Making Workshop

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Following the success of our last Perfume Making Workshop, we have another one planned for Spring.

In our Spring workshop we will be making bespoke fragrances with a distinctly spring-like feeling, so there will be fresh, green fragrances, florals and citrus fragrances.

All materials for this workshop are provided including Essential Oils and a complimentary notebook to record your formula’s. We will also be serving prosecco and freshly baked cake!

Date: Saturday, 1st April 2017

Location: Hatton Garden (full address and access details will be sent after booking)

Price: £85 pp

For more details and to buy tickets please visit our website

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

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

Host your own Bespoke Perfume Party

Host your own Bespoke Perfume Party

Design and create your very own Natural Perfume with the help of The Secret Scent Societe’ Master Perfumer. Our hand blended Artisan Perfumes will be made using a blend of high grade Essential Oils that are safe for the skin and your environment.  Working with these luxurious natural ingredients you will be able to create a Fragrance that is 100% natural and compliments you perfectly giving you a true taste of what it means to wear your own Signature Scent.  This experience is perfect for Hen PartiesBridal ShowersBirthdays or as a one to one consultation.

What will happen on the day?

You will learn about the History of Perfume, Blending Techniques, Fragrance Families and get to smell and choose the Aroma Blends for your Perfume. Once your Perfume has been created you will name it!

This fun and interactive experience is hugely enjoyable and informative, providing you with a unique insight into the mysterious world of Perfume and a beautiful natural fragrance to take home with you.

Where are the experiences held?

Your Bespoke Perfume Party will be held in a Central London location or it can be held in your home (London only) – and if you invite a group of friends then you will get your Bespoke Perfume free!

Prices start from £60. Please contact us for more information: tori@thesecretscentsociete.co.uk

 

The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

Nowadays when we walk into a fancy department store like The White Company, Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister to name just a few we immediately get hit with a waft of perfume. And this is no coincidence. Big brands have started employing Scent Marketers as they have realised that in order to make more sales they need to engage people’s most emotional senses: Their sense of smell.

75% of our emotions is linked to smell which is directly linked to pleasure, happiness and general well-being so having a brand fragrance has shown to dramatically increase sales because it enhances their sense of connection with the brand and their values – no wonder they are making it their business to get into the scent business.

When we are at home, this feeling of contentment and well-being is all the more important because we want our homes to smell good, be inviting and personal to us all at the same time.

Here are some suggestions on fragrances to introduce into your home environment to stimulate the senses and connect your environment with the way you’d like it to feel.

Living Room

This is typically the room we relax in, so it’s the room we’d like to be calm and comfortable in. Woody/Spicy fragrances like Sandalwood and Frankincense are good in this environment.

Our Candle F & M has woody hints of Sandalwood and refreshing Citrus along with spicy, anchoring notes of Frankincense & Myrrh. The perfect scent for an environment of relaxation.

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Kitchen

We spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and now that more and more people are getting open planned kitchen/dining spaces so that they can entertain their friends it’s even more important that you get the smell of your kitchen right because nobody wants a kitchen that smells bad. The best scents to create a feeling of freshness and mask any unpleasant food odours are citrus or herbal fragrances like Lavender or Bergamot.

Our Candle fragrance Lavender, With Love has the best of both worlds, a fresh, slightly fruity floral note and a refreshing herbaceous scent of Lavender.

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Bathroom

Bathrooms are where we get clean so we want them to smell clean. This is best achieved by having a brightening Citrus fragrance, such as Lemon or Grapefruit.

Our Citrus Aromatherapy Candle Grapefruit & Lime looks great in the bathroom and will fill the air with a fresh and uplifting Citrus notes.

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Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is your most personal space and therefore is the area in which your personality should really shine. It is also the most sensual space in the home so natural aphrodisiac scents like Rose and Jasmine should feature boldly. Or if you really want to seduce someone then a oriental fragrance will do that nicely.

Our Aromatherapy Candle Rose-Geranium & Jasmine is a great place to start but if you prefer a fragrance with more dark, sexy, mysterious notes then our luxurious Candle fragrance Indian Mistress of the Night, with spicy notes of Ginger and floral notes of Tuberose really set the mood.

Or, if you’re looking for a more Bespoke Fragrance to compliment your rooms and yourself, then why don’t you try our Bespoke Candle Service where you can get a signature scent created especially for yourself or give it as a extra special gift.

So, get yourself and your home smelling the way you want!

 

Our Brand New Website is Live!

Our Brand New Website is Live!

Hi!

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.