Rules of a Lady

Rules of a Lady

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This week we’ve been featured on a wonderful blog called Rules of a Lady, cool name huh?!

Rules of a Lady is a young, fashion forward lifestyle blog created by Italian blogger Silvia Cavagnini. She is big into fashion, lifestyle, interior design and infact anything beautiful and unusual and she contacted me recently about doing a collaboration with her. She looks for products that she really likes on websites such as Etsy (where she found me), and then she contacts companies about doing a feature on them. I just happened to be one of the lucky ones. She was particularly taken with my Coconut & Musk Soy candle and my RoseGold Reed Diffuser. A few weeks ago I sent her my very favourite soy candle Apple Blossom and Pear and my Luxury Grapefruit Bath Salts to review and she took a picture of it and left a review here:

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Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Good Morning Blogee’s and Bloggettes,

I hope your enjoying the undeniable start of summer, and long may it last!

These past couple of weeks The Secret Scent Societe’ has been featured in lots of Etsy treasurys and I thought I’d shared them all with you!

The treasury is entitled “July 101” and is a gorgeous combination of neutral and pastel coloured gifts, which includes my peach scented candle Ambrosial Peach. It’s a gorgeous collection.

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Peach scented candle “Ambrosial Peach”

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This treasury is entitled “Yellow Sunni” and features my candle Frankincense & Myrrh F&M

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Frankincense & Myrrh scented candle “F&M”

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This treasury is entitled “Dream Décor” and featured my black Tuberose & Ginger candle “Indian Mistress of the Night”

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Indian Mistress of the Night

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To see the full Etsy treasury for “July 101”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzIwNDg0ODh8MjcyMzkzMTA3NQ/july101

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Yellow Sunni”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzM3NjM2Mjd8MjcyMzkyNzI4Nw/yellow-sunni

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Dream Décor”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzA5Njc4Mzd8MjcyMzkwNjE1Nw/dream-decor

We’re about to strike a pose…in VOGUE!

We’re about to strike a pose…in VOGUE!

Yes, Yes it’s almost upon us! The most exciting moment in my short but very fulfilling business life:

We are about to be featured in British VOGUE!

Our handmade Rose-Geranium & Jasmine Body Souffle’ will be in the May issue in an article named “Beauty’s Best Kept Secrets” alongside other fabulous beauty brands.
I don’t dare to dream of what this might mean for my brand, as it’s quite overwhelming to consider the possibilities but I am hopeful that this will be a stepping stone for me into exploring other avenues for The Secret Scent Societe’.

And of course this exposure can only help my cause. I’ve decided to cut down on the markets that I’ve been doing as they were never very lucrative for me. Successful market stalling requires a combination of being in the right locations for my target market, patience and a healthy dose of good luck. In addition, doing market stalls is very time consuming and energy zapping, and unless you have a market stall companion to talk to it can be very boring too! No, selling online is the way forward!

I’m very much looking forward to adopting the phrase: “As seen in VOGUE” – I realise it’s a little braggy, but that name holds weight. And I need weight to approach the kinds of people that I want to approach.

So please show your support by picking up your copy of the May edition of VOGUE, which is out on Monday 7th April, or better yet try out our Body Souffle’ for yourself – I promise that you, your Best Friend, your Mother, Your lover (well perhaps not your lover;) will love it! 🙂

Exclusive to notonthehighstreet:
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/rose-geranium-or-lemongrass-body-souffle

Rose-Geranium Souffle

Just 2 weeks to go!

Just 2 weeks to go!

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Yes, tis a mere 2 weeks to go before my debut in British VOGUE Magazine and gosh am I excited!
My plan to replace all of the pictures on my NotOnTheHighstreet page is in process (a work in progress!) in preparation for lots of views (and hopefully, sales!)
It’s far from perfect but I think that finally I’m getting the hang of this photography thing, which is a relief I can tell you.

I have pre warned a few friends that I may be requiring there assistance should things get a little crazy following the VOGUE release and I’m giving away my very first batch of cold process soap to some specially selected friends and family with a prompt for them to review it and give me there honest opinion. I think this will be really helpful in order to improve on my next batch of soap, listening to there very honest advice and taking into account all of the things that they think constitutes a good bar of soap! I intend on doing many more soap tests to get the perfect bar before I release any for general sale.

I’m continuing to market my products on Etsy, though I’m not getting many bites. To be honest the only reason why I bother staying on there at all is for my presence on the internet, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. Despite my products being cheaper on there then on notonthehighstreet sales are still excruciatingly slow, almost non existent.

The feature in VOGUE is out on Monday 7th April so do pick one up! It’s called “Best Kept Beauty Secrets”

Also, if you haven’t already done so, do follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook and I will follow you/like you back! Links below.

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

I’m about to take the plunge!

I’m about to take the plunge!

Tonight, I’m going to make cold process soap! Pray for me!

I have been doing LOTS of research on soapmaking over the last couple of months, watching lots of video’s, reading lots of articles and forums and I bought this highly recommended book on soapmaking a couple of weeks ago: The Soapmakers Companion.

The idea of soapmaking is exciting but equally terrifying. I LOVE the science behind it: Choosing your butters on oils based on there properties and health benefits, researching the various ways ingredients behave in soap, and working with strictly raw ingredients found in nature. Then there’s the unlimited ways of decorating and fragrancing your soap: The possibilities are endless!

Slowly I have been acquiring the ingredients to start my very own first soap batch, processed all of the necessary safety information and now I feel I am ready to begin. I really feel as though this is just the beginning for my soapmaking ambitions. I want to make the best bar of soap you can find! A bar of soap with the best, most luxurious and exotic oils available on the market.

In order to make soap the first step is to choose your oils and then work out the quantities of all of your ingredients using the calculations for your mould volume and including the sodium hydroxide for the lye and distilled water which you eventually mix with the sodium hydroxide to create lye water. The butters and oils that you intend on using are then melted down and then the lye water is added to the oils once the temperature of both the oils and the lye water has reached approximately 110 – 120 degrees each. The fragrance/essential oils, colourants or herbs and clays are added to this mixture at trace. Sodium hydroxide is an extremely dangerous substance so I have got my goggles and gloves prepared for when I’m working with it.

There are so many different soapmaking techniques that I love that it’s hard to decide what to try first though I know that they say you should start with something simple first, but I’m not sure that I will as unfortunately I’m too impatient, lol.

I also just received my custom soap stamp which I was hoping to use on my M&P soap favours but I think it would also be perfect to use on my soaps too.

Fingers crossed everything goes according to plan and do let me know if you’ve made any soap yourself!
If it comes out reasonably well then I will post a picture up, but if it’s a complete and utter disaster..well then…!

This is gorgeous..

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Happy Noel!

Happy Noel!

Happy Noel everyone!

We have been absolutely inundated with orders via notonthehighstreet this past week which though a little hectic has been great! and we are infact still aiming to have all lastminute gifts delivered in time for Christmas.
Newsflash! We are currently running a fabulous December promotion at the moment: All products ordered in the month of December are eligible for a free gift! So get yours now before it’s too late!

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

Incase I don’t get to speak to you over the holidays, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!!