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

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Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

 

Perfumery is such a mysterious business, and such a niche, that it is notoriously difficult to get into it as a career. Perfumers are known mostly by reputation and usually knowledge is passed down through the generations and kept within a small amount of families.

I found this article online about the process of making perfume. It shows the process of how perfumers get from an idea or concept from their clients to an actual product.

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

Each of our Aromatherapy candles have been handmade with 100% natural ingredients: A combination of Soy Wax (a vegetable based wax), and harmonious and beautifully scented essential oil accords that have a variety of highly effective Aromatherapy properties. The exotic, floral, creamy, sweetly tantalising blend of Ylang Ylang and Vanilla make this candle the perfect gift and a perfect addition to the home!

The essential oils used in our Ylang Ylang & Vanilla Aromatherapy Candle have the following health benefits:

Ylang Ylang: Soothing, Hair Stimulating, Aphrodisiac, Anti-depressant, Sedative, Antiseptic (to name just a few)

Vanilla: Relaxing, Aphrodisiac, Febrifuge, Sedative, Antioxidant (to name just a few)

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-ylang-ylang-soy-candle

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Fragrance Profile: Vanilla

Fragrance Profile: Vanilla

 

Vanilla, inci name Vanilla Planifolia, is found primarily in Mexico but can also be found in places like Madagascar, Indonesia and the southwestern Indian Ocean. Vanilla is a dark, resinous substance extracted from vanilla bean that is best known for it’s versatility in sweets, desserts, and perfume. In addition to being tasty it is also used as a remarkably versatile perfume ingredient. It’s distinctly sweet, warm, soothing and creamy aroma is well liked and has some very good health benefits too.

Afrodisiac: Vanilla stimulates hormones that bring about sexual arousal and desire. It has an effect on erectile dysfunction, frigidity and loss of libido.

Antioxidant: A powerful antioxidant all rounder, Vanilla protects the body from wear and tear and infections.

Antidepressant: Works well to combat the feelings of stress and anxiety and uplift.

Relaxing: Vanilla Essential Oil provides a calming influence on the brain and relief from feelings of anxiety, stress and restlessness.

Vanilla is used frequently in perfumery to add sweetness and warmth to perfume creations. It blends well with almost all florals, particularly Jasmine and works well with woods and citrus oils also.

The Secret Scent Societe’s Ylang Ylang and Vanilla Aromatherapy Soy Candle embodies all that is great about Vanilla: It’s effortless ability to provide a sultry, smooth sweetness, and blend with the exotic flower Ylang Ylang to create a delicate and feminine ambience.

Ylang Ylang Candle 3

Our Ylang Ylang & Vanilla candle is available for purchase on notonthehighstreet: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-ylang-ylang-soy-candle

And it went a little something like..

And it went a little something like..

THIS

Meadowfoam Soap 2

Meadowfoam Soap

I’m quite chuffed with the way it’s come out and it smells gloooorious! It’s a little bit wet at the moment – the rich oils I have used in it definitely need to be dried out so it might take a little longer then 4 weeks for the soaps to cure. But we’ll see. Cleaning up all of the equipment however, was a little more technical then I would have liked. I had to wait a day for all of the soap to dry up and then using gloves (as the soap is still caustic at this stage), I got rid of as much soap in the pots and pans and cutlery as possible and rinsed out the sodium hydroxide with water, then I put all of my soapmaking equipment into the dishwasher. There were lots of suds! But I had it on an intensive wash so I just let it run it’s course and when it was finished the suds had gone. I’m not sure whether or not this cleans the dishes entirely so that there is no poisonous residue and I don’t want to take the chance and get burnt so for now I’m going to continue to wear my gloves when handling both the clean and dirty soap equipment.

Tonight, I’m thinking of trying out another recipe, and another soapmaking technique.

Fragrance Profile: Rose

Fragrance Profile: Rose

Roses

Rose is undoubtedly the most well known, and some would say most loved of all of the florals, and it is widely used in women’s fragrances aswell as other feminine beauty products. Rose has a feminine and romantic fragrance, that uplifts and encourages feelings of love, beauty and femininity and it is particularly good for use on ageing or dry skin due to it’s wonderful moisturising properties.

There are literally thousands of varieties of Rose in the world so unsurprisingly, it has the most complex family tree of any floral species. Bulgaria produces about 70% of all the Roses in the world.

In natural perfumery Rose oil differs depending on where in the world it comes from, some have very subtle differences, and some smell completely different from one another. These rose absolutes include:
Rose Musk Otto, Bulgarian Rose, Moroccan Rose Absolute and Turkish Rose Absolute. Some roses have a greener fragrance, some are more musky, some more floral, and some are very sweet but typically the characteristic of Rose oil is it’s rich, sweet honey nectar like aroma. It has a depth, character and intensity that is unmistakable and woman particularly, but men also really enjoy looking at and smelling Rose.

Rose is typically either steam (or solvent) extracted and has a great many uses including for:
Rose Water – which is used in cooking and in skincare, Rose Hips – which are used to make syrups, vinegar, wine and jam. Rose has some amazing aromatherapy benefits too: It is uplifting, soothing and harmonising and a known aphrodisiac. It also embodies elegance, love, luxury and passion.

Rose is very expensive to buy due to the nature of it’s extraction: It takes about 60,000 roses to produce just 1 ounce of rose oil.

Some well known perfumes with Rose in them are: Dolce and Gabbana Rose The One, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle and Valentino Rose n Rose.

I think Rose is a feminine and distinctly floral oil. I like some Rose Oils better then others (Bulgarian Rose being my personal favourite), but I do think that overall it is immensely beautiful and really comes into it’s own when partnered with citrus oils to some of the most delightful and enjoyable fragrances around.

Some of the products we have made using Rose are our Solid Lotion bar and our stunning layered soy candle Creme’ De La Creme’ with Rose, Vanilla and Orange:

Solid Lotion Bar 5

Creme' De La Creme' 10

Pomp & Circumstance the show stealer!

Pomp & Circumstance the show stealer!

Hi!

I hope you had a great Bank Holiday weekend. The weather certainly could have been better!
I’m desperate for some sun and am counting down the days until I go to Las Vegas. Just under a week to go now!

Last week I had my showcase at Publicis in Central London. They invited me down to use there space to sell and promote my products to there staff. I was only there over the lunchtime period so considering I was only there for a mere 2 hours it went very well! I had alot of very good feedback, the men in particular seemed impressed with my products – it’s usually very hard to impress men with fragrant products but they asked alot of questions and complimented my packaging so I was quite flattered. Pomp & Circumstance, my Limited Edition Bulgarian Rose & Jasmine Soy Candle stole the show. It has such a depth and character to it, and it is almost impossible to pick out the individual notes as it has such complexity. Pomp & Circumstance is a very luxurious fragrance. It’s a shame I can’t upgrade this candle to part of my standard range, but my supplier of Bulgarian Rose doesn’t always have it so it has to remain Limited Edition for now. Nonetheless, Cloud Nine remained a firm favourite, I love playing the game with my clients of “guess the fragrance”, and there was one guy in particular who was brilliant at it! He could recognise some of the components, which is quite hard to do as I usually have quite a few notes and accords in my fragrances. Creme’ De La Creme’, Ambrosial Peach and Indian Mistress of the Night still seem to be a winner with both sexes. I was told that The Caspian Sea was very true to the brief: A subtle, fresh, light, aquatic scent. Lavender, With Love, I knew would be a favourite as it’s a white candle and women love Lavender!
Anniversary, the candle and the reed diffuser was hands down the most sought after fragrance of all. I anticipated that it might be so that was handy.

Publicis do regular marketing events like this at there offices for small creative businesses like mine, so hopefully I’ll get invited back in the future. I am planning to introduce a few new products to my range like body cream’s and souffle’s, salt and sugar scrubs, perfumes, bath oils and I may have an attempt at making Cold Process Soap. It’s a little more technical then M&P soap which I already make, and it takes longer to cure. I’m not so certain I have the patience to wait but we’ll see! 🙂

Pictures from the event:

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Publicis Showcase 3