As you know, scent is a passion of mine. I will not pretend to deny the contentment and happiness a pure and beautiful fragrance brings.
On Tuesday 21st March it was National Fragrance Day. In the fragrance industry this is generally celebrated by lots of fragrance brands having promotions, giveaways and sales so never wanting to be left out I thought I’d jump on the band wagon by offering a little something of my own.
On Saturday 1st April we will be hosting our Spring Perfume Making Workshop and we are really quite excited! Located in London’s famous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden along with complimentary prosecco and freshly baked cake, we will be making perfumes with a spring theme (namely fragrances that are floral, green or citrus). It’s a course that’s popular for complete beginner perfumers and perfume connoisseurs alike.
It was originally priced at £85, which was still very good value but now it has gone down (for a limited time only I should hasten to add), at a steal of a price of a mere £40!! This is in part to celebrate National Fragrance Day and in part to celebrate Mothers Day.
So if you’re wanting to know what it would be like to be a perfumer for the day, or just if you are slightly curious as to what Neroli, Amber or Vetiver smells like, then please come and join us in this fun and interactive perfume workshop this Saturday. It promises to be both fun and informative.
Tickets are available to buy on Eventbrite or from our website.
Get your ticket now or forever hold your piece! 🙂
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
“Make me a Fragrance that Smells like Love”
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
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!
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!)
Also, our website will be going live very soon.
Aromatherapy Massage Candles (also known as Body Candles) are a relatively new phenomenon and they have been gaining popularity because they can be used in 3 ways:
- As a nourishing Body Moisturiser, to soften and smooth the skin
- As an Aromatherapy Candle, providing a fresh and beautiful fragrance to your home
- As a luxurious quick absorbing Massage Oil to relax the body and ease the mind
Our 3 in 1 Massage Candles are handmade in our London Studio from 100% natural ingredients including a Cotton Wick, a blend of Essential Oils, Vegetable Wax and Oils.
This luxurious product not only imparts a beautiful aroma but it is also packed full of vitamins and minerals such as Coconut Oil and Grapeseed Oil that will keep your skin soft, smooth and supple.
It comes in 2 captivating fragrances:
Serenity: Chamomile & Lavender and Sensuality: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla
How to Use your Massage Candle:
After lighting the wick and waiting for the wax to melt to your desired amount, blow it out and wait for it to cool down before checking the temperature (making sure that the wax isn’t too hot) before pouring the warm wax directly onto your skin.
Our Massage Candle comes in a heavy glass container within a white milskin gift box and is available to buy online on our NOTHS page now:
Check out this easy-peasy natural skincare recipe that you can make quite easily at home using just a few key ingredients.
Toners are a form of gentle skin hydration that is used after the removal of makeup which can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture. Toners act as the much needed hydration and refreshment of the skin after makeup remove and before your moisturisers is applied. It’s a simple but effective way of making sure your skincare regime is a pure as it can be.
Here is an recipe for a skin toner that’s especially good for hydration
You will need:
- 1/4 Cup Tap Water
- 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 5 drops clary sage (salvia sclarea) essential oil
- 5 drops grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oil
- 5 drops german chamomile (matricaria recutita)
First: Boil the water rapidly for around 3 minutes to sterilise, then cool. Combine all of the ingredients together in a small spray bottle and shake together to blend. To use, shake well then spray directly onto clean skin or on a cotton wool pad and apply. Follow up with a good moisturiser.
You can also change the essential oils used in this blend but try to stay away from citrus oils as they can irritate sensitive skin.
Enjoy! and do let me know how you get on with it, I’m always happy to hear from you 🙂
Our new product: Orange Blossom Hair Perfume is a 100% natural, alcohol-free haircare product that’s made with a blend of Essential Oils, Vitamin E and Orange Blossom Water with Mica pigments to give your hair a subtle sparkle.
Weightless and hydrating, our Hair Perfume has notes of Jasmine, Vanilla and Orange, and will give some life to dry, dull hair and keep it smelling beautiful allday. Handmade in our London studio.
Our Hair Perfume can be bought online: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/orange-blossom-hair-perfume
As Christmas is fast approaching I could think of no better time to release our beautiful debut fragrance “First Love” which you can buy now on our NOTHS page:
Buy here: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/quotemark0-eau-de-parfum
A few weeks ago I had a photoshoot in Kilburn for my existing and up and coming products.
It was waaay overdue and I’m really glad that I done it though I had only booked a 2 hour slot and I didn’t realise until we were shooting how quickly that time goes!
I do think that it makes sense to do product photoshoots regularly (like every 6 months or so) and time it so that you’re able to incorporate any new products into your shoot also.
I will be releasing 3 new products just in time for Christmas! (Wood Wick Candles, Hair Perfume and Eau De Parfum)
Here are the fruits of my labour (or his, depending on which way you want to look at it!):
- Anniversary Reed Diffuser
- Lavender, With Love Luxury Soy Candle
- Lemongrass & Mandarin Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub Souffle’
- First Love Eau De Parfum
Would love to know your thoughts on the new photography and products!
As always, The Secret Scent Societe’ Bath, Bodycare and Fragrant Homewares are available to buy on NOTHS: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete