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!

“One of a Kind” at Charles Worthington

“One of a Kind” at Charles Worthington

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I was recently contacted by the marketing manager of the Charles Worthington Hair Salons in London. She had seen my products online and thought that The Secret Scent Societe’ would be a good fit for the intimate client event they were organise at their flagship store in Fitzrovia.

Charles Worthington himself was going to be opening the evening and along with myself they had also invited a personal shopper from Reiss and the celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole who would be doing a live makeup demonstration on the night.

Charles personally going to be introducing me and I was going to be given an area where I could set up my products to sell. It wasn’t a huge area but ~I figured that as it was such an intimate event for their most loyal customers I wouldn’t need to bring that much stock with me anyway plus I had a beautiful stone mantelpiece that I could use to display my reed diffusers.

They were giving out goody bags to all of the guests so I was asked if I could contribute towards it, so I made up some Coconut & Soy wax travel Candle samples for them to include. She knew about my feature in VOGUE which she was eager for me to highlight so I designed and made some displays featuring my article. I took along with me 4 kinds of Wood Wick Candles, my Massage Candles, 3 of my Luxury Candles, Hair Perfume, Eau de Parfum and Reed Diffusers.

The evening was a very relaxed and well organised affair, with demonstrations by both Ariane, a senior hair stylist showing the newest GHD’s, and a personal shopper from Reiss, with lots of canapés and champagne! It was a fun, interesting and successful evening. People were very complimentary about my products and brand, and I made some sales (2 of which were candles that are going to be used in the lady’s summer wedding!).

I also took the opportunity to promote my new Bespoke Candle Service also, which is a service I’m now offering that includes a completely bespoke scent, and customised options (such as container type and colour choices) for candles.  That seemed to really go down very well as I had a lot of people enquiring about this service.

Afterwards, I was presented with some goody bags of my own which I was chuffed to bits with: One was a bag filled with full sized Charles Worthington products, and the other one was from Reiss: A gorgeous gold and leather wrist band.

Even though I was technically there to work, I found the whole experience very enjoyable and not at all like work. I loved talking to people to hear what they liked or didn’t like. Which were their favourite products and what they would like to see in the future. I found the whole experience really invaluable.  Plus the staff at Charles Worthington seemed to really like the products too.

I got talking to this lovely older lady, who had been going to Charles Worthington for 12 years (she did infact have very lovely hair), and after hearing that one of her favourite hair stylists wanted to get a bespoke candle made for his wedding in September, she generously offered to buy it for him as a wedding gift. Very sweet!

Here are some Pictures from the event:

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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!

 

Black “Fragrance” Friday

Black “Fragrance” Friday

Fragrance Friday

Following the great success of last years Black “Fragrance” Friday Sale we are going to be repeating it again this year on Friday 27th November. In true Black Friday tradition we are going to be giving 20% or more off on selected products so if you’ve had your eye on something particular and want to take advantage of this excellent discount then log onto: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete this Friday.

I can confirm that our extremely popular Orange Blossom Hair Perfume that has been absolutely flying off the shelf lately will be included in the sale!

Happy Shopping! 🙂

Photography Pt 111

Photography Pt 111

Photography, as I’m sure you know by now, isn’t my strong point. I have seen so many handmade products with amazing photography and it makes me feel very frustrated indeed that I can’t seem to manage to take simple, professional shots of my products.

It isn’t simply a matter of buying the best camera, and it just about having the “eye” for taking pictures. It’s a combination of both. And good lighting. Always, always good lighting!

Alas even when I bought myself a professional light tent, with special daylight lamps to use to illuminate the shadows my pictures still didn’t come out the way I wanted them too. Sure they were an improvement on the previous, but they still weren’t clean enough, they weren’t white enough, and they were still very shadowy in places. To make even matters worse, it seemed as though I was at the mercy of the sun – everytime it moved I had to move. Reading forums about taking photo’s of your products, the advice of the majority was to use as much natural light as possible. But for me it just wasn’t possible. The natural light was too changeable, it wasn’t consistent enough and thus I was finding the quality of my photo’s diminishing as the day wore on. Frustrating.

So on Sunday my boyfriend and I spent the entire day working on finding the perfect camera set-up, the perfect setting on the camera, and the best position in the house to take the most simple and effective shots. Thankfully we found it. The decision after taking lots of pictures using different settings then comparing them all on the computer told us a few things: That we needed to turn the light tent the other way round (so that it had it’s back to the sun), this gave a less intense light but a more fluid light. And most importantly: It was no longer shadowy!

Also, we decided against using natural light. When we viewed them on the computer they seemed more grainy, less perfect, and unlike jewellery, or clothing, where it’s always better to see the texture of the materials used, imperfections in glass, isn’t so great. Using flash eliminated those imperfections, and made the product really come to life. Nevertheless it was a very subtle difference between the two, and that’s what I was looking for.

Over the next few weeks, before my article in VOGUE goes live (can’t wait!), I need to redo all of my photography so that it is in keeping with this new updated style. Up until now good photography has alluded me but not anymore!

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I would love to hear your thoughts on my photography! And if you know any trade secrets that could help me make them better I would be very happy to hear them, and of course, if you make your own products then I’d love to have a look at yours too!

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

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Vetiver inci name Chrysopogon zizanioides, is a dark thick like sap that originates from grass in tropical countries such as India, Tahiti and Haiti. It has a very strong odour reminiscent of damp earth, cacao and wood and is extracted by steam distillation.

Vetiver is a popular ingredient in soap making and perfumery because of it’s distinctive smell and excellent fixative qualities. It has therapeutic properties including being an antiseptic, aphrodisiac, relieving insomnia, helping with mental and physical exhaustion and nourishing dry skin and lessening wrinkles. A lot of men’s aftershaves include Vetiver as it is reminiscent of classic manliness, worn leather sofa’s and expensive cigars.

Vetiver is affordable and is used in many wellknown perfumes including Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Christian Dior Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver.

Vetiver is in my not yet released “Hair Elixir”, which I’m using myself at the moment as I’m trying to grow my hair and it is simply wonderful. Not too greasy, but nourishing and ultra moisturising with the beautiful fragrance of orange, rose-geranium and vetiver.

If you have any other tips for growing hair then I’ll be happy to hear them as I really don’t want to have to wait a whole 2 years for it to get to shoulder length (remember I’m starting from scratch as I shaved all of my hair off! lol)

Treasury Feature 11/11/13

Treasury Feature 11/11/13

Hi All!

I hope that whatever you did this weekend, it was a memorable one.
I had a nice relaxing weekend at home with my boyfriend. We watched loads of episodes of Breaking Bad (love it!) and my sister stayed over on Friday night and brought her freshly baked banana and walnut loaf with her. Mmmmm!

I spent at least 4 hours on Sunday morning working on product photography but in the end I wasn’t happy with any of the images as they all had a blue tint to them (probably something to do with the camera settings), alas I will have to do them all again – what fun! (not).

I am in 4 Treasurys this week! The first one is entitled “I’m not always a pink kind of girl” – which I can vouch for as I’m not a particularly pinky girl either, however I do like blood red, ox red, burgundy (all very similar I know, hehe) and blush pink and they all feature in this lovely treasury. My blush pink candle “Anniversary” is featured here.

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“Anniversary” Coconut & Fig Luxury Soy Candle

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This treasury is entitled “Arctic” and is a light/baby blue/ice inspired treasury with a collection of some very beautiful handmade things. See it for yourself!
My blue and white layered soy candle “Ambrosial Peach” is featured here.

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This treasury collection is entitled “Winter’s Coming” and features my gold candle 3 AM.

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“3 AM” Ylang Ylang & Nag Champa Soy Candle

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And lastly, I have been featured in this treasury entitled “Fresh Christmas”. A delicate, elegant collection of beautiful handmade items, featuring my mint green candle “Bois”

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To see the full treasury for “I’m not always a pink kind of girl”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/OTQ0NTk5NXwyNzI1MjI0MDU0/im-not-always-a-pink-kind-of-girl

To see the full treasury for “Arctic”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzgyOTM3MjB8MjcyMjY3NjMwNQ/arctic

To see the full treasury for “Winter’s Coming”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjI2NjQzNDV8MjcyMjY4NTE5NQ/winters-coming

To see the full treasury for “Fresh Christmas”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjI1NzIxMTB8MjcyNTI0NTM4Ng/fresh-christmas