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.

Watercolour burgundy

burgundy lingerie

burgundy photography

“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.

light blue bird

light blue triangles

light blue tutu

“Ambrosial Peach” Soy Candle

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

winter fleece

winter acne cream

winter tea

“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”

christmas ring

christmas bear

christmas sachets

“Bois” Cedarwood & Sandalwood Soy Candle

Bois 2 notonthe

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

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Photo Light Boxes

Photo Light Boxes

I have only just discovered this light box malarkey and I must say it has got me very curious indeed. For months now I have been putting off taking more photographs of my products as despite me spending hours upon hours taking photographs they just never seemed to come out the way that I want them too. After getting increasingly frustrated with poor online sales I realised that this was directly related to the way that my pictures looked (afterall, when selling products online the number 1 thing that makes people buy the product is simple, professional and eyecatching photography).

I contacted some professional product photographers on Gumtree about taking some photo’s of my handmade candles and skincare etc but I found that they were far too pricey and I realised that it made much more sense (considering I’ll need to photograph my products quite regularly), and it was more cost effective if I just learnt some tricks of the trade and done it myself.

I researched the most affective ways of doing this and came across a photo light box, which is a nylon tent like construction that allows you to take high quality photographs with a consistently diffused light. Obviously there are different variations and they can get pretty costly but overall they are quite reasonably priced. Alternatively, with a few bits of materials you can make it yourself at home.
After watching some videos’s showing how to do this I decided against it as sourcing the materials didn’t seem to be that straightforward.
So I looked for a lightbox and found this: light-tent

It needs to be used with daylight balanced fluorescent lighting to give the picture clarity, without having a horrible yellow tint to the picture that is sometimes apparent when you use normal lightbulbs. The bulbs apart from there ability to make your photo’s look amazing, are actually quite eco friendly, as they use much less energy then standard lightbulbs and thus last much longer. Desklamps using these lights just need to be placed on either side of the tent to give a bright and fluid light over the object you are trying to photograph.

I have ordered mine, so I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out how it all worked out!

Until then!

Fun Times!

Fun Times!

I never thought a craft market could be so fun!

Yesterday, The Secret Scent Societe’ exhibited at The Crafty Fox Market in Brixton and though at first it was a little nervewracking (because I was worried that I wouldn’t make any sales at all!), I ended up having a fabulous time. The DJs were excellent (there was a DJ on every floor!), the atmosphere buzzing, the traders friendly, and the tea and cakes a welcome treat! My boyfriend was roped into helping me set up, my Mum into admin duties, and my friends into packing up, and to tell you the truth: I really couldn’t have done it without them. They were absolute gems.

Alongside having my friends, boyfriend and parents there for moral support, I managed to exceed my sales target and more importantly, I gained some invaluable feedback (and some lovely compliments too) about my products so that I can go forward with a clearer idea of what my clients liked, what they didn’t like, what they want, and ultimately what I need to do to improve my products and services. And unlike other Markets that I’ve done, there didn’t seem to be a clear favourite product wise, as people loved the candles, the skincare products (in particular the rose geranium and jasmine body souffle’), but also my reed diffusers, soap and incense too and that means…well I guess it just means that I am somewhat on the right track as it’s important to me that my products are equally well received.
I myself have fallen in love with some of my products, some of them I swear by (My Pear and Apple Blossom Candle, Solid Lotion Bar and Body Scrub Souffle’ for instance), and I’d like that same belief and enjoyment to be experienced by others.

On Sunday 20th October (which is in 2 weeks time), I will be doing another market! this time in Brick Lane, and I hope to introduce a brand new product there that I have been thinking about making for quite some time now: Hair Elixir. Details to follow shortly!

Some pictures of my stand @ Crafty Fox yesterday:

Display @ The Crafty Fox

Grapefruit Bath Salts

Personalised Crates

Skincare Display

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Hey Bloggee’s and Bloggettes!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, I’ve had some internet access difficulties. I hope you’re well? fine and dandy? alive and kicking?!

Over the past week or so I’ve been getting prepared for my exhibition this weekend at the Crafty Fox Market. A couple of weeks ago I went down to Brighton for the weekend and I found a beautiful dolls house that I’m going to use to display my candles, along with some hat boxes. At Crafty Fox I will be revealing my new skincare products including: Shea Butter Skin Silk Body Butter and Cocoa Butter Skin Silk Body Butter, a new fragrance for my Body Souffle’ and Salt Scrub Souffle’: Rose Geranium and Jasmine – divine! and my new luxurious Grapefruit Bath Salts. So if you are about this weekend, then why don’t you stop by? – I’ll be exhibiting on Sunday 6th from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm alongside some other wonderfully talented crafters. Everything at the market is handmade, and there will be a DJ and a tea and cake room too! Free Entry

Check out the Crafty Fox website for more details: http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.co.uk/p/traders-sun-6-oct.html

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“Oh what a beautiful moooorning!, Oh what a beautiful daaay!” :)

“Oh what a beautiful moooorning!, Oh what a beautiful daaay!” :)

Bois 2

Good Morning!

According to the weather forecast we have some pretty amazing weather to look forward to today! I know it’s not QUITE Las Vegas climes but it’ll do just nicely thank you very much 🙂

I have some good news, and some even better news to report but I’ll leave the even better news to a bit later.

As you know I was selected to do a feature about my fragrance business on Joelle Chan’s blog recently and it went live today so please take a moment to check it out and if you haven’t already subscribed to my blog, then it’s only one click away!

http://psychicjoelle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/shop-feature-secretscentsociete.html

Have an amazing day 🙂

RoseGold…Rose and Apple Blossom Loveliness in a Glass

RoseGold…Rose and Apple Blossom Loveliness in a Glass

RoseGold 2I decided that I wanted to make a lovely sophistated floral scent with a hint of spring fruits for a candle that would be easily transferrable to use for reed diffusers and incense stick fragrances and I think that I have finally achieved that with my new candle fragrance: RoseGold.

RoseGold is a smooth and sophisticated fragrance that has a bright, sparkling, genuine innocence about it. Rose is it’s heart note and it provides a beautiful and sweet honeyed complexity and Apple Blossom gives it a deliciously flirty, fragrant, fruity scent. Some specially selected secret ingredients are included to keep it interesting.

The colours I chose to represent it’s fragrance is white and gold: White represents the fact that it is a clean, summery fragrance and Gold to represent it’s glitz and glamour. The colours looks fantastic together. A perfect springtime and summertime gift!

Available to buy on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/125380735/white-and-gold-rosegold-rose-and-apple

The Secret Scent Societe’ goes Live!

The Secret Scent Societe’ goes Live!

Hi!

My online Etsy shop, where you will be able to buy my handmade beauty products, just went live! You can order a candle from my ever expanding range, or request a custom scented candle. Check it out!

http://SecretScentSociete.etsy.com