The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

Nowadays when we walk into a fancy department store like The White Company, Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister to name just a few we immediately get hit with a waft of perfume. And this is no coincidence. Big brands have started employing Scent Marketers as they have realised that in order to make more sales they need to engage people’s most emotional senses: Their sense of smell.

75% of our emotions is linked to smell which is directly linked to pleasure, happiness and general well-being so having a brand fragrance has shown to dramatically increase sales because it enhances their sense of connection with the brand and their values – no wonder they are making it their business to get into the scent business.

When we are at home, this feeling of contentment and well-being is all the more important because we want our homes to smell good, be inviting and personal to us all at the same time.

Here are some suggestions on fragrances to introduce into your home environment to stimulate the senses and connect your environment with the way you’d like it to feel.

Living Room

This is typically the room we relax in, so it’s the room we’d like to be calm and comfortable in. Woody/Spicy fragrances like Sandalwood and Frankincense are good in this environment.

Our Candle F & M has woody hints of Sandalwood and refreshing Citrus along with spicy, anchoring notes of Frankincense & Myrrh. The perfect scent for an environment of relaxation.

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Kitchen

We spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and now that more and more people are getting open planned kitchen/dining spaces so that they can entertain their friends it’s even more important that you get the smell of your kitchen right because nobody wants a kitchen that smells bad. The best scents to create a feeling of freshness and mask any unpleasant food odours are citrus or herbal fragrances like Lavender or Bergamot.

Our Candle fragrance Lavender, With Love has the best of both worlds, a fresh, slightly fruity floral note and a refreshing herbaceous scent of Lavender.

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Bathroom

Bathrooms are where we get clean so we want them to smell clean. This is best achieved by having a brightening Citrus fragrance, such as Lemon or Grapefruit.

Our Citrus Aromatherapy Candle Grapefruit & Lime looks great in the bathroom and will fill the air with a fresh and uplifting Citrus notes.

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Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is your most personal space and therefore is the area in which your personality should really shine. It is also the most sensual space in the home so natural aphrodisiac scents like Rose and Jasmine should feature boldly. Or if you really want to seduce someone then a oriental fragrance will do that nicely.

Our Aromatherapy Candle Rose-Geranium & Jasmine is a great place to start but if you prefer a fragrance with more dark, sexy, mysterious notes then our luxurious Candle fragrance Indian Mistress of the Night, with spicy notes of Ginger and floral notes of Tuberose really set the mood.

Or, if you’re looking for a more Bespoke Fragrance to compliment your rooms and yourself, then why don’t you try our Bespoke Candle Service where you can get a signature scent created especially for yourself or give it as a extra special gift.

So, get yourself and your home smelling the way you want!

 

Smell Gawjus and thank us for it later!

Smell Gawjus and thank us for it later!

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.

 

Hair Perfume

Our Hair Perfume can be bought online: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/orange-blossom-hair-perfume

The Top Essential Oils for Men

The Top Essential Oils for Men

 

You might well have been thinking that perfumery, and the enjoyment of scents in general is something that’s mainly marketed to and enjoyed by women but men too enjoy scents on a bigger scale then we might think. Indeed a lot of the perfumers that create these beautiful, heaven-like scents that we all enjoy so much ARE men so it shouldn’t be too far fetched to believe that they have an appreciation for the beauty of fragrance just as much as we do.

But that’s where the similarity ends, for though a lot of us girls wouldn’t bat an eyelid when picking up our boyfriends “Joop” or “Cool Water” most men would run a mile if we tried to spray our “Candy by Prada” on them (btw please bare in mind I am NOT endorsing the sickly sweet smelling perfume as I don’t like it much).  Men do not typically like floral smelling fragrances either.

Personally I tend to go between fresh, citrusy clean smelling fragrances like Chloe’s signature Eau de Parfum to soapy, creamy scents like D&G’s The One to a more heavier, muskier scent like the gorgeous smelling Laura Mercier Nuit Enchantee’s. I particularly love the smell of Johnson’s Baby lotion and Baby Powder, so wherever I find a smell that emulates the clean, powdery sweetness of Johnsons Baby Lotion I’m all on it. Prada’s Infusion D’Iris is a good example of this.

 

 

   Prada Infusion D'Iris

Prada Infusion D’Iris

 

D&G The One

     D&G The One

 

Chloe Eau De Parfum

Chloe Eau De Parfum

 

And a great perfume that I like to wear for layering (meaning it goes with absolutely every perfume I own and has a beautiful yet like powdery-floral scent on its own), is: Drum roll please..

 Heavenly by Victoria’s Secret

 

 

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It’s lovely. And more of a mist so it’s really light. More of a top note perfume really, though it does have musky elements.

But men, what do men wear when they want to smell good? – well in my experience men typically want to Smell Fresh, Clean, Aquatic, Mossy, Woody, Citrusy or Musky, so when composing fragrances for a man you want to use ingredients like:

Patchouli. Vetiver. Oakmoss. Sandalwood. Vanilla. Ginger. Black Pepper. Bay. Clary Sage. Cedarwood. Tobacco. Frankincense. Myrrh. Petitgrain. May Chang. Marjoram

Most of the Citrus Oils are good to use too but especially: Lemon. Bergamot. Lime. Mandarin

And even Florals! (in small quantities) like: Lavender. Jasmine. Neroli

Unfortunately for me, my boyfriend isn’t too big on fragrances and doesn’t wear aftershave much(though he has successfully managed to buy me a few fragrances that I love!), but if he was into them then he would probably say that he likes Clean, Aquatic Smells or Woody, Musky Smells and luckily for him I like them too.

What’s your favourite man smell?

 

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Rose-Geranium & Jasmine

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Rose-Geranium & Jasmine

 

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 mysterious, seductive, exquisitely beautiful aroma of Rose-Geranium & Jasmine make this candle the perfect gift and a perfect addition to the home! This fragrance is so well loved by our customers that we have also make it in our body souffle’ and body scrub soufflé.

The essential oils used in our Rose-Geranium & Jasmine Aromatherapy Candle have the following health benefits:

Rose-Geranium: Lifts depression, Clearing Oily Skin, Balances the Nervous System, Balances the Hormonal System. Anti-depressant, Deodarant, Tonic, Antiseptic.

Jasmine: Skin healing, Sleep Aid, Aphrodisiac, Antiseptic, Sedative, Antidepressant. In addition Jasmine flower is a perfect blending companion and blends well with most citrus oils and other florals.

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

Rose-Geranium Candle 4

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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We’ve come to a bit of a lull here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab but rather then sit about stewing over the whats the whys and the wheres I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and try getting my products into some magazines. I don’t know what stopped me from doing this before, fear perhaps, but I’ve decided that fear isn’t going to get my brand where I want it to be. I realise now that without setting any realistic tasks and goals I would continue to feel de-motivated and ask myself what the point was. Understanding that this is normal, and that I’m far from being the only one is the first step to deciding how to remedy the problem. So I took some advice that my cousin gave me last week about contacting the magazines and websites that I want my products to be featured in and have contacted the editor of my favourite magazine of all Stylist. There page The Style List always has an eyecatching variety of products both from well known brands and small independent ones. It’s infact the one place where I know that my products would do well to be seen in, as in actually result in sales, which unfortunately not what happened after my ad in VOGUE (sad but true). In reality all marketing and promotion is a gamble, and sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. But I do believe that being seen in Stylist is a positive and progressive step towards being where I want to be: An established brand that people can’t help but to be loyal to. I appreciate that they must get tons of people contacting them about being in there magazine so I have sent an email offering a free sample of my products. I mean, who doesn’t want a freebie?
I think that since I’m on a roll there’s no point in stopping there.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to contact a few other publications about being featured. Aferall they can only say no huh?

Has fear ever held you back from doing things you want to do? And if so, what did you do about it in the end?

Best Kept Beauty Secrets..

Best Kept Beauty Secrets..

Featuring The Secret Scent Societe’!

Our Rose-Geranium & Jasmine Body Souffle’ has been selected for an exclusive beauty feature in the May edition of British VOGUE. The advertorial is called Best Kept Beauty Secrets.

We are super excited about being associated with this hugely successful brand so get your copy today and help us celebrate our journey into fabulousness!

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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

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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Hair Perfume

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!

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

Love the skin you’re in!

Love the skin you’re in!

 

Good Morning Everyone!

And what a beautiful month of July it’s turning out to be! Almost everyone I’ve spoken to has said that they had a BBQ this weekend, which explains why I couldn’t find anymore Halloumi in Sainsburys! hmpf 😉

I still haven’t found a product photographer to take some new pictures of my products and if I don’t get a response very soon I may have to just do the photo’s myself (again!).

My brother is running a Cardio Circuit workout class in North London on Monday evenings and I went along for the first time yesterday and almost COLLAPSED from the intensity of it. Goodness gracious me twas intense!! You end up using up so much energy that you keep on burning calories for the next 24 hours. I already feel a good few pounds lighter!

I created these new products last week:

Organic Beauty Balm (200 ml)

Our Organic Beauty Balm is a delicately fragrant balm that has been handmade with 100% natural ingredients including Jasmine and Vanilla Essential Oils, Beeswax and Avocado Butter. Our Beauty Balm will nourish and revitalise dull, dry, tired skin and keep your skin soft and supple.

Our Organic Beauty Balm comes in a beautiful blush pink frosted glass squat jar.

Luxury Bath Salts (200 ml)

With a combination of mineral rich salts and skin loving Jojoba Oil, these wonderful bath salts will not only act as a softener for your skin, but will fill the air with beautiful fragrant nuances whilst you bathe. 100% natural and preservative free.

Our Luxury Bath Salts come in a smoke grey frosted glass kilner jar.

Triple Whipped Body Butter (200 ml)

A wonderfully rich, triple whipped non greasy skin quenching body butter, made with luxurious, natural skin pampering ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed Oil with the delightfully sweet and herbaceous scent of Lavender Essential Oil.

Presented in a blush pink frosted glass squat jar.

These amazing natural skincare products will be available to buy on Notonthehighstreet shortly. Check us out on notonthehighstreet for other fragrance and natural skincare products!

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete