This Friday, we will be commencing our very first Black ‘Fragrance’ Friday Sale, which means that we will be giving away lots of our wonderful handmade products for almost half the price! This is the first Winter Sale for The Secret Scent Societe’ and we are very excited about it indeed! We really want our products to be unwrapped on Christmas Day and enjoyed by your loved ones all over the country and this super duper sale makes it easy for them to do so! The Black Friday Sale includes products in our range such as our hugely popular Body Souffle’ and Aromatherapy Candles and will be exclusive to notonthehighstreet for one day only (Friday 28th November). So, if you’re still stuck for great gift ideas, really want some luxury goods that you’re loved ones are going to love, or just want to treat yourself then check out our products on notonthehighstreet:
This week we’ve been featured on a wonderful blog called Rules of a Lady, cool name huh?!
Rules of a Lady is a young, fashion forward lifestyle blog created by Italian blogger Silvia Cavagnini. She is big into fashion, lifestyle, interior design and infact anything beautiful and unusual and she contacted me recently about doing a collaboration with her. She looks for products that she really likes on websites such as Etsy (where she found me), and then she contacts companies about doing a feature on them. I just happened to be one of the lucky ones. She was particularly taken with my Coconut & Musk Soy candle and my RoseGold Reed Diffuser. A few weeks ago I sent her my very favourite soy candle Apple Blossom and Pear and my Luxury Grapefruit Bath Salts to review and she took a picture of it and left a review here:
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The definition of Cool.
Recently, I was contacted by the co-founder of a new social e-commerce website called Framestr. He had seen some of my products on Ezebee (www.ezebee.com) and wanted me to join them and make my products available for sale on their site. The concept of Framestr is pretty simple: You upload your products (or there wizard can copy your information from another e-commerce site), and then you can use their site as a platform to encourage users to share and promote your products. If you make a sale as a result of their efforts, they (meaning the user) make a commission on the sale. Simples!
The beauty of it is that Framestr have no fees and YOU set the commission rate on each product, so everybody benefits. Genius or what?!
Apparently Oprah and VOGUE are both fans. I have signed up as I think it’s great and I really see it going global.
It’s a work in progress at the moment but you can see my store here: http://framestr.com/thesecretscentsociete
Our exquisitely scented Aromatherapy candles are handmade using soy wax and a blend of finely balanced Essential Oils that impart not only beautiful fragrance but harmony and purity to your environment. Our candles are made to order so that they retain there optimum freshness and quality.
All of the candles in our Aromatherapy range have a variety of holistic benefits, here we reveal not only what goes into our Grapefruit & Lime candle, but why it’s so good for you:
Grapefruit: Antiseptic, Lymphatic, Antidepressant, Stimulant
Lime: Restorative, Tonic, Bactericidal, Disinfectant
Grapefruit and Lime also share many properties such as there antiseptic, tonic and antibacterial benefits.
Our Grapefruit & Lime candle is available to buy online here at notonthehighstreet:
And what a glorious one it is too! If you’re at home stuck indoors get out! tis truly gorgeous today (mind you I can’t talk as I’m sitting at my PC indoors typing to you!), lol
So, I know it’s been awhile since I updated you with a Etsy feature, but that’s not because I haven’t had any – I just honestly haven’t had the time.
BRIDEZILLA! has been edited now, I’m just getting my Aunty Jacqui to proofread it one more time before I upload it for sale in Amazon. It needs to be formatted for use as a Kindle download as I’m hoping that I’ve done everything correctly!
Without further ado, this treasury is entitled “Summer Signs” and features my Coconut & Fig scented candle “Anniversary”.
Coconut & Fig Soy Candle “Anniversary”
This Treasury is entitled “China White Wedding” and features my personal favourite: our Apple Blossom & Pear scented soy candle
Apple Blossom & Pear Soy Candle:
This Etsy treasury is entitled May77 and is a refreshing, spring inspired treasury featuring my Peach candle “Ambrosial Peach”
“Ambrosial Peach” Layered Soy Candle
To see the full Etsy treasury for “Summer Signs”
To see the full Etsy treasury for May77:
To see the full Etsy treasury for “China White Wedding”
Also, I’ve heard from the guardian of my new kittens Franklin and Sansa who will be joining my home in just a few short weeks that they are doing well and growing fast!
A song for the weekend, and my song for the Summer! Enjoy!
Dubtribe Sound System – Do It Now (Knee Deep Club Remix)
The Secret Scent Societe’ is having our annual Summer Sale in June where you will be able to get your hands on some much coveted fragrant possessions. We are giving up to a whopping 25% off in the sale so do not miss out! Everything from our scented candles, to our wonderful bath salts, body soufflé’s AND reed diffusers is going to be up for grabs for a heavily discounted price. So if you have any Aunty’s, Sisters, Mothers, Daughters, Friends or Neighbours that you need to gift this year then this is your chance!
And to top this off all products over £30 get FREE DELIVERY. Yes that’s right: FREE!
The Sale will go live on Monday 16th June so put the date in your diaries and get ready to rejoice!
The sale is exclusively on that fabulous website they call Notonthehighstreet.
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!
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!
I have been beside myself with excitement today, BESIDE myself I’m telling you!
Yesterday afternoon I was contacted by a representative of none other then British VOGUE magazine.
Now naturally my initial reaction upon seeing an email from VOGUE was to think that this was perhaps some kind of hoax, as from past experience I have seen just what people are prepared to do (and say) just so’s they can get there grubby little mitts on my products! and why on earth would VOGUE be contacting lil ole me anyway?
BUT once I read the email in a little more detail I saw that it infact wasn’t a fake at all, a representative of VOGUE had seen some of my products (in particular my luxury candles and body souffle’) and want my products to be included in there special May edition.
Well, however can I resist?!
I will provide more details on this potentially seriously amazing development as soon as I know more but needless to say this is a very exciting opportunity for The Secret Scent Societe’ and a real chance to reach the demographic that my products appeal to. VOGUE is a well respected and successful publication that reaches millions of people so this could be amazing for my brand and me.