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

 

 

Heavenly

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?

 

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

Treasury Feature 13/08/13

Treasury Feature 13/08/13

G’day Folks!

I hope you’re doing swell! My weekend of extended birthday celebrations started off with a bang. My boyfriend has just bought himself a new car and is treating it like it was his first born child but at least the weather was nice enough to drive around with the top down. Had dinner at Beach Blanket Babylon where my Mum almost got lost trying to find the ladies toilets, lol, then we went onto The Supperclub to shake a leg. Twas a great night.

We have been featured in some Treasurys again this week.

This Treasury is entitled “White Cloud” and is a collection of fluffy, dreamy, heavenly things and includes my very beautiful candle “Cloud Nine” which has musky base notes, with a heart of French Vanilla and Rice Flower. It smells absolutely gorgeous!

cloud teddybear

Cloud necklace

Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine 5

This collection is entitled “Soft and Sweet” and is a collection of mainly jewellery but it also features my Mandarin & Lemongrass Body Souffle’

sweet bracelet

Bespoke Magazine

Lemongrass & Mandarin Souffle’

Body Souffle 16

This Treasury is a collection from the Etsy Trade A holics Team called “Smells to Delight and Trade” and features a few fragrant delights including my reed diffuser “Vintage Gardenia”

lavender pillow

perfume oil

Vintage Gardenia

Vintage Gardenia 4

To see the full Treasury for “White Cloud”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MTE2MjY3OTN8MjcyMjI4NjcyOQ/white-cloud?ref=pr_treasury

To see the full Treasury for “Soft and Sweet”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzQ2MzM1NTl8MjcyMjI5MDkxMQ/soft-and-sweet

To see the full Treasury for “Smells to Delight and Trade”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/Njk3NDkyNXwyNzIyMjczNTU1/smells-to-delight-and-trade

P.S I’m still waiting for these coloured squat jars and candle containers to arrive!

Triple Whipped Body Souffle’

Triple Whipped Body Souffle’

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on some new products including a luxurious body scrub (Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub Souffle’) and a body cream (Indulgent Body Souffle’) duo which I’ve finally finished and they are now up for sale on Etsy.

The Souffle’s are made with a combination of luxurious natural butters and oils including Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E and have been triple whipped by hand to create the lightest, fluffiest, marshmellow-like textured body cream and salt scrub ever!! I have tried and tested these babies myself and can confirm that they are wonderfully luxurious and fragrant and I know that you will love them!

The beautifully fresh, sweet and uplifting fragrance of Organic Lemongrass and Mandarin Essential Oils and another secret ingredient fill your nose with delightful fragrant nuances that will mesmerise.

The Salt scrub includes Himalayan Pink Salt to exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
When the Body Souffle’ is applied to the skin, due to the beautifully light consistency of the creams they simply melt into the skin upon contact and are non greasy, long lasting and beautifully fragrant leaving your skin soft, supple, radiant and smelling like a dream.

These 100 ml souffle’s retail at £17 each but are for sale on Etsy now as a duo for only £30, saving you £4!

Try them out and experience the magic!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/151692740/triple-whipped-indulgent-body-souffle

body souffle 9