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

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wishwant & The Secret Scent Societe’

wishwant & The Secret Scent Societe’

 

Wishwant collage

Yesterday we had some really great news here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab – Our partnership with online gift buying store wishwant is now official, and there brand new website has just gone live! (yippeee!)

wishwant are offering an entirely new gift buying experience to the masses – not content with merely offering gifts, they have partnered with some of the most exciting UK brands (including us!) to offer a variety of products to people with a twist. And here’s the twist…rather then the gift buyer choosing the gifts (and potentially getting it wrong!),  it’s the gift receiver instead that chooses.

How does that work? I hear you ask

Well, wishwant allow the gift buyer to select up to 12 different gifts they think their recipient would like from a selection based on their budget, and then those gift choices are packaged up in a fancy booklet and sent to the recipient for them to choose from. Then they simply go online and redeem there gift and it gets sent to them. And voila! Everyones happy! 🙂

I really think that this concept is a great idea and I’ve had a look at some of the other companies partnering with them and there are some really lovely and unique products on there so I would definitely consider using the service myself. I think that this type of gift buying could become very popular in the future and I’m really excited to be a part of it. Currently my Body Souffle’ and Aromatherapy Candles are available to buy (or include as a gift suggestion). I can’t wait for people to start talking about and using this very unique service!

wishwant say:

We are excited to announce that our products are now available at wishwant.co.uk, a brand new gifting website with a twist.   

 Wishwant is a unique concept that allows you to curate a beautiful personalised gift book with a selection of twelve handpicked products for your loved one to choose from.

 Founded by good friends Ksenia and Tetiana, this London-based company is hoping to revolutionise gifting this Christmas by making unwanted presents a thing of the past. At the heart of Wishwant’s philosophy is the desire to stock truly beautiful and unique products by carefully selected British retailers.

 So, head over to wishwant.co.uk to add our products to your own personalised gift book and give a gift that the recipient is guaranteed to love.

So, if you’re stuck for ideas, run out of time, are on a budget, or just need some help in choosing a gift then please do take a minute to check them out!

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

shikakai powdercoconut milk

I’m being perfectly honest when I tell you that my hair has never felt cleaner since I stopped using store bought, chemical inclusive hair shampoos and started making my own natural hair care. And I could also argue that my hair has never looked better, but that could be a matter of opinion 😉

I am always on the lookout for natural ingredients that have beneficial properties to health and skincare and as such I have been looking specifically for some really good hair conditioner recipes. I was using Coconut Oil previously, but I feel it can be a little drying and could do with some jazzing up.

Recently I came across some Natural Hair Conditioner recipes, with interesting ingredients that I’d like to try out within the next couple of weeks. As I’m going on holiday tomorrow and won’t be back for another week I’ll need to do one of the conditioner recipes tonight after I have washed my hair with my tried and tested Basic Hair Shampoo Recipe: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/basic-natural-hair-shampoo-recipe/ .

Coconut Milk & Shikakai Deep Conditioner

Ingredients

1 Cup (or Can) Organic Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp Shikakai Powder

2 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)

2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)

2 Tbsp Manuka Honey

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

Shikakai Powder (also known as Acacia Concinna), is a natural fruit powder originating from the Acacia tree found in parts of Asia. Shikakai means “fruit for hair”, and has been used as a natural hair ingredient in India for centuries. Shikakai is a result of the fruit pods, leaves and bark being ground into a fine powder, which is then made into a paste.  It has a ton of benefits, including:

  • Nourishing hair, promoting hair growth & strength
  • Gentle on the scalp and hair
  • Prevents and eliminates dandruff
  • Works well both as a shampoo and in a conditioner (the paste like texture gives it lathering capabilities)
  • Strengthens and moisturises the hair
  • Can also be used as a body wash and face cleanser
  • Doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils
  • Helps protect the hair from fungal infections (and lice)

This product sounds like an absolute god send! I haven’t managed to get my mitts on it yet as Holland and Barretts don’t stock it and Whole Foods only have the capsules but when I do oh boy will I be making good use of it! V Excited. Coupled with the properties of Coconut Milk which soothes the scalp and provides softness and deep conditioning, I think this is going to be a very good conditioner indeed.

Recipe number 2..

Coconut Milk, Shea Butter & Honey Conditioner

Ingredients

1/4 Can Coconut Milk

1 Tsp Whipped Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Manuka Honey

1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado)

1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond)

2 Tsp Vegetable Glycerin

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

I can’t tout the goodness of Manuka Honey enough – I use it in my face cleanser, moisturiser, hot oil conditioner and in my bentonite clay & honey face mask: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/bentonite-clay-manuka-honey-face-mask-recipe/. It can be used in a variety of different recipes so it is a highly recommended investment – and it IS an investment. I had to pay £31 for 250 grams! Try it out for yourself and see what you think. See you in a week! 🙂

Kisanii Festival

Kisanii Festival

Kisanii

I have finished my soap favors for the Kisanii festival in October!

In the end I made 2 types of soap: Meadowfoam & Neroli Rebatched Soap and Cocoa Butter & Rose Soap. I also made 2 types of solid lotion bar: Rose & Lavender Solid Lotion Bar and Vanilla & Ylang Ylang Solid Lotion Bar, and some Travel Candles. I’m really happy with them and think that people will really like them too!

My cousin who is organising the event told me last night that it has been postponed due to a sponsorship and venue issues, so it won’t be happening in October anymore but later on in the year or mid next year so I’ve promised her that I’ll save them for her to use at another event instead. It’s a bit of a shame but at least they won’t be going to waste.

The soaps are in the process of being cured so I haven’t had a chance to use them yet but I’m very much looking forward to sampling them. According to the Soap Calculator they both have some pretty good properties!

Now that I’ve done a bit more soapmaking I’m much more comfortable (though not completely comfortable you understand!), about doing more. I’m feeling much more adventurous and it IS exciting coming up with new recipes and creating new fragrances – it’s also what I do best!

 

Roses

 

 

 

Basic Natural Hair Shampoo Recipe

Basic Natural Hair Shampoo Recipe

 

I’ve been doing this natural shampoo recipe for a couple of weeks now and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. For one I’m not putting any “nasties” (chemicals) onto my scalp or my hair, I know exactly what’s in the shampoo, there are no questionable ingredients in it whatsoever and I’m using products that are effective aswell as safe and easily acquired.

So now I’m going to share with you my homemade shampoo and rinse recipe and I encourage you to give it a try!

What you will need for your Shampoo:

1 tbsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Water

A Clean Empty Shampoo Bottle

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

Vitamin E (optional)

Directions: Mix your Baking Soda and Water in your shampoo bottle. Double up if necessary to fill it up. I used a glass kilner bottle. Once you’ve mixed together you can add your Vitamin E and Essential Oils if using. Then simply pour onto your hair and scalp and massage in. Once you have dispersed your shampoo mix throughout your hair you need to leave it for a couple of minutes (2-3) to do it’s work. Remember, this is a homemade shampoo and not a fancy, bubbly, shampoo packed with chemicals that claims to do wonders but actually does nothing more then strip your hair of it’s natural oils. So don’t be alarmed when you don’t see any foam or lather. It doesn’t foam or lather, but it does clean! After your shampoo has been in for the required amount of time you can wash it out. Make sure the water isn’t too hot when you do this as hot water strips the hair.

What you will need for your Shampoo Rinse:

1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 cup of Water

A Clean Empty Shampoo Bottle

A few drops of Essential Oils (I used Sweet Marjoram and Lemongrass)

Directions: Mix your Apple Cider Vinegar and Water together in your bottle. Add the Essential Oils a drop at a time then shake together to fully incorporate. Despite the ingredient Apple Cider Vinegar having quite a distinctive smell the Essential Oils will mask this when you combine them. Pour the Shampoo rinse mix onto your hair then wash out with cold water. The Vinegar is an excellent ingredient to use as it restores the natural PH of your hair and smoothes the hair cuticle.

There are infact a number of other amazing and effective natural shampoo recipes out there and quite a few that I’d like to try out including one using  Liquid Castille Soap that you can either make yourself at home or buy or one using Coconut Milk. So, watch this space!

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

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 exotic, floral, creamy, sweetly tantalising blend of Ylang Ylang and Vanilla make this candle the perfect gift and a perfect addition to the home!

The essential oils used in our Ylang Ylang & Vanilla Aromatherapy Candle have the following health benefits:

Ylang Ylang: Soothing, Hair Stimulating, Aphrodisiac, Anti-depressant, Sedative, Antiseptic (to name just a few)

Vanilla: Relaxing, Aphrodisiac, Febrifuge, Sedative, Antioxidant (to name just a few)

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

Ylang Ylang Candle 3

Rebatched/French Milled Soap

Rebatched/French Milled Soap

 

It’s very unfortunate to say but it is looking like I’m going to have to rebatch my Neroli and Lavender Meadowfoam soap. My Cocoa Butter and Rose soap was a success, infact if I had any complaints about it at all it was that it took quite awhile to trace, something like 15 minutes, BUT it looks and smells glorious! My Neroli and Lavender Soap however has issues: I think the lye wasn’t properly incorporated into the batch when I made it – I unmoulded the soap after 24 hours and found that there were oil/lye pockets throughout. I waited for awhile in the hope that perhaps it would dry out and rectify itself but after 3 days the wet patches are still there so I think it would be safest (particularly as they will be provided to strangers as complimentary favours) that I rebatch and start again.

Now I have never rebatched soap before so I’m not 100% certain I know what I’m doing but I have it on good authority by reading a number of soapmaking forums that once it’s rebatched it’s perfectly safe to use, and in this way you can save your failed soap or improve it by adding various nutrients, colourants, fragrances etc that would otherwise have caused your cold process soap to seize when made in the traditional cold process way. Often the reason why people rebatch is because they have forgotten to add an ingredient. My case is simply because I don’t think I stirred it for long (or thoroughly) enough. It was taking awhile to come to trace and I got impatient. Because my experience with other soap batches was so different (they all seized on me within seconds due to, I realise now, the fragrance oils I used). I expected the batch to seize in a moments notice and I was preparing for it to do so but then I was also worried that it was going the other way..it was taking too long to trace. And so the soapmaking story goes!

Well I have been warned that when you hot process or rebatch soap it doesn’t come out quite the way you hope it to (aesthetically that is), and that is a shame because I am not particularly a fan of the rough, rustic, knobbly look, alas it will have to do as as perfectly looking as my soap currently is (aside from the lye spots that is!) it’s not going to retain it’s smooth look after I have rebatched it. On the flip side, at least I’ve learned a valuable lesson about how long it takes to bring this particular recipe to trace, and I had previously written in my notes that I would have preferred a little more Neroil Oil in the batch and with this rebatching method I will now be able to remedy this. ALSO, and for me this is the most exciting thing of all (sad I know), I will now be able to call this soap technique French Milled Soap (though apparently you can’t actually use this term to describe your soap made here, it has to have been made in France!). I know that it basically means the same thing as rebatched soap but this version sounds more desirable to me! lol

There are 3 ways (and possibly more that I’d love to hear about in the comments below if you know of any!) of rebatching soap namely: Microwaving, Oven Method and the Double Boiler Method. I will be using the Microwave Method because it’s much quicker and I don’t intend to spend much more time on it!