A lesson in love

A lesson in love

“Make me a Fragrance that Smells like Love”

Christian Dior

This Saturday 11th February I am going to be hosting a Valentine’s inspired Perfume Making Workshop and it’s wonderfully exciting!

When I first started learning about Perfumery some years ago, it was partly the love for the complexity and beauty of the oils that seduced me but also the mystery of this elusive and magical art. The thought of being a perfumer to me was very romantic. And somehow forbidden, because back in the days a Perfumer was to be also an alchemist, an aromatherapist, and a sacred person.

Perfumery has always been a very secretive profession and there are only a smattering of Perfumery Schools these days who even teach it. I was lucky in that I was interested in learning mainly about natural perfumes (most of the perfumes you buy these days are made with chemicals) so I was able to find a local course teaching perfumery by a very eccentric Chinese perfumer and botanist who seemed reasonably delighted with my amateur creations.  I was hooked.

What I always wanted to do however was make bespoke perfumes for people. It’s why I started making candles, to assuage my need for creating fragrances, and why I started The Secret Scent Société and why I finally, after finding the right space to do it in, have started offering Bespoke Perfume Making Classes in London. In this respect I think I’ve finally found my calling.

The first event is in London with the theme of Valentines Day which means different things for different people, but for me it definitely means flowers! So we will be making perfumes with a variety of different essential oils (as it’s a natural perfume making workshop), and people will be smelling, selecting, building, and blending their very own creations on the day.

I’m really excited about offering this experience to people and I look forward to doing many more in the future!

If you would like to know more, are thinking of coming along or know someone who might like being a perfumer for the day then forward this onto them!

Limited tickets are available to buy here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-perfume-making-workshop-tickets-30845865815

Fragrant Wishes,

Tori

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Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

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Vetiver inci name Chrysopogon zizanioides, is a dark thick like sap that originates from grass in tropical countries such as India, Tahiti and Haiti. It has a very strong odour reminiscent of damp earth, cacao and wood and is extracted by steam distillation.

Vetiver is a popular ingredient in soap making and perfumery because of it’s distinctive smell and excellent fixative qualities. It has therapeutic properties including being an antiseptic, aphrodisiac, relieving insomnia, helping with mental and physical exhaustion and nourishing dry skin and lessening wrinkles. A lot of men’s aftershaves include Vetiver as it is reminiscent of classic manliness, worn leather sofa’s and expensive cigars.

Vetiver is affordable and is used in many wellknown perfumes including Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Christian Dior Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver.

Vetiver is in my not yet released “Hair Elixir”, which I’m using myself at the moment as I’m trying to grow my hair and it is simply wonderful. Not too greasy, but nourishing and ultra moisturising with the beautiful fragrance of orange, rose-geranium and vetiver.

If you have any other tips for growing hair then I’ll be happy to hear them as I really don’t want to have to wait a whole 2 years for it to get to shoulder length (remember I’m starting from scratch as I shaved all of my hair off! lol)

Fragrance Profile: Rose

Fragrance Profile: Rose

Roses

Rose is undoubtedly the most well known, and some would say most loved of all of the florals, and it is widely used in women’s fragrances aswell as other feminine beauty products. Rose has a feminine and romantic fragrance, that uplifts and encourages feelings of love, beauty and femininity and it is particularly good for use on ageing or dry skin due to it’s wonderful moisturising properties.

There are literally thousands of varieties of Rose in the world so unsurprisingly, it has the most complex family tree of any floral species. Bulgaria produces about 70% of all the Roses in the world.

In natural perfumery Rose oil differs depending on where in the world it comes from, some have very subtle differences, and some smell completely different from one another. These rose absolutes include:
Rose Musk Otto, Bulgarian Rose, Moroccan Rose Absolute and Turkish Rose Absolute. Some roses have a greener fragrance, some are more musky, some more floral, and some are very sweet but typically the characteristic of Rose oil is it’s rich, sweet honey nectar like aroma. It has a depth, character and intensity that is unmistakable and woman particularly, but men also really enjoy looking at and smelling Rose.

Rose is typically either steam (or solvent) extracted and has a great many uses including for:
Rose Water – which is used in cooking and in skincare, Rose Hips – which are used to make syrups, vinegar, wine and jam. Rose has some amazing aromatherapy benefits too: It is uplifting, soothing and harmonising and a known aphrodisiac. It also embodies elegance, love, luxury and passion.

Rose is very expensive to buy due to the nature of it’s extraction: It takes about 60,000 roses to produce just 1 ounce of rose oil.

Some well known perfumes with Rose in them are: Dolce and Gabbana Rose The One, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle and Valentino Rose n Rose.

I think Rose is a feminine and distinctly floral oil. I like some Rose Oils better then others (Bulgarian Rose being my personal favourite), but I do think that overall it is immensely beautiful and really comes into it’s own when partnered with citrus oils to some of the most delightful and enjoyable fragrances around.

Some of the products we have made using Rose are our Solid Lotion bar and our stunning layered soy candle Creme’ De La Creme’ with Rose, Vanilla and Orange:

Solid Lotion Bar 5

Creme' De La Creme' 10

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

“What is a mum but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights” ~ Robert Brault

“What is a mum but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights” ~ Robert Brault

Mothers and Daughters

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, I’m offering a 10% discount on all container candles, including Bespoke orders on my Etsy page before Monday 11th March, just quote: SOMETHINGSPECIAL at the checkout to redeem!

Rock ‘n’ Rose Revisited

Rock ‘n’ Rose Revisited

White Swarovski

Hi!

As was promised here is one of the scented, sparkling creations I made. I will be offering a choice of 4 different fragrances from my range, they are highly scented to try to avoid them being burnt as really, they are meant to be mainly for display purposes. Because of the Swarovski crystals I wouldn’t advise them being burnt unless these were removed first as burning crystal I’m sure doesn’t smell all that appealing 😉

The candles will come in 4 standard colours: Peach, Light Blue, Light Pink, and White. Alternative colours and larger orders are also possible, contact me to discuss.

Show & Smell!

Show & Smell!

Hi!

This weekend I was busy making swarovski encrusted scented wedding pillar candles so that I can take some pictures to put up on Etsy. Those swarovski crystals suuure are fiddly!!

 I wanted to share some exciting news with you and that is that today Monday 25th February, The Secret Scent Societe’ has been handpicked to appear on an online showcase for uk creative businesses called ukhandmade. I don’t know which of my products they have chosen to promote but I feel very flattered and can’t wait to see it! The listing will go live today and you can see it here:

http://www.ukhandmade.co.uk/showcase