Join us for our last perfume making workshop of the year this September!

Join us for our last perfume making workshop of the year this September!

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If you haven’t learnt how to make your own perfume yet then what are you waiting for?

These past few months we have been working on our perfume workshops so that they are fun, relaxed and informative and we always supply a large variety of oils for our students to use which include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, fragrance and aroma oils.

Located in a beautiful, airy space above a jewellers in Hatton Garden it is the perfect environment to stimulate your creativity and we serve cupcakes and prosecco too!

Our September workshop will be our last one for the year so if you’re interested in finding out more please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perfume-making-experience-with-prosecco-tickets-36772984988

 

A Workshop for Perfume Lovers

A Workshop for Perfume Lovers

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It’s not always easy to find a fragrance that smells good on you. And what smells good on someone else may not smell good on you at all. That’s because the ph balance on everyone’s skin is unique to them which is why bespoke fragrances are such a necessity, rather then a luxury, for perfume lovers.

But having a bespoke fragrance is prohibitively expensive for most people (me included). A bespoke fragrance can start from around £5,000 and that’s a very conservative figure, generally, they are in the thousands. And it’s not enough to simply offer a pre-mixed base, as that isn’t really a bespoke perfume. There are a lot of companies out there who promise a true personalised perfume but then make you choose from pre-made blends that have been made by a perfumer which they then label as bespoke. Well it’s not.

A bespoke perfume is one that takes into consideration, not just your likes, but your dislikes, the way you want the perfume to make you feel, or who you want your perfume to make you become. Because perfume also has the ability to transform a person, to make them become the person they want to be – to play a role.

It is this transformational power that makes it not just mysterious, but powerful too.

Since most of us cannot afford the luxury of a signature scent, perhaps a beautiful compromise is to attend a perfume workshop and make your own?

Our next perfume workshop, where we will be teaching delights of Oriental Perfumes, will be on Saturday 27th May.

Tickets are buy one bring a friend for free, and include prosecco and cake. Get your ticket and reserve your space now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oriental-perfume-making-workshop-with-prosecco-and-cake-tickets-33149324522

 

 

 

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

Valentine’s Bespoke Perfume Workshop

Valentine’s Bespoke Perfume Workshop

Learn the ancient craft of Perfumery with The Secret Scent Société in our brand new Perfume Making Workshop in London’s glamorous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden.

Using a collection of pure essential oils with expert guidance and attention, you will get to create a unique and natural perfume that is beautiful and harmonious to take away with you on the day.

We will be serving refreshments including Champagne and Cake.

This unique experience is a great way to learn a little about the history of Perfumery, discover a new skill and connect with other Perfume lovers. It’s perfect for beginners and connoisseur alike and a perfect treat for your Valentine!

In this workshop we will be concentrating on the love theme, so think soft florals and decadent woods. All are welcome.

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

See you there!

Tori x

Our debut fragrance: First Love is finally here!

Our debut fragrance: First Love is finally here!

As Christmas is fast approaching I could think of no better time to release our beautiful debut fragrance “First Love” which you can buy now on our NOTHS page:

 

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Buy here: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/quotemark0-eau-de-parfum

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?

 

Fragrance Profile: Jasmine

Fragrance Profile: Jasmine

Jasmine Flower

Jasmine is a sweet, narcotic like floral, instantly distinguishable from most other florals for it’s deeply intoxicating, sensual aroma. It is one of the most widely used florals in perfumery and ranges between a middle to base note. There are a few variations of Jasmine namely Jasminum Sambac amd Jasminum Grandiflorum. Jasmine Sambac is native to South and South East Asia and Jasmine Grandiflorum is native to Spain and France.

Differences in Character Profile

Jasmine Grandiflorum is the most widely used Jasmine Essential Oil and has a rich and opulent fragrance with a distinctly fruity note.
It’s sister Jasmine – Jasmine Sambac, has a more of an animalic essence, with a greener note.

Jasmine is a delicate, white flower with small petals. The petals of Jasmine Sambac and Grandiflorum look almost identical apart from there size: Grandiflorum has 5 petals wheras Sambac has smaller petals, and a lot more of them.

In stark contrast to how it looks it has a very intense floral aroma, with indole notes (an animal like, fecal tone), that gives it a unique fragrance that is attractive to both men and women alike. Jasmine is used frequently in commercial perfumes, but due to the vast expense of Jasmine Essential Oil and Jasmine Absolute it is very infrequently used in it’s natural form in perfumery. Instead, a synthetic copy that is made to smell like an almost exact replica of the flower is used.

Why is Jasmine so expensive?

Jasmine, next to Rose Essential Oil, is one of the most expensive oils to buy because of it’s extraction methods. It takes 8,000 flowers to extract just 1 gram (1 ml) of Jasmine Essential Oil.
Jasmine is too delicate to withstand the steam distillation method so it is instead extracted by a complicated method called enfleurage. The methods of getting the essential oil
differ depending on the type of plant material used:

Distillation: This is the most cost effective way of extracting oils as it collects the volatile vapour of the material and then condenses the vapour back into a liquid.

Expression: A cold pressed method of extraction that is mostly used with citrus oils.

Solvent Extraction: Solvents are used to coax the essential oils out of the botanical material. There are a number of ways that this can be done:

Maceration, Enfleurage, Solvent Extraction and Hypocritical H02.

The Enfleurage Method:

Jasmine flowers are freshly handpicked and then placed between glass plates (a chassis), which is then covered with a purified and odourless vegetable or animal fat. The petals are then left within the fatty compound for at least a couple of weeks to disperse within it, being replaced with fresh petals when completely saturated and then the fatty essence is removed and washed with alcohol to separate the fat from the essence. Naturally, this is a very time consuming and labour intensive way of extracting an essential oil and thus costly. Tuberose is also extracted in this way.

Jasmine oil is a beautifully sweet and exotic oil that blends well with most if not all other florals and citrus oils. Aswell as it’s divine scent, Jasmine has many therapeutic properties, stimulating the feeling of joy, happiness, sensuality, harmony and optimism. A deeply relaxing aphrodisiac and anti-depressant, Jasmine can also help to reduce stretch marks and scars and is particularly good for use on dry skin as it increases elasticity.

Probably the most famous perfume using Jasmine (and perhaps infact the most famous perfume of all!), is Chanel No5, in which Jasmine acts to brings a beauty, strength and character to the perfume that is irreplaceable.

Some other perfumes that feature Jasmine are: Beautiful by Estee Lauder, Marc Jacobs Daisy and Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari.

Personally, I LOVE Jasmine. It has a complexity, a sensuality and a depth that is unmatched and I have used it in a lot of our products such as our beautiful white soy candle, and body souffle’:

Tuberose, Jasmine and Fig Scented Candle w box
Body Souffle' (Rose & Jasmine)

I want to know your thoughts on Jasmine! Tell me, what’s your favourite perfume featuring Jasmine? What do you love about it?