Scentiments

Scentiments

 

I am going to be doing a clear out of my fragrance studio at home which means that most of my fragrance oils will have to be discarded as they have now passed their expiry date. It is utterly PAINFUL to see so many good fragrances get thrown away but unfortunately all fragrance oils have a lifeline of approximately 2 years and a lot of them are fast approaching that now. After the fragrance oils sell by date has expired they become harder to work with (in soap and in candles especially), are prone to discolouration and their scent fades. No thanks.

I think once I’ve done a clear out of my fragrance oils (and anything else that’s bin overdue – do you see what I done there? ;), I am going to start keeping a list of all of my Fragrance Oils with details of their approximate expiry dates so I don’t have to guess in future.

I’m also going to print a few Fragrance Wheel’s and pin them up on the walls of my studio to give me inspiration. I don’t usually work with fragrance wheels when designing candle fragrances but it is definitely handy when designing perfume scents which is what I’d like to get into a lot more once I have upgraded my fragrance stock.

I really like this one but I’d also like to find some more complex ones.

A Fancy Fragrance Wheel (sorry, this image is no longer available)

I was approached by a blogger recently, who expressed an interest in featuring some of my products, namely my reed diffusers and scented candles on her blog. She was very complimentary about my products and has reviewed similar luxury home accessory brands on her successful US based luxury travel blog.

I have usually shied away from sending my products to US based bloggers in the past because of the restrictions in sending perfumes and fragrances overseas but sometimes if you can provide specific information on the ingredients used in the products you want to send they allow you to send it so I have sent them the MSDS sheets for the Fragrance Oils I have used in my reed diffusers and candles and am just waiting to hear back from them to see whether it’s going to be a no go or not. It is so annoying to think that my customer base is massively restricted by these postal bans as the US is a massive market that it would be amazing to be able to ship my products over there.

Also, one of my Fragrance Oil suppliers (Sensory Perfection) has discontinued one of my most loved fragrances: Lychee, aswell as Rice Flower Aand Orris FO and I cannot find a supplier of Lychee oil anywhere else in the UK. As one of our popular candles: Monoi de Tahiti & Lychee has a high percentage of Lychee in it and I have plans for it to be featured in many other fragrances, it is imperative that I get my hands on it as soon as possible. Ordering from the US (though a solution), is not ideal as it will take a long time to be shipped to me and also it will cost MUCH more as I will have to pay international shipping charges aswell as customs and duties taxon it  too. For one little bottle of FO it’s hardly going to be worth it.

So, if you know of a reliable UK supplier of Lychee Fragrance Oil then please do post their details below. It is very important that I source an alternative otherwise I fear we’ll all suffer!  sniff sniff

 

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

 

 

 

Treasury Feature 06/06/14

Treasury Feature 06/06/14

Happy Friday!

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”.

Vegan Mugs Etsy

Peppermint Soap Etsy

Laundry Soap Etsy

Coconut & Fig Soy Candle “Anniversary”

Anniversary Candle

This Treasury is entitled “China White Wedding” and features my personal favourite: our Apple Blossom & Pear scented soy candle

white bracelet Etsy

glass flutes Etsy

french style pic Etsy

Apple Blossom & Pear Soy Candle:

Apple Blossom candle 8

This Etsy treasury is entitled May77 and is a refreshing, spring inspired treasury featuring my Peach candle “Ambrosial Peach”

purple ring Etsy

phone wallet Etsy

ceramic tray Etsy

“Ambrosial Peach” Layered Soy Candle

Ambrosial Peach 16

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Summer Signs”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDgxOTc1OTB8MjcyNjMwMDY2OA/summer-signs

To see the full Etsy treasury for May77:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzIwNDg0ODh8MjcyMzY2OTg3Mw/may77

To see the full Etsy treasury for “China White Wedding”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDQ4NDg5NTV8MjcyMzcyNDQ2MQ/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)

Treasury Feature 24/07/13

Treasury Feature 24/07/13

We have been blessed to have been featured in not 1, but 2 Etsy treasuries today! The first one 1 is a Black and White inspired Treasury entitled “North Star” and it features my black Tuberose & Ginger soy candle Indian Mistress of the Night. Not to mention all of the lovely handmade products in it, the photography is pretty impressive. Here are a few items featured in it:

bow tie

book broach

vintage sign

And my candle Indian Mistress of the Night:

Indian Mistress 4 notonthe

You can see the full Treasury here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MTg3MzUwMjd8MjcyNDc2MTMwMA/north-star?ref=af_you_tre

The next Treasury is a colourful, calming, home comforts inspired Treasury entitled “A Succession of Peace and Quiet” and features my Bespoke Candles. Here are a few items featured in it:

vintage books

colourful pillows

And my Bespoke Soy Candles:

Bespoke Candles

To see the full Treasury for North Star:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MTg3MzUwMjd8MjcyNDc2MTMwMA/north-star?ref=af_you_tre

To see the full Treasury for A Sucession of Peace and Quiet:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NzA2NjkzMnwyNzI0NzczOTcw/a-succession-of-peace-and-quiet

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The Great Gatsby!

The Great Gatsby!

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan, this 1920’s set soon to be Hollywood blockbuster movie promises to be nothing short of a certified film classic. With glamorous ladies in fur coats and flapper dresses a plenty and there equally stylish men wearing fashionable suits smoking cigars the fashion world is going crazy with anticipation to see this period film and so The British Emporia Team on Etsy to which I’m affiliated decided to do something fun to commemorate the occasion and have created a wonderful Great Gatsby inspired Pinterest board featuring my French Vanilla and Rice Flower scented soy candle “Cloud Nine”. The team had to submit or make handmade creations that would be fitting for this era to use for the Pinterest board and I think everything on there looks fantastic!

Have a look for yourself here: http://pinterest.com/britishemporia/british-emporia-team-challenge-1-the-great-gatsby/

The Secret Scent Societe’s Cloud Nine Eco Soy Luxury Soy Candle:

New Cloud Nine 4