Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

 

Perfumery is such a mysterious business, and such a niche, that it is notoriously difficult to get into it as a career. Perfumers are known mostly by reputation and usually knowledge is passed down through the generations and kept within a small amount of families.

I found this article online about the process of making perfume. It shows the process of how perfumers get from an idea or concept from their clients to an actual product.

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?

 

Our Mission Statement.

Our Mission Statement.

Trying to come up with a statement that describes who you are, what makes your business unique, it’s ethics, beliefs and values isn’t easy. I know the things that are important to me and why I feel that my brand is unique but conveying that into a brief statement, one that not only reads clearly but captivates and inspires the imagination too is quite a challenge.

I’m still working on it, but here’s what I have so far:

Luxury. Scents. Nature

The Secret Scent Societe’ is a luxury beauty brand that fuses a love of nature with a passion for fragrance. We believe strongly in the purity and simplicity of natural ingredients which we use exclusively in our natural skincare products, and we believe in the power and mystery of scent. We celebrate this in our line of luxury handmade fragrance and natural skincare products. Love you completely.

I’ve re-written it a couple of times but for some reason I just keep coming back to this sentence so I’m going to leave it for now. I’ve seen some really excellent mission statements from my competitors so I’m keen to improve mine gradually so that it’s the best that it can be and represents my brand philosophy completely but for now I’m going to stick to this one and then maybe I can come back to it in a few weeks and review it again.

What are your thoughts on it? – Is there anything you’d change or add to it? Do you think I’ve covered everything here? Does it read and convey well?

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Hey Bloggee’s and Bloggettes!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, I’ve had some internet access difficulties. I hope you’re well? fine and dandy? alive and kicking?!

Over the past week or so I’ve been getting prepared for my exhibition this weekend at the Crafty Fox Market. A couple of weeks ago I went down to Brighton for the weekend and I found a beautiful dolls house that I’m going to use to display my candles, along with some hat boxes. At Crafty Fox I will be revealing my new skincare products including: Shea Butter Skin Silk Body Butter and Cocoa Butter Skin Silk Body Butter, a new fragrance for my Body Souffle’ and Salt Scrub Souffle’: Rose Geranium and Jasmine – divine! and my new luxurious Grapefruit Bath Salts. So if you are about this weekend, then why don’t you stop by? – I’ll be exhibiting on Sunday 6th from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm alongside some other wonderfully talented crafters. Everything at the market is handmade, and there will be a DJ and a tea and cake room too! Free Entry

Check out the Crafty Fox website for more details: http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.co.uk/p/traders-sun-6-oct.html

Anniversary 7

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!