Treasury Feature 11/11/13

Treasury Feature 11/11/13

Hi All!

I hope that whatever you did this weekend, it was a memorable one.
I had a nice relaxing weekend at home with my boyfriend. We watched loads of episodes of Breaking Bad (love it!) and my sister stayed over on Friday night and brought her freshly baked banana and walnut loaf with her. Mmmmm!

I spent at least 4 hours on Sunday morning working on product photography but in the end I wasn’t happy with any of the images as they all had a blue tint to them (probably something to do with the camera settings), alas I will have to do them all again – what fun! (not).

I am in 4 Treasurys this week! The first one is entitled “I’m not always a pink kind of girl” – which I can vouch for as I’m not a particularly pinky girl either, however I do like blood red, ox red, burgundy (all very similar I know, hehe) and blush pink and they all feature in this lovely treasury. My blush pink candle “Anniversary” is featured here.

Watercolour burgundy

burgundy lingerie

burgundy photography

“Anniversary” Coconut & Fig Luxury Soy Candle

Anniversary 7

This treasury is entitled “Arctic” and is a light/baby blue/ice inspired treasury with a collection of some very beautiful handmade things. See it for yourself!
My blue and white layered soy candle “Ambrosial Peach” is featured here.

light blue bird

light blue triangles

light blue tutu

“Ambrosial Peach” Soy Candle

Ambrosial Peach 16

This treasury collection is entitled “Winter’s Coming” and features my gold candle 3 AM.

winter fleece

winter acne cream

winter tea

“3 AM” Ylang Ylang & Nag Champa Soy Candle

3 AM 5 notonthe

And lastly, I have been featured in this treasury entitled “Fresh Christmas”. A delicate, elegant collection of beautiful handmade items, featuring my mint green candle “Bois”

christmas ring

christmas bear

christmas sachets

“Bois” Cedarwood & Sandalwood Soy Candle

Bois 2 notonthe

To see the full treasury for “I’m not always a pink kind of girl”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/OTQ0NTk5NXwyNzI1MjI0MDU0/im-not-always-a-pink-kind-of-girl

To see the full treasury for “Arctic”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzgyOTM3MjB8MjcyMjY3NjMwNQ/arctic

To see the full treasury for “Winter’s Coming”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjI2NjQzNDV8MjcyMjY4NTE5NQ/winters-coming

To see the full treasury for “Fresh Christmas”

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjI1NzIxMTB8MjcyNTI0NTM4Ng/fresh-christmas

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Back in Blighty!

Back in Blighty!

Hi!

I’ve just returned from my holidays in the paradisic Cancun in Mexico and I’m well rested, well tanned and surprisingly, happy to be back. The Secrets Silversands resort in Riviera Maya where we stayed exceeded expectations, in particular in regards to the amazing food and our stunning suite with it’s huge in room jacuzzi that overlooked the Caribbean Sea. What I was thinking as I sipped my chilled glass of Champagne in the sun was that I could very much see myself doing that fulltime, allday, everyday *sigh* but needless to say that isn’t very likely, lol.

My invitation to join notonthehighstreet as a partner as you know has been in the pipeline for a few months now and finally it looks like my site will be going live in a few short days. I’m really looking forward to welcoming this new progressive stage for my business and taking it to that next level and I plan to introduce new and exciting products that will be exclusive to notonthehighstreet. So stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!

Silversands 2

Photography

Photography

I am a big fan of photography, in particular of fine art photography, landscape photography, black and white and animal photography but unfortunately a photographer I am not. It’s not that I don’t have the creative flair, I do have idea’s it’s just the execution that is not so great – my lack of patience lets me down methinks, lol. Alas, I have created a wonderful treasury on Etsy entitled Blac/K & Whit/E which is an amazing array of stunning black and white photography created by talented and extremely PATIENT artists 😉

Here is a little preview:

treasury red cardinal

treasury candle

treasury couple

You can see it here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MjI5MzU0MTF8MjcyMTY3ODgyMw/black-white?index=4&atr_uid=

I photograph all of my handmade products myself and sell predominantly online so my product photography is one of the most important if not the most important facet to my business exposure. Being approached by retailers, bloggers, and customers is dependant on how strong my branding and photography is and it has to convey the sense of luxury and exclusivity that my brand is about. I think it’s very important that there is a level of consistency in the style and approach of photography when you’re building a brand but then I do feel that variety is also important and so tomorrow I will be taking some new photographs of all of my products and also my newest recruits: My Body Souffle’ and Body Salt Scrub Souffle’ to reflect a stronger, more creative, and more polished version of The Secret Scent Societe’. I have done a little research and have some idea’s about different ways to present them so I’ll be trying them out aswell as getting some closer shots in better lighting.

What do you think of my photography?

And do you have any idea’s about what I could do to improve on it? – Answers on a postcard, or even just on here! 🙂

Black Frost 7

Publicis Easter Extravaganza!

Publicis Easter Extravaganza!

Next Wednesday is my Easter showcase @ Publicis’ offices (thanks for the recommendation Stace!). I’ve been invited to showcase and sell my handmade creations to them as gifts for the Easter holidays.
I’ll be presenting my range of Scented Container Candles:

Black Frost 3

Scented Pillar Candles:
Ambrosial Pillar

Reed Diffusers:
RoseGold Reed Diffuser 5

Solid Lotion Bars:
Solid Lotion Bar 6

Soaps:
Ambrosial Peach Soap 1

Incense Sticks:
In Bloom Incense Sticks 2

And I’ll also be bringing a few limited edition perfumes and 3 wick candles.

I’m really excited about this opportunity to get my brand out there, gain some feedback on my products and services, make some sales, and potential new clients!

New Solid Lotion Bars!

New Solid Lotion Bars!

Solid Lotion Bar 6
I’m particularly excited about this new creation because it’s something that I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. I’ve tried out a few different variations and I’ve finally found one that has the kind of consistency I was looking for!

Solid Lotion is made with a combination of luxury butters, oils and waxes and then set to form a solid bar. They can be made scented or unscented (of course if I’m making them then they will always be scented!;) and come in solid form so that they can just be picked up and used as a moisturiser for the hands, feet and body. They are primarily made up of natural butters which do absolute wonders for the skin and leave the skin soft and supple, without being sticky or greasy.

They do need to be kept away from direct sunlight as they have a tendancy to melt or sweat if left exposed in humid temperatures.

My new Fleur De Lis solid lotion bars have been made with the finest butters, beeswax, sweet almond oil or argan oil and essential oils. They are available in a choice of 2 beautiful fragrances: Vanilla & Ylang Ylang or Rose Absolute and Lavender and come in a white heart shaped tin that is as small as a Vaseline tin so can be kept on your person, in your handbag or even in your clutchbag for when you’re out on the town and your skin need a little moisturising (genius!)
Solid Lotion Bar 3<
Available to buy on my Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126080102/indulgent-fleur-de-lis-rose-absolute-and?