Forgive me if I bore you…

Forgive me if I bore you…

BUT I really must tell you again how amazed I am that I’d never heard of this vision board thing before! Ever since I found out (only yesterday!) how to create one I have been making them like crazy! I think I’m seriously addicted 🙂

I also signed up to Polyvore (which I’d initially assumed was just a shopping site), and I created a collection, including my Reed Diffuser which you can see here: http://www.polyvore.com/rosegold/collection?id=4017934

Alas I haven’t quite worked out how to create and share a vision board created on Polyvore. When I do you’ll be the first to know!

Look see, at my creativityy! 🙂

My Life…

 

My Life

 

Crème De La Creme’ Luxury Soy Candle (With Orange, Vanilla, Rose & Jasmine)

 

Creme De La Creme Collage

Indulgent Body Souffle’ (with Rose-Geranium & Jasmine)

 

Body Souffle Collage

Whaddya think?!

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Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Explained: Ylang Ylang & Vanilla

Each of our Aromatherapy candles have been handmade with 100% natural ingredients: A combination of Soy Wax (a vegetable based wax), and harmonious and beautifully scented essential oil accords that have a variety of highly effective Aromatherapy properties. The exotic, floral, creamy, sweetly tantalising blend of Ylang Ylang and Vanilla make this candle the perfect gift and a perfect addition to the home!

The essential oils used in our Ylang Ylang & Vanilla Aromatherapy Candle have the following health benefits:

Ylang Ylang: Soothing, Hair Stimulating, Aphrodisiac, Anti-depressant, Sedative, Antiseptic (to name just a few)

Vanilla: Relaxing, Aphrodisiac, Febrifuge, Sedative, Antioxidant (to name just a few)

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-ylang-ylang-soy-candle

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Soapmakin’ Troubleshootin’!

Soapmakin’ Troubleshootin’!

 

So last night I made another batch of cold process soap!

As you know, my last batch didn’t come out well at all (seize alert seize alert!) and I was fearful that this batch would be a repeat of my past failure. I done a lot of research beforehand trying to eliminate all possible causes of a botched batch. I opted to use pure essential oils instead of fragrance oils, soaped at no higher then 80 degrees faranheit, added the essential oils to the oils before trace, made a smaller batch, used less hard butters and more soft oils and stirred my soap with a spatula instead of a hand blender. What a change eh?!

You might be asking…

Why Essential Oils instead of Fragrance Oils? – Because Fragrance Oils speed trace. Due to there synthetic nature, and particularly due to the inclusion of alcohol in Fragrance Oils which reacts with the oils in soap, you will nearly always have an accelerated trace when using Fragrance Oils. Depending on where you buy your Fragrance Oils, some of them have been tested for there behaviour in cold process soap, and this can be helpful BUT as with most soapmaking it is a scientific thing, variable depending on a number of factors namely your recipe, or what temperature you soap at.

Essential Oils are much more stable in that they allow you more time to work with your soap before it reaches trace, giving you time to add colourants, herbs and clays etc. Needless to say though, this differs depending on which Essential Oils you use, typically Floral Essential Oils and some Spicy Essential Oils can accelerate trace quite dramatically therefore it is always suggested to test your fragrance in a small batch first. I used Neroli (citrus oil) and Lavender (herbaceous floral oil) in mine.

Why soap at such a low temperature?
– Because heat accelerates trace. Some people say that soaping at low temperatures stops the saponification process from happening but the saponification happens when you combines the lye with the oils, combining them at a lower temperature does not stop this from happening.I soaped at 80 degrees but some soapers combine the oils and lye at a much lower temperature then this, indeed some leave both the lye and the oils in the fridge overnight and soap the following day!

Why make a smaller batch? – Incase of a botched batch! I could have wept the last time I made a full 1 kg batch of soap only to find that it had seized irreparably. It was painful indeed. Not just because of the time and effort it took to make the soap but because of the ingredients which were not cheap! Therefore I thought that as I did not want this to happen again I would make less first to test, and then if it was a success I would increase the quantity.

Why use less hard oils?
– Because hard oils accelerate trace! A ratio of 45% hard oils to 55% soft oils are recommended to achieve a good consistency, but up to 55% hard oils should be fine also. Anything more and you run the risk of a fast trace. Hard oils are those that are solid at room temperature such as Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil etc. I replaced the Mango Butter that I had in my original recipe, with Sweet Almond Oil, which is a soft oil.

Why add the Essential Oils before trace? – Because this too speeds up trace! It is advised to add the Essential Oils to the Oil blend before adding the lye to it which allows the Essential Oils to be fully combined, this leads to less of a shock when the lye is added. The chemical reaction is much less severe when done in this way.

Why use a spatula instead of a hand blender? – I’m sure you’ve guessed it – because it speeds up trace! I also have the windows wide open when I’m soaping to keep the room cool, and to speed up the cooling down process of the oils and lye.

So, using all of these processes I began making my soap. I’ve agreed to make some complimentary favours (including travel candles), for a festival that my cousin is organising at the beginning of October and thought that soap would be a perfect favour to give.

When I was making my soap I did indeed notice a difference in the consistency when soaping – it was much much lighter, indeed it allowed me to be spontaneously creative and add herbs which would have been impossible for me to do before. I could also have added a colourant but as I wanted my soap to be white I just added some calendula petals and left it colourless. Or at least I thought that it would be colourless anyway!

This morning I went to check on my soap (which was a suspicious bright orange colour when I last left it) to find that it was still (surprise surprise) ORANGE!
And yes I was a little surprised as I expected it to turn white overnight. I looked over the ingredients:

Meadowfoam Oil – a very light yellow colour – no
Shea Butter – creamy white – no
Lavender Essential Oil – no
Sweet Almond Oil – a very light golden brown colour – no
Coconut Oil – white – no
Palm Oil – BRIGHT orange
Neroli Essential Oil – greeny, yellowy

I was stumped. The Palm Oil that I used previously was a creamy white, slightly yellowish colour and I will admit when I compared it to the Palm Oil that I received yesterday I was a little concerned as it was BRIGHT ORANGE. However I just put it down to the fact that it was from a different batch and therefore might have different visual characteristics. But when I done research on whether Neroli Oil discoloured soap I couldn’t find anything and so I wondered….
I looked back on my previous order for Palm Oil to find that there are infact 2 different types of Palm Oil (Unrefined and Refined), and on the previous occasion I had ordered the Refined Palm Oil which had obviously been bleached to make it white. Red Palm Oil however is much more sustainable then the former and is naturally a reddish orange colour. I called the supplier to make sure and they confirmed that yes, the Red Palm Oil does discolour soaps and there isn’t really anything you can add to remedy this. After my initial shock I soon came to accept that it was a small error but infact it is better knowing that my soap has been naturally coloured, is more sustainable and most importantly WAS NOT A BOTCHED BATCH. Hallalujah, I did not make a botched batch!! 🙂

If I am so inclined (as you know I am not one for taking pictures!) I will out up a picture of my new and improved soap which according to my lye calculator indicates that it is going to be a very hard and creamy, wonderfully conditioning, thoroughly cleaning, relatively bubbly bar of soap!

Fragrance Profile: Vanilla

Fragrance Profile: Vanilla

 

Vanilla, inci name Vanilla Planifolia, is found primarily in Mexico but can also be found in places like Madagascar, Indonesia and the southwestern Indian Ocean. Vanilla is a dark, resinous substance extracted from vanilla bean that is best known for it’s versatility in sweets, desserts, and perfume. In addition to being tasty it is also used as a remarkably versatile perfume ingredient. It’s distinctly sweet, warm, soothing and creamy aroma is well liked and has some very good health benefits too.

Afrodisiac: Vanilla stimulates hormones that bring about sexual arousal and desire. It has an effect on erectile dysfunction, frigidity and loss of libido.

Antioxidant: A powerful antioxidant all rounder, Vanilla protects the body from wear and tear and infections.

Antidepressant: Works well to combat the feelings of stress and anxiety and uplift.

Relaxing: Vanilla Essential Oil provides a calming influence on the brain and relief from feelings of anxiety, stress and restlessness.

Vanilla is used frequently in perfumery to add sweetness and warmth to perfume creations. It blends well with almost all florals, particularly Jasmine and works well with woods and citrus oils also.

The Secret Scent Societe’s Ylang Ylang and Vanilla Aromatherapy Soy Candle embodies all that is great about Vanilla: It’s effortless ability to provide a sultry, smooth sweetness, and blend with the exotic flower Ylang Ylang to create a delicate and feminine ambience.

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Our Ylang Ylang & Vanilla candle is available for purchase on notonthehighstreet: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-ylang-ylang-soy-candle

Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Good Morning Blogee’s and Bloggettes,

I hope your enjoying the undeniable start of summer, and long may it last!

These past couple of weeks The Secret Scent Societe’ has been featured in lots of Etsy treasurys and I thought I’d shared them all with you!

The treasury is entitled “July 101” and is a gorgeous combination of neutral and pastel coloured gifts, which includes my peach scented candle Ambrosial Peach. It’s a gorgeous collection.

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Peach scented candle “Ambrosial Peach”

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This treasury is entitled “Yellow Sunni” and features my candle Frankincense & Myrrh F&M

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Frankincense & Myrrh scented candle “F&M”

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This treasury is entitled “Dream Décor” and featured my black Tuberose & Ginger candle “Indian Mistress of the Night”

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Indian Mistress of the Night

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To see the full Etsy treasury for “July 101”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzIwNDg0ODh8MjcyMzkzMTA3NQ/july101

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Yellow Sunni”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzM3NjM2Mjd8MjcyMzkyNzI4Nw/yellow-sunni

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Dream Décor”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzA5Njc4Mzd8MjcyMzkwNjE1Nw/dream-decor

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”.

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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:

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

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“Ambrosial Peach” Layered Soy Candle

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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)