Poster Girls Update

Poster Girls Update

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So. It’s over. And it went rather well actually.

The part I was most worried about – losing my voice, never came to pass, as I was given a microphone to use for the workshop.

I had never visited the London Transport Museum before, so when they approached me about doing a Perfume Workshop for the launch of their new exhibition I was both excited and flattered. When I arrived there I was at once impressed by the size of the place –  it was huge, not to mention the artifacts and various modes of transport in the museum. I got a brief look inside the gallery too, and what I saw was great – huge, colourful pieces of artwork from as early as 1910 to present day, and all done by women. What a privilege. I was going to be hosting my workshop in the Design Gallery which they had set up with me with some easels with the artwork on, a table and chairs cinema style, a fan and a microphone. I still had absolutely no idea how I was going to be able to talk to people for 3 hours but I had told myself that I was going to try to relax and just enjoy it. And enjoy it I did!

After introducing myself and providing a little background about The Secret Scent Société and how it all began, I told them some Perfume History and then let them smell some selected perfume ingredients. Afterwards, I began blending.

I had created 3 perfumes especially for the occasion: A Green scent to describe the woody, earthy, mossiness of Mabel Attwell‘s “Country Fair” artwork.  A glamorous Floral to describe the glamour and excitement of Freda Beard‘s “Molesey Regatta” and a Floriental, to describe the exoticism and vibrancy of Jennie Tuffs “Kew Gardens”. I was happy enough with the fragrances that I had created but of course it was the process that was most enjoyable. Through the evening I made the perfumes from scratch in front of a live audience who then got to take the perfumes away with them on a scent strip to refer to in the gallery whilst they perused the artwork. It was a really fun way of making perfume and I would love to do it again!

Here are some descriptions of 2 of the pieces of artwork that I created for the Poster Girls event: 

Jennie Tuffs, Kew Gardens

“An exotic, sensual take on a floral bouquet, this perfume showcases the vibrancy and beauty of sweet blooming flowers with a sophisticated fusion of soft, powdery florals and an exotic Amber base.

With radiant top notes of Bergamot and Sweet Orange, this fragrance delights with a romantic and timeless heart accord of Jasmine, Rose and Ylang Ylang, before it’s opulent base of Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Patchouli arrives”

Freda Beard, Molesey Regatta 

“An intensely floral and feminine fragrance, depicting the glamour, elegance and joy de vivre of a fine summer’s day at the Regatta, opening with a lusty burst of Grapefruit and Lemon, with sensual heart notes of Tuberose and Neroli, before drying down to a soft wood and sheer musk base with hints of Sage, Pink Pepper and sweet, rich Blood Orange”

Mabel Lucie Attwell, Country Fair 

“Green and aromatic, with middle notes of Juniper, Galbanum and Sage, this natural fragrance opens first with a fresh accord of Petitgrain and Linden Blossom, before Frankincense makes it’s entrance, giving it a magical and luminous quality before mellowing into a woody, earthy and mossy base of Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Benzoin”

Considering this was my first time hosting a workshop in this format, I felt I handled it pretty well.

I received lots of positive feedback following the workshop, from people saying how much they learnt and how much they enjoyed the experience and enquiries from people interested in booking on one of my Perfume Experiences so definitely think it was worth doing and I had lots of fun doing it! In addition, and perhaps most importantly, it provided me with a challenge and gave me some ideas about what I could do in my own workshops: Art & Scent Therapy anyone?

 

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Scents for a Minimal Home

Scents for a Minimal Home

My Scented Candle range was created out of the need to provide a neutral coloured candle that was perfect to give as a gift or display in peoples homes, with beautiful, simplistic fragrances that are easy to fall in love with all at a reasonable price. They are hand poured with soy wax and a combination with a choice of 4 simple yet beautiful fragrances:

Apple Blossom & Pear – a fresh & gentle fragrance with soft fruity notes

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Tuberose, Jasmine & Mediterranean Fig – with warming notes of fig and the sensual and hypnotic scent of Tuberose and Jasmine

 

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Oriental Perfume Making Workshop

Oriental Perfume Making Workshop

Last weekend was our Spring Perfume Making Workshop where I taught a workshop on Spring inspired Perfumes in a beautiful space above a jewellery shop in Hatton Garden.

We drunk prosecco, made some beautiful perfumes and generally made merry – it was a really relaxing, beautiful day and my guests said that they had really enjoyed the experience (infact one of them had even travelled all the way from Munich to attend!). Flattering indeed.

And for me, well to be honest it didn’t really feel like work at all. I really enjoy teaching and though I don’t know everything I enjoy the process of teaching, learning and being taught. Indeed, these ladies had some things to teach me as one was an aromatherapist, and the other a natural skincare maker. It IS nice being in the presence of likeminded fellows. Since our theme was spring we concentrated on making scents that were floral, green/aromatic and/or citrus and I really think we achieved this. The ladies were certainly very happy with their creations.

So since this Perfume Gift Experience seems to be going so well (and since I’m a little bit obsessed with it), I think I will continue!

I have just organised my next workshop which this time will be on Oriental Fragrances.

Oriental Fragrances, along with Florals, are one of the most popular types of fragrance and so I thought it would be a great idea to do a workshop using some of the sexiest aromatic materials around. Think dusky woods, musks, sensual florals and spices.

I love Clerkenwell so I decided to host the workshop in Clerkenwell again, close to Hatton Garden, Sadler’s Wells and Exmouth Market.

If prosecco, cake and perfume making sounds like a good idea to you then why don’t you come along?

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

 

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

The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

The best fragrance’s for each room in your home

Nowadays when we walk into a fancy department store like The White Company, Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister to name just a few we immediately get hit with a waft of perfume. And this is no coincidence. Big brands have started employing Scent Marketers as they have realised that in order to make more sales they need to engage people’s most emotional senses: Their sense of smell.

75% of our emotions is linked to smell which is directly linked to pleasure, happiness and general well-being so having a brand fragrance has shown to dramatically increase sales because it enhances their sense of connection with the brand and their values – no wonder they are making it their business to get into the scent business.

When we are at home, this feeling of contentment and well-being is all the more important because we want our homes to smell good, be inviting and personal to us all at the same time.

Here are some suggestions on fragrances to introduce into your home environment to stimulate the senses and connect your environment with the way you’d like it to feel.

Living Room

This is typically the room we relax in, so it’s the room we’d like to be calm and comfortable in. Woody/Spicy fragrances like Sandalwood and Frankincense are good in this environment.

Our Candle F & M has woody hints of Sandalwood and refreshing Citrus along with spicy, anchoring notes of Frankincense & Myrrh. The perfect scent for an environment of relaxation.

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Kitchen

We spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and now that more and more people are getting open planned kitchen/dining spaces so that they can entertain their friends it’s even more important that you get the smell of your kitchen right because nobody wants a kitchen that smells bad. The best scents to create a feeling of freshness and mask any unpleasant food odours are citrus or herbal fragrances like Lavender or Bergamot.

Our Candle fragrance Lavender, With Love has the best of both worlds, a fresh, slightly fruity floral note and a refreshing herbaceous scent of Lavender.

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Bathroom

Bathrooms are where we get clean so we want them to smell clean. This is best achieved by having a brightening Citrus fragrance, such as Lemon or Grapefruit.

Our Citrus Aromatherapy Candle Grapefruit & Lime looks great in the bathroom and will fill the air with a fresh and uplifting Citrus notes.

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Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is your most personal space and therefore is the area in which your personality should really shine. It is also the most sensual space in the home so natural aphrodisiac scents like Rose and Jasmine should feature boldly. Or if you really want to seduce someone then a oriental fragrance will do that nicely.

Our Aromatherapy Candle Rose-Geranium & Jasmine is a great place to start but if you prefer a fragrance with more dark, sexy, mysterious notes then our luxurious Candle fragrance Indian Mistress of the Night, with spicy notes of Ginger and floral notes of Tuberose really set the mood.

Or, if you’re looking for a more Bespoke Fragrance to compliment your rooms and yourself, then why don’t you try our Bespoke Candle Service where you can get a signature scent created especially for yourself or give it as a extra special gift.

So, get yourself and your home smelling the way you want!

 

How to find your Signature Fragrance

How to find your Signature Fragrance

 For most people, choosing a fragrance for themselves can be tricky. They want to have a scent that reflects their character but doesn’t smell like everyone else, and they want it to be memorable and speak to their emotions. When I was younger and in the early stages of studying perfumery, I fell in love with Orris – to me it smelt almost otherworldly and magical but grounded and earthy at the same time,  but now when I smell it it doesn’t have that same dramatic effect for me as it once did so I realise that my scent preferences have changed over time and this is infact quite normal.
So, how do you choose a fragrance that’s going to reflect who you are and how you want to be seen? 
Well first, you start with your fragrance family. A fragrance family is what perfumers use to put perfumes into groups based on their dominant character or notes in order to classify them.  So say for instance you wanted a Rose perfume because you loved the smell of Roses, well then you would look for a perfume with Rose in it or one with floral notes or bouquet (a mix of flowers). It’s important to understand the type of scents you like in order to find the perfect fragrance.
Some examples of great Rose fragrances are Dyptique’s Eau Rose Perfume which is a subtle and sophisticated rose scent or Roses De Chloe by Chloe. Both are true to their character and for lovers of Roses you couldn’t go much wrong with either of these two.
Of course there are many other scent profiles other then florals including: Spicy, Oriental, Woody, Fougere and Chypre to name just a few.
What does Fougere and Chypre mean? 
Fougere is a term that was honed by the French to described a mossy, herbacious perfume. It usually has notes like Lavender, Vetiver, Bergamot and Oakmoss and it used to be a popular choice for women but these days it seems that alot of men’s perfumes are Fougere’s so I think it’s safe to say that these days Fougere’s appeal to both men and women.
Chypre comes from the word Cyprus and was created to reflect the dry, warmth of Cyprus typically displayed through it’s notes of Oakmoss, Patchouli and Bergamot. Chypre’s were very popular in the 19th century but because they are very heavy, complex and sophisticated fragrances they are best worn at night in an ultra glamorous surroundings as is befitting.
Aswell as the normal fragrance families perfumers are always trying to create new ones to add to the family and break the boundary’s to what is the norm. This means that sooner or later it will be even harder to identify the characteristics of each perfumes but you will have even more beautiful fragrances to choose from which is of course very exciting.