“One of a Kind” at Charles Worthington

“One of a Kind” at Charles Worthington

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I was recently contacted by the marketing manager of the Charles Worthington Hair Salons in London. She had seen my products online and thought that The Secret Scent Societe’ would be a good fit for the intimate client event they were organise at their flagship store in Fitzrovia.

Charles Worthington himself was going to be opening the evening and along with myself they had also invited a personal shopper from Reiss and the celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole who would be doing a live makeup demonstration on the night.

Charles personally going to be introducing me and I was going to be given an area where I could set up my products to sell. It wasn’t a huge area but ~I figured that as it was such an intimate event for their most loyal customers I wouldn’t need to bring that much stock with me anyway plus I had a beautiful stone mantelpiece that I could use to display my reed diffusers.

They were giving out goody bags to all of the guests so I was asked if I could contribute towards it, so I made up some Coconut & Soy wax travel Candle samples for them to include. She knew about my feature in VOGUE which she was eager for me to highlight so I designed and made some displays featuring my article. I took along with me 4 kinds of Wood Wick Candles, my Massage Candles, 3 of my Luxury Candles, Hair Perfume, Eau de Parfum and Reed Diffusers.

The evening was a very relaxed and well organised affair, with demonstrations by both Ariane, a senior hair stylist showing the newest GHD’s, and a personal shopper from Reiss, with lots of canapés and champagne! It was a fun, interesting and successful evening. People were very complimentary about my products and brand, and I made some sales (2 of which were candles that are going to be used in the lady’s summer wedding!).

I also took the opportunity to promote my new Bespoke Candle Service also, which is a service I’m now offering that includes a completely bespoke scent, and customised options (such as container type and colour choices) for candles.  That seemed to really go down very well as I had a lot of people enquiring about this service.

Afterwards, I was presented with some goody bags of my own which I was chuffed to bits with: One was a bag filled with full sized Charles Worthington products, and the other one was from Reiss: A gorgeous gold and leather wrist band.

Even though I was technically there to work, I found the whole experience very enjoyable and not at all like work. I loved talking to people to hear what they liked or didn’t like. Which were their favourite products and what they would like to see in the future. I found the whole experience really invaluable.  Plus the staff at Charles Worthington seemed to really like the products too.

I got talking to this lovely older lady, who had been going to Charles Worthington for 12 years (she did infact have very lovely hair), and after hearing that one of her favourite hair stylists wanted to get a bespoke candle made for his wedding in September, she generously offered to buy it for him as a wedding gift. Very sweet!

Here are some Pictures from the event:

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Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

 

Helloo Bloggees and Bloggette’s!

So, I was browsing on Twitter this morning when I came across this article via VOGUE about a Black British model called Leomie Anderson who tweeted blasting the fashion industry and more specifically the injustice of black models never having anyone competent enough to do their hair and makeup at fashion shows.

Basically, black women are not being catered for, and worse yet, they seem to be an afterthought in the industry since the makeup artists they hire (who needless to say are mostly white), are ill prepared and inexperienced to deal with any other model but white. The irony of this is that the very few black makeup artists and hair stylists who they employ can do both!

Leomie has been very vocal about this in her career so far and I think that she is refreshingly bold aswell as beautiful. In her tweets she accuses these makeup artists, who clearly have absolutely no idea how to select or blend for darker skin tones, of being unprofessional, and to be perfectly frank with you I agree wholeheartedly. They don’t even have the foundations required to do makeup on darker skin tones therefore they are ill equipped. They are ill equipped and unprepared and that IS unprofessional.

When I modelled a few years ago I didn’t DARE to rely on the makeup artists to get it right. They used to always make me look like a clown. They just did not have the expertise nor the knowledge required.  I had to bring my own makeup as the makeup artists kit never had the right shades for my skin tone. This is a common complaint by black models and it is absolutely unacceptable. It’s bad enough that they have to deal with the prejudices that exist within the modelling industry but it’s just diabolical that these makeup artists being paid a shit load to make these models look beautiful can only seem to make the white ones look beautiful. If they cannot do the makeup for all models, no matter what their ethnicity or skin tone, then they shouldn’t be employed, end of. And while they’re at it, why don’t they employ more black makeup artists who are efficient at doing all types of skin tones?! Why should black models AND black makeup artists play second fiddle?

It is so infuriating! And Leonie is completely right to shout about it. We ALL need to shout about it because we’ve truly had enough.

When I used to work for the Vidal Sassoon Education Centre, which is where the hairdressers went to train how to do hair, despite touting themselves as being the best in the industry they were clearly INCAPABLE of handling afro hair so I had to get my hair done by my hairdresser in Brockley, South London, who was excellent.

I think Vidal Sassoon were ashamed and jealous of this because when I went into work one day with my newly done hairstyle (that wasn’t done by them!), I had a gang of their Korean students surround me. They were going absolutely crazy about my hair and were taking pictures of me, complimenting my hair obviously thinking that it had been done by Vidal Sassoon. But of course it hadn’t. Vidal Sassoon was incapable of the task. I had also been complimented in the street by a passerby on my way to work. At first I was berated by my manager about having my hair done by another hair salon (needless to say this clearly wouldn’t have been an issue if my hairstyle was just average and didn’t cause such a commotion) but then I was literally frogmarched into the hairdressers chair to get my hair dyed an extremely dull and lifeless brown (it had initially been a beautiful, bright, shiny bronzey-orange colour). They simply could not compete.

The fact is that I didn’t WANT to have to go elsewhere to get my hair done but they were simply not capable of doing afro hair. They didn’t know how to style it, how to look after it, or even how to dye it. This they clearly didn’t want to admit but they didn’t want a random hairdresser from South London overshadowing them that was for sure!

It’s high time the whole industry woke up, because outspoken models like Leomie, fed up with being treated with such nonchalance and inconsideration are just going to keep on speaking out. And I may not do modelling myself anymore but I’m 100% behind them.

Read the VOGUE article here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2016/02/18/leomie-anderson-make-up-artist-black-models-at-shows

Leomie also writes the blog The Cracked China Cup: http://www.crackedchinacup.com/

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?!

The New Kid in Town.

The New Kid in Town.

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The definition of Cool.

Recently, I was contacted by the co-founder of a new social e-commerce website called Framestr. He had seen some of my products on Ezebee (www.ezebee.com) and wanted me to join them and make my products available for sale on their site. The concept of Framestr is pretty simple: You upload your products (or there wizard can copy your information from another e-commerce site), and then you can use their site as a platform to encourage users to share and promote your products. If you make a sale as a result of their efforts, they (meaning the user) make a commission on the sale. Simples!

The beauty of it is that Framestr have no fees and YOU set the commission rate on each product, so everybody benefits. Genius or what?!

Apparently Oprah and VOGUE are both fans. I have signed up as I think it’s great and I really see it going global.

It’s a work in progress at the moment but you can see my store here: http://framestr.com/thesecretscentsociete

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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We’ve come to a bit of a lull here in The Secret Scent Societe’ lab but rather then sit about stewing over the whats the whys and the wheres I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and try getting my products into some magazines. I don’t know what stopped me from doing this before, fear perhaps, but I’ve decided that fear isn’t going to get my brand where I want it to be. I realise now that without setting any realistic tasks and goals I would continue to feel de-motivated and ask myself what the point was. Understanding that this is normal, and that I’m far from being the only one is the first step to deciding how to remedy the problem. So I took some advice that my cousin gave me last week about contacting the magazines and websites that I want my products to be featured in and have contacted the editor of my favourite magazine of all Stylist. There page The Style List always has an eyecatching variety of products both from well known brands and small independent ones. It’s infact the one place where I know that my products would do well to be seen in, as in actually result in sales, which unfortunately not what happened after my ad in VOGUE (sad but true). In reality all marketing and promotion is a gamble, and sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. But I do believe that being seen in Stylist is a positive and progressive step towards being where I want to be: An established brand that people can’t help but to be loyal to. I appreciate that they must get tons of people contacting them about being in there magazine so I have sent an email offering a free sample of my products. I mean, who doesn’t want a freebie?
I think that since I’m on a roll there’s no point in stopping there.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to contact a few other publications about being featured. Aferall they can only say no huh?

Has fear ever held you back from doing things you want to do? And if so, what did you do about it in the end?

The Secret Scent Societe’ Annual Summer Sale!

The Secret Scent Societe’ Annual Summer Sale!

The Secret Scent Societe’ is having our annual Summer Sale in June where you will be able to get your hands on some much coveted fragrant possessions. We are giving up to a whopping 25% off in the sale so do not miss out! Everything from our scented candles, to our wonderful bath salts, body soufflé’s AND reed diffusers is going to be up for grabs for a heavily discounted price. So if you have any Aunty’s, Sisters, Mothers, Daughters, Friends or Neighbours that you need to gift this year then this is your chance!

And to top this off all products over £30 get FREE DELIVERY. Yes that’s right: FREE!

The Sale will go live on Monday 16th June so put the date in your diaries and get ready to rejoice!

The sale is exclusively on that fabulous website they call Notonthehighstreet.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

Summer Sale

Best Kept Beauty Secrets..

Best Kept Beauty Secrets..

Featuring The Secret Scent Societe’!

Our Rose-Geranium & Jasmine Body Souffle’ has been selected for an exclusive beauty feature in the May edition of British VOGUE. The advertorial is called Best Kept Beauty Secrets.

We are super excited about being associated with this hugely successful brand so get your copy today and help us celebrate our journey into fabulousness!

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