Cottage Industries have long been a lifeline for many stay at home mums, but the advent of the internet, and the ability to create a product from start to finish then sell it without ever leaving your home, seems to be the way forward for mums, dads, grandparents, teens and start again businessmen to launch a minimal cost business platform from which to purvey your wares.
We know all of the high street big brand names, but lately these seem to be churning out fragrance after fragrance, candles, soap or other home fragranced products, with no time factored in to nuture it, build the potential and construct the illicit dream. This gives the inpression of them not really caring about us, their end customer. It all seems to be a money game – which of course we knew anyway, but all pretence seems to have been stripped away.
This is where the local industries have built their niche. They have the time to build a story based on local heritage, long forgotten customs and trends, and we are all more than happy to spend a few extra pounds to buy into their dreams instead.
Thanks to the interweb, anyone can become an overnight guru and because of this, the big brand names now seem to be for people who dont know any better, who are happy to follow rather than lead or consumers who lack the confidence to go with their convictions. The more educated that consumers become, the more they tend to seek out bespoke fragrance, wanting only the best in the field.
The trend towards Indie perfumed products push the boundaries of defining scent and our perception of it. Home crafted products should be a magical blend of familiarity with a dash of quirkiness, something unique that draws the eye or indeed the nose in our case.
Local Heritage societies have launched their own collections with themes of castles and medieval market gardens, or you could look out for Scottish Moors, Glens and Thistles making an appearance, or Manx 3 Legged soaps. We are proud to invite guests into our homes and let them see that we support our local traders -it makes us feel that we are somehow making a difference - that we care about all things traditional.
Canny manufacturers have cottoned on at last, powering on towards the future whilst drawing nostalgic inspiration from the past – using a blend of locally sourced flora and fauna and basing new products around ancient practices and formulations handed down through the generations.
We have many collections of fragrances based around local themes such as the above. We prefer to create new fragrances with a story to back them up. It makes things easier for us and certainly easier for you to sell them in your end product with a bit of marketing blurb behind them.
We feel that the new trend direction that will run alongside the natural garden flowers that we expect to see dominating the spring 2013 shelves, will have a spicy Brazilian Party theme.
This will encompass various aspects of Brazilian Culture, in fact we may end up with 3 or 4 collections in order to cover everything! We wanted to bring the carnival atmosphere into our fragrances, as these are such a massive part of Brazil’s unique heritage. The main Rio carnival is held over a 6 week period culminating around the Catholic period of Lent. This legendary gala draws crowds of almost 5 million spectators, all keen to join in the festivities and parades.
Our fragrances in these collections will include notes of sweet pink peppercorns, hot jalapenos, fiery ginger root and fresh cilantro. Floral notes will include the Brazilian national emblem, the sunshine yellow Ipe amarelo, an arm of the Tecomo genus of which there are almost 400 sub species, alongside amarylis, camelia rosa, almanda and tobacco flower.
Rich woody notes will arise from the Brazilwood – a native tree that in all probability gave the country its name. Its sultry red bark was used for many years in the 1500′s as the main source of red dye for luxury fabrics used throughout European Courts. Although now a lot rarer, it is still used to produce prime quality bows for violins throughout the world.
We will also incorporate food and drink flavour notes such as the delicious caipirinha cocktail, which is an intoxicting blend of sugar cane rum and tahitian lime poured over crushed ice, along with passionfruit, chimarrao and cashew fruits.
If you would like any further information or would like to pre-order a collection tin, please contact either myself or Helen and we will be only too happy to help.