Christmas for Chandrika, like all other business owners, is planned months in advance. Time during this period becomes elastic and instead of weeks, Christmas feels a second away due to all that needs to be planned. The many Christmas shows she attends means being ultra-organised so she has to restrain herself from getting too excited. Often exhausted by the number of shows that have taken priority, the numerous plans and preparations for home are left until the last minute. Deciding that her family should not come off second-best, this year Chandrika has booked in a very early ‘decoration home’ day for the 25th & 26th of October, knowing that if she doesn’t do it then, it won’t happen until Christmas Eve.
But the shows do offer a great opportunity for her to catch up with other exhibitors and give her a chance to wander around and discover what her colleagues are selling; perhaps buy some new tableware for Christmas day or gifts for friends. At the end of each frantic day, she might have cheeky drink behind the stand with other exhibitors, which is a great time to catch up and have a chat. Although it’s an intense time of year business-wise, the sensory delights of the twinkling lights, decorations and the smoky scents of Christmas candles can’t help but evoke a sense of happiness and celebration. She loves the festive season, the revelling in joy and the sense of people moving to the cheerful rhythm of Christmas. It’s a time for having music playing in the background, while cooking a tasty meal for her family, taking in both the comforting smells of the food and the ambience of the music.
This year is slightly different. The last couple of years have been tough for everyone and with Christmas cancelled last year, she has decided to allow herself to bask in the Christmas spirit, have fun and enjoy the season. Getting tasks ticked off her list gives her a triumphant sense of accomplishment. She has designed the decoration of her boutique window which is to be adorned with an elegant display of silk flowers, and then will supervise a photographic shoot of her gorgeous dog Ollie dressed in baubles and his special leather bow. After the dust has settled and the shows are finished, she will host a special pre-Christmas dinner for her friends and co-workers to say a big thank you for their help and support over the last twelve months. Her creative processes don’t stop however, and after Christmas day, she will redirect her focus on her exciting projects for 2022.
It is often questioned, what goes through Chandrika Thomas’ mind when one is so busy. How does she manage to operate her luxury business and raise a family synchronously? Well, a good routine has been principle to the smooth running of Chandrika Thomas London. Alongside being a distinguished brand owner, she also juggles her bustling family life, and here she tells us how she gets it all done.
“ Right now, we’re on the go, and have been been since June, from having exhibited at the Hampton Court Flower Show, to curating new oils and perfecting our blends. Lively, is a synonym for Chandrika Thomas London.
I get up early in the morning, and I could be fresh at 4am if I wanted. I like the peacefulness of early mornings while it’s still quiet and dark outside, with the birds chittering as natures alarm for me. I like to plan my day early, so that I am never behind on anything, I would hate to feel rushed and unorganised, as it would slow the running of my business altogether for me. By the the time I get round to doing my yoga, I know exactly how my day should pan out and where I should be. Yoga prepares me for the day ahead, and in particular Vinyāsa yoga. Vinyāsa is an approach to yoga in which you move from one pose directly into the next, which mirrors the sequence of my day! I believe this clears my mind and makes me both physically and mentally stronger, this being the best prep for a busy day ahead. I then sift through production for this month, as well as revisiting projects such as my new tea range, enamel bracelets and shibori silk scarves (soon to come). My mornings consist of smelling, tasting, feeling, designing…. And zoom meetings!
My family then come down for breakfast before school, and I check homework and school bags, as well as hopping in the car for the school run. Ollie, the family pup, often joins us and sits on my son’s lap. I then do some reading with him (my son not the dog!) whilst waiting for school to start and make my way to Kew, after dropping him off.
My boutique in Kew is my second home and a lovely location for my creativity to flourish. Once in my boutique, Ollie reclines on his special pillow whilst I look at orders and work with my marketing team, again looking over the production of my company. For lunch, I may go to the Kew Inn or pop into Gails and get an almond croissant or a tasty salad. Ollie and I will then go to the local park or walk by the river, which I would say is very therapeutic for the both of us. However, sometimes I will go to Kew Gardens to explore and get inspiration, as well as clearing my mind with the lush greenery surrounding me. I like my own company when being here, as my ideas are born in Kew, and I have the space to develop my dreams into reality. Once arriving back to my boutique, I am busier than ever doing more admin as well as designing and creating for my brand. I always spray my fragrance on me before zoom meetings, because I believe that wearing perfume is not just to enjoy it, but is also a mindset. I feel undressed if I am not wearing it! However, when it comes to actually developing the scents, I opt out of wearing a fragrance, so that my pallet is clear and I can focus on creating totally new blends. Whilst all that is happening I continue sipping my range of teas and checking that everything is completed to perfection.
I try to be home by 5pm, so that I can support my son with his homework or watch his sporting activities such as rowing or swimming. I always make dinner for my family, my favourite is a tajine because it is so quick. Even if it is quick, it is always creative! We will always sit together as a family, with Ollie looking longingly at our delicious food from under the table. After that, I will either practise Yin Yoga or have an Ayurveda Treatment; which is a deep tissue massage and helps me to unwind after a long day. I find myself watching whatever seasonal lifestyle programme is on, like Monty Don. I love him! I normally always drift off to sleep around 11pm, so that I can be fresh and ready for the next day. "
It is very common for the average customer to apply their fragrance wrong. Here, learn all of Chandrika Thomas' secrets to smelling wonderful all day long.
The Chandrika Thomas Rulebook to Smelling Fabulous.
Rule No1: Make sure you apply your signature scent right after your shower.
- Moisture grants scent something to grasp on to, and due to the steam from your shower, your clean pores will be ready to soak up the fragrance. However, one should never spritz whilst the skin is wet or it will just come off once you dry yourself.
Rule No2: Take some time to moisturise before applying your luxury scent.
- Moisturising is key to the longevity of any perfume, especially for those with dryer skin. This will help your skin absorb the scent whilst also protecting it from any irritation.
Rule No3: Spritz on your pulse points
- One generates the most heat at their pulse points, as they are located where the arteries are the closest to the skin's surface. Heat can help intensify your fragrance, and pulse points can be found at your wrists, behind your ears, your chest, neck and midriff.
Rule No4: Incorporate your fragrance into your hair routine
- Hair holds scent for far longer than skin does, so spritzing a small amount of product onto your hairbrush can infuse it with an outstanding aroma that sticks all day long. Remember to do this on freshly washed hair so that it's natural oils will not affect the scent.
Rule No5: (Most exciting rule!) Match your shower gel and body lotion to your luxury Chandrika Thomas fragrance.
- We are very excited to announce, that we are releasing a beautiful range of shower gels and body lotions, as well as hand washes and and hand creams. You can now pair up your products and ensure our luxurious scent to stick from morning to evening! Soon to come at the beginning of November.
Chandrika’s travels are always monumental in contributing to her inspiration for her fragrances. Her sought after perfume, ‘Marrakesh’ arose from a memorable trip she went on to celebrate her friend’s 40th birthday. Being such an important milestone, the holiday destination of Marrakesh promised a world of new experiences and inspiration for Chandrika’s ever growing business. On this magical trip, nine years ago, Chandrika was unknowing to the popularity her scent Marrakesh would acquire.
This story began at the luxury hotel, Sofitel, where Chandrika was first welcomed into Marrakesh. Floating down the foyer, she felt as she were in a dream, the light musk of orange blossom shrouded over the floor in clouds that seemed as if they had descended from the heavens. This experience was not limited to only smell, as she listened to the synchronised pouring of the fragrant tea that was offered to them, and in this moment Chandrika knew she had entered into a world of decadence and luxury, as well as the rich culture she had yet to immerse herself in.
Marrakesh, the scent, has many intricate layers to peel back and explore, just as Marrakesh, the destination has. So many aspects of Chandrika’s experience in this vibrant region have been carefully translated into this scent, including the flirtatious notes of jasmine from the abundant jasmine trees inhabiting Marrakesh.
This scent has the ability to transport one back to the desert floors of Marrakesh, awash with golden sunlight. It’s inviting colours and liveliness emerging from the buzzing souks and the humming sounds of life are due to the carnival atmosphere Marrakesh offers.
Some may experience the potent and sophisticated notes of patchouli and let the decadence of Marrakesh reign over them, however others may realise the healing tones of this fragrance with the lighter and brighter scents of orange blossom and hyacinth playing with their senses.
Hopefully, through this scent others can experience Chandrika’s travels and the beauty of Marrakesh. If you have not yet discovered our best selling fragrance, you can purchase our samples and transport yourself to the exotic Marrakesh yourself.
“Good business leaders drive their dream into reality, develop that reality into perfection, and share that perfection with the world.”
- Chandrika Thomas
The Chandrika Thomas Story
This is true of Chandrika Thomas, the founder and CEO of Chandrika Thomas London, the best kept secret of Londons perfume scene and high society.
From an early age, Chandrika had always wanted to develop and run her own business, she knew she had to stray away from a conventional pathway due to her dyslexia, thus deciding she would work for herself. This then spurred her on to learn everything she could about the business world, as well as letting her creativity flourish. This led to the development of an idea for a business that, unbeknownst to her would become globally synonymous with luxury and elegance. Today, when people hear Chandrika Thomas London, they think of premium quality fragrances and luxury lifestyle collections.
The Birth of Chandrika Thomas London
It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that Chandrika Thomas London was established with the help of the Princes Trust. Chandrika’s goal of owning and operating her own business came to fruition. Starting off at eighteen as a haute couture wedding dress designer, Chandrika’s skill in pattern cutting and design lent her the ability to curate a team of seamstresses who had previously worked for names as big as Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes.
However, being the driven woman she is, she wasn’t content with being just a business owner. Chandrika worked day and night to grow her business and make Chandrika Thomas a household name. In recent years, the business has transformed and Chandrika has focused on perfecting the art of perfumery with her sought after range of fragrances. Now, with her business flourishing, Chandrika has set new goals for herself and company. She is working on collections to add to her inventory including, luxury candles, teas and, silk and cashmere scarves. As one of the leading retailers of luxury brand in London, Chandrika Thomas is poised for national success as her luxury range is enjoyed up and down the country.
To learn more about choosing your signature fragrance, contact Chandrika Thomas London today and shop our wide range of premium fragrances.
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