What’s New This Week

I’ve a few things to share with you all this week what’s new to the website.

 

First up we have the return of the Mother’s Day was buttons, these come with a little message which says……… Mums are like buttons, they hold everything together. We can change the word mum to grandma, auntie, sister etc as we no not everyone has a mum, but you may still want to buy these for a gift for someone who’s had a special place in your heart whilst growing up. The buttons also come in a tin, which then can be reused to store small items in like, pins, paperclips etc

 

I’m also launching my small jars of wax crumbs, these come in a mini glass jar and have wax crumbs in which is equivalent size to my wax pods, but packaged differently and make a lovely little gift. These are just made from batches of wax that we may have a bit left over, but not enough to package up and then they are weighed out and placed in jars. They aren’t available in all fragrances and will just be added to the website as and when we have them. The jars can be recycled by cleaning them out and using them in the home or can just go in the recycle bin.

 

We like to make sure as much as of our packaging can be reused again in the home or if not it’s either compostable or recyclable as we like to make sure we do our bit for the environment.

How to keep up to date on whats happening!

LIWL Newsletter Sign Up

How to keep up to date on whats happening!

Are you signed up for my newsletter? If the answers yes then thats great, but since December I’ve sent out several newsletters and many haven’t even opened them. Do you remember back in May 2018 when GDPR came in and i sent out a newsletter stating that if you didn’t click the link and agree to receiving further newsletters from me you’d no longer receive them? This is because this was a legal email every business had to send out to their newsletter signups and if you didn’t respond then you opted out. Only 47.7% opened it, 8 unsubscribed as that meant they no longer wanted to receive an email and the rest just didn’t open it, this means those who didn’t open it will no longer receive my emails.

My newsletters are there to inform you of whats going on, when you sign up for these its because you want to be able to see whats happening first and to also make sure you don’t miss out on maybe new products, a one off discount code, free postage maybe…….it could be anything! If you’ve not received an email off me lately, then you’ll need to sign up with me again. I have started to remove inactive accounts who haven’t opened an email off me in the last 12 months. You may wonder why i do this? Well it free’s up space for someone who would like to read my newsletters, i only get so much space before I’m charged for sending them, so to me its a little bit of a waste having someone on my list who hasn’t opened it in 12 months. Now there could be several reasons why they haven’t opened it, no longer use that email, put me in their spam folder or marked it not to receive newsletters on what news I’ve got to share. On Friday 14th February i sent out a newsletter offering 12% off orders for the weekend only. Only 31.4% of this signed up opened the email, some who opened it took advantage of the discount as it was one of the highest I have given in a long time and it was a one off too, more of a test to see who would open the email. So my message i want to get out today is…….if you sign up for a newsletter with any company, open it no matter what the head line might say as you just never know what might be hidden inside that email.

Please click the link https://www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk/newsletter-signup/

only if you wish to receive my newsletters. Once you sign up an email will be sent to you straight away to confirm you’ve requested this, you must confirm as if you don’t the system wont add you to the mailing list. Im going to be sharing more and more via my newsletter and also my blog too as have you every thought how would you communicate with me if all social media went down? Now i would communicate through my newsletter and blog and when i blog you too can leave a comment so if for example you had a question about something on my blog you could ask me and then i would respond and it could also answer someone else’s question too. The power of blogging can be very helpful and i really want more and more of my customers to see each Monday I’m blogging, some weeks i may blog more if I’ve something important to share, its always viewable and a great way to be able to get hold of me too.

Make a note in your diary for every week to checkout what I’ve shared and leave me a comment too. I really want to reach out to so many through blogging and with your help this will be possible.

 

I hope you all have a great day and your week ahead is full of sparkle. Don’t forget its half term so I’m taking a few days off this week so dispatch times are currently at 6 working days, this excludes weekends.

 

Happy melting!

 

Rachel….x

Soy Wax Brittles

How To Use Soy Wax Brittles

 

Many customers ask…..whats the different between brittles and pods? The only difference is, is its poured into different shaped moulds. Its made the same, its smells the same and its melted the same, just some customers preferrer brittles over pods. I find that many new customers go for pods first and then if they find a scent they love they then buy it in the bigger bags of brittles.

My brittles come in kraft sealed bags, i don’t heat seal the bag shut as theres no need to so this means that you do not need to rip the tab off the top. Simply just pull the packet open meaning that you can reseal it much easier, I’ve often shared this way in my wax group https://www.facebook.com/groups/850232061701698/?ref=bookmarks

In each bag of brittle theres wax that will last you weeks, simply take one piece out and i always say break a bit off around 15-20g  and add to your burner, then as its melting if you feel you need a little bit more then add smaller amounts until you’re happy. Adding smaller amounts like this will mean you wont waste wax and wont over fill your warmer. I always say……less is more!

Each scent is carefully poured into the mould and then decorated, the decoration may vary per batch as sometimes i may change the colour slightly. Each batch is recorded in my file so i always no when i made that scent and how many bags i was able to get from it.  Once the brittle is set i remove the whole slab and then break up into chunks and these are weighed and put into boxes. I’ve had customers in the past order a whole slab, this is possible but the slab doesn’t come in one piece as  it would break when posted out….many of my customers say they’d love to break a whole slab up as it looks so relaxing when they’ve watched me do it. They are right, theres just something about it that really relaxes you and it also leaves your hands feeling soft and smelling amazing too.

If you want to catch me making brittles you’ll sometimes be able to on Wax Making Wednesday, i try and go live once a month to show my customers what I’m making and they actually love to see me making products. I make wax every day, but Wednesdays i make products for the whole day as i need one full day each week to be able to keep my stock levels up.

 

Be sure to follow me on my business page if you don’t already so that you can watch out for my next Wax Making Wednesday which will actually be this coming Wednesday 12th February 2020 https://www.facebook.com/www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk/

I’ll share on my business page on the Wednesday morning what time i’ll go live, but don’t worry if you miss it as you can always watch me later on replay. Now i wonder what scent i’ll make with you all? Is there one you’d love to see me make up?

Thank you so much for reading my Monday Blog and next week i’ll share with you things that are coming up in the months ahead!

Have a sparkly evening!

Love

Rachel…..x

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Compostable Pod Packaging

Why Go Eco?

Have you ever seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?? This is an area of ocean bigger than the size of Spain which is swimming with non-biodegradable plastic waste. Birds, fish, turtles and other marine life are dying because they either eat or get tangled up in the plastic.

In August 2016, Plymouth University reported that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish. It has also been calculated by scientists at Ghent University in Belgium that shellfish lovers eat up to 11,000 plastic fragments each year. Whilst less than 1% of these fragments are absorbed by the human body, they do and will accumulate over time. Reports estimate that by 2050, the volume of plastics accumulated in our oceans will be greater than that of fish.

My pod & clear bag packaging is compostable which means it doesn’t have to end up in landfill. PLA stands for “Polylactic Acid” and is a biodegradable plastic derived from corn starch. This material makes a fantastic alternative to conventional plastics which can take many hundreds of years to break down.

Because PLA bioplastic is made from plants which are a renewable resource, by using this bioplastic we are reducing our dependence on finite resources such as petroleum oil.

Compared with conventional plastics which break down over many years into smaller plastic pieces and therefore never truly disappear, when PLA biodegrades it breaks down into organic matter: CO2 and water which can feed the earth to grow more plants thereby closing the life cycle.

The PLA most commonly used in food packaging has a relatively low melting temperature. This also means that less energy is required for the production process making it an even more eco-friendly plastic option.

 

Did you know that all my pod packaging is plastic free? I switched over from plastic pods over a year ago now and only use compostable pod packaging. It may look like plastic and feel like plastic, but it’s 100% compostable! Our pods may look like plastic but they are made from corn starch and on the bottom of the packaging its printed compostable….it also leaves this mark on the wax once its set in the pod. Even the glitters i use are biodegradable, i switched to these glitters before i changed my pod packaging and along with the soy wax i use and cruelty free fragrance oils it certainly does make my business very eco friendly. I like to try and do my bit and as i was selling wax pods in plastic packaging before making my switch i wasn’t helping the environment at all, i was just adding to the use of plastics when it goes to show if i can use compostable packaging why cant others?

Even the little packaging chips i sometimes by in, these are also biodgrable and you can test these by putting them under the tap and watching them melt away to nothing. I pride myself on using as many packaging supplies as i can that are compostable and being able to offer you a subscription box with so many of the packaging products i use falling under this category. We have a compost pile at home and i always put mine on it, it can take up to 12 weeks for the pod packaging to decompose, but quicker if your compost pile is active daily……meaning you add items to it each day helping it to break down into compost much quicker. Please don’t worry if you don’t have room for a compost pile, placing them in the recycle bin is just as good or you can take them down to your local tip were many of them have a compost section.

I’ll be back next Monday to talk about my brittles and to explain how to use these and all about their packaging too! I hope you’ve enjoyed ready my Monday Blog and please feel free to leave a comment or if you’ve a question ask and i’ll happily answer it.

Enjoy!

 

Rachel……x