A few changes here at LIWL

Good evening and happy Monday! Again the week has flown by and I can’t believe we’re almost in July……where has this year gone? I did think with being in lock down the weeks would feel slow and that it would be hard, but I feel every week has flown by and it doesn’t seem 2 mins ago since we first heard the words lockdown.

Anyway, this evening I’ve a few things I wish to chat to you about, which I feel are important, so make sure you read to the very end. So first I want to talk to you about my working week……….

So as many of us are in the same situation, children at home, helping them learn and do school work, not being able to see people or go places like how we use too, it’s really made me think…….well we’ve all had a lot of thinking time lately! I’ve felt since lockdown I’ve had to change my work around, to fit in with my youngest, to make sure I’m here if he needs help with his school work and to be here as a mum too. So whilst he’s been doing school work I’ve been keeping myself busy in the house…..mainly the kitchen and I’ve refound my love for cooking. Now I’ve always loved cooking, but running a busy successful business, you don’t always have the time to do much and your hours can be a little all over, especially when you work from home, so when Alfie is normally out at school I tend to work 8am-4pm so that it doesn’t interfere with him being at home as I make sure I work the hours he’s out at school, then weekends off. So as he walked down the drive I’d close my workshop up and head to the house with him. We’d sit and chat and then he’d go off and do his own thing whilst I cooked tea. Now I still cooked good meals, but not as good as what I’m doing now since lockdown and cooking makes me happy. I’ve also found ive had more quality time with both Alfie and his dad and that we’ve become closer as a family. It’s also made me realise we only get one life and to grab it and take full advantage of the time we have together. So I’ve decided that even though I love what I do and love my business, it’s time to do more with my family and run my business part time. So my new working days will be 4 days each week, my day off in the week will change as I’ll fit it around my life and also around my times I know I need to be in work ie Subscription realise day. So as I work 4 days a week one day a week I’ll have to spend time in the house, catching up on jobs, shopping, cooking and baking. I’ll also have weekends off, unless I feel I need to work, but my days will always be a 4 day week. My working hours once Alfie’s back at school will then be 8-3pm at the moment I don’t have set hours due to Alfie being home so I just work when I can at the moment, but I still work a fair amount of hours and it’s not effected dispatch times either. Currently I’ve extended my dispatch times to 10 working days, clothing is 3-4 weeks. Once Alfie’s back at school my dispatch times will go back to 6 working days. Now in order to keep on top as I’m still currently working alone until Annie can return to work, it means my scent list will shrink. I’ve been slowly cutting my list down since the start of this year and will carry on and next week in my blog I’m going to share what scents will be coming to an end. Sometimes some go on holiday, but in my blog I’ll state if it’s having a holiday or ending forever. I love what I do and I’ll carry on running my business until I retire, so you’re stuck with me for a very long time, but I feel I can still offer you all so much, yet also have some time to myself and to spend with my family too.

So next I’ve got to tell you is larger wax crumbs in tins. Now the tins are for a limited time only as I may switch to larger jars rather than tins along with my mini jars I already offer. Now the mini jars have roughly the same amount of wax in them as a wax pod does and the larger tins have around the same as what a bag of brittle weighs. Now I don’t put weights on my products as I weigh everything with a trade approved scale, which means I can legally display weights, but because my products are hand poured weights can slightly vary by a gram or two plus how your scales weigh at home aren’t as precise as trade approved ones so I choose not to display them, as of a customer was to weigh using their scales the weight would be different to mine, but on average a wax pod will weigh without it’s packaging approximately  40-44g and a bag of brittle will weigh approximately 90-95g. Again everyone will slightly vary as they are hand poured, but this is just to give you an example.
Now I will be adding a few scents to the original listing of wax crumbs later this evening, so you’ll need to watch out for this post and not every scent will be available so the list will change often, so all I can suggest if you want crumbs and see them in one of your favourite scents, grab it as it could be a long time before it’s back in crumbs.

Now don’t forget, to keep update make sure you read my blog each week, I’ll be talking more about things that are happening on here and this will be your only way of knowing….unless one of my customers gets excited and shares the news in my group……but do you really want to maybe miss out or will you be like many others and read my blog each week? I know what I’d do…….?

 

So if you a leave a comment I’ll reply, I do go through many on an evening so be sure to check back to see if I’ve responded. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my blog and I just want to thank you for all your continued support, I’m so grateful to each and everyone of you.

Take care and stay safe!

 

Love

Rachel…….xx ❤️?

All about scents that go on holiday

Yes….you read my title correctly, some of my scents actually gone on holiday as they too need a little rest from time to time. ?

So you may be wondering why I actually do put scents on holiday, this is to keep my scent list rotated and changed. Now if I constantly did the same scents month after month, year after year, you’d get bored right? Well I know I would as change is good and updating the scent list and keeping it pretty seasonal too is a perfect way to do it.

So this year was the start of me putting scents on holiday and some scents I’ve completely ended as it’s time for change. Now there’s reasons why I might put some on holiday and end some. Holiday ones tend to be seasonal so for example, Snow Fairies has gone on holiday as I find this more of a autumn/winter scent as it reminds me of Christmas. Now I know it doesn’t smell of Christmas but it’s got the name snow in it so I’ve classed it as an autumn/winter scent, so you’ll see this come back towards the end of September, beginning of October up until Christmas and then it’ll go on holiday again. Things like fruity scents, you’ll see many of these go on holiday after the summer, I’ll keep one or 2 on my scent list as we all love a bit of fruity scents and I’ll always make sure I have at least one scent from each scent category.

Now my biggest challenge is to get my perfumes & aftershaves list down…..it’s so hard as there’s so many I love and I want to keep them all, but I do need to let some go on holiday, but I hate picking sometimes. Sometimes I find it easy to pick, but this category is one of my most favourites and many scents in this one are scents I’ve had specially made up in the lab which are bespoke to me. I’m not saying you can’t buy them else where, but when I have a bespoke scent made up in the lab they don’t use that same formula for anyone else as I’ve paid to have this made for me. I usually send in the scent tones for what I want and then they work their magic and then I work mine and make it into amazing scented wax.

Now many of my customers ask if I have a list of what’s gone on holiday or what’s ended, unfortunately I don’t put a list together, I often mention in my group if a scents going on holiday, but I don’t tend to say when a scents coming to an end unless I’ve lots of it that I want to sell off. I often get messages when customers know it’s going on holiday saying it’s their favourite scent and I understand you all have favourite scents as I do too and I sometimes end the ones I love, but having a change is good and if you were to constantly buy the same scents every time eventually you’d get bored of it or become nose blind. Change is good and I’ve found since putting scents on holiday it’s meant customers have tried other scents they may have not been interested in before and then fallen in love with them.

 

Now as you all know I’m a one man….well woman band! All waxes are handmade by just me, same as my reed diffusers, room sprays, pillow mists, car sprays and pet bed sprays. Now if I had 100 scents on my list there’s no way I’d be able to keep up making them all and to keep stock levels on the website, it’s hard enough now and I think I’ve got around 30 scents on my list at the moment which is still a little too high. I find if there’s too much choice customers find it much harder pick what to buy and as they say……less is more. Now I’m not one of these big massive wax companies, we know the ones the ones that have been around for donkeys years who have massive factories who mass produce and have probably 1000’s of staff, nothing had poured as they have big industrial machines to do it all for them, now they can keep up with having 100’s of scents on their list as they are mass produced, but when you’re a small business like myself who actually hand pours every single scent that you melt then it’s not possible. I’d rather have a smaller scent list and take longer to stock my shelves than have a mass produced line of machine poured wax or wax that’s not made with any love whatsoever. You know every single scent is poured by me and poured with love and to me that’s much better than having a to big a range of scents to pick from.

If you want to know when scents are going on holiday be sure to be apart of my Little Melts With Love was group, as I often announce in their when they are going on holiday and sometimes when I post on my business page I may say it’s the last chance to grab this scent before it goes on holiday. Now I don’t always say how long the holidays for, sometimes it might just be 6 weeks, 6 months or even a year it all depends on what scent it is.

So I hope this explains a little bit more about scents coming and going and that if your favourites gone off the website why not try something that’s out of your comfort zone as you might just be pleasantly surprised!

I’ll see you next Monday, same time, same place!

 

Have a sparkly evening and……happy melting! ❤️?

 

All about safety

Good evening!

 

Over the course of last week I’ve seen many posts which made me a little scared, not necessarily in my group, but on social media in general. So I thought it would be good for me to talk about safety when using any wax product, room spray, reeds diffusers etc.

So I’m a safety girl and I’m forever talking about safety in my wax group. Many might wonder why, but there’s lots of things to consider especially when you’re lighting a naked flame in your home. So many of my customers know that I always say never melt for more than 4 hours at anyone time, this is with the same burner. Why might you ask? Because your burner will heat up and once it’s been on for 4 hours, any melting using the same warmer after this amount of time means the warmer could over heat and cause it to crack. Now I’m not saying it will happen, but there’s the safety side of it and us as wax vendors are advised when purchasing burners the safety side of this and it’s up to use to make sure our customers are educated as to why there’s safety measurements. Now as you’re aware on the market you’ll find that there’s different tea lights, some maybe 2 hours and some maybe as long as 8 hours. I would NEVER advise anyone use an 8 hour tea light when melting, these types of tea lights are for tea light holders only and not for wax burners. Using a tea light that burns for so long is dangerous as your burner will get too hot and could cause it to crack or you’ll get tiny hairline cracks in it and over time it will break. Now I always state on my labelling never melt for more than 4 hours at anyone time, this is the reason why. Now my safety wording on my labels is my wording, it’s not anyone else’s, nor has it been copied it’s what I’ve created from my knowledge over the years of being a wax vendor. Now the CLP side which is the bit about the allergens this is from the scent suppliers I use and if others use the same as me you’ll find that if they have the same scents as me theirs would be the same, but say my Lavender Coconut Milk scent, if you look at the CLP info on that and then compared with another vendor who has that name of scent on their website and compared their CLP info to mine, you’ll most like;y find it’s different….why? Because my Lavender Coconut Milk is bespoken made and only available to me, but yet you can buy this fragrance oil off the shelf with other suppliers, but it’s made differently to mine so the 2 labels would never be identical. This also changes making a reed diffuser, the CLP will change slightly as the percentage I use changes to what I use making wax, so again you’ll see a few difference on my label. Many of my scents on my list are bespoke and many of the scent names belong to me too, which I come up with most of my own, some I don’t as some just need to say what it is, like pineapple & mango or lavender coconut milk or mryyh and Tonka……some just need to be called what the main scent is.

I also get asked many times about how to change your wax, on the website we’ve added a section on How To Use Your Wax……this has been written for me, this content belongs to me and should never be taken from my website and used by another business, you may wonder why I’m saying this, this is because when you write something and post it to your website, it belongs to you, you’ve most probably paid to have some content written on your website and the good thing is you as a business are protected by copyright, along with your images too. I’ve recently been made a where of a new business that’s stolen my wording, but that’s another blog as I’ve to go down the right channels about this, but I’ll talk about it more another time.

Anyway where were we? Oh yes safety of how to change your wax. So the best way I find to clean your burner out is to light your tea light, let the bowl where your wax melts get slightly warm, this takes seconds and then carefully scoop out the wax using kitchen roll. If you catch it just at the right time you’ll be able to scoopy it out in one go. I then gently wipe around the bowl just to remove any excess wax before placing a new scent in. Please DO NOT use a knife to remove wax, this will damage your burner, I see this happen lots of times and I can instantly tell they’ve used a knife……I’m good at spotting this. In time if you use a knife your are scratching the bowl, then the heat from the tea light weakens where the scratches are, eventually causing your burner to crack and break. Another dangerous way is I’ve seen people putting their warmers in the freezer……..NO this is DANGEROUS putting it in a cold freezer then taking it out in to room temperature can cause it to break, wax warmers are not freezer safe so please don’t do this even if you see others doing it, it’s so dangerous. Now electric warmers, sometimes you can just pop the wax out without switching it on, it can depend on which electric warner you have as some you’ll find you’ll need to let it melt the wax and then soak it up using kitchen roll or cotton wool. Please never pour wax down your sink, it’s dangerous and also some scents are toxic to aquatics and if everyone did this, it would eventually kill our aquatics, you’ll see sometimes on some CLP labels it states……toxic to aquatics and this is what it means if the wax was ever put into our sewerage then in time it would be so dangerous.

 

Now another thing is, as a wax vendor I have to know everything about what I make and sell, I’ve got to understand what all my labelling means and all the paperwork that comes with each scent too. I’ve got to know how to record everything correctly and also make my CLP labels legal too, there’s laws we have to adhere too, which my customers know I always do, but I often remind my customers in my own words about the safety of melting wax. At the end of the day many of you are lighting a tea light, so straight away there’s a naked flame, would you ever leave the house with a naked flame lit? I very much doubt you would, so never leave a room with a naked flame lit either. If I want wax melting in other rooms I know I’m not going to be in I’ll always use one of my electric warmers as these are safe to leave unattended, I have times set on mine so they switch off after 4 hours so that way if I did forget I have them on at least I know after 4 hours they’ll switch off. I am a safety girl and I’ll always remind everyone about safety.

edit as reminded by one of my customers…….. DO NOT clean your warmer out using chemical cleaners, if you want to clean your tea light burner then use hot soapy water and make sure it’s dry before you use it.

If you’re someone who only uses electric warmers, then I still always say be sure to keep them placed safely. Don’t have wires hanging down that can be caught by children or pets. Make sure you change your bulbs regularly as in time the bulb becomes weaker and won’t heat up your wax as hot. Check leads regular, just to make sure that if you have pets who like to chew that they haven’t been having a nibble on your lead.

Another point is, if you’re buying a tea light warmer to use for wax, be sure to buy a wax warmer and not an oil burner……they are different as an oil warmer has only been tested for use of oils, and a wax warmer has been tested using wax. Wax gets much hotter than oil so oil burners are not suitable for wax products. All my burners are tested and are wax approved by my suppliers.

Now whenever I sell a reed diffuser, room spray, car spray, pillow mist etc, I’ll display safety info on my CLP regarding these too. Everything I sell need to be kept away from children and pets, they are a product for children to be holding, but I know many of my customers tell me how their children love to smell their orders when they arrive and this is fine, but please make sure you supervise your children at all times.

Now if you have a question about anything regarding my products, please just ask, all comments on my blog I always reply to on a Monday evening and then I’ll catch up with anymore I’ve missed later in the week. Please do use this blog to ask me anything and I’ll happily answer.

Remember, keep safe, use my products the correct away by reading all my safety info I display on them and if you’re ever in doubt just ask.

In the next few weeks I’ll be talking about intellectual property, copyright and trademark. This is very important and I’ll explain about how you can’t just take info or pictures  from someone’s website without their consent, even google images are protected too, so be sure to watch out for that blog that will be in a couple of weeks time.

Have a beautiful evening and thank you for taking time to read my Monday blog.

Love
Rachel……x ❤️

Some Monday’s just start off differently!

Little Ideas with Love

So here we are again, it’s time for my Monday blog. I thought I’d share with you my day, sometimes it’s nice to share what’s happened and also share with everyone that my days sometimes go wrong just like yours might sometimes.

So I was up super early as I knew I had a busy day ahead as I wanted to get out all of my subscription boxes, there’s a lot each month over 80! So I got up and as I got out of bed my mobile phone fell off the bed onto my foot….ouch it bloody hurt and I’ve a great big bruise to prove it. After hobbling downstairs to make breakfast for me and Alfie I then realised Richard had taken my car to work to give it a run and had forgotten I’d got to take one of the dogs to the dog groomers ?? men……they are so hard work sometimes lol. Good job she’s local who I use, but even heading out it takes 40 minutes out of my day to take her and get back with walking and then another 40 mins to collect her and come back and when you’ve over 80 subscription boxes to get packed up and shipping labels to add before 2pm it’s not good. Luckily I was able to ring Annie and she came to collect her for me, we did social distancing just as my dog groomer also did when she took Bailey from Annie, but I was stuck and I needed help. For those of you who are unsure who Annie is, she’s my friend but also works for me in the workshop, but is currently furloughed and hopefully due back next month. Honestly if she hadn’t have collected Bailey there’s no way I’d have been able to start on my subscription boxes. It was strange seeing her as were both huggers, and it was strange not being able to hug her. I’ve missed hugging people as I always hug everyone, I’ve not really seen people during lockdown as I’ve only left the house twice since March, but it’s hard knowing you can’t hug anyone and I know some people find it easy, but when you’re a big hugger it hurts that you can’t, but hey I’m sure one day we’ll be able to hug again and if not I’m coming up with an invention to protect people when they want to hug someone lol.

So anyway where was I? Oh yes, so after my foot injury I then set Alfie up with his school work and I went in the workshop, I was in there before 8am knowing I’d lots to do. I made up all the boxes first and then part close them so that when I put each thank you note in, I just slide it in the top and then add the postage label. I do the postage labels in the house, went to switch the little postage label printer on, nothing happened! Looked at the back no lead plugged in and no where to be seen, quickly rang Richard and he thought it may have come out of the printer when he was sorting the CCTV wires out, after a rummage  behind my work desk I found it. Right time to get on, nope my label printer wanted to play funny buggers and then the Royal Mail back office was playing up, it seemed to be going on a go slow. So this process took me until 11.45am to finish, nearly 3 hours, it’s the longest it’s ever taken, but yes I’ve more subscriptions to do, but all the messing about made it take longer. I’d not had a drink all morning, so I quickly made one and a sandwich for both me and Alfie as I knew once I went back in the workshop I had till 2pm to get all these postage labels on, notes added and all boxes taped up and sealed. Normally both me and Annie do this together, but until shes back at work it’s just me. Every order I double check the address is correct, all address have 2 checks, some customers often change their shipping address, even more since lockdown as many haven’t been going out to work and have worked from home, so I need to make sure everyone’s address matches what’s on their order. I’m pleased to say I did it with 15 minutes spare, I worked my little socks off as I wanted to get everyones out so they can start to enjoy their boxes this week. Baring in mind I’ve done all this with a bruised foot that has given me trouble all morning, checking in on Alfie every 20 minutes and then helping him if he was stuck with everything. I sometimes wonder how I do it, but I sometimes don’t even know myself lol. Let’s just say this evening I’m relaxing as I won’t lie I’m tired and my head hurts as it’s been a stressful day with so many different things not going right, but hey……..tomorrows a new day!

 

In between all of the above I was also chasing a parcel that had been lost from my vinyl supplier, which actually turned up, it had been sat at DPD warehouse since the 1st June, they decided my address didn’t exist, which means it was a driver who doesn’t know the area and instead of ringing my number which is always displayed on the label and asking me to direct them in, they say my address is wrong, it’s normally the blue DPD hub who have trouble as I find they have many stand in drivers who never know the area, but it left me with a missing order and a backlog of T-shirt orders piling up with my new sparkly glitter text on them. Good news is I’ve got it now so this week I’ll finish those orders off. I have changed dispatch times for clothing, it’s now 3-4 weeks, yes it seems a long time, but if I don’t have your size in stock it needs ordering in, I only order every 7-10 days, then the T-shirts have to arrive with me and then I’ve to print them up. The printing is done here by myself, and as you’re already aware I’m working alone so it takes me longer to do each job as well as run my social media and reply to customers too. I honestly can’t wait to get back to normal and have Annie back, it’s hard doing all the jobs she normally does and it’s lonely on my own without her. I’ve always appreciated Annie and everything she does, but I appreciate her even more now as she’s a massive part of my team and the jobs she does she does them amazingly and she takes a lot of pressure off me leaving me to concentrate on my customers orders and making stock.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now, but just remember………we all have days that go wrong, we might scream, shout or cry, but that’s fine as nobodies perfect and it’s good to release upset if things don’t go the way you’re hoping they had, but remember……tomorrow’s a new day and tomorrow you’ll shine brighter than you did today.

Im going to relax this evening and have an early night, ready for a new day tomorrow.

Thank you for taking time to read this weeks blog, keep smiling and remember you’re all amazing.

Stay safe!

 

love

 

Rachel…….x ❤️?

It’s June Already!

Good evening! Can you actually believe we’re in June already? We’re half way through the year and I’m so glad lockdowns given us beautiful weather. It’s certainly made it so much easier being able to sit in the sun and feed our souls.

I was going to talk about something this week, but I’m going to leave it for next week now and switch it around, I often do this as I like my weekly blog to be something relevant and with it being the 1st of the month I’m going to talk about my subscription boxes and a few things what subscribers will be able to buy that others can’t.

So each month those who subscribe get 4 new scents all made up in wax  pods. Now from time to time I sometimes release one or 2 of those scents, but not this month, this box is going to be exclusive to those who’ve subscribed and I’m going to be offering one of the scents that I was originally going to release to subscribers only. I can’t tell you what scent this is until everyone’s got their boxes, which will start to leave w/c 8th June, but once I share the contents I’ll then share what scent subscribers can purchase. Also I’m going to be making up a few special boxes with past subscription scents in and again these will be available for those who currently have a live subscription. This keeps the monthly box exclusive, as it’s only fair those who subscribe monthly can take a bit more advantage of grabbing the scents they know won’t make it to my list. Now subscribers will be limited to how many they can purchase so it’ll be one box per customer and they’ll need a super special code to be able to purchase this too.

Now if you’re wishing you could get a monthly slot it could be possible. I’m going to start a waiting listing, so from July if a customer cancels in June before their next payments due, this slot then will be available to purchase, but I’ll go to the person who’s at the top of the list and work my way down. Now you could just wait 4 weeks, but you could be waiting months, it’ll depend if anyone cancels. Now if you are number one on the list, you’ll be contacted, you’ll then have the option to purchase it on the day I contact you, if I don’t hear from you then it’ll be offered to the next person on the list. I won’t be able to wait, so if for example I messaged you on a Monday and you asked could you pay Friday I’d have to move to the next person as it’ll need immediate payment sorry.

I’ll be putting a post in my Facebook group this evening, which you’re more than welcome to add your name to it, if you add your name and then later change your mind, that’s fine I’ll just move to the next person. I feel this is  the best way as every month I have many people messaging me and it’s hard to keep track and I always ask them to look for when I open slots up. No slots will be opened again unless someone cancels or payment fails.

So as the next coming months come ahead they’ll be lots happening with subscriptions and I’ve many treats for you all too, I always get really excited about my boxes, just as much  as you all get excited about receiving them.

I just want to thank each and everyone of you that comments weekly on my blog and as a thank you at the end of each month one person will win a little something from me. This is done on how many times you comment and then one of my admin team keeps track each week and then if there’s more then one person with the same amount of comments, we let the members pick a winner, but we do this so they don’t know who’s who so it’s done fairly. Last month one of my customers won a 25% discount code to use on the website, so I wonder what this months will be?

Have a beautiful evening, stay safe and……happy melting!

 

love

 

Rachel……x