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 ❤️

33 replies
  1. Wai-Ling Bennett
    Wai-Ling Bennett says:

    Very informative and interesting. I think that folk are not aware about what goes on behind the scenes when they buy cheaper alternatives. Safety is paramount and also displaying CLP helps us look at the possible allergens and toxicity of some ingredients to nature. Look forward to next week’s Blog, thank you x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Very right Wai and if I can keep on educating everyone and sharing important things about safety it’ll hopefully help others when they are buying wax products from any company xx

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  2. Gemma Wilson1
    Gemma Wilson1 says:

    I always cringe when I see people say they remove their wax with a knife or spoon or something! People don’t realise how dangerous it is! And also using chemicals/cleaners to clean their burners!! Madness! Thank you for always keeping us safe xx

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  3. Chloe O
    Chloe O says:

    You sure are a safety girl but you need to be to give us all the best and correct information. I used to use a spoon to try get my wax out when I first started melting now I just do the way you say, it’s the easiest. I hope you manage to get things sorted regarding the business that’s stolen your wording too. Have a lovely week xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I’m glad you now do it the way I says the safest and it’s lovely that you saw me talk about this in the past too. Thank You it’ll get sorted as they’ve broken the law and it’s very big the law on steeling others intellectual property so it’ll get sorted xx

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  4. mrsjlmod
    mrsjlmod says:

    I’m glad I just do the buying and not the legal/safety/making side. I much prefer my tealight burners but as you said, both must be in a safe environment. I haven’t yet tried your room sprays or diffusers, maybe once my furlough ends I will treat myself ❤ Thank you for your continued high standards xxx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      There’s so much technical things behind my business and all to keep you all safe. It’s something I really pride myself on as there’s no cutting corners here and everything done to the highest standard. I hope you’re enjoying your time off during lockdown and hopefully you’ll return back to work soon xx

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  5. Sheila Kitching
    Sheila Kitching says:

    Never thought about the risk to the environment! I do not put wax down the sink. I do wrap it and pop it into the bin. It’s there another more environmentally friendly way to dispose of it?
    Wow! Lots of things to think of I am glad I just melt wax rather than making it!

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      That’s perfect in your bin as it can’t be recycled and putting it in your everyday bin it’ll just go to landfill where they’ll dispose of it correctly. Honestly I’ve seen in groups on Facebook people pouring it down sinks which instantly block it and then pouring hot water down.
      I say, melt, bag it, bin it…..that’s the safest way xx

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  6. krystaldeeming
    krystaldeeming says:

    Safety is so important. I use the 3/4 hour tea lights but I’m so addicted to your wax I then light another red light but for another burner ?
    I find you get much more fragrance / better scent throw from tea lights as opposed to electric too, but I do have both.
    I wish people would consider safety and legalities when they purchase products. Some are so cheap and NASTY and you can tell yours are quality ? xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Yes the scent lasts ages, but what I do is after 4 hours I then use a different burner and the following day will relight the first one as there’s still lots of scent left in it.
      Teal light warmers will always give a better throw as a tea light gets hotter than what an electric warmer can because it’s a naked flame. I use electric in my bedrooms in the house xx

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  7. Gemma Evans
    Gemma Evans says:

    I love the method of warming up my wax a bit before I wipe it out with kitchen roll, it’s so satisfying seeing a clean burner! Have a lovely week xx

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  8. Lisa Simmons
    Lisa Simmons says:

    I always wipe mine out with kitchen roll, have for years, some people don’t know how dangerous using a sharp item can be, I also use tealights but only let the burn no more than 4 hours then leave it for 4-6 hours before lighting again xx

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  9. Paula Jones
    Paula Jones says:

    Thank you for sharing this as I think safety is so important.
    I love it when the wax comes out in one piece as daisy then puts it in an organza bag and hangs around the house. She has a little stack of them and the smell lasts for ages. Have a lovely week x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Yes it’s a good way to scent your home, many of my customers put them in bags and place them in their clothing draws. I just remind them to make sure no wax goes into them so they don’t mark xx

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  10. Louise Ross
    Louise Ross says:

    Thank you for yet another excellent, informative Blog Rach. I have learned so much in a short time through purchasing your incredible wax. ?Xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww I’m glad you’ve learnt so much. I feel there’s not enough said about safety and it’s one of my top priories as it’s super important to let my customers and anyone else who reads my blog know how to keep safe xx

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  11. Sue K
    Sue K says:

    I’ve got to admit I have two warmers that are on constantly but not glass they are Yankee that I’ve had for years that warm with a metal plate I check the plugs and dishes regularly but I will give myself a slap for not turning them off as I am very safety conscious Love reading the blogs as they are super informative and I know I’m melting fantastic waxes xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Sue I love your honestly and I love you said you’d give yourself a slap too ?? as long as you stay safe I’m happy xx

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  12. Michelle Temple
    Michelle Temple says:

    I was a secret stabber, I now warm my wax and remove with kitchen roll, now I have now a teenager who steals my wax and uses it in her room, any safety advice on not throttling teenagers who don’t put the correct lids back on the wax pods ??

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Lol this tickled me Michelle. I’m proud you admitted this and I love you’re now going to use kitchen roll to remove the wax xx

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  13. Kate Plummer
    Kate Plummer says:

    So important to educate people on safety! People need to understand the dangers involved when rules aren’t followed. You’re the best wax vendor around and I’m super grateful I found you xxxx

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