Reviewing your purchases

Reviewing your purchases

Good evening!

I hope you’re all well. This evening i just want to talk about reviewing your purchases . If you’re like me when I’m buying from a website I always checkout the reviews on products. Looking at others reviews good or bad gives me an insight into what people think overall of a product. So this is where you come in. As a customer I’d really appreciate it if when you buy off the website you review your purchase. Honest opinions as thats what counts, reviews help my website massively and help new potential customers also buy with ease.

If i was going to buy say a reed diffuser off my site and id never come across this website before. I’d look at the review section and saw many customers of LIWL leaving reviews about how long they last, how they are packaged, maybe customer service etc, it would make me feel more at ease buying for the very first time. Because its all to do with fragrance, every customer who buys from me needs to go off recommendations and reviews to help them decide what fragrances to select. This is why its so important for you all to review each time you buy, now you can only review if you’ve set up an account and not checked out as a guest, so if this is something you wish to do in the future then please make sure you check out creating an account.

Now for those who start reviewing their whole order of what they’ve purchased I’m going to be sending over 5% discount codes for you to use off your next purchase. Also for everyone who leaves a comment on this blog today 28/9/2020 im also going to give a 5% discount code to use off your next purchase. Terms and conditions apply.  Now it only every lets you review your product the once, well it use to do, maybe its changed over the years im not 100% sure, but feel free to let me know if im right or wrong.

Autumn/Winter & Christmas Scents

Coming soon you’ll start to see stock added to my Autumn/Winter and Christmas scent range. These will be slowly added, my full Christmas range wont be available for a bit yet, but you may just see an old favourite appear for now and then the rest later on. I’ve some gorgeous scents coming and you may see some appear and then end, but its because i want to keep my range changing rather than just having the same ones, so this way it means i can make batches up and as they sell out i can bring in a few nearer ones too. As i make stock, these will be added to the website. I wont be adding stock weekly, i’ll make bigger batches and some will mean once its sold no more stock will be made, but i’ll remove the listings if its no longer available. With how this years gone due to the massive pandemic, i just want to do this year a little bit different.

 

I’ll be launching my LIWL 9 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar in October, there’ll be a selected amount released and these will be ordered and then sent out in November. They wont contain all Christmas scents, you may just find one Christmas scent in the calendar and the rest will be a mix, I’ll share more information regarding these shortly, but it’ll be a calendar no one will want to miss out on and last years was a huge hit!

I know this Christmas is going to be very different for many of us, but id just like to take this chance to say a big thank you to each and everyone of you for your continued support this year, its certainly a year none of us will every remember and one that will go down in history too! I cant wait to bring to you all whats happening in 2021, but for now i’ll let you enjoy the scents I’m bringing you for the rest of 2020.

Have a sparkly day!

Rachel…..x

 

 

Last day of the month!

Can you actually believe it’s the last day of August? Seriously this year has flown by, considering I for one thought it would go really slow.  September as not only is my birthday, it means we are so close to new scents being released. Keep your eyes well and truly peeled so that you don’t miss anything!

This bank holiday I’ve had a little something on that if you purchase between 28th-31st August 2020. Everyone’s name gets added to the prize draw and one customer will win a little something. It ends tonight at midnight and there’s no minimum spend. As long as you pay using SAGE PAY as this is the correct method for every day orders. I’ll draw the winner on Tuesday and make an announcement on my page and the prize will just be added to the winning customers order.

Now i know many of you will be heading back to work after the summer break and many children will be returning to school. Alfie he’s got just over a week left before he returns. I’m looking forward to him going back as i know he’s missed his friends. I think a little bit of routine will be good for him. I will miss him as in the last 5 1/2 months whilst he’s been at home. He adapted to new school life and its been so lovely having him around, but I just want him to be around friends now and enjoy seeing them all.

Over the next coming weeks i’ll have lots to share via my blog, its something now thats become a habit to write a blog weekly and i love seeing comments from customers after they’ve read it. If you do read it and never leave a comment on it, please do as I always reply to everyone who leaves a comment.

I’m going to head off now as its 1.30pm and I’m heading back to my workshop for just another hour, setting up ready for being back at work Tuesday.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend and…….happy melting! https://www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk

Last break of the summer

Hey, hey, hey!

My last break of the summer I decided to break my last holiday up and split my weeks. I can’t believe where this years gone already and that from next month I’ll be on with Christmas…..yep I’ve said it! 🙈

Over the last 5 months it’s been so lovely seeing so many of you reading my weekly blog. I am going to keep them short and sweet so that it encourages more people to read them. I how busy everyone is and sometimes we just don’t get 10 minutes to read let alone sit down.

I’m hoping each week I’ll be able to share with you what’s new and what’s coming up. I’ve so much to share with you for Christmas. Don’t forget I’ll have my LIWL 9 Day’s Of Christmas Advent Calendar. I will talk about in a few weeks time. My Christmas and Autumn scents, again will share later in September. I’ll be laughing a new gift box, where you’ll be able to select what you’d like inside. Plus you may find a themed box coming up soon too……..all I can say is keep your eyes peeled!

 

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Have an amazing week!

Love

Rachel…….x

Making sure you’re using the correct wax burner

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It’s so important to me as a wax vendor to remind my customers and followers the safety about using the correct type of wax burner to melt my scented wax in or even anyother business who sells scented wax products too. Please take your time to read my blog as there’s some very important information I’m going to share with you.

So as a seller of tea light and electric warmers, it’s up to me as a seller to make sure the burners I buy in are legally tested to melt wax products. Now every type of burner I sell has been tested and approved to use wax products in, now there’s different types of burners you can buy and this is where you need to be very careful if buying from other shops, online or at markets. You’ll see you can purchase wax warmers or oil burners online and in different stores. Now oil burners are for using for aromatherapy oils, they are not suitable for using wax in, if the burner is suitable for both it’ll say in the description wax/oil burner, if it just says oil please do not use wax in these. Wax heats up at a higher temperature than the oils, if that manufacturer has only tested their burners using oils, then it’s not classed safe to use wax in them. You’ll never see me sell just oil burners, if a burner I sell is suitable for both and has been tested for both I’ll state this on my website. I tend to stick to burners that have just been tested for use for wax, it stops the confusion and then my customers know if they buy a burner for me it’s just for wax products only.

Over the last few weeks on Facebook I’ve seen some shocking photos of people in groups (not mine and none of my customers) showing burners that have over heated when using wax in them and it all boils down to they’ve bought oil burners. I don’t want to scare anyone, but I feel it’s for me to educate my customers why I always say wax warmer on my clp products and website. An oil burner has been tested for aromatherapy oils only, you’ll find some burner’s very cheap question why, if it’s small question why, look at the legal labelling that you’ll find on the bottom of all burners. I’d never personally buy a burner that’s cost £1 it’s more than likely not been tested for wax and in some cases you’ll find it’s probably not been tested at all, believe me good quality burners aren’t cheap to buy for either me the supplier and you the customer, but they are affordable.  I’d hate for one of my customers to use the wrong type and if buying one of my burners you know they have been tested for wax products, they are safe, yes they may be a little more expensive, but this is because they’ve been tested correctly and all CE approved.

Also tea light warmers another important thing I have to share with you all is never use a tea lights that burns  for any longer than 4 hours, any longer than this can cause any warmer to over heat, it’s too long and this is why I always state never melt for longer than 4 hours at anyone time. Melting for more than 4 hours will cause the burner to start over heating, in time it can cause hairline cracks and then eventually crack, you honestly don’t want that to happen as it’s dangerous. If you follow my guidelines at all times you’ll always keep safe and use products the correct way. There’s many burners out there that are suitable for wax, you don’t have to buy one of mine, but all I say is do your research make sure it’s a wax warmer and you’ll be fine as long as you always use your warmers correctly. When using tea lights, NEVER stack one tea light on top of another, I’ve seen this before and it’s DANGEROUS it’s too close to the bowl and will cause it to over heat.

If you are in doubt and there’s a burner you’re after purchasing even if it’s some another wax vendors online store,  feel free to message me with a photo and I might be able to advise you. Sometimes I won’t be able to as it’s not what they always look like, but you as a customer are within your rights to ask businesses that are selling these products if they have been tested for wax. Never feel like you can’t ask businesses questions about the products they are selling as you’ve all got the right to ask questions and any business should be more than happy to answer your questions too.

Just before I go always remember when changing the wax from your wax warmer, never use a knife to remove it as you’ll scratch the bowl of the burner and in time this could cause it to break. Never put your burner in the freezer, I can’t believe people do this as again it’s dangerous. The best way to clean your burner is, turn it on for electric or light a tea light and as the bowl starts to warm you’ll be able to remove the wax using kitchen roll it’ll just scoop out if you catch it just as it’s starting to warm. If you’re cleaning it when all the wax is melted just soak up the wax using kitchen roll. Any old wax just wrap and pop in your house hold bin, never pour wax down your drain this will cause your drain to block.

I hope you’ve all taken a little bit more knowledge from this weeks blog, I like to talk about safety often as my priority is to make sure I keep you all safe.

Have a sparkly evening and…….happy melting!

Rachel……x https://www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk/product-category/burners/

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Back to work Tuesday

Good morning!

Tomorrow I’ll be back to work after having a week off. My first job will be to start making some stock, I’ll be making scents like Heavenly, Rhubard & Custard, Cola Cube Fizz, Just Incredible, Filthy Gorgeous, Sleepeeze Range and Just Linen. As I make them I’ll add them to stock but it’ll be done over a week as I’ve lots to catch up on too. Over the last week some of you will have spotted on my Instagram stories a few little offers, I only shared these to Instagram as I’ll switch between the 2 social media platforms whenever I have a little offer on and share in one of my stories. Stories are a great way to connect with hundreds even thousands of people who may never see your feeds. We offered 10%, 15% and then lastly free postage on wax sample boxes with 10 samples in each box.  I have a lot of followers on Instagram and picking which platform I share offers on gives me an insight as to who see’s me and on what platform which helps me massively for when I’m sharing products. I also understand not everyone’s on Instagram who buys from me and this is why sometimes when I do an offer in my stories I’ll just target Facebook rather than Instagram, so it’s always a mix.

This month I’m getting ready for Christmas, I’m currently sampling a new batch of Christmas scents, I’ve been testing most of the year, but decided to try a few others too. My range of Autumn/Winter & Christmas scents will be added to the website from September onwards, Christmas scents will be last and not added until some time in October. I’m also putting together a new gift box range, hopefully launch this September/October.

It’s just a little blog today, short and sweet, but next week I’ll be writing about something really important and I hope many of you pop over and take a read. I’ll remind everyone about it in the day it goes live as I want many to read this one.

 

Have a beautiful week and……happy melting!

 

Rachel……x

Tips on how to look after your reed diffusers

Reed Diffuser Mist Spray

Today I thought I’d share tips on how to get the best from my reed diffusers. These can last between 4-6 months depending on how you look after them.

So if you follow the following tips, it will help you get the very best from my reed diffusers….

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  • Place away from direct sunlight – placing in direct sunlight, the sunlight will draw the scent from the bottle much quicker.
  • Place away from direct heat – don’t place them over radiators or fires. The heat will draw the scent out much quicker, also it’s not safe to have them over heat sources as they are flammable.
  • Turn your reads at least once every 2 weeks, this helps the reeds stay moist as if they dry out you won’t get the fragrance from them.
  • Change the room you place your reeds in at least once a month. Our noses become use to smells of rooms so if you’ve constantly got your reeds in the same room month after month you’ll find you’ll become nose blind. Changing the room once a month will prevent this, if you do find you can’t smell it before a month then change rooms, our senses of smell are totally different and you may find you need to change rooms more often.
  • If you’ve windows open and your reed diffuser is near by, you won’t smell it as much as the scent will be drawn out through the window.
  • Keep away from children and pets, this is for safety reasons only and not suitable for children to handle and away from pets so they don’t knock them over.
  • Never add water to them or mix with other reed diffuser scents, this should never be done.

Each scent will give off different scent throws so will vary on how strong they are. We have some scents made in diffusers that are more subtle thank others, we always advise when trying a new scent in a reed diffuser you buy it in wax first to make sure you love the scent. A reed diffuser will never give off the same throw as what a wax product will, but our reed diffusers are loved by many and we’ve been told how amazing they really are. I love having them around the house as if I’m not melting my home still smells amazing. Our reed diffusers come in a round bottle that holds approx 120g of liquid and comes with 5 fibre black reeds, these reeds soak up the scent hand hold it really well., they are each 5mm thick and you will receive 5 with each diffuser. We do have an option to buy a refill bottle, in most scents, refills hold approx 100g of liquid. Each diffuser has a luxury clear Little Ideas With Love sticker on the front, to the back theres safety labels and underneath is the CLP and scent name, you can view the CLP label before opening your diffuser and removing the safety cap. When you do remove the safety cap, put the silver lid back on and then place your 5 reeds inside, spreading them out evenly. Sit back and let the fibre reeds start to soak up the fragrance, this for the first time can take up to 24 hours from opening. All our reed diffusers are made to order as your order comes in on the website, making our reeds freshly made. If your scents not showing in stock, simply pop us a message as most times we are able to add more to stock.

Just a little reminder, I’ve taken this week off and will return back to work on Tuesday 11th August, any orders that come in on the website whilst im closed will start to leave in order they came in once I’m back at work. I am at home, but I’m not on my social media as much, but i will reply to messages once I return.

Thank you for taking time to read this weeks blog and I hope you have the most gorgeous week ever!

Love

Rachel…….x

Ask Me A Question

ASK ME A QUESTION……

My blogs are a way for me to communicate with you all, a place I can share whats happening and if I’ve anything new to tell you. Just like my extra blog I wrote on Saturday……missed that one didn’t you? lol Well guess what? I’ll be throwing in an extra blog from time to time as I want to get people use to checking my blogs daily, to see whats happening and if I’ve shared anything new. I’ve had a social media break this weekend, one that was very much needed, but I had something to share with you all so I decided to do it via my blog and only one person spotted it, but one more than when I first wrote it, I’m still happy as I got one comment on it, now that may change now I’ve mentioned this, but I just wanted to show everyone that you just never know when I may just do a quick blog thats not on a Monday. Now last Monday I didn’t advertise on my business pages that I’d posted my blog as I’ll no longer do this as I feel now I’ve created a pattern one that many will remember automatically that Monday is my main blog day. Now whenever I post my Monday blog it’ll now be at any time throughout the day and as always one of my lovely admin team members Paula will keep track of who’s commenting. So anyway enough of that, here’s more about todays blog……..

Today I thought I’d write a different kind of blog, one where you can ask me a question and one I can hopefully answer. So if you have a question for me then comment on my blog with your question and I shall do my very best to answer it, if its a long answer I may pick to answer it on an upcoming Monday blog, but I shall still let you know by replying so you can watch out for it in weeks to come. I do get asked lots of things, but with you asking me on here, it means thousands of people if not millions…….wishful thinking but hey maybe one day, can actually read them too. The power of social media and getting your story across and questions answered is massive, but blogging even bigger, more can see this as people aren’t as restricted as like they are with social media, not everyone has social media so blogging is a way to reach out to many more people. Blogging also helps your website massively, so the more I reach out to my customers to keep frequently checking my blogs the more it’ll help me be seen.

I often read many blogs on others websites, it gives me more of a personal insight to who and what that business/person is about. I like the personal touch of reading what they want to share with everyone, things they may not share on social media. Blogging’s becoming more and more popular and you don’t have to have a business to blog, anyone can blog. I for one will be blogging more especially when I have social media breaks, so if you don’t see me post on social media then maybe check now and then to see if I’ve done a blog. I wont be blogging every day I have off social media, only really if I have something to share with you all. Now I’m taking a little break from work from the 1st August, I’m not going anywhere I just need 2 weeks off so I can refill my cup…..we can’t pour from an empty cup! I have added a banner to state my closing times, the website will remain open whilst I’m closed, but orders will only leave on my return and in the order the arrived on the website. Once I reopen on the 17th August that will be classed as our first working day and orders will take up to 10 working days to be despatched, it will all depend on how busy the websites been whilst I’m off, but please don’t feel worried about ordering as I still need to keep my business ticking over whilst I’m off. I will be posting to social media, but mainly through Instagram which will go direct to my business page. Also I’ll put a message up on my business page inbox to let people know if they message me i’ll only be checking messages once a week and to use my group to ask my admin team any questions you may have. I will be working one day and that will be to get my monthly subscription boxes out which will be around 7th August possibly the 6th I haven’t decided yet, but you’ll know if you’re a subscriber as you’ll receive your despatch note. I will decide this week as I’ll have to notify Royal Mail of my closing dates as I always cancel my collections when taking a holiday.

I’ll be back to check what questions you’ve asked me later this evening and I hope you all have an amazing week. Don’t forget, from time to time check my blog just in case I write an extra one to share something I’ve added to the website.

Lots of love

 

Rachel……x

Weekend Website Top Up

Yep its Saturday, but I wanted to just see who might spot my little weekend blog I’ve decided to do out of the blue……it could happen more often and I feel it’s a great way to connect with many without using my social media platforms.

It’s the weekend and the websites had a little top up! I’ve added some crumbs to the website and one is an exclusive past subscription scent, I wonder who will spot it? I’ve also added a few other scents to the website in both brittles and pods, I’ll hopefully manage to top up again later in the week, but it will depend on how I get on work wise and also getting the scents ready for the August subscription box too. Now if you spot something on the website and you purchased on Friday and you’d like to add to your order, you can do this by messaging my business page with your order number and what you’d like to add to it and I will pick this up Monday morning. I have held back a few wax crumbs from the subscription boxes just in case and as always only one fragrance per customer in the same scent per order, this is to make it fair as I know many love these scents. You might need to checkout to see if you can see in the brittle section a recently new scent that I had only released in wax crumbs.

I’ll be using my blog to post more about my LIWL Crumb Drop and other website tops up’s too, I think it’s a great way to advertise and reach out to many more. I‘ll always still do my Monday evening blog, but from time to time I’ll drop in another blog sometime during the week, especially if I’ve something to share with you all. I‘m also trying to be good and not spend time using social media on weekends as I do find it very hard to switch off from work and can often get carried away looking through my instagram and facebook business pages. This way I can decide if to share to my social media without having to go on it as I can do it direct from my website. I have left my phones upstairs today and iPad to stop temptation and I don’t have my main computer logged into any of my social medias so again I don’t get distracted.

Be sure to carry on interacting within my facebook group, my amazing admin team are around to approve your posts and help with any questions you all may have. Any messages sent to my in boxes will be dealt with Monday once I’m back at work and also if you’ve sent emails these will be dealt with Monday too.

Enjoy your weekend and…….happy melting!

Love Rachel……x

Happy Monday!

This week is the start of the school summer holidays for us, but I know this years going to be so different to how it normally is. As a family we had hoped to go away this summer, but we’d only just talked about it in January and between the 3 of us were coming up with places we wanted to visit, but hey no one knew what this year was going to bring and there’s plenty time for a family holiday another year. So i had penciled in holidays for August and I’ve decided to stick with them as I’ve had no time off this year and I need a little rest. So from Wednesday 4th August to Thursday 20th August I shall lock my workshop door and have some well deserved time off. I plan to use this 2 weeks break to spend time with Alfie, maybe a spot of gardening…..if the weathers good for us, might have a clear out and fingers crossed maybe my eldest might be able to head on over and visit us. It doesn’t matter were staying home, we’re still going to make some memories as that’s what’s important in life. To be honest if i ever go away I’m always happy to get back home as I’m a real home bird, I like going away, but I’m always happy to get home and back in to my everyday routine. I’ll be using a few of the days I’m closed to catch up on paperwork, make a few changes to the website and to get ready for Christmas……yes I said Christmas! lol Its crazy to think how quickly this year has gone, we’ve all lost so much of it with everything that’s been going on in the world and the changes we’ve all had to adapt too, but change is good and its certainly made me realise a lot of things and changes I want to make too. I remember January and how long it seemed and that many people were also saying it was such a long and slow month, then February flew by and then March came and I remember when Alfie said when he came home from school ‘mum school could shut for a bit whilst we go in lockdown‘ I kinda thought to myself, that wont happen and then Boris made the announcement and lockdown started. That first week i honestly thought lockdown would drag and it would be awful, but we as a family adapted to it really well and I was lucky as i already worked from home so nothing really changed for me apart from having to home school Alfie. I was so grateful that my business was still able to carry on and that my customers still supported me and it also brought new customers to me too. I do honestly believe that many people will now support smaller businesses, those who handmade products, those who are in networking marketing as i personally feel you get more of a friendly service. I also feel that smaller businesses appreciate customers so much more and show far more gratitude to their customers. I personally are so grateful to every single person who buys from me, to those who comment on my daily posts, to those who share my posts, everyone who takes time to do these regardless of if you buy or not, everyone of you are grateful too.

This year I had many plans, but some I’ve decided to hold off on until maybe next year…….well if I feel it’s the right time, but if not I’ll wait until the year after. I’ve also got lots of good things coming up too which I’m excited about. I have taken the decision not to do any events I had planned this year, a few have already been canceled, but one they’ve not decided yet, but i have decided I wont be doing it. I‘ve to think about many things when it comes to events and I don’t feel this year I could have my stall set up in a way that would keep people away from each other and also I wouldn’t be able to allow people to pick up my products to smell them. Maybe 2021 I will be back doing a couple of events, but for now I wont be at any of the ones I did last year. I may decide to have my own, but if I do I will write about this closer to the time and it will be done more on an appointment basis and customers wouldn’t be able to pick products up so I need to really think about this before I decide if I’ll have my own.

Local collections…….. These will remain unavailable throughout the summer, once Alfie‘s gone back to school I may open collection slots again, but only a couple of times a month. At the moment I can’t open them up as I take each day as it comes and with Alfie being home I can’t plan collection days as we never know what kind of day we are going to have and with it being the holidays we may wake up one morning and think right were off exploring for the day. I promise you they will come back, but for now if you’re local you can’t collect. Once they reopen it’ll be the same as always that you will need to stick to the day and time you’ve selected. I will be making a few changes to this when I reopen collection, so please make sure you read all details when I do. I will make an announcement on my Instagram and Facebook page when its back on.