New products!

So what do I do whilst we’re all self isolating and there are no shows/events for the foreseeable future? Make candles perhaps? Yes I would normally but as I made over 1500 candles, 120 Reed Diffusers and 60 Hand & Body Wash for the Ideal Home Show, which was cancelled because of Covid 19, then I have plenty of stock.

So what else? Develop new fragrances? Yes and I’m really pleased with my first two new fragrances – Havana Nights (Tobacco, Wood & Cognac) and Warm Embers (Honey, Sandalwood & Patchouli) and the reaction from customers has been fantastic. The third new fragrance for 2020, which will be available in June is Coastal Retreat. An exotic blue candle which contains an intoxicating blend of Sea Salt & Wood Sage. Customer feedback following testing is that this candle is going to be a real winner! Also watch out for Fireside – a limited edition fragrance especially for those that have wood burning stoves and would like the smell of burning wood to go with the visual aspect of the fire. Unique and different.

So as my brain continues to keep working I now have the time to develop my Gift Pack Collection which will be ready by mid/late June. There will be a 3 Candle Gift Set which will be hand wrapped with my branded wrapping paper and finished with red satin ribbon and bow – the perfect gift for a candle lover! More Gift Sets will be launched with a ‘mix & match’ choice of candles, reed diffusers and body wash. These items will be individually wrapped in branded tissue paper, hand wrapped with my own wrappimg paper and finished with red satin ribbon and bow.

Its been really hard work sourcing bespoke gift boxes, tissue paper and wrapping paper both printed with my logo. I’m just waiting for the final bits & pieces and then everything will be photographed and ready for you to order. They will look fantastic and will make the perfect gift for fragrance lovers. Real luxury!

See the image at the top for a sneak preview of the 3 Candle Gift Set prototype.

I would also like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for your continued support. In the absence of shows and events, your continued purchasing of my products through the website or Amazon is really helping to cushion the effect of no show income. So thank you for helping my small business stay afloat in the most difficult trading conditions I have ever known.

Please stay safe, and until we’re back communicating with you in person, take care.

Clive

Important Information Regarding Deliveries

Changes to myhermes deliveries in relation to COVID-19

I am updating all customers who order via my website or by ‘phone and require home delivery with the latest information concerning deliveries via myhermes in these challenging times. Myhermes has issued the following statement:

myhermes are putting in place a number of robust measures designed to make health and safety a top priority whilst still enabling people to send and receive parcels. We understand that deliveries to homes are not only convenient but could also prove to be a lifeline for many people and we take this responsibility extremely seriously.

So, we are making some changes to the way our couriers deliver parcels to offer ‘contact-free delivery’ right to everyone’s doorsteps. These include:

– Asking customers to choose a safe place for deliveries. Anybody due to receive a parcel should visit the tracking section and choose ‘divert’ to select a safe place. This can also be done through our app, within the MyPlaces section.

– If a safe place hasn’t been chosen but there is somewhere safe to deliver the parcel, then couriers will leave it there, even when there is someone in the property. A photo will be taken and this will be included in the delivery notification email.

– For parcels requiring a signature, our couriers can temporarily do this on behalf of the customer to avoid unnecessary contact via hand-held devices. This will only happen when the customer opens the door and gives their name for security reasons. The courier will stay at least two steps away.

– If there is no safe place available, please be assured that we will always attempt delivery 3 times.

Be assured that Clive’s Candles is still in business and taking every care to maintain a clean and germ free environment – I even make my own hand sanitiser for use in the shop & studio!

Stay safe!

Kind regards,

Clive

How To Refill Your Reed Diffuser

Following countless requests from visitors at our shows, we are happy to announce the long awaited launch of our Reed Diffuser Refills!

Available in all of our reed diffuser fragrances, our refills allow you to switch and change your fragrances without the need to replace your diffuser bottle. These are also a great option if you have your own decorative diffuser or glass bottle.

Follow just a few simple steps to fill your old diffuser bottle with your favourite fragrance that will last 6-9 months!

When you’re ready to refill your reed diffuser, discard the old reeds and unscrew the wooden cap. Place the wooden cap somewhere safe – you’ll need it again when you’ve added your new fragrance oil!

With the bottle empty, wash it out thoroughly and allow it to completely dry for 48 hours.

Once dry, place the bottle on a non-porous surface (such as a kitchen worktop or glass table) and insert the funnel supplied with your refill into your diffuser bottle.

Remove the plastic cap from your refill bottle and use the funnel to carefully pour the fragrance oil into the bottle. Remove the funnel and replace the wooden cap on the bottle, making sure to clean any spills from the bottle and surfaces.

Each time you refill your diffuser, you should also replace your reeds to make sure you get the most out of your new fragrance. Insert new reeds into your diffuser, splay and enjoy the beautiful fragrance of your refilled diffuser.

Please be sure to recycle the plastic bottle, cap and funnel from your diffuser refill!

Make The Most Of Your Festive Diffusers

Our luxury reed diffusers generally last for 6-9 months depending on how strong a fragrance you like in your home – whilst this is perfect for most of our diffusers, we understand that you probably don’t want festive fragrances in your home for this long! 

Most people don’t realise that you can store your diffusers when they become ‘out of season’. 

By following just a few simple steps, you can make your favourite christmas reed diffusers last up to 3 years!

When you’re ready to use your new, festive reed diffuser, unscrew the wooden cap and prise off the plastic stopper. Place the stopper in a large, airtight, ziplock bag and replace the wooden cap on the bottle. 

Make sure you keep the stopper safe and somewhere you’ll remember. You’ll be needing it again after Christmas!  

Insert the reeds into your diffuser bottle, splay and enjoy the beautiful fragrance of your Christmas diffuser.

After Christmas, find the ziplock bag where you stored the bottle’s plastic stopper, remove the stopper from the bag and replace with the reeds from your diffuser bottle. Make sure you seal the bag so that it is airtight.

If you can’t find the bag then do not panic! Just contact us and we’ll send a new stopper out via first class post.

Unscrew wooden cap from your diffuser bottle, insert plastic stopper and replace wooden cap. 

Store your sealed diffuser bottle and reeds with your Christmas decorations ready to enjoy again next year! 

 

The 8 Fragrance Families

What type of fragrances do you like?
This is a question I ask new visitors when they are attempting to ‘Stop & Sniff’ every candle fragrance on display at the events I attend. The response usually falls into three categories… “I don’t really know”, “All of them” or “I’ll know it when I smell it”.
As I produce over 50 different fragrance blends for my scented candles, reed diffusers and scented stones, it is impossible to try all of them at one occasion. So here is my first blog which I hope will enable you to develop a clearer idea of what you like.

Fragrance is an incredibly personal choice and is based on any number of conscious or subconscious factors. The right fragrance can evoke powerful memories, reflect or even alter your mood and even calm your mind and body. The starting point is to identify the fragrance families that you enjoy the most considering both your mood and the season.

The 8 Fragrance Families:
Citrus – Zesty and refreshing scents that awaken your senses such as; orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, lemongrass and bergamot.
Floral – From the relaxing scent of lavender, some of our favourite floral blends include freesia, jasmine, honeysuckle, bluebells and sweet peas.
Fresh – Light, clean scents such as fresh linen, baby powder and aquatic ocean waves that evoke a sense of blissfulness.
Fruity – 
Fragrances that smell good enough to eat! Our most popular sweet and juicy, fruity fragrances include; cherry, watermelon, peach, pineapple, pear and pomegranate.
Green – Fresh from the herb garden, mint and basil make very popular ‘green’  blends along with eucalyptus, bamboo, bay leaf and chamomile.
Spicy – Rich and spicy fragrances with hints of cinnamon,ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Typically popular at Christmas but ideal for warm, cosy scents all year round.
Sweet – Make your home smell like freshly baked treats… without the hard work! Vanilla and almond based blends bring a touch of sweetness to our scented candles.
Woody – Natural, rich and often sensual  – sandalwood, cedarwood and nag champa form a popular woody base for our fragrance blends.

Things to consider in choosing a fragrance:

  • What room are you choosing your candle or diffuser for? A bathroom might need a completely different fragrance to a lounge or bedroom.
  • What time of year is it? In autumn and winter, we like heavier fragrances like Autumn Fruits (Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Fig) whereas in the Spring and Summer we tend to choose more lighter, cleaner, citrus fragrances like Oriental Fusion (Lemongrass & Ginger)
  • What mood are you trying to create? Are you looking to create a calm environment or something more energising?

So, I hope that my first blog will help you to choose the right fragrance for you, but if not… then do stop at my stand or visit my studio and sniff them all!