therapeutic melts and pots – cedar wood and spearmint

So today we pottered and I got to make a new line of wax melts, that’s a while over due. There’s been quite a lot going on … I have to be in the mood to craft and it’s usually when I should be doing 100 other things. I really want to throw myself into this new hobby but I do have other stuff going on, so it’s a bit of a juggling act.

I used a different soya wax today, it’s much softer and reached 90 degrees faster that I expected – got up to about 110 – way too high. I actually had to cool it down to 90 degrees quite quickly by adding more wax flakes to ensure it set right. Then I added a secret amount of cedar wood and spearmint. Spearmint can be over bearing if used to liberally. The colouring is plant based. Each little pot has a scattering of crystal shavings and a sprinkle of eco glitter, so when they begin to melt the magic stuff at the bottom of each little pot becomes visible.

Then I crafted some divine little melts using the rubber moulds. The texture was so soft I have actually tried the finished product as lip gloss and it works. Tastes fine and smells beautiful – soft pink with a shimmer of glitter. As all ingredients are 100% natural, I felt confident to do this, as there is only a small amount of essential oil in each melt. I will return to show you one of the little pots melting but first I do prefer to let them settle for a couple of weeks. To let the oils contrast to perfection with the soya. Feeling chuffed. Who wouldn’t be.

These really are for gifts and work but I would sell them in quantities of over 100 to business and personal, as then each batch is consistent and each melt would smell the same. Each batch is unique. If you want some fine. You would be welcome to retail them too. I can make various melts for different moods and ambience around the home and also to promote well being and mental state.

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Tiff. X

essential oils for candles and soaps – few useful tips

We can use essential oils in burners or misters. We can use them diluted for well-being and health. Each has their own unique smell and own properties. I believe it’s  often what we are drawn to – at the moment I love sandal-wood or cedar-wood which connect us with the higher energies – also we get that floaty forest feeling. I always mist during the evening and when I have guests I mist lavender in the hallways to promote relaxation. Yet essential oils should not be taken lightly. They have powerful influence over mind, body and soul. So it’s worth doing a bit of research before using – in particular diluting. I developed a really sore nose. It was during the time I was crafting and burning a lot of handmade candles at once – I realised I was perhaps putting in too much scent or being exposed to a production line of constant highly concentrated substances? Although none of the products are tested on animals there are chemical traces in some of the aroma’s, as like perfume. So although I am fine burning the melts and they are just exquisite –  I have decided to make a new range of soya wax, holistic candles using all natural ingredients to include fine grain sand from the beach, crushed crystals and tiny shells. It’s work in progress and they will be used around the hotels and as little pillow gifts.

I have been doing quite a lot of research so thought I would share this guide for those other aspiring candle maker and/or soap makers out there etc. It’s a lovely hobby. I would suggest using about 5% of essential oils to the melted wax. So if you melt 100 ml of wax use 5 ml drops to start with. Make only small amounts until you have found the right scent strength to work for you and your rooms. I start with burning the wax melts (with a burner and tealight) in common areas before putting in smaller rooms i.e. bedrooms. You can even use Olbas oil or Eucalyptus in the melts to help with breathing and irregular sleep patterns. I have friends who use only essential oils as perfume, blended with almond or coconut oil. Have a play – see what works. There’s an alchemist in all of us. There’s loads more oils than listed below but these tend to be the most popular and of course, you can mix and match. Remember to blend with Almond Oil or a natural carrier oil before applying to skin and never use concentrated for anything medicinal. Check contraindications for each one. Although for candles no dilution is necessary.

Another tip for crafters, remember to save glass jars and bottles for reuse for things such as jam or salad dressings. It really comes in useful. I love blackcurrant jam so have decided to make my own batch …. can I find blackcurrants … no! But I am saving jars for when they are in season. If anyone has any blackcurrants could I please have some!

Tiff. X

setting up small biz – support – friendship

We are going in literally ten minutes for our daily exercise so this is rushed but if I don’t write it now I won’t bother later. Setting up a small biz for the future in this current ‘climate’ is terrifying on all levels. It is fine for those who are financially stable to give a bit of sarcasm or press for a laugh out of the survivors trying to make something of their futures. But I tell anyone thinking about setting up your small biz, focus on friends/colleagues and family who will support you in spirit and encouragement. A tangible real life biz is going to expand well by word of mouth. When I was at my busiest I didn’t have time to go online but now it is all we have and for those not used to networking it’s daunting. A lot of my guests/customers are not even on the internet. So we are appealing to a different kind of person. But remember a lot are having to resort to the web market for now, anyway but don’t worry I believe things will get better. The web is good for testimonials and recommendations when we become established. Online promotion is good to engage customers or offer discounts/promos etc. But don’t give up your small steps in the now – it can be tough.

The real love around you will be there to hold you up and support your morale. It is also a good way to find out who your real support is and don’t be disappointed if it’s not the people you have given your free time and kudos to – expect nothing and you will never be disappointed. Be strong and keep going. Break away from the negative and stay with those that really do want to see you shine. Get help (as I have) with social media if you struggle with concentration – find out if your fiends have a bit of spare time to give you support. Time will prove your efforts if you stay close to your goals and remember, less is more. Put yourself first. And when you do well the people you love most will benefit. Anyone trying to undermine you now will not be there for you tomorrow or the next day … remember that. We find out during these terribly difficult times what to let go of most. And new doors open – new opportunities – new people who have similar focus or are inspired by yours. It’s all in the real world that lives in the future. Patience is a virtue. Be good to yourselves.

Tiff. X