Because they’re a relatively new type of product to the market, many people are currently a little wary of Wax Melts, and understandably so. After all, they create a fragrance that we breathe in…to our lungs, so people want to be certain that this won’t cause them all kinds of nasty diseases before they give them a go.
Did you know that, whenever there’s a new product on the market, economists arrange its potential buyers into five distinct categories? These range from the Innovators and the Early Adopters at the very-keen-to-try-new-stuff end of the scale, while at the other, there are those known as “Laggards” who simply won’t give a new product a go, like, ever.
A prime example of this was the introduction of LED lighting to the marketplace. People were incredibly sceptical and suspicious because, well,they’d been using old style filament bulbs for nigh on a century. However, when they finally saw the light (ha ha) and discovered that they could reduce their electricity bills AND save on replacement bulbs, even the laggards hopped aboard the LED train to Lightsville! Well, a similar thing is happening with Wax Melts, so we’re putting out this blog to convince all the suspicious laggards out there that they’re completely safe to use…or ARE they? Read on and find out!
Locally-Sourced = Eco-Friendly
When we at Dragonfly & Co. first began to think about making and supplying wax melts to our customers, we naturally did a LOAD of research both into the potential market for the product and, more importantly, into the ingredients we’d use to create them. One of our primary concerns was the quality of the constituent parts, as well as whether they’d be safe for what amounted to human consumption, only via the nose as opposed to the mouth!
We made sure that we sourced our ingredients as locally as possible. We’re staunch environmentalists here at Dragonfly & Co. so we do everything we possibly can to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. This isn’t only reflected in the way we source our materials, but also how we ship finished products to our lovely customers, but that’s another blog topic, right there!
For our hand-made wax melts we don’t compromise on the quality of the ingredients at all. As such, we only use top notch soy and mineral wax, as opposed to the paraffin wax which has been used for many years in the manufacture of scented candles, and is thought to be damaging both to our health and the environment.
All the Best!
We also use the finest of fine fragrance and essential oils in our wax melts, and finish them off with a light dusting of dried botanicals. We source all our ingredients within 10 miles of our Leicestershire HQ and they’re all completely natural! We’d love to tell you that we travel to our suppliers on a tandem bicycle, thereby making zero impact on the environment, but we can’t because the basket wouldn’t be big enough to hold all of our ingredients and we’dprobably fall off! No, we go in our little Dragonfly and Co. van, but it does take unleaded petrol, so please forgive us for that!
There are precautionary legal measures which dictate the concentration levels of the fragrance oils we use. Just think of it like the double concentrate orange squash you buy at the supermarket – it has to be diluted considerably or it would blow your socks off. Well, our fragrance oils are similar, so we mix just a small percentage of them with the pre-prepared wax in order to dilute them sufficiently.
In fact, we use a concentration of 10% (the maximum loading dose for wax melts) which means 10 parts wax to one part fragrance oil, to ensure that our melts don’t blow anybody’s socks off! And this is not an approximate 10%; we ensure that the formula for mixing our wax melts is always the same and alwaysexact.
Classification, Labelling and Packaging
You know, being a wax melt maker and supplier ain’t quite as simple as it sounds! Not only do we source the raw materials and combine them as we mentioned briefly earlier, we also have to make them super safe and let people know of all the possible dangers they might face by using them. How do we achieve that? Well, one way is by creating blogs like this, which isn’t compulsory, we just like it! Another is by making all our packaging CLP-compliant (or “Classification, Labelling and Packaging”), which is compulsory and we quite like doing that, too!
Indeed, to be CLP-compliant, all our packaging must display the following information:• Product Identifier – This basically names the product ie: Wax Melts.• Hazard Pictograms – Images just like warning signs by the road.• Signal Word(s), such as “WARNING” which generally accompany the hazard pictograms.• Hazard and Precautionary Statements, which, amongst other things, warns against use without eye gear and names any constituents which may be harmful to aquatic life etc.• Allergen Information, names ingredients which mat cause an allergic skin reaction such as nuts or chemicals with long names.• Supplier Information, which includes our business address and contact telephone number.
But, are wax melts as safe as those huge scented candles in jars, is a question that many people ask. Parents with very small children and/or lively pets are especially worried that the melter (or “burner” as they used to be known when people used them to burn oils) may tip or fall over, dousing their small child (or lively pet) in hot wax or burning them with the tea light candle. Our response to this is that this exact thing could just as easily occur with a scented candle jar, so the objection really is moot.
In fact, wax melts may even be less hazardous, as a freak accident occurred in Rhyl, North Wales, which saw a glass candle jar explode and cause a house fire.
As regards the potential for harm of the wax itself, as we stated earlier, we pride ourselves on the rigour and care we take to select only the best quality ingredients, and we stand by the safety of our wax melts one hundred percent. We bring to you very high quality fragranced wax melts, and we know you’ll enjoy filling your home with their beautiful fragrances; fragrances which range from the super refreshing White Tea and Mint to the sultry Black Amber, a rich and earthy fragrance which oozes luxury.
There are, of course, many more gorgeous fragrances to choose from and we’re adding new ones as fast as we can dream them up and develop them!
Ooh, and don’t forget to take a look at our wonderful, new Christmas selection. With names like Christingle and Christmas Crumble, you can be confident your home will smell fabulous this festive season!
So Are Wax Melts Actually Safe?
Here at Dragonfly & Co., we really have looked into this and we must conclude that yes, provided they’re used correctly, safety labels are checked and simple safety rules are adhered to, they are perfectly safe to use around your home!
We Can’t Wait to Meet You!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our little blog, and if you’d like to chat with us about anything we’ve discussed, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07488 289935 or drop us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!