Well, that's it for now! Remember if you want hand made, hand poured unblended pure soy wax candles, produced in Whitley Bay, organic hand made lip balms and hand creams - you know where to come!
Until next time - take care.
www.alkamy.co.uk / pure soy wax candles / organic skincare / whitley bay /north east england
NEVFEST - NORTH EAST VEGAN FESITVAL
First of all a great big vegan shout out to the organisers and attendees of the North East Vegan Festival (NEVFEST) which was held last Sunday, 31st May 2015 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. It was a fantastic event and so many of you turned out and made it such a massive success so THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It was great to meet some really great customers with some positive feedback and comments and some amazing fellow traders - there was a real buzz throughout the day. The event not only brings great products and producers to you, but also helps raise money for a great charity the FARPLACE ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE, which while we are talking of them are opening a brand new charity shop this coming Saturday 6th June in Clayton Street in Newcastle. They will be selling a whole host of donated items as well as new vegan products many of which you may have come across at the event. Head over and see them sometime next time you are in Newcastle and if you can't get there, head over and give their Facebook page a great big LIKE! Good luck guys - hope it goes well!
Alkamy.co.uk will be taking their hand made 100% pure soy wax candles, organic lip balms, hand creams and reed diffusers to the following events, it would be great to see you there too!
Saturday 6th June 2015 - Morpeth Town Hall Art and Crafts Fair
Sunday 7th July 2015 - Whitley Lodge Community Spirit Big Summer Fair, Whitley Bay
Saturday 13 & 14th - Medieval Mischief, Castle Keep, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Until next time,
Some customers may already be aware that there are changes coming into practice from the 1st June 2015 regarding the labelling of products and for the first time these will now include Candles, Room Sprays and Reed Diffusers. The new CLP labels will be displayed on all candles and other home fragrances items from the 1st June 2015, however, as many items are already in the marketplace it may be some time before you as the customer actually see any of these labels on your products.
There are a number of new pictograms on the labels which will replace the old orange style warning labels that we have seen now for many years on our household products. Along with this the Fire Safety Pictograms, under EN15494, will also be included on the labels and relate to the safe burning of candles.
A new document has been added to our website and can be found on the footer of each page of the site. This contains details of all the pictograms and their meanings which customers may start to see soon on their home fragrance items. Further information can also be found on the European Chemicals Agency website (http://echa.europa.eu/).
Although Alkamy candles are made from 100% pure soy wax, and that this is not a hazard under the new regulations, the fragrances added to candles are included under the new regulations and therefore CLP labels will be added to our candles and reed diffusers from the 1st June 2015.
So, here in Whitley Bay, we will be making up a LOT of labels over the next week - candle making will have to wait!
First of all, a big shout out to the good folk at Whitley Bay Big Local #WBBL for organising the Whitley Bay Carnival which was held today. The sun behaved and shone all day and ensured that a great day was had by all! It was a really great atmosphere and it brought back childhood memories of when the seafront was a thriving place to be. It was really well organised, great live street entertainment and some great live music too. It was lovely to see that it was so well attended and I look forward to seeing this event return again next year. Once again, big up for the Big Local!
Second shout out this week goes to Good Day Organics, a great organic skincare company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, who are selling Alkamy Candles at their stand at Europe's biggest Vegan Festival this weekend in Bristol (VEGFESTUK). It sounds like it is going to be a great day and hope that Chris and his team have a great event! Alkamy will be taking our hand poured soy wax candles to the NEVFEST - North East Vegan Festival next weekend in Sunderland at the Stadium of Light (see here for further details) so we hope to see you there. For those of you who don't have your tickets yet, you can pay on the door.
Alkamy attended a great Charity Ladies Shopping Evening last night in Gosforth in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support. The event was really successful and congratulations to Pam Horden for organising the sold out event. A throughly good time was had by sellers and buyers alike and it was wonderful to meet some really lovely new customers - I hope you enjoy your products.
We will be attending the following events over the next few weeks:
Until next time!
So recently, on another night shift candle pouring session, I realised that in the batch of Alkamy #1 Candles I was making that I was pouring my 1000th candle! It really did take me a little by surprise that 6 months after production first started at www.alkamy.co.uk, when I was working out numbers and prices for my first 100 soy wax candles, here I was heading into 4 figures! On a personal level, it made me incredibly proud that I am doing something right and making a product that others like too. So thank you, to each and every customer who has bought an alkamy hand poured, soy wax candle. Whether it was the fact that you liked the fragrances, the fact we only use 100% pure unblended soy wax, the fact that they were hand poured and handmade, or whether you just felt sorry for me (!), thank you all for getting me to this milestone.
To celebrate this, I thought that it was only fitting that we celebrate and share the love a little. So the 1000th candle has been specially marked with a sticker inside the candle lid and a voucher inside the candle box, so from the outside no one knows which is the winning box - and now that it is mixed in with my stock, even I don't know! The buyer could find the special candle by either buying online at www.alkamy.co.uk, at one our retailers or directly from me at one of our direct selling events. Once the prize is found, the winner will be able to follow the instructions on the voucher inside the candle box and contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and claim their prize. The winner will receive one of each of our core fragrance Alkamy Candle #1 and the limited edition fragrance (5 candles in total), a full size organic linen and pillow mist, a full size jar of organic hand and body cream and a large slider tin of organic lip balm.
So happy buying customers - can't wait until the winning candle is found!
Until next time - Take care.
Handmade Pure Soy Wax Candles / Organic Lip Balms / Organic Hand and Body Cream/ Whitley Bay / Made in England UK
Wow, is it really May already? Hope you all had an enjoyable Easter - it was nice to have a break for a little while and we even managed to fit in a canal boat holiday but now it's back to business again!
There are a few events I will be attending in the coming weeks, so lots of manufacturing again to get stocks prepared for those. I will be supporting the local Whitley Bay Spring Fair in the Centre of my home town on Sat 16th May, followed by a Ladies Shopping Evening and Charity Event in Gosforth the following Friday. Then looking forward to June there is a fantastic event organised by Time and Tide Events based at Newcastle Keep in Newcastle - really looking forward to that and seeing the recently refurbished castle.
Still working on some new prototypes - hoping that they will work out as I plan as I LOVE them! And also have been testing a new range of bath and shower products which smell particularly lovely! Looking forward to Summer and the next Limited Edition fragrance - still busy sniffing out that next fragrance. And if that wasn't enough, I am also looking at some new packaging options.
Have managed to fit in a couple of networking meetings and some workshops too and meet some fellow business woman who are all so wonderfully supportive and encouraging of each other - it's a joy to be a part of it.
Well, back to work - more candles to pour before bedtime!
Handmade Soy Wax Candles / Organic Lip Balms / Organic Hand and Body Cream/ Whitley Bay / Made in England UK
Still lots going on here at Alkamy and yet another late night blog as I try to maintain that elusive work-life balance. When someone finally finds that, do let me know!
I was very pleased to hear that some of you that you got Alkamy candles for Mother’s Day gifts, which in turn made my Mother’s Day! Hope that you got to relax with them for at least a little while!
Lots of new product development taking place right now. I am expanding the size range of the existing candles, so you can enjoy your candles for longer - so lots of test burning taking place. I have also been working on Reed Diffusers and have been testing them out in various rooms of my own house in each of the fragrances. You enter to the porch to the scent of Fig and Orange, move into the hallway with the Limited Edition Spring Equinox, into the lounge to find Black Pomegranate and finally into the living room where White Pomegranate working it’s magic! They are certainly working hard to keep my home smelling lovely 24 hours a day. Although a few of you were able to purchase them on pre-order, they will be added to the website very soon and will also be available in Meander Gifts at Halo in Whitley Bay too. They are perfect to keep the fragrance of your favourite candles going long after the flames have been extinguished!
Some of you tried out the new Hand and Body Cream for me and once I have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the required t’s, it too should be available very soon - so for those of you asking for it - you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer now.
I have been talking to several new suppliers with a view to prototyping a new candle to add to the range and I am really looking forward to starting my experiments with that. I hope that, when they are finally available, that you will be as excited about them as I am.
I also met with someone from UK Trade and Investment today to discuss importing into Europe - so plenty more work their to keep me busy for a while yet.
And finally, closer to home, I have been working with another local business, Boo Boo and Ted to get some merchandising items made - they have some excellent ideas and excellent products for sale at their own shop in Whitley Bay - check them out if you haven’t already.
So I think that is all for now! Oh, well that and we are currently revising the website and all of our packaging - but that is for another day I think!
P.S. Check out the animated video on our Facebook page - and let us know what your favourite fragrance is!
Well here we are, 1st of March already - could it really be?
Lots been happening here on the Alkamy Mothership. There is a new hand and body cream off to the Cosmetic Chemist as we speak to have the product safety assessed. As soon as I have that, it can be registered for sale in the EU and I will let you know when it is available for purchase. Many thanks to those of you who tested it for me and thanks for the feedback.
On top of that I have been developing and testing some new candle fragrances. A new limited edition spring fragrance is going through testing as we speak and I have mixed a few new fragrances one of which will be chosen and added to the collection. Again, a few of you having been helping me out with test burning so thank you so much for that - it has been especially useful since I completely lost my sense of smell for a couple of weeks - not ideal in this line of work.
Finally, reed diffusers are also going to be tested this week - so hopefully they will be available to purchase very soon - I will keep you updated.
Alkamy will also be attending the Mad March Artisan Fair in Hexham this coming Sunday (8th March), so I will be looking forward to taking the products back out on the road! If you can make it along, come and say hi!
Take care all.
"They" say there is no rest for the wicked, so I must be really bad! This weekend I am cooking up some new products for the range.
I will be developing a new fragrance for the hand and body cream range (which I have had a number of requests for) as well as working on a new exclusive fragrance in the alkamy candle range, so lots of testing to be done.
I am also looking at extending the container candles range with new containers sizes and designs, so plenty to keep me busy here. Speaking of which, I should really be getting on with!
Until next time, take care.
So last week was interesting! My first taste of film production - even on a small scale! After interviews and screen tests (!) I was chosen in a final list of small business owners to take part in a forthcoming promotional campaign.
A production crew of 7 came into my home and filmed me making my products and also interviewed me. It was a really interesting day to see how much precision such an exercise really takes. Presuming I am not left on the cutting room floor, the filming and photography processes took around 5 hours and I am guessing only a minute or two of what they took will be used in the final cut.
They were all very patient with me and I really enjoyed the whole experience and was really happy to be a part of it, and if nothing else - I got to have a clapper board in front of me and someone shouting "ACTION" - brilliant!!
Until next time!