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  1. Hi all,

    It has been a while since i last posted here in the blog and i hope that this recent post finds you all in good health and high spirits.

    I wanted to compose this post as a way to group together all the upcoming changes to Silent Songbird Boutique. I will try to keep this as short as possible for convenience but please be mindful that i have a tendency to waffle on (which i think i mention in every blog post that i do do, ha)

    There WILL be price rises to some products (detailed below) and the p&p prices are also getting an increase (i apologize for this, and i HATE increasing shipping because quite frankly it is ridiculous how much the cost of postage is these days. But please note i keep my prices as low as i possibly can with only a few extra pence ontop of the actual postage price to account for SOME, not all, of the packaging cost)

    Price increases to products (still under review, figures shown are estimated)

    Home fragrance items

    • Wax brittle (all sizes) increasing by 10p
    • Wax Melts (all sizes) increasing by 10p
    • Snap Bars increasing by 10p

    Price increase to postage

    • Papercut items increasing to £2.90 1st class rec
    • All other parcels (depending on weight) increasing to £4.75 1st class rec, £4.20 2nd class rec

    As always prices are subject to change without warning but i will always try keep costs as low as i possibly can.

    Next up is some new legislation that is set to come into effect in 2020. And while it wont necessarily affect you per say it MAY slightly change how things are done here with regards to home fragrance items.

    A few years ago there was a shake up in the labelling world which required many items on the market to be labelled according to some guidelines. Now known as CLP (the hideously large and dull labels that i have to plaster on all my items). Well, this was to assist the public identify the chemical components in their products aswell as providing information to the relevant people if necessary (in the even of an allergic reaction for example). Well, it seems that the need to further implement a more organized method has been conjured up. 

    By 2020 my home fragrance items will hold a unique number which has been generated using an online programme from the information i put in regarding the ingredients used in my products. So, in the event that anything should arise (allergic reaction for example) then medical professionals can use the unique code on an online programme to identify the product ingredients.

    The reason it may affect how i do things is because the number generated is unique to a certain product type. Which means that i am unable to change any aspect about that product else it would require another unique number to be generated and applied. As such it seems that i am going to have to have a set way about how my products are made. At present i make to order. The colours/glitters etc are used at random at the time of making. With the new way that is coming into force i am going to have to keep product consistency in terms of visually. Here is an example of how things are now compared to how things are set to be

    Example Now

    Order 1- Blue Raspberry Slushie wax melt- blue marbelling with red glitter

    Order 2-  Blue Raspberry Slushie wax melt- White with pink marbelling and blue stars glitter

    Example Future

    All Blue raspberry slushie wax melts will have to be the same visually. So all will have to be as i decide (White with Blue marbelling and teal glitter)

    Which means that i will either have to make in advance so that all the products are consistent or make to order (to retain a fresher appearence, as using natural wax can sometimes cause the colours to fade over time if not used due to the wax trying to trun back to its natural state) and just add the same colour/glitter etc from record keeping. 

    STOPPING HOME FRAGRANCE ITEMS ALTOGETHER

    Sadly, there is the possibility that this new legislation may result in me having to cease making home fragrance items. Not by choice i might add as i LOVE making them for you. But at present the online programme and portal appear to be set to be free to use. However, if this changes (as beauty products have a fee attached to them) to match the beauty industry method then i will not be able to continue making them as quite honestly i wont be able to afford the fees. I simply do not generate enough income from Silent Songbird Boutique to cover any additional costs. I am just and so making my website and insurance costs and that is not from income from Silent Songbird Boutique. And the reality is that unless my income increases here then i cannot commit to providing home fragrance items when the new legislation comes in. Which gives me 9 months or so. 

    I will keep you updated as much as possible on this but don't want to overload you with the dull things. I have always been transparent with you all about my business, even when i am struggling. And for that i hope you stick with me and see that i am trying my hardest for you all, and myself, whilst letting the reality be known.

    If you have made it to the end of this, then here's a little code to use for an order over £15....quote '2020' for a freebie in your order (valid one per customer to end of April)

    Many thanks for your time

  2. Hi all,

    I hope you had a lovely christmas celebrating in a way that made you happy. 

    I just wanted to make a blog post to say a few things now that the year is coming to a close.

    This year has been a very testing time for me. Both business wise and in my personal life.

    My businesses still remains in a 'wading through treacle' state. And with more businesses popping up and high street shops selling melts and such at silly low prices it is hard to compete with it all. But i keep the determination and TRY to keep pushing on regardless. 

    Your custom and support is so invaluable to me. I have no words to explain. And as i have always said, word of mouth really is the best promotional method out there. So PLEASE PLEASE tell your friends and family about silent songbird boutique.

    My personal life has been the most difficult thing to deal with. And as some of you may have seen on my posts on my page i have had to deal with the deaths of both my in laws in the space of 8 weeks of one another, and over the festive period and one (my mother in law) was sudden and unexpected. Making it so much more harsh. Of course there is alot more to things, as is the case with everyones lives. But as i am sure you can imagine having to deal with the deaths alone has been a very dark and sad time, and continues to be. The love, patience and support you showed me during these times when i mentioned about possible delays on processing orders was so overwhelmingly kind. I could feel a genuine care from you and it made me feel cared about and i needed that in those moments. So thank you, from the very bottom of my heart.

    I hope that 2018 has been kinder to you than it has me and my family. And i wish that your 2019 brings you all the happiness, love and life long memories that you all deserve. I will continue on trying to get my name out there as the need for financial income is imperative now more than ever before. And i would kindly ask you to consider shopping small (with me, hehe) for if i can cater to what it is you are looking for (home decor, gift, home fragrance etc) because it really would mean the world to me and help me more than i think you know.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the social media pages as i will be announcing the person who has placed the most orders this year with me. So that i can send a gratitude parcel to them. It may just be you!

    Thank you for being here with me this year. And i hope you continue to support me/my business. You are valued here, i hope you know that.

    Best wishes one and all, stay safe.