Everything you need to know about natural home fragrance

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  1. The Melt Pool was founded by Julie back in 2012, with a passion for Aromatherapy and natural skincare, she combined her loves of natural ingredients and home fragrance to create a range of products that boosts wellbeing and doesn't cost the earth.

    In 2014, Julie's husband Gerry joined the business and Gerry now runs the The Melt Pool on a daily basis with Julie helping out from time to time and still undetaking the role of scent creator. Julie blends the most beautiful candle scents that are inspired by nature, using completely natural plant based soy wax and the finest essential oils. A few years ago, Reed Diffusers were added to the candle collections and these are one of The Melt Pool's bestselling products all year round.

    For a bit more insight into The Melt Pool, here's a few answers to some of the questions we are often asked by our customers...

    How long have you been making artisan candles?

    Julie initially started making candles as a hobby back in 2011 a few months after our second child was born. After practicing Aromatherapy during her pregnancies, Julie was keen to bring together candlemaking with aromatherapy - creating products that were 100% natural.

    Is candle making your full-time job?

    Gerry works full-time in the business with Julie helping out from time to time. Julie has created all of our scents by handblending our own unique combinations of essential oils.

    What do you love the most about being an artisan candle maker and why?

    We get a huge amount of satisfaction from creating our ranges of candles and reed diffusers. Bringing a 100% natural range of home fragrance to our customers gives us a great sense of pride. So many candles are made with cheap paraffin wax and synthetic fragrance oils and being able to hand craft natural products is such a pleasure.

    Gerry is also a huge music fan and being able to listen to music while he works makes him a happy man!

    What’s your favourite scent?

    We actually have very different tastes - Gerry's favourite is the Cedarwood with Cinnamon, Cloves & Orange whilst Julie loves anything with Geranium and it's a difficult choice between Geranium with Bergamot & Lavender and our Geranium with Sweet Orange.

    What's your top tip for getting the best out of a candle?

    Gerry: if you get a wick that tends to flop over into the melted wax, pour off a little bit of the melted wax and that should allow the candle to burn well without the wick "drowning" in the wax pool.

    Julie: Always, always, always, trim the wick each time before lighting the candle to ensure that the candle burns well and the flame doesn't dance around too much.

    We hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about The Melt Pool, if you have any other questions, please drop a comment below.

    Gerry The Melt Pool

     Gerry runs The Melt Pool day to day while Julie helps out from time to time and develops new scent creations

  2. The snowdrops in our garden have been in bloom for a few weeks now and I noticed the other day that the first daffodil has flowered. This past week has seen a real mix of mild, sunny days as well as some really chilly evenings. In fact, the temperatures are set to plummet again and tonight it is forecast to dip down to -5! However, in general we are definitely seeing signs of Spring although it hasn't quite "sprung" yet.

    It’s a time for new beginnings, longer and lighter days and we've also spent some time doing a bit of a Spring clean in both the workshop and the house. This got me to thinking about the scents that greet us whether it be when we come home or even when we enter a room.

    At this time of year, we traditionally move away from the heavier, musky scents of winter to lighter florals, refreshing citrus and fragrant herbaceous notes, reflecting the changing seasons outdoors.

    How to scent your home for Spring

    Reed diffusers

    Reed Diffusers are perfect for that "always switched on" scent. They are simple, fuss free and really economical. You can leave them to their own devices and always return home to a really fabulously scented home. For smaller rooms, you can reduce the intensity by using less reed sticks. Perfect for any room in the home, Reed Diffusers work well in hallways to welcome you home as well as living spaces, bedrooms, kitchens and not forgetting bathrooms.

    Refills are also available, just remember to replace your reed sticks after a couple of refills as the sticks can become clogged over time.

    Geranium with Bergamot and Lavender Reed Diffuser

    Scented Candles

    Nothing sets a more relaxing atmosphere than a scented candle. At The Melt Pool, ours are made by blending natural plant based soy wax with essential oils. This results in an aromatherapy candle that allows you to harness the benefits of the essential oils - what better way to relax and de-stress.The flickering flame is also perfect for setting a cosy mood - try lighting your scented candles at dusk and watch how beautiful the effect is whilst there is still some light left outside.

    To maximise the lifetime of your candle, make sure you allow the pool of melted wax to reach the edge of the candle container. Place candles on a heat resistant surface out of the reach of children and never leave a burning candle unattended.

    For best results trim the wick to a length of 5mm before each use.

    Peppermint with Lavender and Rosemary Scented Candle

    Choosing Your Spring Scent

    Choosing the right scent is always a matter of personal preference. We would recommend Our Lemongrass and Lavender for hallways - it's a zesty uplifting scent to welcome you home. Geranium with Bergamot and Lavender is the ultimate relaxation scent and perfect for bedrooms. For kitchens and bathrooms, try Peppermint with Lavender and Rosemary - this refreshing scent is perfect for cutting through odours in no time.

    The Best Spring fragrances

    Relax with Geranium, Bergamot & Lavender

    Uplift and rejuvenate with Lemongrass & Lavender

    Refresh with Peppermint with Lavender & Rosemary


    Find out more about our collections of luxury scented candles and reed diffusers at www.themeltpool.com