When I started making lip balm four years ago, I never dreamed that it would be the taking off point for something special. Never would I have believed you if you told me that what started off as a way to satiate my lip balm addiction (and need for a more natural product… and a need for another way to show off fandom love) would develop into me making shimmer sprays and candles. Our scent line started out as eight blends (of which only Tea with the Doctor remains) and now we’re pushing towards 200 blends and 7 scented product lines. It’s amazing and I appreciate every single one of you.
The draw back to having such a large inventory is that it is very difficult for me to manage and to keep costs low. With all of the unique blends and variations, almost every order is a custom order. It also gets costly to keep up the inventory all year long. I want to be able to deliver you the best product that I can while keeping a fair price (of course). That all being said, I’ve decided to start changing much of our inventory to a seasonal rotation or limited editions. So here’s the plan!
Always blends: These blends will be available all year long until we decide to retire them.
Seasonal blends: These blends will pop up for Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall only.
Limited Edition blends: These blends will only be made for a select run. Examples: We may run 3-4 limited blends each month based on the 42 Monthly theme or blends may run for a limited time in special events.
Retired blends: Once a blend is no longer made, it will be removed from the shop as retired. We will run polls in our Insiders group on Facebook every so often to have customers vote on a retired blend to bring back. Retired doesn’t always have to mean gone forever.
Conventions: As you know, we travel to a lot of themed conventions (Supernatural, Harry Potter, etc). At these shows, we will bring many of the blends that fit the theme. So at Supernatural, you can get the Lumbering Piles of Flannel at the event all year; however, you can only purchase it online during our winter season.
Thanks for all of your support and I wish you all the best,
-Amanda & Co.
Current Seasonal Scent Schedule:
Autumn Blends (available Aug-Oct)
Of Course She Likes Ghostbusters
Salt & Burn
The Upside Down
Undesirable No 1
What the Cuss
Winter Blends (available Nov – Jan)
Just One Bite
Asgard’s Finest Mead
The Dark One
Lumbering Piles of Flannel
Winter Is Coming
Spring Blend (available Feb – April)
Queen of Moons
Spring Court Spy
True Loves Kiss
Summer Blends (available May – July)
Psych You Out
Any seasonal blends that are in our current stock (as of 8/21/18) will retire by 8/31/18 until their season starts!
Current Limited Edition Scent Schedule:
A 10 is Speaking
Candle Who Should Not Be Named
Just As Sane As You Are
Thanks for the Suit
Your Mother Was a Hamster
Any limited edition blends that are in our current stock (as of 8/21/18) will retire on 10/31/18 or when supplies run out.
Current Retiring Schedule:
A Signature Look
Captain Tight Pants
Deal with Rumple
Dessert with 10
Evil Queen’s Lament
I Don’t Understand That Reference
Nevertheless She Persisted
Pearls and Ice
Rebel General Princess
Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine
Riddle Me This
Snow White Sleep
So Get This
Tea at Pemberley
The Forgotten Winchester
The Wayne Fortune
Wicked Always Wins
Any retiring blends that are in our current stock (as of 8/21/18) will retire when their supplies have run out.
We have added a new loyalty and rewards program for all of our shoppers.
You may ask, “How do I become a member?”. Okay, you might not have asked that but the answer remains the same: you already are! As soon as you create an account on our website, you become a member of our rewards program. No extra steps for you.
Reward points are generated every time you place an order. You receive 1 point for every dollar spent on an item (shipping and taxes not included). Once you accumulate enough points to hit a reward tier, you will be sent an email to claim your reward. Once claimed, rewards are valid for 90 days. You do not have to claim a reward once you hit your tier. As in the picture on the right, there are different point levels. You can skip the 200 level reward and save up for 500. Once you claim a reward, your points are cashed out. To see all reward options, log into your account and click “Loyalty and Rewards” on the dashboard.
Loyalty acts a little different. These points are never cashed out. Every time you place an order, you receive 20 points regardless of dollar amount. When you hit 600 points, you are a Silver Member and can receive 5% off every order placed (cannot be combined with other coupons). Gold Members (1000 points) require 1000 points.
42 Monthly subscribers and anybody we directly invoice will gain points also! Because I have to add points manually, points will be added to your account once a month as long as you have a login at our website. You have to create your login separate from subscribing to the box since subscription management is done through paypal and not our website.
Any cancelled or refunded orders will not count towards points.
Points cannot be refunded. Once cashed out for a coupon, they will not be returned to you.
With safe burning of candles, it will never fail that you have extra candle wax at the bottom of your jars. Our wood wick holders also make sure of that. The metal tabs we use to keep the wood wicks in place are about .5 inches. This allows the candle to stop burning before it can get to the bottom of the jar. Candles melted to the bottom are a potential safety hazard so we like this feature. Of course, it’s not always a 100% fail safe so we always recommend stopping your candle before it gets too low.
The question remains: how do you get the most out of your money? Let’s be real for a moment. You paid for that wax! We want you to be able to use it as well. There are many things you can do but the ones we recommend ourselves are: use a candle warmer to heat up the remainder of the wax until the scent is gone OR make your own wax melts.
Making your own wax melts is fairly easy. All you have to do is cut slits into your wax (we use a butter knife) so that you can scoop it out with a spoon. Those chunks can be used in a wax melt warmer. Here’s a great article as a guide.
Have you discovered any great methods on reusing candle wax? Let us know!
We know a lot of you (or all of you if you ever signed up to any website ever) have been getting emailed about GDPR. These are new laws that impact businesses in the European Union or service customers in the EU. Since we have a few customers in the EU, we are doing our best to make our website GDPR compliant. You will see additional information in our privacy policies along with new opt-in/opt-out/confirmation/deletion features in relation to your data. If you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Over the next few months, you are going to see changes in our candle jar sizing and wicks. What will be new:
Candle jars will be available in 3 sizes of hexagon jar (pictured right)
Candle jars will be using enviro friendly wood wicks
The old saying “if it isn’t broke, why fix it?” is a true one; however, there are a few reasons we decided to make the switch. The biggest one is that our current jar style was discontinued by the manufacturer! That factor was of our control; however, we decided to eliminate the square candle tins also. We used to have to purchase all of our containers from two different manufacturers. It is more cost effective for us to purchase all of our styles from one manufacturer. This allows us to pass on savings to you.
We love the addiction of wood wicks. They provide a slower, more even burn to our candles. Another benefit to wood wicks is less black smoke (which we all hate), no trimming (usually) needed, and it’s more environmentally friendly. Plus, wood wicks give off a really cool crackling noise that makes us feel like we’re sitting by the fireplace in Gryffindor Tower. I’d say that’s a win for everybody.
As we phase out old designs, the new ones will pop up in listings. This week the square tins are the first to be removed. We hope to have the hexagon jars in full release by June. You will have the option to purchase candles in the 8.7oz jars (with cotton wicks) until our supplies run low. As of right now, we have about 5 dozen jars left.
It will take us a considerable amount of time to re-photograph our blends to feature new jars and jew labels. Please bear with us as we go through this change. We love the new brand identity that is forming this year and hope you enjoy it too!
Thank you to everybody who bought one our charity items so far this year! We raised $30 from our Meg necklaces and Vibranium Flowers lip sheers and then raised our donation to $42. This money went to a classroom in Virginia who was running out of supplies for the remainder of the school year. (We find classrooms through DonorsChoose.org.)
Education is extremely important when it comes to some of our core values and it breaks my heart to see so many teachers not being given the tools they need for classroom success. We’ve decided that for the remainder of 2018, all of our charity designs will go to helping raise money for classrooms. Whether we’re able to donate $25 or $200, every small bit will help enrich the lives of a child.
Thank you, again, for your continued support. We appreciate YOU.
If you’re one of the rare unicorns that scroll to the bottom of a shop page, you may have noticed a new banner at the bottom.
HSCG is the Handmade Soap and Cosmetic Guild, one of the largest guilds for artisan makers. My shop has been a member for the past three years and we’ve decided to share that with you on our website. Being a member of HSCG means that we take our products seriously and professionally. We research federal regulations when it comes to labelling, product handling and making. 42 Nerdtastic Place is fully insured through HSCG. Why is this important? While we don’t anticipate anything bad happening, we take our job seriously and want to make sure our consumers are protected. With the growth of handmade artisans in all fields, we want you to be confident in our products and business. We are always looking out for you.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact us! We are happy to answer anything.
When you go to conventions, you do meet people who are a gem of a human. Alana at King Books is one of those folks. I (Amanda) met her first at ColumCon last year but Alana is well known from Supernatural conventions for her amazing videos. Of course, that’s not all she does on her YouTube channel so go check her out my nerds.
We sent Alana an assortment of goodies last month and they made it into her newest unboxing video! After this video, we want to make everybody a magical fandom fairy with shimmer sprays AND want Jared cookie cutters.
This year was an amazing year for us so we want to give back as a way of saying thanks. Look for the above image on any of our social media feeds. Comment on the image with your wishlist item from our shop and you’ll be entered into our giveaway on 12/18. For every entry we receive, we will donate $1 to RandomActs (up to $100) to help bring joy to others as well.
Hello to all our new friends we met at Gotham Con this past weekend! It was a pleasure geeking out about a shared fandom. I just wanted to drop a quite note to let you all know that the Gotham blends will be dropping to the website on Wednesday. If you’re looking for any of the jewelry that you saw on display, they were made by the lovely Devin at Nerdy Robots. You can contact either of us with specific questions on designs and we’ll get back to you ASAP! Meanwhile, we hope to see you on social media. It’s always a blast chatting with you after cons.