Melt - Our Story

In the beginning

It was December 2000. The last year had seen us migrate from the kitchen, to the garage, to a small basement unit in the local town – and now seemed like the right time to commit to bigger premises more suitable to lugging bags of heavy wax around. We knew it had to be practical; but in an ideal world – and being country bumpkins – we also wanted somewhere idyllic, and peaceful, and rural. The list went on… so; information was collected, newspapers scoured, properties visited – but we quickly realised that practical and idyllic don’t often go hand in hand. Practical was easily found, but as for the rest… well!

In the beginning

A few weeks later

…the village pub beckoned and in we piled for a spirit lifting beer. The local farmer followed us in soon after and found us gathered in a corner of the bar discussing what we could do next. He quietly ear-wigged for 10 minutes (the beauty of living in a village), coughed discreetly, and casually mentioned that he had a spare barn for rent. Once we’d established that the barn did indeed have both walls and a roof, we shot off down Twitter Lane (which conveniently runs from the pub door to the farm gate) for a look. It was perfect. It was idyllic. It was peaceful… it was lovely!

April 2001 - Candle Manufacturing
April 2001

We moved onto Backridge Farm and have happily rumbled around the yard ever since. Obligingly, the farmer converted more barns at roughly the same pace as we needed bigger premises and so, we’re still here. Our last, and final, move saw us take up residence in the Open Barn in 2007 where all our candle manufacturing is now done – and we have slowly gathered the llamas, geese, rescue hens and beehives in the fields outside the workshop doors, which give a wonderful rhythm and heartbeat to our working day.

What We Do

Melt specialises in producing hand-made, fine fragrance candles of fabulous quality and it is our willingness to step out of the conventional fragrance arena, in order to seek out more unusual perfume combinations for which we are now known. We have worked hard to source our raw materials locally and over 89% of our ingredients and packaging comes from Lancashire companies – with the balance being from the UK.

What We Do

We now quietly supply the “melt” brand into independent retailers worldwide, as well as producing branded corporate gifts for a select group of clients. You can purchase through an exclusive group of stockists, on-line, or by visiting our “shop on the farm” in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley where you can browse around our luxury gift shop, reading room and recently opened chandlery.

With our very best wishes

melt

P.S. - The village pub still beckons...!

We love seeing our candles in your home

Sharing photos of our products with #meltcandles

We are old romantics at heart and do love a good wedding... and being able to help out one of our very special stockists (and the very beautiful Molly) is a privilege and a pleasure 😍 The Eel Catcher's Daughter #weddings #candles #fragrance #romance #favours #eelcatchersdaughter #melt #meltcandles #itsallaboutthefragrance ...

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Last sale of the year - ends tomorrow at midnight! ...

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Blackberry Gin recipe! You’re welcome 🤗

Blackberries courtesy of Twitter Lane, a bumper harvest this year. Recipe below if you’re interested - takes about 5 mins.

350-500gms fruit
180gms white sugar
79 cl plain gin
3 bay leaves
3 cloves
10 whole peppercorns
Cinnamon stick

Keep in a cool place, shake every day, ready in 3 weeks… will keep a year! (Yeah!… Right! 🤣)

#melt #autumn #harvest #ribblevalley #clitheroe #blackberrygin #sundaymornings
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Safe journey guys … till the Spring! 🍂💕

#melt #autumn #swallows #migration #nature
#ribblevalley #clitheroe #waddington #lifedownthelane #onthefarm #meltcandles
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…. & Hello to “Candle Season”!
Our happy place 🤗🥰 meltx

#melt #autumn #seasons #ribblevalley #clitheroe #fragrance #candles #candleseason #homefragrance #itsallaboutthefragrance #September
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The "Naked Sale" ends Friday. ...

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Not a bad stop for a morning cuppa!
Hedges on Twitter Lane now neatly trimmed, although thankfully, those in the fields remain long and lush, and it promises to be a bumper harvest for fruit. We’ve never seen so many blackberries - and the sloes and wild damson are coming on nicely! No doubt the farmers will repair, lay and patch where needed.
Thanks guys - the hedgrows are one of the reasons our wildlife here is so lush! 💕
Open 12-4.30 this BH - with a nice rose wine on ice!
#ribblevalley #clitheroe #melt #nature #autumn #homefragrance #candles #perfume
#skincare #jewellery #cashmere #medik8 #loveribblevalley #candleseason
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It’s nearly time! Candles at the ready… 🤗

Open 12-4.30 today & tomorrow, & we have some great #skincare offers from #Medik8 & #drhauschka to take you into the next season!

#ribblevalley #clitheroe #melt #candles #Perfume #jewellery #cashmere #homefragrance #independentretail
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A pair of swallows decided that the covered area above the shop door was the best place to raise their brood. We can’t disagree - & it’s given us some lovely moments these last few weeks. Both mum and dad have been so attentive - but we think they’ll be fledging soon!
Open til 5.00 today and 12-4.30 Sun and Mon.
Have a FAB weekend the 🌞has got his hat on!

#melt #ribblevalley #clitheroe #candles #homefragrance #skincare #perfume #jewellery #cashmere #itsallaboutthefragrance
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The video says it all …. Just a bit of a mess up with the opening times on Sunday ! But we got there lol 😂

The wine is chilled and the sun is out ……
#melt #melt candles #clitheroe #ribble #itsallaboutthefragrance #perfume #shoplocally #ruthmastenbroek #nobile #rance #ombre #jeancharlesbrosseau
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Down the lane we go…
Open til 4.30 today, with a lovely chilled rose to help you browse🤗
#meltcandles #ribblevalley #clitheroe #melt #candles #skincare #jewellery #perfume #cashmere #books #itsallaboutthefragrance #retail #homeware #medik8 #chalk
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The "Naked Sale" is live (while current stocks last). ...

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It’s been gorgeous on the farm these last few weeks & this fab weather is making our geraniums very happy - although spot the imposter! There’s always one🫣.
Open from 12-4.30 today. Nice and chilled despite the heatwave!
#meltcandles #ribblevalley #clitheroe #melt #candles #scentedcandles #candleseason #independentretailer #gifts #homefragrance #perfume #jewellery #books #clothing #skincare #makeup #homeware #medik8
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The saddest post from us today! 🦔😢 - but one worth sharing if it saves just one of these beautiful creatures.
A lady called at the shop yesterday after she found a small hog out on a lane in daylight and remembered that we worked with local hedgehog rescue and rehabilitation.

Below is her message to us this morning. Please, PLEASE, think when using strimmers. It only takes you a cpl of minutes to check the area for hedgehogs and save a little life.
THINK BEFORE YOU STRIM.

“Hi there - I’m the random hedgehog lady from yesterday 😁. Thank you so much for your help and I took the little hedgehog over to Charlie in Oswaldtwistle. So sad to tell you he had to be put to sleep as he had been injured by a strimmer. I’m glad though that he was able to go quickly and gently. Thanks again for your help and kindness x”

The photo is of one of the rescues that happily survived and was released this spring.
#fuzzypegfostering @fuzzypegfostering
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Shhhhhhh…
Sorry so late! But for those of you still awake… the perseids meteor shower is at its peak tonight from 12-5.00a.m. North & north east!
Well worth staying awake for 😃 as is the Sturgeon/Super moon! meltx
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Good morning everyone …. Hopefully my little reel gives you most of the information ….
First time for everything … practice makes perfect !!! So they say 😂
Here till 5 today and sat 10-5 Sunday 12-4.30
Of course wine will be on ice ! Lots of ice !!!!
#melt #ribblevalley #meltcandles #clitheroe #scentedcandles #home fragrance #candles #candle season #itsallaboutthefragrance #bathhouse #jewellery #captainfawcett #medik8 #drhauschka
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You know it’s going to be a good day when “Jenny Wren” pops up to say good morning! 🤗🌞 meltx

#melt #meltcandles #pendle #homefragrance #ribblevalley #clitheroe #candleseason #scentedcandles #candles #independentretailer
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