Drawing Inspiration from Renowned Institutions

When it comes to establishing or enhancing libraries, looking to the achievements and legacies of illustrious institutions is both a source of inspiration and a testament to the enduring power of knowledge. Three such institutions that stand as beacons in the realm of libraries are the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, the Balme Library in Ghana, and the Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Morocco.

1. Library of Alexandria in Egypt:
      • Historical Significance: The Library of Alexandria is perhaps the most iconic library in history, dating back to the 3rd century BCE. It symbolized the pinnacle of ancient scholarship and housed an immense collection of knowledge from across the ancient world.
      • Inspiration for Modern Libraries: For modern institutions, the Library of Alexandria serves as a powerful symbol of the value of preserving and disseminating knowledge. Its legacy underscores the role of libraries in fostering intellectual exchange and cultural enrichment.
    2.  Balme Library in Ghana:
      • African Scholarly Hub: The Balme Library, located at the University of Ghana, is a distinguished institution in the heart of Africa. It has played a pivotal role in advancing education and scholarship across the continent.
      • Regional Impact: Balme Library has inspired other libraries in West Africa to enhance their collections and services, recognizing the library's significance in supporting research and academic endeavors in the region.
    3.  Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Morocco:
      • Historic Significance: Founded in the 9th century, Al-Qarawiyyin Library within the Al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez, Morocco, is recognized by UNESCO as the oldest existing and continually operating degree-granting educational institution in the world.
      • Preservation of Cultural Heritage: This library is a testament to the enduring importance of preserving cultural and intellectual heritage. It serves as a bridge between past and present, embodying the idea that libraries are custodians of our collective wisdom.

      Why These Institutions Matter:

      • Preservation of Knowledge: These institutions have consistently stood as guardians of knowledge, ensuring that the wisdom of the past is not lost to the sands of time. They've safeguarded manuscripts, texts, and records, allowing generations to access and build upon the work of their predecessors.
      • Facilitating Learning: Libraries like these have been at the forefront of education and research. They've supported scholars, fostered critical thinking, and provided resources for intellectual exploration.
      • Cultural Hubs: Beyond their academic roles, these institutions have been cultural hubs. They've promoted literature, art, and cultural exchanges, enriching the societies they serve.
      • Inspiration for the Future: Institutions like the Library of Alexandria, Balme Library, and Al-Qarawiyyin Library are more than just historical relics; they're sources of inspiration. They remind us that libraries are not just repositories of books but pillars of civilization, centers of intellectual life, and catalysts for progress.

        In drawing inspiration from these remarkable institutions, we acknowledge the profound impact libraries can have on society and reaffirm our commitment to the enduring pursuit of knowledge, scholarship, and cultural enrichment. They are a testament to the fact that libraries, in all their forms, are fundamental to the advancement of humanity.

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        Our soaps are 100% vegan, cruelty FREE, and palm oil FREE – always! Our soaps are made in small batches to ensure each bar is always top quality!

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        Typically, commercial soaps are actually detergents, and they have a tendency to dehydrate and irritate your skin. In contrast, our soaps are meticulously crafted from scratch, following a unique recipe I've developed, and we employ the cold process technique. The carefully chosen oils we use are specifically intended to keep your skin well-moisturized and enriched, and all you need to do is select your preferred scent.

        I always advise inspecting the ingredients before making a purchase. If you're new to our products and unsure if they live up to the hype, consider starting with our Lightly Scented Bars. These bars are free of artificial colors and feature a subtle fragrance. Give them a try, and if you're enamored, you're welcome to return and explore our array of colors and fragrances at your leisure.

        How long will my soap last? The longevity of your soap mostly depends on how you store the soap and how often it’s used. Our suggestion is to employ a soap dish equipped with proper drainage and ensure the soap remains shielded from direct contact with running water. The ESSENTIAL method for extending your bar's lifespan is to allow it to thoroughly air-dry after each use. If you discover that your bars aren't drying completely even with these precautions, consider switching them out approximately every week. Simply set aside the current bar, introduce a fresh one, and continue this rotation. Alternatively, you can opt to cut your soap bar in half.

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        Candles - answering all your burning questions

        How do I properly care for my candle?

        ON FIRST BURN - When lighting your candle for the first time, burn for at least 2 hours to allow the top of the wax to melt completely. This will prevent tunneling in the future!

        TRIM YOUR WICK - Always trim your wick to 3mm-5mm before each use (use your nails, wick trimmer or nail clipper).

        TIME FOR A NEW ONE - Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time and never burn a candle all the way through - discontinue use when there is 1.5cm of wax remaining. Wash tin and re-use or recycle :)

        Are your candles eco-friendly?

        We are super transparent about how our candles are made and packaged. In our candles, we use coconut soy wax, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood wicks, recyclable tin cans and reusable glass jars. Our packaging also contains biodegradable peanuts and the boxes we use are recyclable. Plus our samples are sent out using compostable mailers. The only plastic materials we use are adhesive on wick stickers and label stickers, although we are actively trying to find greener alternatives to this!

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        Yes, we do! It’s hard to smell candles over the internet, which is why we’ve created a dedicated kit so you can try it before you buy. Our signature sample kit gives you 3x 20g tins and we’ll even throw in a special discount if you decide to commit to a candle later on. Shop our signature sample kit here.

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        I’d love to reuse my tins! How do I clean the tin jars?

        Good question, we’re all about upcycling at ENDLESS HOUR! To properly clean your tins and glass jars, first you’ll want to remove any additional wax on the inside. You can do this by heating up your jar/tin in low simmering water to melt the wax. Once melted, discard the wick and add a little bit of water so it sets to a firm block. Remove the block of wax with a fork, then wash the inside with some soap and water. Another easy way is to simply place your jar/tin in the freezer for a few hours.