What is a cookie?
 
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful  because they allow a website to recognize a user's device.  You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you seen online are more relevant to you and your interests.
 
How do we use cookies?

The cookies on this site help make it easy and simple to use. We can only provide you with certain features of our website if your computer, tablet or mobile device accepts cookies. Cookies are used to better serve you when you return to our site and offer you relevant information. For example, we may offer you content based on your browsing habits or location. We also use cookies when you register or login in order for the site to recognize you throughout your site visit. Cookies are not however used to store your personal information. You can delete/manage Essense Designs' cookies at any time. See below for instructions.
 
Is it just about cookies?

We also use Flash locally Stored Objects (or Flash cookies) that follow the same principle as normal standard cookies in the respect that they allow information to be stored on a user's machine.
 
Transparent GIF or web beacons can be used to deliver a cookie to your browser. They can also be used in email marketing to identify to the sender if an email has been opened. 
The cookies used on this website have been categorized based on the categories found in the International Chamber of Commerce UK Cookie Guide.
 
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for like registration, cannot be provided. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
 
Category 2: Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Web analytics are included in this category.

Category 3: Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages you customize. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activities on other websites.

Category 4: Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to deliver ads more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an ad as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be lined to site functionality provided by the other organization.
 
Social Networks:

If you decide to 'share' Essense Designs' content  through social networks – like Facebook and Twitter, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We have no control over the setting of these cookies, so we advise that you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
 
How to control/delete cookies?

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary ones) you may not be able to access all, or parts of, our site and your experience will be limited. 
Visit the 'allaboutcookies' website to find out how to disable cookies on all different browsers.