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  1. 12 points
    I took sooooo many candles to the only craft show I'm doing this year and sold a whopping 11. I sold more melts than candles so I did make a modest profit. Very modest. I was feeling a little down today because I have so many candles in stock that I didn't need to make any more except for gifts for my family and one kind for my cousin. Then out of the blue, I got an order from a Facebook customer for 24 candles! Then my friend called me and want to come over and buy candles, and she bought 14. Then my cousin ordered 3 that I have to ship, then another customer messaged me and is coming over Friday to buy candles. I feel better now.
  2. 9 points
    The entire fragrance oil industry could go on strike for 6 months, and I'd still be good. Heck. maybe even a year! If I did run out of something, it would force me to try one of the many unused FO's gathering dust on my shelves.
  3. 8 points
    I have been so busy with the holiday rush -- both filling orders AND placing them (lol) -- that I failed to notice this message in my Etsy shop manager until just now. Celebrating! I knew I was close and was watching a week or two ago to hit this milestone, but spaced it off until today. Ha ha "Congratulations, you've made 7000 sales! Take a moment to pat yourself on the back! You've earned it."
  4. 7 points
    Over my many years of selling and giving candles away, there is an interesting trend I've noticed. Men seem to love candles more than women do. Is this just me, or do other people notice this as well? Over the past several years at my craft shows I can't tell you how many times it was the men that commented on my candles, or bought my candles, or ALMOST bought a candle before their wife/gf pulled them away, and then case in point - since today is "Giving Day" I brought candles for my Business Unit here at work. Consists of 13 people (including myself) 4 women, 9 men. I put the candles on their desks before they came into work this morning. Anyway, once they found out I am the one that gave them the candles, it was the men that were more grateful. I mean the women said thank you, but the men gushed over them. Just thought I'd mention this trend. Or maybe not a trend, since this has been my experience for the better part of 20 years now.
  5. 7 points
    There's still time to save yourself....
  6. 7 points
    My labels aren't real fancy, because I make them myself with the help and aggravation of Microsoft Word. I even took the picture of the creek. Several years ago, I was out driving on a country road taking pictures of trees and wild turkeys and this creek, never dreaming that one day I would use it for my logo. I added the red border and garland to make the label Christmasy. I like how it turned out once I managed to layer the garland clip art over the creek photo. Boy I spend a lot of time wrestling with labels....and deciding on a font.
  7. 6 points
    Next Step: None of the traditional wicks I chose passed this test. Normally I would eliminate the mushrooming wicks entirely from further testing. For the sake of completeness I will wick up just to see if a larger size performs any better without mushrooming. I also have a few wicks from Precision wicking to add to the test. The wicks were recommended by Precision, so well worth the try. I will melt these down and re-wick with larger sizes of the original wicks as needed based on above burns. Then I'll cure for at least 1 week before lighting again.
  8. 6 points
    Oh... I SO NEED to go to sleep... But there is THIS THREAD! Not that I am any sort of measure by which male behavior COULD be judged... BUT, I am a guy and I'll share a couple of thoughts I have. Yes. I DO like a "feminine scent" over a "masculine scent" BUT I would prefer something citrusy over just about any masculine scent. I actually prefer unisex scents like Florida Water or bay rum. Not really the point though... Tastes in odor or pallet are very subjective choices. The truth of the matter is that men, generally speaking, are romantics. I know I am, and I highly suspect MOST other guys, (if they were being completely truthful about the matter), would agree with my generalization. Having said that, things that would appear as "romantic" tend to attract our attention... because (drum roll please!) (oh you are going to be SO SHOCKED by this) WAIT FOR IT... It attracts YOUR attention. And by YOUR I mean who ever the guy is normally trying to attract. I don't know about all guys, but I DO tend to gush when a person shows me a random act of kindness, mostly because a swift kick in the A$$ is about as kind as I normally get. I would have gushed too if someone had left a chick magnet on my desk with a kind wish for the Holidays... But I also would have been EXTREMELY grateful for a light source... (It's SOOOO DAMN DARK down here amongst the troglodytes.) Also... Not for nothing but the SOURCE of the gift plays a HUGE role in the quality of the return complements. E.g.: If a guy and given out those candles, the male portion of the group would have been less complementary to the source... (Now HERE'S an interesting twist) BUT if the guy had given out the candles mentioned his wife or GF or THEN you'd see the uptick from the male portion in complements. And ONE more twist to REALLY mess with your brain, ALL of the above is predicated on WESTERN CULTURAL VALUES... Yeah, yeah... I'm just the messenger but I am the messenger that EXPECTS to be shot... And with what TT mentioned, YES! (no that's not emphatic enough) We know what we like, and if we show up, we want to buy it and get out of wherever it was that we were there to get so we can get on with whatever it was we needed to get the whatever for... (Am I right guys?) HELL YEAH! But, I'm not exactly what humans would call either normal or sane... So I suspect I'm likely full of fresh organic-compost-starter-culture... Or maybe not... Sponiebr The Executor of Bad Ideas and Sundry Services.
  9. 6 points
    Men shop very differently than women. I love men shoppers! Men know what they like, buy it, then move on. Women tend to sniff everything twice then ponder a lot. Think about price, value, alternatives, sales.... How does the saying go?... a man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs (or wants). A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she does not need. ❀️
  10. 5 points
    Just to clarify... I can't say for certain this effects ALL fragrance manufacturers - but it is fair to assume several will be. Additionally, the Dec 1st date is just one that I have knowledge from one FO supplier. This date may not represent all manufacturers. It is also possible - and likely - you won't have any issues. I posted this just to let everyone know what happened and that it MAY (not guaranteed to be) a problem. Don't make any drastic decisions - that is the point of this post - test to be sure...it might be fine.
  11. 5 points
    I'm not sure you can count on making any kind of profit to begin with anyway. You'll probably have some failures at first while you experiment. Making a profit shouldn't come until you've consistently made good candles, with as safe a burn as you can make them, and then there's going to be other expenses like packaging, booth fees, insurance, etc.
  12. 5 points
    This is a one of my revamped pumice soaps. I am doing a tropical theme for my pumice soaps so I decided to call this one Rain Forest. Its EBBs/Flickers Rocky Mtn. Pine. I put a sprinkling of pumice on top so I can demonstrate to customers what's inside the soap. I also use a bit of white glitter so the tops look sparkly.
  13. 5 points
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I have bottles from a couple of years ago... What possessed me to order a full 8 ounces of Fresh Cut Grass is beyond me....or that bottle of Cannabis FO, when I live with a cop! When/how did I think I would ever use THAT??? Lol
  14. 4 points
    I'm just rounding out my holiday markets so I thought it would be fun to post what did well and not so well. I always love seeing what different parts of the country are drawn to scent-wise. I rename pretty much all of my scents, so these are just the oils I used. I mostly sell candles - no matter what fragrance melts go slower for me, which is surprising because Utahns were really into Scentsy a few years back. One of the things I noticed that seems unique is that bakery scents don't do well for me. I thought I'd try some but they were mostly the ones that didn't sell. BUT bakery scents sold faster in melts than in candles...not sure what that signifies but it's good to know Bestsellers CS Frasier Fir (customer favorite - kind of expected based on what I've read from others here) CS White Birch (my favorite) Aztec Volcano CS Apple Maple Bourbon CS Mistletoe (I was shocked b/c I don't love this one) Middle of the Road CS Christmas Hearth Aztec Cinnamon Peppermint Creme CS Cranberry Woods WSP Vanilla Bean Noel Aztec Cozy Cabin Aztec Sparkling Pear Reisling Aztec Coffee blended with CS Toasted Pumpkin Spice Didn't sell/last to sell JS Chestnuts and Brown Sugar Aztec Sweet Potato Brown Sugar CS Toasted Pumpkin Spice (I actually love this one and ordered another pound, even if no one will buy them I'll just burn them for myself ) Oh! I also added in pinecone firestarters and they killed it! I don't know if I'll do them again because they were sort of annoying, but it was fun to offer them. I also made some scented salt that I am IN LOVE WITH but need to figure out packaging. I had it in plastic lined paper bags for a week and it did fine, then got to the market and the paper bags were soaked through. So frustrating.
  15. 4 points
    Buy some more clamshells - they are so cheap and will look a heck of a lot better than trying to recycle plastic molds if you were doing this for your own self tests different story but giving them to anyone I wouldn't do it
  16. 4 points
    Just a thought here....I am a man lol... when I was doing wood working crafts a few years ago, everybody that bought my creations were women..I think because most women do not do woodworking they would buy my products...at that time, most men were of the belief that "hey...why buy that wood shelf when I can make it myself"....I think it may be the same with candles today. Men do not make candles (generally speaking)..where as women probably think.."hey, I can make that myself". I think woodworking was a lot easier to figure out than candles though...lol
  17. 4 points
    All we have to reference for safety of aromarchemicals (essential oils are also aromachemicals) is the current set of IFRA guidelines. Category 11 of each certificate lists usage limits for candles, wax melts, etc. I have yet to find one that is not "unrestricted" in this category. essential oils, by the way, are not necessarily GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). Only patchouli comes to mind as one that might be still considered GRAS. Essential oils are lending to sensitization issues at a climbing rate from misuse and overuse. Thanks to the mlm companies, I predict essential oils are going to become the peanuts of the future. I have already come across people who experience anaphylactic response to any contact with lavender. Since I use lavender in some soap and candles, residual traces in other soap from being in the same room as those with lavender are enough to trigger an attack. Not sure exactly which of the dozens of aromachemicals in lavender trigger it, so lavendin is also a potential culprit. Anything with linalool could also trigger an event, ruling out even more essential oils. The list goes on. To claim eo is "safe" and FO is "not safe" in candles you will need to find peer reviewed studies not funded by the eo or FO manufacturers. Claims with that fact based study are opinion and nothing more. I would be hard pressed to find such a study since pure essential oils just are not intended for combustion.
  18. 4 points
    Well the name of your candle company is Melting Moon. JK....it's weird that the candles were sweating/melting when you weren't out in the sun. You display looks very nice.
  19. 4 points
    You guys are so funny! Just let me know what day you will be coming so I can get my cabin cleaned up and all the candle stuff in the kitchen and d.r. I'll put away out of sight....oh! then on 2'nd thought maybe not cause you all can help me fill all my orders! That sounds like a plan to me....We really should plan on doing a get together, really. And we really could do it here at my place. There is also a cabin that I clean for some neighbors that they rent out with a hot tub and all and I could probably get the use of the cabin for nothing if I clean b/4 they rent it out again. It's really beautiful! And you can walk to it right from my house. It's not too early to start planning.... Trappeur
  20. 4 points
    Well, yes.....yes I do. More than enough. Let's see, I'll be 67 in February. If I can make candles till I'm 80, I could probably get all my FO's used up.
  21. 4 points
    I have plenty of these! Maybe we should have a WTF swap! Never know, somebody may LOVE the one you hate. Anybody wanna trade for: NG; pineapple orchid, energize Aztec; musk candlesoy; almond
  22. 4 points
    I ordered from Nature's Garden yesterday, one reason because I don't think they ever have sales. I do like their $1.00 off per pound of FO if you buy 5 or more bottles. Plus their points. I got a $3.00 and something discount with reward points.
  23. 4 points
    @coffeebeanI guess one question I have is what are you putting it in? I do like the CS bayberry. BUT! Save on Scents has SEVERAL Bay Rum scents that I like WAY WAY mo-betta. CS's bayberry is pretty much spot on... I guess you could blend it (if you're doing candles) with a little CS Christmas Hearth... That would be DIVINE. Here, take this: $0.01 Oh and this: $0.01 Now you have my 2 scents. -Sponiebr
  24. 3 points
    Does your husband want to do it? I can't imagine it would be difficult to teach him how, the actual mechanics of pouring wax aren't all that complicated. My concern would be commitment level. But then I can't get my husband to commit to washing the dishes, so perhaps my point of view is skewed. πŸ˜‚
  25. 3 points
    I think many people made, tested and then tested again for a long time before even thinking of selling their product. I don't do candles but have been playing with it for over a year. I do soap and other B&B and have been doing so for 7 years I tested and researched for well over a year before even considering selling. I had family and friends as guinea pigs. I also didn't sell anything until I had insurance and all my other ducks in a row (tax stuff, sales tax, business registration etc). Others may have a different perspective. But I didn't want to risk everything if something went wrong. Unfortunately, we have no control on how others will use our products.
  26. 3 points
    OK @NaughtyNancy, your vivid descriptions of your oils put mine to shame. Me: Vanilla Latte- smells good! You: Vanilla Oak - definitely woody, with a mild sweetness, but not overtly vanilla, just a sort of soft and mysterious sort of sweetness to it, pleasant Show off. Really, I wish I could describe fragrances like that. The Vanilla Latte is truly a latte scent I think. Lots of cream, sweet smelling, some coffee. I got another coffee FO today on backorder from Fragrance Buddy. Cappuccino Espresso. Now it smells like a robust, strong coffee with a touch of sweetness. I wanted the Vanilla Latte for a top layer in my coffee candles. I will probably use my new Cappuccino Espresso for the bottom layer. I already have Caramel Cafe from RE that I used for the bottom layer last time. It's a wonderful coffee scent too. But my favorite so far still is Pumpkin Spice Latte from RE. Coffee is the dominate scent to me. Love it!
  27. 3 points
    I usually just start with the one that works with my naked wax. After the second burn I can usually tell which way it needs to go. If you test multiples of wicks, I would go one size up or down. you can partially fill the containers to see how each performs at the critical half way point. Or, as some have done successfully with deeper containers, pour without a wick, poke a hole and stuff your starting wick into the hole. If it does not work, you can pull the wick easily and replace with one you think might work better. After burning the rest of the candle pour one in that successful wick and retest from top to bottom.
  28. 3 points
    You could also be using way too much ink. Use standard setting, not glossy. Try fast print and lower dpi. Don't need all that and lays too much ink anyway
  29. 3 points
    Many people use CS as their supplier for candle making. I use them a lot and have been for years. The wax you pick is usually a personal decision. Look over and read what is available and make a selection based on your needs. If you know what kind of candle you want to make and the type of wax (soy, paraffin, palm, coconut, etc.) beforehand this will help guide you to making a good selection. Many here use that same wax and may help you out. Just post your questions and there are many here who can offer some help and guidance. Parasoy waxes behave differently from soy and vice versa so its best to try one or the other to work with first before selecting a second wax. Working with more than one wax when you are beginning can be confusing as they have different characteristics in appearance, burn, flashpoint, heating, cooling, and pouring temps, and much more.
  30. 3 points
    I'm afraid you are going to find that shipping prices are gonna be high everywhere you look. You're best bet is to comparison shop. Also, always buy your candlemaking products from a reputable candle supplier. One that specializes in candle supplies so you know exactly what and what brand you are buying. This will play an important role in your testing when a question about a specific wax comes up. Once you get more into candlemaking you can buy in larger bulk quantities which will start saving you money. Buying wax in 10lb increments will almost always cost more than the wax. Once you start buying in 55lb bag quantities the price becomes more economical.
  31. 3 points
    @MoonstarIn the classes I took many moons ago I just remember learning cats and EO do not mix ...their liver and kidneys can't metabolize them causing a toxic build up from what I understood and this is in relation to direct contact using them directly on them but breathing them they can become sensitive as well as they are very sensitive to smell in general I think it's candybee that has a cat that is very sensitive to FO
  32. 3 points
    Take some of those that you have left and burn them- take notes and see if anything has changed in the burn quality from your prior tests eco 10 might be too much wick now for that wax and jar, you may need a 8- most soy is burning too hot now with the changes with the exception of C3 as far as what's been reported by users of these waxes - I use 415 and have to go down 1-2 sizes of wick now your FO load should be fine and it sounds like a temperature change to me that caused the sweating BUT you still should burn a few start to finish and power burn a few to be sure your okay in your wicking...last thing you want is a too hot candle out there when people don't extinguish and trim when they are supposed to if they are too hot you can join the rest of us soy users retesting and using our candles and testers we made before we noticed the changes for personal use πŸ˜‚ Sorry it's not really funny but it kinda is....I have to laugh to not lose my mind over this, I feel real bad for the ecosoya users who are basically starting from ground zero with a completely reformulated wax that sounds impossible to work with
  33. 3 points
    Almost all (if not all) the candle suppliers have uncut oils, so I guess I'm not sure what you are asking? 3.5-5 stars is not bad, considering most ratings for fragrances is a 1-5 rating. With 5 being the best. With every supplier, no matter which one you go with (most here have several they buy from, not just one) are going to have hits and misses. It's just the nature of the business. You are going to have scents that you absolutely love, that others are going to give bad reviews on and vice verse. It's why everyone on this board stresses to test test test. Now, with that being said, there are several suppliers people use and recommend. Here are a few (by no means is this an exhaustive list): Natures Garden Keystone Candle Supply (for Peak oils) Aztec Lonestar WSP (wholesale supplies plus) Rustic Esscentuals Just Scent Fragrance Buddy Candle Science Candles and Supplies Bitter Creek North Arizona Candle Supply (for Mad Oils oils) I'm sure there are several others that I can't think of at the moment.
  34. 3 points
    Hillbillys, maybe not, but definitely a lot of Rednecks! I live out in a pretty rural area, and Homebrew is definitely a thing out here! I change almost all the fragrance names. I like to have the fragrance tell MY story, and it's fun, right?
  35. 3 points
    Bonfire Bliss was sweet and smokey, and very nice, but it didn't throw well at all for me, candle or tart. I use paraffin. Luscious Vanilla was a vanilla. Lol! Can't remember what I used it in, but it was a nice vanilla, pretty strong. I have to second @NaughtyNancy's suggestion of Cuban Tobacco, it is wonderful!! Fantastic in everything I've put it in, and adds a warm, rich bottom to blends. Gotta diverge on the Red Saffron, though, I thought it smelled like some kind of industrial soap, and it was universally hated by my testers. Usually I nod my head at all of NN's posts, but not that time, lol. πŸ˜‰ Always worth a try though, because obviously noses are different! @NaughtyNancy, have you tried Havanna Nights? OMG, to die for! I have never actually smelled a hot Cuban guy, but in my very vivid imagination, that is what Pitbull would smell like. Or any hot Cuban guy. But really Pitbull. πŸ˜†
  36. 3 points
    YL and Doterra are the worst! Uhg! *shudders*
  37. 3 points
    EO can be more dangerous than FO if your not educated on its use if your even thinking about going down this road please research it thoroughly- plus cats are very sensitive to many EO's to get a good throw using EO it's not cost effective imo and then you could be at the usage rates that are not recommended for safety Guidelines an oil diffuser would be better if your wanting to disperse Eo In the air but again be careful and yes what they mean is don't dump a whole bottle of FO down the drain, dispose of it properly when they say may cause cancer I am thinking they refer to the oils that contain phthalates which they think could be linked to cancer - there are many FO that do not contain these wearing a respirator when making candles is important as your handling the oils in their strongest state - in a finished product the amount released is minute but there are people that are very conscientious about this....so in a nut shell it's your choice FO vs EO but just do your research to make sure your using safe dilution rates of EO- natural isn't always better for you if not used correctly, I have extreme sensitivity to EO now after over exposing myself before I knew what I was doing with them, and I have since dropped using them except on occasion adding a touch to enhance a an FO there is a lot of good threads in here on EO and safetey you may want to read and again this is just my opinion but YL is not a good source of info...any company that tells you it's okay to ingest EO makes me shiver but to each his own πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
  38. 3 points
    Because they are different than the norm, sound comforting and throw fragrance really really well not being as finicky as a typical wick when you nail the correct size/type
  39. 3 points
    You know, we could probably legitimately claim our wax is all natural. After all, it comes from decayed dinosaurs, right?
  40. 3 points
    I can only recommend what yall should definitely not do. Do not put them in a ziploc bag or tupperware container. I love the smell of conifer, but am very allergic to pine trees, so I don't know what in the world possessed me but. This past summer, my mother and I went on a mini road trip, and at one point we stopped at a gas station / car wash in the middle of nowhere. There were big pine trees in the landscaping that smelled really good. On impulse, I had my mother play lookout for me while I grabbed some branches and stuffed them into a big paper bag and threw them in the trunk. My only adulthood memory of stealing and it was three small pine tree branches from a car wash. Living on the wild side. So I got home and spent 2 hours processing them. That tree kicked my *** so justice was met. Woke up the next morning and my face looked and felt like I had been sucker punched by a giant a week prior. But it didn't matter, I had ziploc bags and tupperware containers full of sweet, balsamic, sticky goodness to do who knows what with. After about 10 days, I came to my senses and realized that I couldn't do anything with them, duh. Had a relative who wanted them. Okay cool, this whole stupid experience was still worth something. But, when I went to check on them, they were covered in MOLD. So much mold. Mold for days. But they still smelled good! I just needed to uh, air them out. So I opened the bags/containers and put them in the open windowsill. This riveting saga ended in the local urgent care with multiple "the hell were you thinking" looks. So! I definitely do recommend trying a method beyond stuffing them in airtight containers.
  41. 3 points
    Hello everyone! Against my better judgment I've been dabbling in candle making off and on for a couple of years. ( I've done soap for 4 years) Soap and candles have fascinated me since childhood after visiting Lincoln's New Salem, Clayville and other historic places. Naturally my parents would never let me take up the hobby (This was the 70s in a rural community - no internet or helpful books) because they said I'd blow up the kitchen! Yeah well - I'm all grown up now and have internet!! I now live near San Diego, but am one of those strange people that don't think it's paradise here; constant supply of black widow spiders, threat of wildfire, people wear winter coats when it's 65 degrees out but most importantly - I miss having deciduous trees and four seasons. It's almost never soup or sweater weather here. (however....I never have to chip ice off the windshield...BIG plus there!) My job is childcare and I dearly enjoy it, but as I'm getting older am working toward Occupational Therapy assistant certification. I never married or had kids of my own - and neither fact bothers me. There's plenty of kids to love. As the title says, I'm glad to have found you because I don't do FB but need a lot of help learning about candles. I've gained a lot of information from the soap making forum I belong to, and hoped to find one focused on candle making and....here you are! ( I do see a couple of familiar names here that I've seen on SMF) I've already spent several hours skimming through posts and have honed in on the type of candle I'd like to make and am excited about getting started.
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    From the description it sounds like it would be a good fit for a 'forest floor' note in a perfume blend; mossy, damp, earthy, maybe a bit of decay too. I am just guessing of course, I have no experience with this EO, but I have a knack for blending and my thoughts are this might lend the right balance to woodsy, foresty, and earthy type notes in a blend. I just found a description from Camden-Grey: The aroma of Spikenard is leathery, earthy and fungal, but sweet, and is a reddish brown or amber-colored oil Spikenard is widely mentioned in the bible. It is a very calming oil, both emotionally and physically, and is of special value in serious skin conditions. It’s said to be a powerful antifungal and is indicated for psoriasis, athlete's foot, fungal infections, dandruff and, emotionally, for deep sadness. It is a powerful oil for grounding, for emotional needs. Spikenard is known in aromatherapy circles as "a woman's oil" and is recommended for use in spiritual blends or blends for meditation. Blends well with Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Geranium, Clary Sage and Petitgrain. Flash point: 160F
  44. 3 points
    Same in my part of town way more men buy and gush over them then women I thought it was because we have a landscape supply business and well most of our landscapers are men but the small events I have done the men outnumber the women by far we had a new landscaper come in last week and he saw the drawers of melts and the one labeled angle type _ I couldn't believe how he went on and on about how he wears the men's Angel cologne and can spot a woman wearing it a mile away πŸ˜‚ He bought several clamshells of it and then his buddies on his crew came in and wiped me out
  45. 3 points
    Maybe we better wait until after Christmas. @Trappeur is so busy right now, she might put us to work. Might even have to feed the horses or something!
  46. 3 points
    Yes I have the WTF stash of oils also ,your not alone. ReIf I had the time to put them all in the wax and market these ,I think my bank account would be near a million lmao. I donate some of my oils to a Women & Children's shelter .These ladies have fund raisers & not much money for supplies .They make candles ,soaps ,lotions ,bath bombs etc....If you have the time make bath bombs with some of your collection .These are wonderful in the bath, your guest will love them .I read on here a while back Jcandleattic ,pretty sure this is her ,she blends many of her oils & comes up with some great unique scents.I do blends ,just never have tried random mixes ,such as she has.I may give it a try .Jtiff has the right idea ,put some on eBay .Lol you can get more money to buy more oils ,it is a viscous never ending cycle right ,such fun πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  47. 3 points
    I have a small 1 oz sample bottle of "mary jane" from Peaks. I'm married to a cop too, actually, he is now the new chief as he got promoted this past year. One day, I am going to make up a small candle and have that puppy burning when he comes home from work. Ya know, just to shake things up around these here parts lol. I tell you, that mary jane smells like the real deal not that I would know of course that was many many years ago lol
  48. 3 points
    I think you did. I'm not aware of any "WTF" scents from there.
  49. 3 points
    Well the feeling is mutual. I love yours too. I would love to sit on your porch and visit.
  50. 3 points
    Most chandlers use a candle test logsheet. It should list all the information about what wax, wick, jar, fragrance, additives and such that go into the candle, what % of each you use, and all your test burns, etc. It would also include the birth date of the candle, cure time, test burn dates, before and after weights, plus hours burned during test. I make my test logsheets on regular copy paper and save them in a binder for easy reference. I save the logsheet file on my computer so anytime I am testing a new candle, wax, wick, FO, etc., I just print one out to use. I also found keeping them by date and wax type worked for me. Keeping logs of your work with candle testing will save you a lot of headaches in the future. Forgot to add I also made a section on the logsheet where I make notations of my observations about the candle burn. For example I might observe sooting, flame height, hot/cold throw, mushrooming, etc.