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  1. Effective sampling?

    Ok, disregard everything i said, seeing the tops labeled with the scent name changes everything. Well, well done on the packaging. Kudos to you for such a good job
  2. Effective sampling?

    One thing that stands out to me immediately is the lack of fragrance name on the front of the candle. If thats the look you desire, so be it. But as a consumer whom myself has purchased many a candle, its always nice seeing it up front and in your face as to what scent is lurking inside. Otherwise, the customer is left wondering or has to ask...which believe it or not may end up losing you a few sales. If you are a graphic designer, can you maybe alter the AI file a bit and add a fragrance name? Or is it just the look you want. Which again, is a good look I must say but I still feel at least a fragrance name is needed. By the way, where do you get your offset boxes printed at?
  3. Wicking Coconut Wax

    I test with only 444 as that is the wax I use regularly so take this as it applies to your waxes how you choose. With that said... Using a ratio of 444:Co92 I have tested 50:50, 60:40, 70:30 and 40:60 respectively. The 50:50 and 40:60 were way too soft. Just too much Co92. Here in coastal Maine it was a VERY hot day yesterday at 60*f (yes, that is hot for us folk) I placed a tin of 50:50 and 40:60 outside on my truck hood to expose it to some hotter, direct heat. The Co92 within 30 minutes was "seeping" out of the wax which indicated it was going to be way to soft to ship in summer climates. Now mind you these tests are less than 2 days old. The 60:40 ratio was where things started to firm up a bit. More soy obviously. So I looked at the 60:40 and the 70:30 side by side and thats when I noticed something interesting. All along in the ratios up til the 70:30 the tops of the wax, even after a few days cure, were still "greasy" to the touch. I contributed this to the Co92 being a low melt point (92*, hence the name Co92). But once I looked and touched the 70:30 it was no longer this way. It was much, much dryer on top and felt like a normal 444 top in the sense of feel. Regardless of ratio the tops are smooth as glass at a hot pour of 160*-170*. I really wasnt paying attention to when I poured because it really didnt matter tbh. I poured a few at 160, 165 and some at 170 and all the tops were glass like. Adhesion to wicks were perfect, and no seperation from the 8oz tins as of yet. These tests were strictly to test wax consistency in the above blend ratios and nothing else. I stuck a wick in there only to see how the blended wax formed around it while cooling. This years batch of 444 has given me new headaches of wax seperation from the wick and is a leading factor for me to finally rid of pure soy and go the blend route. I like 444, its easy to work with in flake form, its costs effective and I am familiar with it. This Co92 however seems to have cured a lot of the cosmetic flaws of the soy. I just hope it will help a teeny bit with HT seeing as that is lacking with soy lately as well.
  4. Matches

    For matches you can try: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MatchHouse?ref=l2-shopheader-name And paper I found: https://www.etsy.com/listing/514280214/match-striker-sheet-match-strike-paper?ref=listing-shop-header-1 Hope it helps
  5. Wicking Coconut Wax

    I hesitated writing that knowing you just might!
  6. Wicking Coconut Wax

    Can somebody ELI5 (explain like i'm 5) what she just said? O.o
  7. Wicking Coconut Wax

    Lol TT. Sometimes I think you like testing more than actually making candles and selling. Something tells me we all should chip in and get you a white lab coat and nerdy black glasses
  8. Wicking Coconut Wax

    For anyone interested, why not test with pure Coconut oil instead? Its a matter of choice sure, but do you really know the exact blend %'s of what is in Coconut 83 wax? The description reads, "Our Coconut 83 wax is an all natural container blend. This wax is predominately coconut blended with vegetable and soy waxes." But at what % are those additives at? And what exactly are they? How can you possibly test not knowing exactly what all ingredients are and how much? Just a thought..and just my 2 cents worth on this topic thats all. I asked those questions to myself and decided to go the route of just Coconut 92 oil. I needed to think of the end game of buying in bulk as well. The lowest I see Co83 selling for is ~$1.70/lb. I can get Co92 for lower than ~$1.40/lb. Thats a decent savings when buying 500+lbs, plus the added benefit of knowing its Coconut oil with no vegetable or soy based additives. This way my tests are more on point and I can know what the final formula consists of. Anyways, enough rambling lol. I'm sure you folks are doing great in your tests, it just made me wonder why I am the only one it seems testing straight Coconut oil. Maybe I shouldnt be? I dunno..I need my coffee Link to BA's Co92 for anyone wanting a look: https://www.bulkapothecary.com/coconut-oil-92-degree/
  9. Flaming Candle

    I can second what Trap says. I have for a few years gotten all of my 444 from them plus I use about 13 of their FO and counting. I also use the same number of FO from Candle Science as well, they are both great IMHO. If you want another good supplier of FO try http://www.candlesandsupplies.net/Fragrance-Oils/Fragrance-Oils-Listing for some great FO's. These are my favorite smelling out of the three suppliers I mentioned actually.
  10. Newb

    I sell locally at fairs currently. I own an ecommerce website, but have yet to build that or an etsy page. Hopefully over the winter I can get the ball rolling on those things.
  11. Wicking Coconut Wax

    Im just sooo glad I dont have to spend 3 hours, twice a week, lumping 500 cases of candles into the stores anymore. Im pushing middle age and my back isnt as young as it used to be lol
  12. Wicking Coconut Wax

    Ok, Im going to fill you all in on a little secret. Im a big rig truck driver when not making candles for fun. Thats how I pay my bills and how my daughter is going to college. The single biggest customer for my company for the longest time was Yankee Candle. We had the sole contract for all of North America to haul their candles to retail stores, and then lump inside. This was the case up until a few years ago when the candle industry moved away from dry van shipping. (In laymans terms, thats just a regular everyday trailer) Why they did you ask? Because too many of their candles would melt en route and damage claims were through the roof in warmer climates. So, the big candle companies set into motion a new plan and tactic of shipping the candles cross country. From that point on, most candles, including ALL of Yankee Candles products, are now shipped via reefer trailer. Reefer trailers are "refridgerated" trailers that can maintain sub-zero temps or whatever temp the shipper requests. Thats the secret to how candles of all viscosity, whether soft or firm, are shipped and do not melt.
  13. hello! 😊

    Jeez mate, is that actually your place in that picture? Those exposed brick walls are spectacular!
  14. Soy drops

    CB, are those your in that photo? If so may I ask what you use to color them and which salt you are using? They look so uniform in size, the ones I get from Home Depot are no way near that uniform and are the larger crystals.
  15. hello! 😊

    Trap, the white bw is simply "bleached" in order to remove the color. From all my experience and info ive read its mainly for cosmetic reasons