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  1. Bulk Apothecary

    I think they are terrible.... I wrote about my experiences here
  2. How do you wick large batches?

    I use the EZ Wick Setter. We have two... One is adjusted to fit the main jar we are using. They will adjust it for you to any container size free, you only have to pay postage for it.
  3. Wicking Coconut Wax

    Apart from those ingredients, Voluspa candles have a fair amount of paraffin in them to help with the throw.
  4. A Little help getting to know you.

    What's your name? Let's just call me Strugglebrother How old are you? I'm 42 Where do you live? I'm Swedish. Moved to London, UK and then ended up in Los Angeles (last 5 years) after meeting my lovely girlfriend here. How long have you been making candles/soap/whatever? About 3 years now How did you get started making candles/soap/whatever? My girlfriend is a part-time perfumer and we wanted to start a business together so the interest grew thanks to her. She does the blending and I do most of the production. Are you married? Any kids? Not married (yet)... No kids. If candle/Soap making isn't your primary job, what do you do? I'm a music and radio producer so I tend to spend a lot of time in front of a computer and I work remotely these days thanks to the internet. I really wanted to work more with my hands instead of sitting in front of the screen all day hence why we started the business. I've always been interested in design and all the aspects around branding and such. Anything else we should know? I used to be a touring DJ for 10 years but hung the headphones on the wall. I still go out to clubs sometimes but more on special occasions. I love animals and to take trips to Joshua Tree for the relaxing silence out there in the desert.
  5. Candlescience

    Thanks, @candlescience for clearing that up. Very informative reply. I have 3 50lb boxes which I don't know if any of them are affected and are unstable. I've used up one 50lb box for a bunch of candles which I tested and noticed lesser hot throw from. Shall I email you the numbers of the remaining 3 boxes I have to see if any of those are affected? I really don't want to make more candles and risk to use unstable wax. Thanks again.
  6. Looking for these perfume bottles

    Looks like a custom mold. I haven't seen any like that here in the states. Closest mass produced and easy to get a bottle like that would be a 4oz Boston Round but it wouldn't have the same heavy build to it.
  7. Cricut cutting machines

    We have a Portrait... I use it mainly for making black and white warning labels when we have smaller runs, 50-100 circular labels. I get whole sheets from onlinelabels.com It comes down to a few things... Are you printing on inkjet? Price of ink will be much more expensive for 300 big labels than taking it to a printer. But it's great if you are only doing a personalized candle for someone and only need 10 stickers. The machine itself is great, the software that comes with it is complete crap. It's extremely confusing and not at all straightforward. It would probably be a nightmare if you are not a 'trial and error' person. The software for Cricut might be better than the Cameo / Portrait, I haven't tried it.
  8. What scale do you use?

    We use three scales This one for heavier loads but still needs to be detailed, and it's also great that it has a bowl so the scale doesn't get ruined by fragrance oils https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SVQHWY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This one we use for perfume and extremely detailed measurements. It doesn't take any heavy loads https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C3G73U/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Then I use this one just to weigh wax but it's quite inaccurate and I wouldn't recommend it https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007GAWZ0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. Candlescience

    Thanks for getting back to the forum When it comes to the “Straight sided tumblers” there has been a lot of problems. First with them always being out of stock and then after that them not being perfectly painted. The new tumblers are unfortunately worse than the old ones as the paint is falling off from the front easily. Stickers can’t be reapplied and finger nails make streaks on them. Would you consider switching back to having them painted on the inside like before? Back in the day they were of good quality and perfect. I have never had any problems returning anything damaged and your customer support have been excellent dealing with in the few cases something happened. But sadly the new tumblers are just not as good as before and not an improvement from the old ones. I’m also interested to hear if you have any revised statement regarding the overall problem with the soy wax from Golden Brands? Quantum have brought out new products but Golden Brands products have changed in performance but we are only being told that ‘nothing has changed’ and ‘no one has any problems’. This is obviously very frustrating for a lot of us. Other than that I think you have great pricing and most of your products have the best of quality! I love how quick you are with processing and shipping compared to your competitors. And I’m also extremely pleased with the option to be able to get things shipped from Reno for all of us who live on the west coast. Best
  10. CD vs HTP vs CDN wicks

    Yeah, that's a good idea. I can down the paraffin and coconut with the HTP 73 and up the soy. I mainly use the coconut wax for the nice smooth color and feel. I called the importer / manufacturer and they are sending me samples of the CDN line so I'll test the 6 and 8! Thanks again for the help!
  11. CD vs HTP vs CDN wicks

    Ok, let's try another link instead The original FO load for this scent blend was 13% in soy/coconut (it's a bit softer but very nice). The HTP 73 burns through the whole candle with a good flame and a good hot throw. Cold throw was perfect (commercial/industry standard). Taking it down to 10% with 25% paraffin compromised the cold throw but improved the hot throw (due to the paraffin). I could always try 8% but I'm afraid it will weaken the cold throw . You mentioned that I could try CDN8 and it burns like HTP 83? Is that correct? I'm getting too hot with HTP 73 and I would certainly get crazy hot with HTP 83? Shouldn't I get lower in numbers with the CDN's? Then try CD 7, 8 and 10?
  12. CD vs HTP vs CDN wicks

    This is how the HTP 73 burns with 25% paraffin https://streamable.com/qnpmk
  13. CD vs HTP vs CDN wicks

    With 25% paraffin, the 73 is great the first 6-7 hours of the candle. Then the flame starts to dance and gets pretty high with a bit less HT, could still do with it but it's not optimal as before. FO load was 12% before and I lowered it to 10% with the paraffin. It's the 8oz jam jar so the diam of the candle gets smaller as it's burning down. Southwest candle supply doesn't have any CDN's under 10. Candle Cocoon has CDN 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22 but is missing 5 in the series. I'm thinking to try CD 7, 8 and 10? Would you say CDN 8 and 10 to try for HTP 72 & 73? I found this chart but there it looks more like CDN 5, 6 and 7 (even though I can't buy CDN 5 here in the states) but it might be off? Next step could be to lower the paraffin to 20% if that would help and up the FO to 11%? Sorry for all the questions, but do you think there will be a continuous supply of CDN wicks? Has it been easy for you to find them all these years you have been using them? I'm currently testing right now the HTP 72 with 30% paraffin.
  14. I'm switching from my soy/coconut blend to a mix of soy/coconut and paraffin. My HTP wicks stopped to work as perfect as before when I switched the blend a bit .. I'm now stuck with needing something in between HTP 72 and 73. I've seen that CD and HTP are supposed to be 'sort of' the same type of wick? This is a comparison chart between them, even though it's really old HTP-31, CD-4 HTP-41, CD-5 HTP-52, CD-6 HTP-62, CD-7 HTP-73, CD-8 HTP-83, CD-10 HTP-93, CD-12 HTP-104, CD-14 HTP-105, CD-16 HTP-126, CD-18 HTP-1212, CD-20 HTP-1313, CD-22 I'm thinking maybe to test the CD7 and CD8, but are they the same or could I strike a lucky one and get it right in between 72 and 73. CDN seems to be harder to get hold of but might work better in vegetable waxes, I'm playing with 20% to 30% of paraffin in the blend to fix the soy problems we have right now with the soy waxes. Have anyone tested CD vs HTP vs CDN to see if they do the same thing but gives more options? I really like how the HTP performs, it seems to work well all around for me. Both manufacturers have completely different charts which don't add up at all, but they might do completely different tests and use different waxes.
  15. Reorganized my FO stash, wanna see?

    I was looking for a "fragrance wheel" and googled that, there is a fair few ones so check it out and pick one that works for you. Then you can change it a bit so it works for how you look for things etc.