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About jbradshaw

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  1. What scents are you working on now that the holidays are over?

    Oh man...I think I might end up skipping everything until spring/summer scents. Our whole family has been sick and we just moved and it feels overwhelming to even set foot in my workroom lol But all of these ideas are making me want to get pouring! I had ordered a ton of Fragrance Buddy 1oz to check out, as well as a few from NG and I haven't even unboxed them! I have a white tea ginger from somewhere that is very nice OOB that I want to try - it might mix well with a pear as someone was looking for a ginger pear.
  2. Favorite Aztec FO?

    I love... Cinnamon Peppermint Creme Cozy Cabin Brazilian Coffee and Sugar Cane Sparkling Pear Reisling Volcano
  3. West Coast suppliers

    I'm running into this problem as well (in Utah). When CS doesn't have 464 in their Nevada warehouse I basically can't get wax. My husband has several times said we should start a place in Utah to distribute - but that seems like an even bigger headache. At this point I've compared the shipping and costs at every supplier and CS is our best option out west.
  4. Popular this holiday season

    They did sell well, and maybe I could increase the price but it just didn't seem worth the effort. I dipped large(ish) pine cones in re-melted scrap wax, and also poured some into little cupcake tins with smaller pine cones. I just don't see myself offering it as a regular part of my line.
  5. 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.
  6. He actually suggested it - he works for himself so his schedule is relatively flexible (especially compared to mine). He's my biggest supporter. It just took me so long to feel confident and feel like I 'knew' my wax - how long to stir, what it looked like at different stages, etc. But he does have a manufacturing background so I think you're right that he could learn.
  7. Is it time yet to co-op any of my dupes?

    I've been a mess lately with the move - so I haven't put in my order yet. Need to relocate the sniffies in my office, I could do it this year or next, whatever makes the most sense given the BASF news and holidays.
  8. I wanted to circle back and follow up on this topic since I'm halfway through both shows. So far - so good! I'm actually almost sold out at both shows (which is down to me underestimating the traffic and people wanting my candles). None of the product has been damaged, which is awesome. I was so hesitant about these because I couldn't be with my product, but I'm really happy with how they have gone. Some feedback I did get from a customer was to have signs stating what the notes were in each candle, and I can definitely incorporate that should I try this again. All in all - I'd definitely do this again next year. Since I work full time it was great to be able to be selling candles without standing in a booth, and it's also how the majority of craft shows are run in my area. Anyway - just wanted to let you guys know how it turned out
  9. My husband and I are thinking of having another baby, and we're trying to figure out how it will effect my business. After a year of testing and learning, I launched in August and have been slowly but steadily growing this business into something I'm proud of. I haven't run into the 464 issues others have (I think this is because I changed containers in January and so I was already testing and identifying wicks in the 'new' wax), and I would hate to put candlemaking on hold for 9 months. So...is it crazy to think I could teach my husband to do the FO parts of the process? I could wick and label all the jars, even start the wax melting, but he'd have to measure the FO and actually pour the candles. We do have a respirator (my husband worked in pharmaceuticals so he made sure it was an appropriate kind for airborne fragrance), and we have windows and could in theory put in an exhaust fan - but I just don't know if I'm comfortable using FO whilst pregnant. Maybe I'm being overly cautious? Anyway - I'm rambling. Just looking for tips, or experiences in teaching someone else your craft.
  10. Oh wow - just seeing this! So anything that ships now is effected? Or anything that the fragrance companies receive after Dec 1?
  11. I only do dye-free. When I was learning to make candles (well, obviously still am learning) it seemed like one other thing to worry about so I didn't bother. I buy dyed and dye-less candles, but prefer dye-less as I just like the look better.
  12. Is it time yet to co-op any of my dupes?

    Just got my sniffies - wow! Even with this head cold they are really nice. I saw a couple pages back some references to Vetyver cafe doing well in wax - what about the others? I'm specifically interested in Tonic, Sweet Amber, Provence, and Egyptian Dragon
  13. Black Friday Sales

    Thanks, Belinda! Now I have soooo many to check out. Below is what I ended up trying from FB - I don't do a lot of sweet/bakery scents (I'm not a big fan and they haven't sold that well for me), and I wanted to try some of the Moonworks dupes since I've heard such good things. Cinnamon Broom English Ivy Frankincense & Myrhh Lemon Pound Cake Peace VBN Stress Relief November Rain Tea and Cakes Forest Nymph Witches Brew Black Cedarwood and Juniper Sun and Earth Beeswax and Propolis Bergamot Tobacco Goddess Enchanted Merlin's Forest Exonerated City Life Persimmon Flowering Dogwood
  14. Black Friday Sales

    I was able to find your list and Belinda's on another thread so I did end up getting your recs
  15. Black Friday Sales

    Well...I couldn't resist trying out Fragrance Buddy with that sale. Eek! 22 fragrances later...
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