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  1. What type of tax ID?

    I used Legal Zoom to set up my LLC...very straightforward!
  2. I tried it with 464 and it definitely made it too soft...and so far I'm not noticing much of a difference in hot or cold throw with adding it to 444.
  3. I recently upped my 14 oz candles to $22 each retail (so, $11 wholesale). I could probably go a smidge higher, and maybe will next year, but right now this was the most conservative jump I could make without shutting out certain longtime customers. Luckily, most of my wholesale accounts have been supportive, and two of them had actually told me last year that I needed to raise my prices. So - don't undervalue your work. 16 oz is a hefty candle and if you're targeting the right customer (one who will pay for quality ingredients and something that's locally, artisan made) and you're branding in a way that conveys the value of your brand, I would personally have no issue with paying $28 - $30 for a good candle that size. Again - the key is targeting the right customers who will be fine with paying that price for a candle. Not everyone will be, and that's fine - they're not your customer. And yes - definitely try to get that cost per candle down. That's something that all of us small makers struggle with, since most of us don't buy in huge bulk. I just got an order of 3,000 jars delivered to me last week - on 2 pallets - which are currently stacked in my living room and front hallway. So for me it's not only trying to be careful about cash outlay, but I also have serious space issues!
  4. @ellajoan @Moonstar I'm sorry...I should have clarified that! co92 is actually coconut oil, with a 92-degree melt point (there is also a 76-degree melt point version).
  5. That is really interesting, and thank you for that tip...I'm going to order a small bag to test. I should quit making candles and become a professional tester.
  6. I have burned these particular lots using the same wicks before, but blended with 25% of the coconut slab wax from C&S. In those cases, the burn was much faster... I don't know whether I'm coming or going anymore with these changes to soy!!
  7. I know that @TallTayl, @Clear Black, and @ComfortandJoy have all been testing blends of co92 with soy wax, and so I jumped on the wagon to give it a go myself. I did 2 blends - 20% co92 with 444 and 20% with 464, and after about a 10-12 day cure I'm burning the 2 tests this morning. It really seems like the co92 is slowing the burn of both of my tester jars, especially with the 444 blend. Not a bad thing, but I have no idea why or how that would be the case. Each jar is wicked with my usual ECO wicks. Would love to hear input/results/experiences from anyone who has blended co92 with soy.
  8. I was just eyeing the EZ wick setter, but your trick sounds genius...I'm going to give it a try!
  9. NG --a review of fo order

    I use 8% as well, and ECO wicks which do tend to burn hotter...so I would definitely try wicking up!
  10. Just Scents Oils I can't decide on....

    Oh bummer! This is one I really wanted to try. I use 464 so maybe it will perform differently, but I'll stick to the sample size to test first.
  11. NG --a review of fo order

    Green clover and aloe was absolutely strong for me in 464, and vanilla champagne was also great and a good seller for me. I ordered fresh basil with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I use it as a mixer and have been happy with it!
  12. How much stock to bring?

    I agree with @Trappeur, there are so many variables involved in shows that there's really no right answer. But the info you just provided is super helpful to at least throw a few suggestions out there.... First, I would say that my main piece of advice would be to bring enough stock so that your table is filled up the entire time. Depending on how you're setting up your space and the number of products that you offer, the quantity that makes up a "fully stocked space" will vary for everyone, but if you can bring 300, I certainly would. The important thing is, as soon as there are empty spaces, reach down under your table (or wherever your extra stock is) and fill them in. A table full of product is truly appealing and inviting to customers and I have found in my experience that this makes a difference for me sales-wise. As for number of scents...there are probably a couple of schools of thought on this, but like you, I tend to offer a lot of scent choices at my shows. I've found the same thing - people tend to linger and stay longer to smell all the scents, and it almost becomes like a challenge for them to choose their favorites. Just make sure that you're grouping the same scents together in an organized way, otherwise they'll get overwhelmed. I hope you do GREAT!
  13. Just Scents Oils I can't decide on....

    I have the Rosemary Mint and personally I like Flaming's much better...the one from Just Scent is too minty for my nose and I can't smell any rosemary at all. I haven't tried the Aveda Rosemary Mint Type yet, so maybe that one is more balanced. The Shampure Aveda Type smells exactly like Aveda's Shampure and is very strong. I can't really come up with a good description for it, but I can't see it as a candle scent, but more of a bath and body scent. The other one on your list that I have tried is the Avocado and Sea Salt, and used that in 464 wax last year. It's a clean, spa-like scent but for me wasn't a strong one. I might give it a try it again.
  14. Bubbly 6006 wax???

    @TallTayl Not yet, but I'm going to test that out. When I'm pouring for production (wholesale orders/shows), I'm pouring between 70 - 100 a day, sometimes more, so I was trying to figure out the logistics of insulating each candle with the space I have. I definitely need to figure something out!
  15. Bubbly 6006 wax???

    Coincidentally, I've started to have those exact tiny bubble issues with my 464/coconut blend. I'm pouring around 120 to try to help eliminate air cavities under the surface (which, frankly, is not helping...but at least this time the cavities are visible at the surface so I can at least see them and know they're there & fix), but at this lower temp the air bubbles are ridiculous and on every. single. candle. Heat gunning sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Repours do help, but having to re-pour each candle is putting a real kink in my production.