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  1. I like the CS Apple Harvest and CS Macintosh Apple as well. CS Blueberry Cobbler is nice. It's a little lacking on the cobbler,IMO, so blending with a bakery scent like CS Snickerdoodle, Cake, or Lemon Pound Cake might be interesting. I saw an apple butter FO somewhere but can't remember where. That would be nice for both the apple festival and Thanksgiving themes. Now that I think about it, there is an apple and pumpkin FO out there somewhere... RE Apple & Pumpkin Strudel, all the apple pumpkin Yankee dupes, NG Apple Pumpkin Butter.
  2. @Tokoo Have you taken a look at Candlewic's waxes? They're in PA with shipping rates that aren't too terribly high, IMO. I think they're the largest supplier of coconut wax blends on the East Coast, if you're interested in giving coconut wax a try. Shipping transit times are very similar to Candlescience's (maybe better) - all states, except MS and WI, east of the Mississippi are in one or two day UPS zones.
  3. moving away from 464

    Looks good! CB#9... A Calwax wax, maybe? Might try asking them about the paraffin content, if so.
  4. Frosting and wet spots are very difficult to avoid with soy wax, and even if you don't have any right now there is no guarantee they aren't going to show up eventually. For me, dye chips seemed to cause more frosting than liquid dyes. Browns, dark greens (like hunter green), oranges, and blue were always an issue. Brown was the worse by far. One lesson I learned about touching up a soy candle: never ever use a hairdryer. The frosting is always (at least) twice as worse once it sets up.
  5. Easter Fragrances

    First thing that came to mind for an Easter fragrance was coconut cake. Like the bunny cakes. NG has a jelly beans FO that looks interesting. The jelly beans would be interesting I would think. There's a coconut cream or creme somewhere isn't there? Coconut was always in our Easter baskets along with plenty of chocolate choices.
  6. Testing Wicks

    @TallTayl I had that problem with tin tests. Had to either remelt the entire thing, top it off, or toss it. Would have been much easier if they didn't have those curled rims so that I could pop the wax out, rather than melt, and reuse the container.
  7. Testing Wicks

    I recently switched to this method. It saves a ton of time. Before, I had to cure at least a week prior to testing a new wick. Now, it's as simple as swapping out the wick.
  8. @TallTayl A bit off topic but since you mentioned engineered soybeans... I have wondered if some of the pesticides and herbicides applied to them might find their way into soy waxes, since the oils destined for hydrogenation aren't going into the food industry (as much as before). Maybe that has something to do with the performance issues we're seeing? Monsanto released a double resistant soybean in 2016. 2017 saw approximately 20 million acres planted. 2018 is estimated to be at least 40 million acres. The plant is resistant to both glyphosate and dicamba. It just so happens that dicamba is volatile but a less volatile version was developed and approved in 2016. That's around the same time we started seeing burn and throw issues with soy wax. Coincidence?
  9. Temporary labeling

    Address labels. They sometimes come loose on the ends after a hot pour but they're not meant to stay forever. Used to put them on the bottoms then quickly realized how much of a mistake that was when taking notes during a burn test.
  10. That's around the time I got a horrible shipment of wax as well. Problems started for me sometime around September when I ran out of some older wax I had from Peak and Candlewic and had to order more. It was from Candlewic and didn't perform quite as well but @birdcharm 's fix remedied that. Ran out of wax again a week or two before Christmas and ordered from Candlescience, which put me right back at square one during a vital time. Still a little bitter about that.
  11. Hate to say it but I've just about given up on soy as well. The rest of my soy is probably going to be hardened and used for melts. Every single time I find a fix for the soy issues the next shipment of wax puts me back where I started. It has been more trouble than it needs to/should be. Even though the coconut waxes are beasts to wick at least they're consistent. Have there been issues with non-big-brand soy waxes?
  12. GW415 -> Akosoy 5715-00-77 GW416 -> Akosoy 5716-00-04 GW444 -> Akosoy 5715-02-02 GW402 -> Akosoy 5702-00-77 GW464 -> Akosoy 5702-02-02 GW435 -> Akosoy C5835-00-77 5715-94-02 is the tart blend.
  13. I keep them in their original bags then toss every bag into a drawer in my supplies cabinet. I think I'm going to have to free up another drawer sometime soon...
  14. Candlewic has a coconut wax that doesn't appear to have any paraffin in it. Their SDS lists the ingredients. I'm guessing it's a proprietary blend they make at their facilities. Haven't tried it yet - it's a bit pricey. Their coco-apricot blend is nice and works well with soy, although, it does have paraffin in it and is as difficult (maybe a little more) to wick as coco83.
  15. Castor Jelly

    I'm searching for an additive for general wax use. An alternative to petrolatum. I've been working with various blends containing either palm, soy, or coconut. Unfortunately, all of them seem to be missing one thing that binds it all together. The differences in melt points and hardness are causing a few issues, so I figure I need something that's somewhere between the two extremes. Castor's ability to congeal a mixture is an added plus when working with a very thin blends. I guess I could make my own "jelly" with stearic and an oil but I'm not certain how well that would hold after remelting and blending with wax. From what I've read, the jellies are formed by constant agitation while cooling, and that's not in the cards for making candles... Well, I guess it could be, since soy is often brought to a gel phase before pouring, but palm wax, a major component in my blends, refuses (for me, at least) to gel or go below its melt point without crystallizing and floating to the top. That's also why I'm searching for an effective congealer that can suspend the palm to keep it from migrating as it rapidly crystallizes. I asked in the cosmetics section because castor is a cosmetics/bath/body product. Probably should have asked over in the candles. Rice bran wax is amazing, from what I've read. Terribly costly, unfortunately. Haven't tried it yet. Still hunting for a decently priced source that sells by the lb or two. I am curious to see how it compares to castor and palm waxes in structure and heat tolerance. My palm blends that use either palm kernel flakes or co92 tend to be finicky when handled (some of them melt just enough to become greasy), so temperature still affects the lower melt point ingredients despite being held in a higher melt point crystalline structure. I wonder if the same holds true for rice bran wax. I'm also curious to see whether or not rice bran candles turn mushy when containing high percentages of low melt point ingredients and exposed to temperatures much lower than rice bran's melt point but higher than the other ingredients'.