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About lumoscandles

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  1. I'll have a table at the Mayhem Market in Lakewood. It's sort of a specialty market catering to punk/metal/rockabilly sort of scene. They found me on Etsy and invited me to join. The vendor fee is only $39 for a 6 foot table so I figured it's worth a shot since the fee is so low! I'd only have to sell about 3 or 4 items to get my money back for the fee so that seems reasonable for my first try at something like this.
  2. So I just signed up for my first craft fair in October, and I need some help/advice! -I have only sold items on Etsy before, which I do not charge sales tax for, since almost all of my orders are out of state. If I sell items at a craft show, do I need to charge sales tax? (I am selling out of Colorado) -I do not have a registered business or sales tax license yet. Do I need to/should I get one for this? -Also, Etsy does not provide a tax form unless you make a certain amount in a year, and I have never made very much money on Etsy until now. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle taxes with Etsy? Last year was the first time I made over $1000 so I never worried about it before but now that my business is growing so much, I don't know what to do! Please help! I don't want to get in trouble with the IRS or end up owing a ton of money when tax season comes lol! Thanks!
  3. I'm not sure I will have the time or resources to make new tutorials with 4 college classes and my Etsy business, but you can still view all the ones I made for Peak on
  4. I just got an order from Rustic Escentuals and found their Almond Creme is pretty much spot on to Peak's Almond Pastries!!!
  5. Got my first order from Rustic Escentuals! Unfortunately the Falling Leaves and Autumn Rain scents are nice but are NOTHING like Peak's Autumn Walk which is disappointing. BUT their Clover Fields and Aloe is SPOT ON for Peak's Green Clover & Aloe! Thank you so much for the recommendation as I have been searching high and low for a Green Clover & Aloe replacement for the last year! And they included a lollipop in my order! How cute! Their Almond Creme is also very similar to Peak's Almond Pastries.
  6. No problem! Well, my grandfather used to make dipped tapers with me when I was a kid. He would melt down old, leftover candles on the stove and dip them. Other than that, I had no other experience with candles and had never really thought about it as a craft I could do until I started at Peak. When I was hired there, I was supplied with a starter kit and encouraged to learn and make candles and soaps to better assist customers with questions and I just loved it! I started buying more supplies and making them for friends and family as gifts. In 2009, I discovered Etsy and created my shop, LumosCandles, and sold a few things here and there but it really took off last year when I added some new products, labels, and better photos (which was GREAT because I got laid off last July and needed another source of income, but I was also taking 5 classes at MSU Denver so I was a bit overwhelmed!) I enjoy lots of crafts but have never gotten as good at anything else or enjoyed it quite as much as candle and soap making. As I learned more, I was put in charge of the tutorials for candletech so the majority of tutorials on there were created by me and I loved that part of my job the most! I loved coming up with new ideas and sharing them with customers! Now, my Etsy shop continues to grow and expand and even though it's a lot of work and in a little 1-bedroom apartment, I hope it will continue to flourish.
  7. Thank you! Ummm well I was trying to be ambiguous so as not to stir things up but I suppose there's no real harm in it. I worked for Peak from 2008-2016. There is a lot of drama surrounding the closure at this time which is why I didn't want to bring it up originally but to be honest I don't know very much more about it than what is out there to see on Facebook. I'm trying my best to find replacements from other suppliers and will be sure to let you all know what I can find!
  8. I just got an order from Maple Street and their Cherry Almond is very close to Peak's Almond Pastries. Not quite exact but better than other almond types I've tried so far. Their Macintosh Apple is also pretty close. However, their Twilight Woods is kinda close but doesn't quite hit the mark. Lone Star's Twilight Woods is almost exactly the same as Peak's though, in my opinion, as is their Macintosh Apple.
  9. Peak's Tahitian Village was renamed from Tobacco Caramel originally, so if you have smelled Tahitian Village the Tobacco Caramel from BC is probably very similar. It does have tobacco notes and some sweetness but not overpowering. It's more of a really nice, warm blend of a lot of different notes.
  10. Yes, it is. But I just ordered an Autumn Rain and Falling Leaves from Rustic Escentuals to see how they compare. I'll let you know what I think. Autumn Walk was one of my favorites and I love to make autumn leaves soaps with it.
  11. Thank you!
  12. Does anyone have experience packing and shipping large quantities of glass jar candles? I recently got an order for 400 of my 11 oz Tumbler candles with metal lids. Each finished candle weighs about 17 oz. and I will need to ship them from Denver to Virginia. With smaller orders, I typically wrap each one individually in foam wrap and pack it in a box surrounded by peanuts. I just ordered 55 cases of jars from CandleScience and am hoping I can reuse some of their packaging to ship the finished candles. If they'll fit, I was thinking of wrapping each candle, and putting them back inside of the cases they came in, and then back inside the outer boxes with peanuts. I figured only a few cases per box so they don't get TOO heavy and increase the likelihood of damage. Does anyone have advice on something like this? Thanks!
  13. Any suggestions for Green Clover & Aloe? It doesn't have to be a perfect dupe, but I've tried many different botanical and spa types and haven't found anything that's even close, really.
  14. Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been making candles and soaps for about 9 years, 8 of which I worked at a candle supply company (I'm sure I have interacted with some of you regarding your orders and you may have seen many of the tutorials I created for them as well! ). I learned a lot while working there and have only browsed these forums but never joined until now. Recently my etsy business has really taken off and with the closure of Peak and my personal sale of a very large order I find myself in need of some advice from you lovely people who have a LOT more combined experience than myself. I look forward to interacting with you all!