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About Crafty1_AJ

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    http://www.ajscountrycottage.com

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    candles soap b&b
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    Missouri
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    chandler/soaper/B&B'er
  • About You
    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
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    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)
  1. I was going to suggest a 47. LOL But I was assuming a fairly hefty scent load and some dye. What % of f.o. are you using? Are you coloring? Light or heavy? If you're not scenting and coloring, I'd also suggest starting with a 40.
  2. Replacement Suggestions?

    Keystone bought out Peak's remaining inventory. Also there is a supplier here by the name of Julie who has some Peak clones for sale. I'll go find these threads and shoot you a link. Edited to add link: Here's another thread to check out:
  3. Para-Soy Tarts-Increasing Scent Thow

    OK, I clicked on your link, and according to the info there, you can add up to 10% fragrance load. That means you can add about 1.5 oz. fragrance per pound of wax. How much are you using? If you're using less than 10%, you could try bumping up the amount of fragrance you add to improve scent throw. Another factor in tart throw is the wattage of the warmer. If you're testing in a low watt warmer, that might impact throw. What is the wattage of the warmer you test in? Also, try changing location of warmer to an area with more air flow. You might have it in a "dead zone."
  4. So I did my first show of the season this past weekend. Sales were so slow the first day -- I made a bunch of crocheted pot scrubbers. LOL The second day, sales REALLY picked up. There were times I had lines of customers waiting to check out. (Yay!) Most candle buyers bought at least 3, if not more. Big sellers in candles were clove, spice, pumpkin, cinnamon, and apples. No shock there. My best selling soap was my Lemongrass Scrubber. Go figure -- I would peg that one as more of a spring/summer (gardening season) soap. No complaints, though. Overall, good sales. My dd and dh did the farmer's market for me because I had the show the same day. So we MLOM! ;-)
  5. One of the best features of more traditional craft shows and markets, IMO, is that the maker is standing right there beside his/her product. Customers get to interact with the creator/seller, and you can explain the highlights of what you do and talk up your product. You are knowledgeable about your stock, can answer questions, and can point the customer to a particular item he / she wants. As a buyer, I prefer the seeing to and talking with the maker face to face. JM2C
  6. I don't dig Nag Champa either, but boy, does it sell. Lilac smells horrible to me, but it's my top-selling floral, so I just tough it out when I sniff test a fresh batch for throw. *gag* Thankfully, I wear a painter's mask when I pour it, or I just toss that job off to Lovely Assistant and leave the workshop to do paperwork. LOL A strong coffee scent I tried once had a skunk note. P. friggin. U.
  7. Found New Ecosoya Q210 In Stock!

    Has anyone tried wicking with RRD series?
  8. Are Bergamot and Pink Grapefruit faders?

    Oh gee, my post is old. I used to get 5x lime from a company no longer in business. No clue who has it today!
  9. I sell a lot of unscented candles, so yes. I think you could try a whole line of unscented goods. Soap, lip balm, lotion, scrubs, jar candles, pillars, votives, etc. Lots of people are becoming increasingly sensitive to fragrance. I also sell cotton knitted dishcloths, but those are something I like to make anyway. You don't get a lot for your labor. But I'm hyper and it wears off some energy if I have to just sit, such as on a long car ride. LOL
  10. What is your #1, VERY favorite FO?

    Rice Flower & Shea fragrance. Vanilla Bean Noel ranks right up there, too.
  11. Black Raspberry Vanilla

    Sweet! Good job!
  12. 4630 testing

    Lots of carbon beads with your zinc core, but I do love how they stand up straight and don't curl. Curling is not a big issue to me if the diameter of the candle is fairly wide, but I hate it on really small melt pools. But I'd trust your gut / observations. If the Z wicks had weak flames while burning, you're spot on to ditch that wick and go with another type.
  13. FAVORITE Halloween / Fall Fragrance OILS

    Oooh, I'd like to get my hands on a good PPW. I tested one from TN once and loved it. Alas, shortly after I tested it, they went out of business. LOL
  14. FAVORITE Halloween / Fall Fragrance OILS

    I love anything pumpkin for fall. Dirty Little Secret: I probably have a dozen or so different variations on pumpkin in my fo stash. LOL As the post mistress on Lark Rise says, "It's my ONE weakness."
  15. Oregon Trails Reviews

    I've never tried OT oils in candles, but there are several I love in soap.
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