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franu61 last won the day on November 27 2017

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  1. franu61

    Lone Star recommendations?

    What another sale?...ugh. I haven't purchased directly from lonestar before, but I got some pumpkin pie spice from another chandler and I really like it.
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    Presto Pot Melters

    I have never melted my soy with the lid on either. I do put the lid back on when the remaining wax has hardened, to deep the dust out
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    When did you start?

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    Your startup costs?

    Well, I went about it a little differently....bought an already established business. Purchase price was $3500. That included recipes, wholesale accounts, equipment and supplies (no premade product) I did not ever think about it, but it sounds like I got a bargain, lol. Course I did and still do lay out more money on new product testing and equipment upgrades, and insurance is a major, ongoing expense.
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    Natures Garden

    Absinthe, Nag Champa, Orange Clove, Cracklin birch, all good in wax and M&P soap.
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    I haven't tried re's lemon verbena but Brambleberry's is very good!
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    Sewing machine recommedations?

    lol, I have one of those pieces of garbage I agree! Don't have any recs, tho
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    Blending Peppermint

    I recently did a blend of peppermint and green tea. All of the others above sound great too.
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    Weird Results Using GB 464

    @Trappeur i am gonna try pouring at 149, cuz I want beautiful candles like you make!
  10. franu61

    Fragrance prices

    I know what you mean @ShelleyF. I've seen those FB groups too. Funny they call them" de-stash" groups, but more like "make a profit groups", lol. I would never buy used for more than original price, but I noticed the shipping is usually less than you'd pay from the original, so maybe people figure it's worth it for 1 or 2 bottles?
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    Home Interiors Type Mulberry?

    Yeah, that's what I'm running into with all the plum scents...a lot more going on than just plum. I bet they smell delicious, but my customer wants just plum. thanks for the info.
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    Home Interiors Type Mulberry?

    I don't know about the HI scent, but have to say: WOW! 2 months and 4 days?? What is your secret? Seriously, there are a bunch of us FO addicts that wanna know how you did that. Does the plum tart REALLY smell like plums? I have been looking for a true plum scent.
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    Weird Results Using GB 464

    Are the spots through out the candle or just on the bottom? It looks like dirt or debris particles or flecks of un- dissolved dye chip? What color was the dye? The streaks hmm, almost looks like the glue from the sticker smeared? Sounds like you did everything right except I do pour 464 a little bit cooler. I shoot for 120 or so, but if that is undissolved dye pouring temp would not have made any difference.
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    Bakery scents

    There is a facebook group called melt & pour soapmakers. They have some very talented crafters. Tons of pictures and info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460683120854552/