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  1. 8 points
    Hi and welcome! What wax is the most eco friendly is kind of a philosophical question. None are if you think about it. there’s a cost to growing, harvesting, extracting, stabilizing, packaging and distributing the wax. a lot depends on where you are, and how that wax gets to you. All are about equally good and bad as far as carbon footprint and such. In the end, paraffin is probably one of the least troubling as it is using a super cleaned, inert fraction of petroleum oil from waste that is already being produced, versus throwing it away as garbage. It is made of plants and dinosaurs so it is as “natural” as soy. Palm wax gets a terrible rap thanks to the soy lobby. It is a wonderful natural wax and is less damaging to the planet than soy. Even “natural soy” is pretty unnatural when you consider how much chemical fertilizer and Roundup is sprayed to grow it then there’s the hexane required to extract the oil from the beans. That oil is then hydrogenated to make it into a familiar feeling, convenient wax. additives and chemicals to stabilize are required so it will hold the amount of fragrance most candle makers want to use and look pretty. you could use beeswax, but then bees are harmed. With colony collapse and the new Murder Hornet killing hives we are running out of options... Oh, yeah, if you are adding fragrance (including essential oils), it is not natural either, so I guess I’m saying don’t over think it. Just make a safe, clean burning candle and you’re going to achieve your goal.
  2. 6 points
    Hi Everyone, We will resume taking new orders sometime tomorrow afternoon. When we sent out the notice that we were temporarily suspending new orders to get caught up, we received a tremendous amount of new orders before the suspension kicked in. We knew there would be a spike in volume, but not nearly the level we received (which we are grateful and appreciative). This heavy increase in new orders caused it to take a little longer than anticipated for us to get caught up. Please be on the lookout for a notice via Facebook and through our newsletter on exactly when we will resume new orders tomorrow (new products will also be in our newsletter). Thank you all for your continued support and we apologize for the delay in getting things back up and running. Travis
  3. 5 points
    While being a perfectly respectful answer towards @colibri, it was an absolutely savage response to the general "natural" wax industry. I love it.
  4. 4 points
    Just thought I'd share BrambleBerry's Orange Peel has survived the curing period 5 weeks now and its still quite strong. Good Orange scent. That's all I just wanted to share.
  5. 3 points
    Been working on recipes for shaving soaps I have been wanting to do this a couple of years now.
  6. 3 points
    I have this same issue with about every wax you can think of. I have learned over years that it is the oil and warmer in question for longevity, give or take a couple hours difference here and there. For example, one wax would throw the same oil in the same warmer about 12-13 hours whereas another wax would throw that oil in the same warmer for about 15. I educate all of my coworkers and friends who test for me that warmers have a huge effect on how long they last. I tell them the hotter the warmer, the stronger the throw but it will burn off faster and the lower wattage the warmer, the longer they last but lighter throw. I want products to be the best they can be, but sometimes it can get annoying when someone thinks a 1 ounce tart is supposed to last a week or more, especially when they pay no more than a couple of bucks per ounce. If they lasted that long, we certainly would not get return orders as often and would have to raise prices for sure. You are using more than 1 oz per pound already, so anymore than that is not cost effective for mostly the same outcome. I think you are doing everything correctly on your end for results that can vary so much depending on the person. I even tested the theory from customers at a local festival in the same oil and wax. When I followed up with them....one person said the tart filled their whole 2 story home and lingered for days whereas another person with the same oil and blend said it barely traveled far from the warmer and was not as strong as they like. We cannot please everyone and I say if you are confident you have tested enough and are satisfied with your product, keep it moving.
  7. 3 points
    Below picture is GW 464 with using dye chip. I am guessing you might have over heated wax little bit. Wax near the heat element can get really hot. Below picture shows what happens when GW 464 is heated over 200F. Similar thing will starting to happen over 190F.
  8. 3 points
    Good idea kicking the temperature up. I had never thought of that, I just mindlessly stirred for 4 days.
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Some of it comes from plants so depending on your lot it might be vegan friendly.
  11. 3 points
    Paraffin. It's recycled dinosaurs that wouldn't be used for anything else anyway.
  12. 2 points
    I did the same, read and read and read badger and blade forum and others. Been making and selling shaving soap for at least 10 years now. For the last year or two I have been reformulating my recipe to make a 'gel' type shaving soap. It took a while to get it right. You still work it the same as a shaving puck (soap) using a shaving brush to work up the lather its just that it comes in gel form now so I can package it in a container. I've been wanting to make my shaving soap into a shaving gel for years so I am much happier now. Besides, the packaging looks ever so much nicer. At least I think it does. More upscale and classy.
  13. 2 points
    Ha! I did the same thing... felt like a secret agent infiltrating the target market to learn what they REALLY like. More important was learning what they definitely do NOT like: No clay. No olive oil. The list goes on haha.
  14. 2 points
    That has been my experience also. At in person events people would not even enter my shop without ensuring it was “safe”. One notable memory was of a woman with a lavender allergy... I cannot ensure I have not touched anything with lavender, let alone cleared it from every single piece of equipment, mold, packaging, etc. I would rather miss out on a sale than cause harm to someone.
  15. 2 points
    Handmade shaving soap is the best. I have been making it for years now. I formulated it by reading Badger & Blade and on another forum that had some awesome wet shavers.
  16. 2 points
    So smooth tops are no longer in vogue? Got it.
  17. 2 points
    Hi. Sometimes glass containers will be labeled safe for candle use. Per Candles.org, the recommended type of glass container for candles are "Annealed Soda-Lime-Silicate Glass Containers that are Produced for Use as Candle Containers". https://candles.org/industry-standards/ Since we are on the subject, I just noticed that Candles.org has updated the data on their site. They have even better information now and it's more current and specifically explains topics that have been muddy or have needed proper clarification. Such as myths regarding paraffin wax, scented candles, the burning of candles and synthetic FOs vs. essential oils, etc. https://candles.org/ https://candles.org/faqs/ https://candles.org/research-studies/
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Interesting! I've seen my wax do a lot of crazy things but I haven't seen something that looks like that.
  20. 2 points
    Layer aloe gel with cream.
  21. 2 points
    I'm just curious because my business has increased dramatically! Most of my customers come through Facebook and word of mouth. People are staying home and burning through their candles. I do porch pick up and most customers don't even smell them before they buy. I have also shipped some orders. Someone posted in a local group on FB looking for local candles, and it was heartening to see all the recommendations for my candle business. She contacted me last night and ordered 6. Another new customer has, get this, 8 melt warmers and she has ordered 9 times in April and May. Mostly melts but also a few candles. She is obsessed with Pumpkin Sugared Donut from Fragrance Buddy. My son made an online flyer, very nice and professional looking, promoting my candles on FB. He has LOTS of FB friends. So far I've gotten 3 large orders because of the flyer. I am happy and blessed. How about you? How is your business doing during this unprecedented time?
  22. 2 points
    Unless she wants a lot of one fragrance making brittle those pans can hold up to 1 lb. Do you have any kind of silicone molds you could pour wax in?
  23. 2 points
    If it were me, and I was trying to use up wax, I would pour clams and brittle. Were you planning to cut into cubes or break into brittle? No matter really. For a rough estimate of how much wax it would take, fill up the pan with water to the desired thickness, weigh the water and multiply by .9 . With my wax, 14.5oz of wax + 1 oz of FO makes exactly 6 of the standard 6 cavity clamshells, so if you want to go that route, there's a starting point.
  24. 2 points
    Just had to share it somewhere 😆 I was nervous about doing a 100% olive oil soap and even soaping at 125F with 40% lye solution it barely got to a medium-ish trace. I was planning a layered design but ended up attempting a simple swirl since it was a bit too thin. The sodium lactate was a game changer.
  25. 2 points
    Congratulations!! They turned out nice! Great job! Castille can take forever to come to trace.
  26. 2 points
    Oh man... their website though! 😅
  27. 2 points
    See? Win-win, all around.
  28. 2 points
    This was actually a perfect answer and exactly what we were looking for. We felt like there really wasn't a right answer after doing a ton of research, so i think we just needed a gut check to make us realize we were overthinking it. Really appreciate the response and helping out a new team. I guess we just have to do our part to make sure our candles are as eco-friendly as possible with the materials available. Thank you again for the help!
  29. 2 points
    That is exactly how I feel about it too! It is a great bakery scent, but I like the CB more. I also like the Bread Pudding more than Bears CLaws as a similar but different spicy bakery scent. @Marleigha, their Sweet Bakery Dough is one of my favorite bakery scents ever. Not too sweet, very mellow and it pairs well with other candles if you like to burn multiple fragrances. The Zucchini Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Ice Cream are outstanding Pumpkin fragrances.
  30. 2 points
    ICS has quite a few Coffee fragrances I love their Coffee Bean
  31. 1 point
    I've never added allergen alerts on my label. I label every ingredient in my product. If someone has an allergy the will be diligent at reading labels. I've had several customers not purchase soap because they are allergic to something in the soap like shea butter (latex allergen).
  32. 1 point
    Maybe check with Marie gale? I have never listed all potential allergens as the list would need its own booklet sometimes.
  33. 1 point
    I love their Mulberry Circus Concession Tea and Cakes Sugar Cookie Apple Cinnamon Banana Cream Pie Pumpkin Pumpkin Milkshake Pumpkin Vanilla Marshmallow Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Cinnamon Sugared Donuts Pumpkin Peanut Brittle smells amazing to me! Pumpkin Sugared Donuts Pumpkin Spiced Cider Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Pumpkin Cupcake Cinnamon Broom Coconut cream pie Cookie Kitchen Creamy Nutmeg Fizzy Pop Soda-the same as Paradise from Daystar Fruit Loops Harvest Gathering Home sweet home Mint Chocolate Chip Spiced Apples and Peaches Sugar Cookie Royale Tis The Season Warm Welcome Cinnamon Apple peaches
  34. 1 point
    I got in the habit of purchasing wick by the yard or spool a long time ago since I used to make gel candles more often and needed the wick to be raw (uncoated with wax - causes issues with gel) ... plus, I once had a pre-tabbed pull out on me and it was a real pain, so I decided to do the wicks myself. I do them by hand with a pair of pliers.
  35. 1 point
    If I remember right I think someone from Bittercreek said that it is specially formulated for them but I am not sure.
  36. 1 point
    Good thoughts. the helix wick is a twisted (braided) Doubled up version of their Aromalite. It is one tab. That puppy gets HOT. Perhaps if thoroughly testing, someone could use a wick tab with a decent sized hole and crimp two wicks sturdily into it? Not certain of the dynamics of doubling up flat or cored wicks like this.
  37. 1 point
    I like the powder too I put it directly into my soaping oils before I add my lye. great in shaving soap too!
  38. 1 point
    Fillmore has a Lavender, Sage and Rosemary that is wonderful. I always liked it better than CS' LCS. Its strong in my parasoy and palm wax. https://www.fillmorecontainer.com/lavender-sage-rosemary-fragrance-oil-25.html
  39. 1 point
    Here is something I learned from listening to TallTayl (TT) watch your flame, it will tell you if your candle is over wicked. Look at your candle an hour after you light it, the flame shouldn't be too tall, flickering, or sooting. If it is you probably need to wick down. The best advice I can give you is pay attention to TT, if it weren't for her I would have given up candle making a long time ago; I not sure if I should be grateful or angry about that, but there it is.
  40. 1 point
    Thank you for the heads up @Paintguru VERY KIND of you! 😇🙌🏼
  41. 1 point
    I think so, I use 8oz tins with a 3" opening, usually purchased from Flaming.
  42. 1 point
    I used 4627 for quite a while, whenever I tried double or triple wicking it would cause too many issues burning the bottom section of the candles. Worked great in tins with a single wick but that was about it, any jars I had to add soy or i'd get drowning wicks or smoke and soot even with low FO loads.
  43. 1 point
    I'm not sure if any of the suppliers I've used would be considered High End but every supplier I've ordered from has great fragrances and duds. Some good suppliers are Candle Science, Fragrance Buddy, Flaming Candle Company, Aztec, Candle Wic, Lone Star, Just Scent, Rustic Escentuals and many more. I've only ordered a few from Bramble Berry (can't even remember what) but I don't remember anything I ordered being any better than a lot of the FO's I've bought from all of the other suppliers. Maybe order some samples from some of those and you'll get an idea of what you like from each one. I hope this helps.
  44. 1 point
    USPS Regional Rate boxes are my go-to shipping method--unless it's going across the country.
  45. 1 point
    Sounds like you’ve covered the bases. The only thing I can add is to make sure it’s fully cured because the burn can change as the candle ages. I’ve found that if it’s slightly overwicked initially, it usually settles into being just right after 2-3 weeks. Also, you can always try a different wick series if you feel like you need an in-between size.
  46. 1 point
    I use both actually. I use the 4786 in Apothecary jars because that wax is so easy to wick and the colors you get in it are so nice along with a great CT and HT. It looks so perfect after every burn with that nice smooth creamy surface. I also use it for melts and brittle wax and never had to add a harder wax to it. I was using 4627 but switched to 4630 for ease of handling but so far I only use it for tins and painted jars because the wet spots it gets look so much worse than what 4786 gets, and from what I have dealt with while using the 4630 is that it isn't a 1 pour wax, maybe in tins but not glass jars, Its close but still sinks down enough to need a top off. Could be the lot # I got, I don't know, Im still on my first box of it. I wanted to try the 129 because of the reviews but the $114 shipping for 1 $75 box of wax aint cutting it for me.
  47. 1 point
    I've been playing around with it for the last 6 months or so. I really, really liked it at first, CT and HT both really good. But now I'm starting to get a little frustrated with the HT being very weak with a few fragrances I LOVE. Wicking doesn't seem so tricky, but of course does really change with the scent. I started out with HTP's and am now trying CD's. I would love to hear anyone else's experience with this wax. HT, CT? Additives?
  48. 1 point
    The only one I got around to putting in wax was a Fall scent called Thanksgiving day I think. It was pretty good as far as strength etc. I have used their version of Axe in aroma beads and it smells good but it doesn't smell as much like the Axe scent it's supposed to be. I think I have a problem with buying samples and never getting around to putting them in wax! LOL!
  49. 1 point
    I really love their oils, & they have great prices & they ship fast some of my my personal favorites are Pink Sugar, Love Spell ( both excellent dupes ! ) Coffee Caramel Cream & Fruit Loops. I know I have more faves but I am not caffeinated enough to remember them at the moment ?
  50. 1 point
    Well, I took the plunge and ordered from Fragrance Buddy....I ordered Pumpkin Sugared Doughnuts, Winter Festival, Sugar Cookie Royale MW Type, Sea Witch MW Type, Banana Nut Bread MW Type, Vanilla Ice Cream Fragrance, Sweet Berrylicious, Mulberry, Banana, Angel Food Cake, Mint Chocolate Chip, Pink Sands Type, Coconut Cream Pie, Creamsicle, Mexican Fried Ice Cream and Green Apple. So I am hoping that this has been a great decision on my part. We shall see.
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