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  1. 3 points
    1. I shoot for one month from pouring to selling. 2. I think it is impossible to know. Playing around with 6006 for three years now has really given me time to learn it. If we wick based on a short cure, the wicking is basically one size too small (with my wicks, at least). It takes about a month before that larger size wick ends up being perfect. I find that's pretty much the end of it. That same candle is still properly wicked 2 years later. I'm in the process of cleaning off my testing shelves, and lately I have burned several that are at least 2 years old or older, and they are good. Very good. It's astonishing really. You've just gotta find that happy medium. I don't have a problem selling a freshly made candle, because the wicking isn't so big that it is unsafe. The bigger issue is that the wicks mushroom more, the flame bobs and weaves and it can throw off a little soot. It burns OK, it's just not as clean and pretty as it should be. So there is a bit of leeway there. It basically just boils down to inventory control. I make things in advance and store them to restock as needed. For what it's worth, your information is NOT useless. It's actually very valuable for anyone that truly wants to make the best product they can. I screamed it for a while, but no one listens. People balk at cure times, etc, but it is so important (no matter what you make) to know how the product performs in the long term. It blows my mind that people routinely disregard that. Seems like common sense to me.
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    https://swiftcraftymonkey.blog/ @lisabeth13, have you visited Susan's blog? She is based in Canada, and she often recommends Canadian suppliers. Off the top of my head, I know she really likes Windy Point for oils and such.
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    At least that one is scented! This one is knot: 😂
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    Thank you, Sarah! I am checking her page out now! I also haven't heard of Windy Point, so I will check them out too!
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    Thank you for that information, it gives me hope. For my 6006 candles I have been selecting wicks that were a size large based on my test of a two month old candle. I feel much better now about my plan to make my candles for next fall, and most of 2020 now and store them.
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    I make the majority of my candles prior to the season I begin to sell them so they are ready for sale when the season starts. My point is some may be sold right away while others may sit on the shelf for weeks or months before they sell. The truth is you don't know when any particular candle will be burned so you have to design your candle for optimum burn and safety knowing ahead of time you have no control over the matter.
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    Wow! Money to burn, literally!😀
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    As for ambient conditions I am very aware of those as I'm trying to correlate test date from test done at 65 degrees and 78 degrees. I suppose if you wanted to cure your candles for 9 months before selling them that would take the time element out of it, but it would take you two years to get the wicking right. I think if you give a candle a normal cure time before testing that's all you can do. I ask the question because years ago I was the lead for a logistics team at NASA, so I think about these things. For example at markets first time buyers are likely to be impulse buyersthat burn their candles right away, but online sales to repeat customers are more likely to wait a while before burning. My wife used to get candles by the case and pickup extras here and there. At one time the average age of the candles at our house was more than a year.
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    @Tony, love your logo. So serene! You might want to check out Adobe Soapworks for their Sandalwood Vanilla. It's got a lot of depth and is very earthy. TallTayl's Egyptian Dragon and Amber are just beautiful and would fit nicely into your lineup as well.
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