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  1. I poured two 8oz tins with 6006 and 7% lemon verbena. I put one in the refrigerator and one in the garage. I also put each of them in Ziploc bags. After two weeks I took them out and gave them 24 hours to come to room temperature. Both my wife and I did a blind test to pick which one had the better CT. We both picked the one that had cured in the garage, the difference wasn’t huge, but it was noticeable. Testing the HT was much more difficult. Every room in my house is a different size with different airflow. In the end I have to say the results were inconclusive. If one did have a better HT i
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  2. best thing to do is: just admit to it! So, my dear friends and addicts, I am going to admit here that I'm a FOHO. Over the past week I received shipments of FOs from AH-RE, Fillmore, Candle Science, The Candle Source, Lone Star, Cajun Candle. Just wanting to add a few more to my 200+ collection. But, hey, I've got candles, wax tarts, soaps, lotions, etc. to make! My actions are justified, right? 😁 Just a quick question: do you sometimes find yourself looking at your stash of FOs and feeling "lost", not knowing which one you should reach for (because you've got so darn many)?
    3 points
  3. Your path becomes even more treacherous when you Drink the FO. Might want to rethink that one.
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  4. I'm just starting down this treacherous path so I'm just drinking my FO, not mainlining it. If you had to pick one FO supplier which would it be based on variety of scents and quality of fragrances? I've ordered from CS and Flaming Candle so far. Just wondering if there's maybe a quality supplier out there that isn't one of the top 5 on Google.
    3 points
  5. @Ravens I purchased the ribbon wick from Northwood and I love them. They produce a larger, hotter flame than the ECO that I've used. For me they didn't work great in coconut oil, because it burns too hot, and because coconut wax gets too soft during the burn it starts to sag a bit making the wick off center. Did I mention as the wick burns it actually twist down the length of the wick ( I hope that makes sense). I used it in soy wax using an 8 oz anchor jar that has a 3" diameter and it worked EXCELLENT!
    2 points
  6. When I go higher than 6 then I get oily spots in warm weather.
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  7. I am a binge FO shopper. 😶😶 I might need one oil, but you know you can't get just one, cause shipping! ...but then I shop around on price from other suppliers once I spot a few that I want to try... but of course I can't not get the original oil even after I spot four more from another supplier that I want... and OMG there's a sale over there!! 😵😵 So for a week solid I'll have a package on my doorstep every day! 😂 Thank goodness the testing will keep me busy! Until I run out of wax and the process starts again!
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  8. I have never found that using more than 6% yielded a more fragrant candle. All it ever gave me was a wicking problem. BUT I use 6006. Haven't used 464 in a really long time. I might could see going up to 7 or 8% but 12% is just nuts. People who are using that much FO need to learn more about making candles, IMO. Don't get me started on FB people. That place is full of what not to do.
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  9. Well, I did it. And although I still have a lot left to do, this is a start. My ETSY shop is finally here and beginning to have a cohesive look that Ive been working towards. I think I am ready to share with you folks and ask your opinions as to my progress, but I am also VERY shy and it is taking me a lot of courage built up to be able to share this with you. But, I feel I need to ask opinions that are not a family member or biased because they know me in person. SO ROAST ME ALL YOU WANT LOL!! The good, the bad and the ugly, please say how you feel. It will only help me. Ive asked how the
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  10. For variety my favorite is Nature's Garden. Holy moly, they have a zillion fragrances. Not all of them work in wax though, so testing is imperative. For quality my new favorite is Pure Fragrance Oils. Their FOs are just amazing.
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  11. Not the greatest pic but you can see how it twists down the length once it's burned.
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  12. I love everything about it! The label design is awesome, but what stands out to me the most is your "ABOUT" section, it's real, it's you, and people can relate, that's the best way to build your brand. Photography is great as well. As an Etsy seller myself, I would say change a tag or two to something like "Birthday Gift" or "Eco Friendly" and always reserve a flexible tag that can be changed with every season or holiday. I wish you nothing but the best!
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  13. I see nothing to worry about. It's as good most Etsy shops and better than most. Very impressive.
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  14. With the right combo of wax, FO and container, I basically like them, they have potential. They do produce a big flame, or wide flame. I like the look of them because they are unusual. I have mostly only tested them in coconut waxes and it has been a while. Seems like I did have some issues with sooting in coconut wax. I plan on testing them in other waxes at some point.
    1 point
  15. You can also find them at CierraCandle.
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  16. @Lizzythanks for the update,
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  17. I'm currently using the 129 and I do prefer it over the 125 although the repours are a pain.....the 125 smelled too "paraffinish" to me and I didn't like the gummy consistency of it. Still haven't found the magic wick yet....I've only been testing it a couple weeks and just today decided to mix it 50/50 with gb464.....there's nothing like the cold throw of soy and maybe my wick options will open up a little....who knows?
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  18. I totally agree with @Candybee, she said it perfectly. I go as high as 7% with my paraffin, because that seems to be the FO sweet spot. Any more and the burn gets UGLY, less than 6% I'm not happy with the CT. Palm wax I use 5-6%, and for most FOs that is more than enough for great HT and CT. Why burn money, especially if it doesn't even make a better product? That being said, I don't have much experience with soy wax, so that might be a different story. But even then, 12% just seems a ridiculous amount.
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  19. agree with you on this! And when you dont go towards the norm, you could get bullied. Plus, like you said above too, too much FO could cause problems too
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  20. One way to do it is to pick at least one scent from each fragrance type. Think of which types you want to represent and then find a FO in that type: woodsy floral resin fruit clean green fabric ocean/water/ozone spice Another way is to combine more than one type: floral/fruity woodsy/resin clean/green clean/fabric spice/fruit floral/woodsy
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  21. Ravens I know how you feel. I am trying to rehab my FO addiction and its not going too well!
    1 point
  22. I know what you are going through as I downsized my oils a couple of years ago. Had to revamp all my recipes to accommodate the loss of the extra oils I was using. My goal was to make my recipes easier while saving money by not having more oils than was really necessary. I simply wanted recipes with 4-5 oils for my basic bath soap which was my main recipe. Barbs recipe just above my post is a great one. I used to use PKO with CO and Castor for a triple creamy bubbly lather combo. I kept the CO and castor and lost the PKO. For my extra conditioning soaps like
    1 point
  23. Very nice all around, you have a look that is all your own. Well done. 👍
    1 point
  24. Got it. I guess you have to pick and choose your keywords as the website design includes them on the website itself. Seems a bit odd to me but all righty then.
    1 point
  25. Thats not a description though, those are the SEO tags. Search Engine Optimization. Etsy gives you 13 "tags" and they are supposed to be keywords that someone might type into the Etsy search bar. So, if someone types in "Industrial gift" I have a better chance of showing up in their searches. There are only so many keywords I can think of without being repetitive, so I thought INDUSTRIAL would be an ok tag. Im still working on my SEO keywords, so I was going to try to find a better one to replace that soon. I just am mind stuck lol Thanks for the feedback!! Any suggestions on SEO
    1 point
  26. Very nice! I have nothing to add. You've done a outstanding job. Here's wishing you many, many sales!
    1 point
  27. I think your website looks neat, professional, and easy to navigate to find what you need. The only critique I could possibly comment on is your candle description using the word "industrial". I get that you use paint type cans as your candle containers but they are on the elegant side with your unique and lovely labeling. Industrial just does not seem fitting a descriptor and conjures up a whole different image to me other than candle. If it were me, I would change it out to "unique" or something similar or just drop it altogether. This is a very winded post for such a small point.
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  28. Thanks CR! I'm going into this not having any expectations, just enjoying the ride is all. I have a well paying full time job that I cannot walk away from any time soon, so any sales, if any...will just be that little extra. I do festivals and fairs all year, and do rather well at them. But not sure if that success will ever translate into the digital world. Only time will tell
    1 point
  29. Lol, thats the funny bit. There is no story. Sometimes its just a name. I was just dabbling in illustrator making some logo designs, made that one and set it aside for about 6 months. Came back to it and had a fresh look at it again, then noticed that to me anyways, the lion looked really bitter looking. Like he was squinting or mad lol. Then I said out loud, dam that looks like one bitter lion. VOILA, it stuck. 🤣
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  30. One thing you could add to the About Me section is the story behind your business name!
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  31. Congrats! I love the whole pkg.! The containers, your color choices, the logo, so professional looking. I bet You'll have your first order soon!😀
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  32. I would just expect at minimum 4-5 weeks for your order to arrive at door once you submit. It never seems like they are in a rush but their quality is worth the wait. Also, most, if not all product labels are created in Adobe Illustrator which has the file extension .ai There are other similar programs out there but you cannot match AI in its functionality and ease of use. Look into getting Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) It will give you access to all their software for a monthly subscription. You can cancel at any time, so work on your artwork for a few months, then unsub. Easy peasy
    1 point
  33. Thank you so much! I will check them out. And I know nothing about the different file formats. Good thing I have someone to help with that! Was it just a slow turn around on your first order or is it slow with every order?
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  34. https://www.consolidatedlabel.com/ Very good quality, little slow on turn around time but Im a small business and they tend to focus on orders in the 10's of thousands. I usually order 3,000 labels at a time to keep costs down. You will need to upload any artwork in .ai format, so a basic understanding and access to Illustrator would be needed EDIT: Just to add to that, its a one time $75 plate charge for the Spot gloss, $10 per version charge. Also, the instant quote feature wont have any Spot gloss option I believe and you would just have to call them and get an accou
    1 point
  35. The 14 oz net wt is the weight of wax inside the 16 fluid ounce container even though its closer to 14.5 ounces of wax. Its listed as a 16 ounce because the container holds 16 fluid ounces. Go search some of the more popular 8 oz candles and even though it says 8 ounces, the actual wax weight is in the 7 ounce range. Not sure how to describe it really, I just put 14 ounces on the front even though the customer gets more than the 14 ounces
    1 point
  36. I started blending with soy , also i have been using wooden Wicks. I have put a lot of testing into that . I found i couldn’t find one that was one size fits all. Spent a ton of money 🤦🏼‍♀️ So now i cut them mix them. I don’t know if you can call it 100 percent soy. Soy blend I call it if people ask me i do not have a problem telling what i use. I also just tried coconut wax , honestly much better than soy! The difference is unbelievable especially with a wooden wick. I posted pure coconut wax wish i had a better picture, smooth tops good CT and HT. Online issue it’s expensive. Take Forrest’s
    1 point
  37. I have the spot UV on my business cards- I love that type of finish! Edit: if you don’t mind sharing, I’d like to know where you got your labels printed. When I got my business cards in I said I would love to have labels like that. Just didn’t know it was a possibility.
    1 point
  38. LOVE the label! The different colors for fragrances makes your page really stand out imo. The Etsy tag says 16 ounce and you have 14 net weight oz on candle. Is 16 ounce reflective of the container? I looked and it seems some people list on Etsy by size of container. I don't sell on Etsy so I have no idea of how it should be done. Website not active yet? I like the name bitterlion and it's nice you got the .com for it. But looks great!
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  39. Thanks!! The labels themselves are a silky matte vinyl that is suuuuper silky/soft to the touch, then the Lion logo/BITTERLION are both in a spot UV that makes it pop out from the rest of the matte. Thanks a bunch! Aww, thanks so much 😊
    1 point
  40. Beautiful! I love, love your labels. Itching to see more pictures.... :-)
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  41. Okay, @Clear Black, your product and label design is off the charts awesome looking! The Etsy page looks great. Amazing job! At first glance I can’t offer up any suggestions.
    1 point
  42. The only place I can seem to find the black tubes is at papertubeco, and in size .3oz. At the very lowest price point they are at $1 each before shipping. So probably close to $1.25 each just for the tube. Most people can get a regular tube of lip balm for almost that so do you mind me asking how you price yours and what is your customers response to that? Ive always wanted to lesson my plastic use, but these paper tubes are way high on the price for the raw material
    1 point
  43. Dont forget you can always use the wisdom and guidance of the forum members here for any feedback if you wish to share your branding thoughts here someday. Good luck!
    1 point
  44. Amazon delivered a package on my garbage bin today. Right next to a stack of recycling boxes. Yikes.
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