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  1. Some candle testing institution might have those data, but it’s going to cost you tons of money for that kind of report. That is if they ever have it. ASTM Standards are not mandatory standards, which means no one has to follow it. Manufacturers & we try to follow it because of safety reasons. Most of canning jars are designed to withstand boiling water which is 212F and above. Very hot coffee is served at 175F. Container of our candle should not be hotter than 150F if it is designed right, so we should be safe with most of candle containers if they are dish washer safe. But why do we see glass candle containers blowing up? It is due to crazy dancing flame. Some bad designed candle’s flame is constantly hitting the wall or getting too close to the wall. Top and outer part of a flame is close to 1,400F. There is no container that will withstand the direct contact with flame. So, if you design a safe candle using dish washer safe containers, you don’t have to worry about temperature rating. However, you might want to do thermal shock test at home. You will find how to do that test in following link. https://eca-candles.com/pdf/WorldCandleCongress/ASTM Standards and the Candle Industry - Becker Moss.pdf
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  2. Thank you so much for this! I do have the tobacco, which is rather sweet, kind of like pipe tobacco, but not the green tobacco oil. I think that one would fit the bill. I also am pleased to see they have coconut apricot wax in stock, which I use for my luxe line.
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  3. @bfroberts - I'm apparently already making pillar candles...I'm just doing it in jars.
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  4. I spent some time on the phone with Lone Star this morning, and sent them pics. They confirmed that I did indeed somehow get Feather Palm instead of the Glass Glow on the order back in March. Apparently someone mislabelled the boxes when they made up the 10 lb bags.. Much to their credit, they were extremely helpful and are making it right.
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  5. Well I finally got around to posting my Etsy store, so I'm only 10K sales behind you! I appreciate the openness of everyone on this board to help others to get started.
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  6. Congrats! Hard work pays off, there are no shortcuts unless you have endless funds to pay others to do everything for you.
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  7. Awesome, you are rocking it with great marketing/advertising ideas. Keep it up, seems to be doing great for you.👍
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  8. I've used many different salts with equally good results. solar salt ($6 for 50lbs) which comes in many grain sizes within different bags. Kosher salt has a pretty grain. Pickling salt is tiny fine grains like beach sand. Sea Salt is pretty. Never seemed to need anything but FO and optional color to make them perform perfectly 😃
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  9. This time last year I basically had 2 fullish time people working for me and 3-4 other people stopping by when they could to help out. It is SO much more difficult this year. I had to re-think the product I want to sell, and how I am going to keep up. I went from having over 125 "Customized" candles on Etsy to 25 NON customized ones. I have done this on Amazon as well. For now my website still has most customized candles, but I for see me taking that list down to 25 as well. I have a few stay at home parents come over during the day to help out. Because of Covid, their kids are only in school part time, so they can only work when they are at school. Plus I try to limit people working with each other. Buffalo, NY is on the edge of being shutdown again as our Covid numbers keep increasing. Many schools in the area have already gone to full remote learning. The little help I do have may be cut even more. My online orders are way up this year and it is just sad to have to limit my line cause I can not get the help. Fortunately I work out of my house so my overhead is low. I think of all these little gift shops I am in and they may be shutdown again in the next week. A time of year that generates most of the money they need to live off for the next year. I suspect many of them will be closed once life resumes back to a new normal .
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  10. If you watch any of the candle reviewers on you tube, basically its them telling everyone that a FMP needs to happen ASAP. They give bad reviews if it doesnt "pool out" immediatly. There are many, many candle reviews with hundreds of thousands of watchers, who then go and tell their facebook groups and friends and so on...its REALLY unsafe to have a FMP so early on, but thats what these reviewers are telling the masses. I will continue to make a safe candle vs a quick burning one tyvm
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