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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. 4 points
    Paraffin. It's recycled dinosaurs that wouldn't be used for anything else anyway.
  6. 3 points
    Been working on recipes for shaving soaps I have been wanting to do this a couple of years now.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 3 points
    Good idea kicking the temperature up. I had never thought of that, I just mindlessly stirred for 4 days.
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  11. 3 points
    Some of it comes from plants so depending on your lot it might be vegan friendly.
  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
    Time is my currency. -Jenna Kutcher, Goal Digger Podcast. time is my most valuable resource. You can’t manufacture or buy more hours in a day. If you get my time, man you are one special person to me!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 2 points
    So smooth tops are no longer in vogue? Got it.
  18. 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/
  19. 2 points
    Found this interesting.
  20. 2 points
    Interesting! I've seen my wax do a lot of crazy things but I haven't seen something that looks like that.
  21. 2 points
    Layer aloe gel with cream.
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    Congratulations!! They turned out nice! Great job! Castille can take forever to come to trace.
  27. 2 points
    Oh man... their website though! 😅
  28. 2 points
    Agreed. My go-to box size is a 10x7x5 which is approx the size of the Regional Rate Box A from USPS. Single items usually fit in a 4x4x4 mailer. I can usually get away with first class shipping on single items (~$3.50), but going up to the Box A size is around $7-8. Cross country can easily be $8-15. Cross country rates are better with UPS. And, totally worth paying for a shipping service with negotiated rates. Paying full retail will eat you alive!
  29. 2 points
    See? Win-win, all around.
  30. 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!
  31. 2 points
    ICS has quite a few Coffee fragrances I love their Coffee Bean
  32. 1 point
    I added some lime margarita FO to some cornstarch a while back and have been using that. I plopped a few drops onto maybe half a cup of cornstarch in a small jar, shook that up, and it's great. I suppose if you're selling you'd want a more specific recipe but for my personal use this is fine. I logged on right now to go in the craft forum and ask for suggestions for a powder box for that mixture so I'll ask here, since you brought it up. So what can you all think of for that? No glass, something cute that would look good on the bathroom vanity, maybe there's something I can DIY? You guys are always super creative so any ideas?
  33. 1 point
    This is a great example! Thank you for sharing!
  34. 1 point
    Not exactly sure what caused all this..but a 24hr cure on 464 is no where near long enough for the wax to be fully hardened. The golden rule of thumb for this type soy wax is a MINIMUM of 2 weeks for a cure, then start your testing. If you want to, make two testers and burn one at the 1-week mark, the other at the 2-week mark.
  35. 1 point
    TIME... I find people do not put enough value on this. Of course in the beginning when you have more time you do not have as much as a value on it, but as your business grows you find you have less time, which then makes that time more valuable. Times of the year also change my time value. Slower times I do more for people. Try to cultivate some new customers. But there is just your time, do not forget family and friends time. I no longer offer discounts on my Etsy page, only on my website, cheaper shipping also. Every month sales on my own site are increasing. It is hard for me to imagine that I ever leave Etsy. Maybe I end up getting to the point I have to charge so much that people just stop buying from me there and it just is not worthwhile to maintain it.
  36. 1 point
    That's what i kind of figured, trying to make things easier, but sometimes that's not always best lol Thanks
  37. 1 point
    I would think maybe vanilla and rosewood?
  38. 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
  39. 1 point
    Has anyone found a replacement for the discontinued Candle Science Lavender Cucumber Sage Scent? The scent profile is below: Note Profile:Top: Chamomile, Neroli, EucalyptusMiddle: Lavender, Orange, RoseBase: Powder, Vanilla, Cedar
  40. 1 point
    Looking at the pic, I would probably stagger very small wicks (Red dots).
  41. 1 point
    Great advise from from both of you and I will get busy tomorrow. The 8 oz tin I made this PM with the Pro 400 from Flaming Looks good, I am starting with a CD 10 and I used fo Royal Wedding from Southwest Candle and The tin just sitting there has a great scent already, Hope it does well lit. Thanks so much
  42. 1 point
    The core tool was life changing for me. I hope you love it.
  43. 1 point
    Yes, I have a shelf full of some very old candles, testers, etc. I have also seen some seepage in my 6006 candles after a really long time. When I wipe off the excess and burn them, they still perform well and they throw great. I always heat my wax hot enough, and I don't use more than 6% FO. I don't know why after a long time certain ones will seep, but I don't think it's anything worth worrying about. I don't.
  44. 1 point
    The wicks are too large for the wax. 45 minutes is not long to burn for meltpool. Wax melted and drowned wick. That wax is very soft and melts fast so you need a much smaller wick and you want to aim for a safe three hour burn.
  45. 1 point
    Sink holes are caused by the wax on top cooling faster than the wax below. When wax cools, it contracts, so the wax underneath the surface is contracting (cooling) after the wax on the surface. I'd consider preheating your wick setter. When you place a cold metal wick setter on a hot candle, the first thing it does is draws the heat off the surface (which then makes the surface cool faster). Even better solution: Don't use metal.
  46. 1 point
    Congratulations, happy to hear your business has increased.
  47. 1 point
    I dont have a business "yet" lol , but glad to hear you are doing so well..💐
  48. 1 point
    Yes, powdery things like sodium bicarbonate clog vac filters very quickly.
  49. 1 point
    I don’t want to be disrespectful. Just giving food for thought. Kind of like the natural skin care folks that will not put anything on their skin that they wouldn’t eat. I love a good ghost pepper but there’s no way I’m wiping that in my armpits or anywhere else in my skin. The people that fear monger to turn me off of the competition are always 100% of the time trying to sell me something. I get resentful of that. Especially since we know many are just out for a quick buck and really don’t give one bit of care once they get our money.
  50. 1 point
    What I would do is to continue testing until the very end, if at that point you still have a lot of wax on the sides I would wick up. But others here know more than I do when it comes to jars.
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