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  1. 8 points
  2. 8 points
    Crap happens in 3's. Your done now.. Everything will be back to normal.
  3. 8 points
    Took a few pictures last Saturday of my Christmas market. I will be going back this Saturday too. I love these markets cause they make a lot of money for me for the holiday season.
  4. 7 points
    I thought I would share pictures of my Easter labels for my apple orchard account. Every year I make up a small limited collection of Easter candles for the displays that they make up in the orchard store. I use the pint canning jar for this account with yellow and green lids from Fillmore. So this small collection I did I did in assorted labels as shown. They really work real nice together. Thanks for looking! Trappeur This yellow label I'm just doing in Apple Cider Donut. For this pink label I did a blend of Lilac from Flaming and Vanilla Voodoo from Candle Cocoon. For this green label I did in Lemon Cheesecake and Coconut Caramel from Flaming. Boy if you haven't tried this Coconut Caramel, you need to! It's awesome! For this green label I did in Pineapple Marshmallow Peeps. Its a blend of Pineapple Cilantro from Flaming and one of my Marshmallows For this label I did 1 scent in Fresh Rain from Fillmore and then another scent called Daffodil which is a blend I do using Daffodil from Flaming and Fresh Cut Grass from Flaming. Is a great combo blend!
  5. 7 points
    Should I tell the long version, or the short version. Hmmmm. The long version. My daughter found a listing on Facebook Marketplace for 12 oz Libbey Status jars with flat lids. $10 a dozen or best offer. So I messaged the seller and told him I wanted to buy 15 dozen cases. I asked him if he would take $125 since he said best offer and he agreed on that price. So we met yesterday and he said he just went ahead and gave me 18 dozen jars since the lids come 6 dozen to a case and he didn't want to break up a case and count out 3 dozen lids. I gave him an extra $5.00 for the 3 extra cases, even though he said I didn't have to. So I brought the jars home and my daughter pulled one out of the box, and it was so small! The jars weren't 12 ounces; they were 8 ounces. I was so disappointed. I was looking for some 12 oz jars to replace some 12 oz jars I couldn't get anymore. I called the man and told him I had responded to an ad that listed 12 oz Libbey Jars. He said he couldn't believe he had done that. Very apologetic. I thought he just brought me the wrong jars, but he didn't even have any 12 oz jars. I was trying to figure out what to do, I really didn't want any more 8 ounce jars since I used 8 ounce jelly jars for my country line of candles. But I told the guy I would keep them if he would refund me $30. So we met again and he gave me a refund. I got 18 dozen jars for $100.00! That is 46 cents a jar! Just to see how good of a deal I got, I went to Candlewic and put in 18 dozen Libbey jars. Total with shipping and tax would have been $592.00! I decided I will use these more elegant jars for "elegant" scents like Lemon Verbena and Aloe & White Lilac and French Lavender & Honey. Not scents like Apple Pie and Cinnamon. I just had to share with you all who would understand and appreciate the awesome deal I got even if they weren't 12 ounces.
  6. 7 points
    I have a friend in downtown Blue Ridge who has had this restaurant for years there and he has been bringing me wonderful care packages of food for me to help me out and he came the other day for a visit and as we were visiting he was looking at all the candles I had been making and asked if I would make up a line of candles for him. Of course yes so I just ordered my labels that he hasn't even seen yet and am working on his order now. It was such a hard decision to come up with what scents that I think he would love but I did. He loves all baking scents. Here is a picture of his label. Also this man is a man after my own heart. Everyday you will find him about 7:30 in the morning and 5:00 at night out in the parking lot feeding all the homeless cats that live in the woods on the side of Food Lion. You should see this. When he pulls into the parking lot, all the 20 odd cats creep out of the woods and they will all be lined up on the side of the parking lot waiting for this man to come with food. And you can actually see that these many cats know exactly when he is arriving as they know his car. So he goes into Food Lion every morning and night and spends 30.00 each time and buys only "Fancy Feast" as that is what they are used to. So he spends $420.00 a week just for Fancy Feast. If you take a walk over to the area in the woods you will also see all these little cat houses that someone from the Humane Society made for him and this guy donates the houses for the homeless cats. Also every time a new cat appears Warren either spends money out of his own pocket to get all the cats fixed or there is a woman who helps out at the Humane Society who will come out, trap any feral cat and she takes them to a vet to be fixed all free of charge. As a matter of fact the 2 kittens that I rescued this summer Warren came out to my house 2 weeks ago and picked up my 2 kittens and had them spayed for me. Even though they are not feral any more, he did for me, just because he knew I needed the help. They are now back safe and sound. I named them Orphan (the adopted one who had a broken tail in many places and only 1/2 a tail. I named them "Orphan and Annie"....lol Trappeur Trappeur..... Here is my label...I hope he likes.....well he will Warren said all the money he makes off of each candle will go to food and healthcare.
  7. 7 points
    Wow, boy did I get an awesome throw within 10 minutes in 464 using Fillmores French Vanilla! Very Impressive and almost immediately did I find how super this vanilla did especially with all these dang problems in throw on 464. I made a 2 wick - 2 cd 5's in the new containers I bought from Candles & Supplies with the brass lids....love love love it and can't believe it. The French Vanilla was very nice....was not a super rich deep vanilla but well enough to add to my line. Now I'm going to maybe add some VV to test if I can make a little more richer....if not, this will be my new go to vanilla. Just thought I would tell all! I'm a very happy camper! Here are a few pictures of my new jar which is stunning! I already have a restaurant in town who is going to carry these jars and ordered them. Trappeur
  8. 7 points
    So you've seen two of these, but now there's a third! Just like before, these beeswax candles are made from my original sculpts. 100% original! I know they're a little plain, but it was a test to see how well it would work. More detail is coming eventually, after other projects are finished first. Also, I got a new cell phone with a super awesome camera, so I did a little photo shoot of these guys!
  9. 6 points
    Is it real this time? It’s really sad because this used to be my favorite supplier.
  10. 6 points
    Just finished 80 votives for my niece's beach themed baby shower next weekend! Her fiancé is a surfer....hence the beachy theme on the label. Good to be done!
  11. 6 points
    Was heartbroken and sick to my stomach recently to lose one of my top 3 FO recently when the source decided to discontinue. Silver lining!: I'm working with a great local lab to duplicate it! I'm confident it will be as wonderful as my other dupes, and most importantly it will keep my peeps happily supplied with Faerie Wings! FW an apple/berry/cyclamen blend that sells out in every single wax and beauty product I put it into. The lab is an hour away, so freight charges will be a fraction of what I've had to fork over in the past. Very hopeful that the per lb prices will be affordable for all. Once it is back and fully tested I'll share it here first.
  12. 6 points
    I've continued to work on my sculpting and original candle making, and my latest piece here is a 2.39 ounce all natural beeswax Poison Apple? Just over 2.5" tall to the top of the stem, testing has been in the 10 hours range. After some more testing is complete I intend to add these to my etsy shop, along with a couple of my older original beeswax candles and various artworks.
  13. 6 points
    I see it as You don’t have much choice and neither does your wholesale accounts - when suppliers raise prices we have to raise prices - that’s the cycle of business, there is no point in doing any of this imo if we keep trying to absorb price increase in fear of passing it down to our customers- wholesale or retail If everyone would do this right along beside each other the consumers are likely to not bat an eye because they don’t have a Choice if they want our products Sure you can buy cheaper fragrance but likely it will “be” cheaper and your customers may notice that difference enough to hurt business as well I understand our craft is a want vs. a need and it’s a tougher sell in this market and very very competitive mainly due to the fact many people just price to just make a sale or to support a hobby but in owning multiple service businesses I have a different outlook on this whole thing: When our fuel supplier raises prices more than a few cents per gallon because the barrel increase we cannot afford to absorb that cost, we have to either 1) raise our prices across the board or 2) implement a fuel surcharge if it’s projected to be temporary - we go through around 40k a month in fuel this time of year running all our trucks and equipment an increase of a dollar or more per gallon would kill us - we have to pass it down we recently increased our price on a septic tank clean, the fees went up where we have to dispose of the waste, the slight increase in fuel, the increase in our insurance premium every year, the increase in our workman’s comp and of course the increase in the technicians wage, the breakdowns and repairs and....and....and.... we were not making enough money to run that circus - the competition did not increase their prices and sure we lost some business from the people that only want the cheapest they can get and the competition thought they were “one up on us” until they figured out they were working twice as hard and increasing the wear and tear on their trucks ten fold resulting in more repair bills and break downs....and we were actually making more money doing less work - and those said competition are now at the same price point we are - and again I know it’s different in respect that people “have” to clean their septic so they have to pay the increase vs. people “wanting” a nice smelling candle or bar of soap but the principal is the same in theory, once everyone realizes they need to charge more for their products due to price Increases passed down to us, consumers will likely pay With our excavating and mulch business, We don’t pay on pieces of equipment monthly that cost 100-300k each to absorb any of costs Trickled down to us....if gravel goes up so does our price, if pipe or colorant or anything at all for that matter goes up, so does our price and the people that use credit cards to pay on a septic repairs for several thousands dollars, we charge them the credit card fees - you want your points your paying for them and people are happy to, they can always write a check if not Sure it’s competitive out there and there will always be the one man show operating without the proper licenses or the company that thinks they being smart pricing way cheaper but in the end when all is said and done we have to work smarter not harder, less jobs for more or even the same amount of money is a savings in so many ways in my eyes 🤑 Our fragrance suppliers are obviously getting nailed with price increases and this whole tariff thing is having a big impact but we really can’t blame them for having to keep their business rolling, they can’t absorb the costs and still profit either 🤷‍♀️💁‍♀️🤗 that’s my 2 cents worth anyway, it certainly sucks to have to pay more - absolutely sucks but you may be surprised at your wholesalers reaction, surely they are seeing it already with many items they carry
  14. 6 points
    Holy smokes, figuring out etsy fees is like some magical black hole. I knew things went up, but I misread by how much. the current fee structure is: 5% of total purchase including shipping 3% + .25 if you use etsy to pay. (This is similar to paypL or credit card transaction fees) So a little exercise... someone ordered a single item priced at $3.55 from my shop. Here’s a breakdown of the transaction. It takes 4 line items for them to calculate their cut. item price: 3.55 shipping: 3.78 total transaction: $7.33 1) the listing fee. $.20 2) payment processing transaction for the sale: $.48. this is the financial transaction of 3% + $.25. Should be $.47. (I read something about their skimming of creative rounding to the tune of millions recently.) 3) “transaction” fee of $.18 on the sale this is 5% 4) “transaction” fee on shipping: $.19 this is also 5% total fees: $1.05 COGS: .50 shipping packaging, etc. $.40 total costs $1.95 profit: $1.60 After I pay myself for the time to process there’s no profit. Transactions take a certain amount of time to complete. From printing the order, picking and packaging it’s easily 10-15 minutes. If something needs to be made to order, that figure climbs fast. Let’s just be generous and say it took me 10 minutes total. I will pay myself $15 per hour, so $.25 per minute, x 10= 2.50 in order processing time. This equals a loss. Let’s take a $10 candle item that fits under first class limits in the US item price: 10 shipping: $4.55 total transaction: $14.55 1) the listing fee. $.20 2) payment processing transaction for the sale: $.69. This is the financial transaction of 3% + $.25. 3) “transaction” fee of $.50 on the sale - this is 5% 4) “transaction” fee on shipping: $.23 this is also 5% total fees: $1.62 COGS: $3 generous estimate for a cheap jar, wax, FO, label, wick. shipping packaging, etc. $1.00 total costs $5.62 profit: $4.38 the same 10 minutes worth of labor adds $2.50, so profit drops to $1.88. Yikes. A business needs cash flow to survive. I still will need to pay fixed expenses like insurance, along with transactional sales & use taxes and income tax. Without extreme volume sales and essentially automatic robotic order processing there’s no way a small business can be viable using the typical pricing model of 3x cost to price for retail and 2x for wholesale.
  15. 6 points
    My personal pet peeve, fine, ONE of my pet peeves is when people who just joined a forum and start asking what our favorite, best, cheapest, etc. source for so and so is. A**HOLE, at least contribute SOMETHING first. Grease the wheel SOME. oy.
  16. 6 points
    What do you guys think? I bought these hoping my bears would fit in them but it seems my mini cupcakes and macarons are the only thing really able to display. Should I make use of them or return?
  17. 6 points
    Passing along a great article about branding from one of my favorite marketing blogs https://blog.hubspot.com/agency/develop-brand-identity?utm_campaign=Marketing Blog - Daily Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69252998
  18. 5 points
    the cutest the little fire hazards you ever did see
  19. 5 points
    Etsy does have a calculated shipping cost tool that has saved me a ton of time and $. It’s not perfect, but darn close. One thing it does not understand is calculating for regional rate boxes, so it usually over estimates - which is far better than underestimating! as for pricing, PK candles in 9 oz jars with scents I can identify easily as candle science go for $20 or so at our Woodfield Mall. Factoring in the 8% you’ll be paying etsy for the convenience of selling and paying through etsy, $22 is not far off the mark. Pricing using the old double/triple model leaves us cash poor. Price for your target market and see if that leaves you in a good position. Allow for 10% or so waste, loss, lost in transit, damaged in transit requiring replacement, etc. add in shipping materials. Allow for sales and income taxes, business registration, etc. allow wiggle room for material price fluctuations. There’s no shortage of people to pay as you sell things.
  20. 5 points
    I'm going to tell her she would let me make tin candles....if she only had a heart. Think that will work?
  21. 5 points
    Yes, but with great success comes great responsibility. If he is feeding new chandlers his opinions as facts, then that can lead to some serious issues. He and his daughter seem like nice people, but I have to agree with some here about "false hopes" and "questionable advice"
  22. 5 points
    True. I didn't think of that. I feel better already...LOL
  23. 5 points
    I am having such good luck with my odor eliminator candles with securing new accounts as people are loving them. Just this past week 1 account was a groomer and 1 a veterinarian and now another veterinarian. I'm going to be busy busy busy as spring approaches. One thing that these accounts love besides doing all private labels is designing an easel plaque that they sit right besides the new products as I bring them in. I don't charge the accounts for this. It is just something that I have made for them as a thankyou and they are loving it. Here are 2 pictures of 2 different accounts and what they they look like. I have them made up in a 8x10 size. The easel/plaque is what their labels look like on the candles. I think it's a great way to introduce a new product into the clinics/groomers. Thanks for looking. Trappeur.....
  24. 5 points
    1. I started out in my mom's booth at an indoor flea market. I had been making candles for years as a hobby, so it made sense to get serious when I went on maternity leave and needed to supplement my income. Within the first 2 years I was approached for wholesale and consignment, 2 of the 3 customers I'm still with currently. The 3rd lady was a bit shifty, so I got out before things got worse. 2. My initial startup was $200 back in '96 ... An acquaintance had a soapmaking business, sometimes dabbling in candles . She decided not to pursue and offered everything to me for a song. 3. Yes 4. Word of mouth 5. Full time 6. I do fall / Christmas festivals 7. I had an Etsy shop for a minute, just didn't have the time to focus on it. I'm currently looking into getting a website and only doing 3 shows per year...I'm getting older & tired 8. I'm a one woman show most of the time, occasionally my daughters & hubby helps out with wicking , heavy lifting and show setups..again,getting older. 9. I did for a year w/ my mother-in-law. It was in our local Arts District...unfortunately, there wasn't enough foot traffic to keep us going so I came back home. 10. I do all of my own printing. Who knew that my graphic arts background would come in handy ? 11. I started in the kitchen & dining area, now I rule the basement of our home...still not enough room during busy season , but I make it work. 12. My advice- Ask yourself..."Am I disciplined enough to be my own boss ?", " Can I handle the demands of this business ?", " How will this affect my family's current lifestyle ?" Do as much research as possible and then do some more. Realize that this is a HUGE investment of time, hard work and money, NOT a get rich overnight job like the internet portrays at times. 13. I do a 3-step testing method, meaning that I have a list of things that I look for during the process. I then pass that particular candle on to each of my daughters with the list to have them do their own seperate tests,we compare notes at the end. I wouldn't suggest anyone start selling in under a year or two without any experience, it's too risky. There's way too much to learn and too much bad information on the internet to sort through. I personally did all of my research before the computer age...by hands on training and hitting the books.
  25. 5 points
    I personally never empty my Presto pot. When it gets low, I just add more wax to keep it at least 1/3 full all the time. I have heated, poured, left it sit for weeks on end with the lid on to keep out the dust, reheated, and poured again. I have never noticed any quality loss or problems with the wax. If I were to use more than one type of wax, I would want to have a separate Presto pot for the other wax so I would not have to be concerned about waxes getting mixed together between cleanings. I have not found it necessary to completely empty or clean mine at all over the past six or eight months. I have experienced no problems so far at all.
  26. 5 points
    Candles wax used: soy, 464 fragrance load (%) 6.5% average cure time: 10 days Wax additives? UV container, 16 ounce mason, 8 ounce tin, assorted very large 3 wick candle container wicking notes: cd wicks Cold throw: excellent, very strong Hot Throw: very strong As soon as i lit a candle within 10 minutes the candle was throwing scent around like unbelievable. I could smell from the basement.
  27. 5 points
    I haven't even been on the forum in so long! Holy cow! Anyways, I've been getting more into sculpting and trying to make my own candle molds, and these three are my Valentines themed works. The little rose is only .25 ounce of beeswax! That's all, but it has a 1 hour burn time! The little decorative heart is .5 ounce and has a 2 hour burn time. The human heart is 1.5 ounces and has a 4 hour burn! I sculpted all of these things by hand, then made the silicone molds. There's probably about $30 in materials that made the three molds. I've possibly got something bigger coming next, maybe up to 3 or 4 ounces. We'll see.
  28. 5 points
    I just got in some new fragrances I haven't tried yet from Fillmore. Anyone have good luck with them in 464? Red Delicious: Geesh, is this scent ever beautiful and so true to an apple scent...I'm really impressed, but then I love Fillmores stuff to. I only have used as my go to apple CS Mac Apple and Backwoods Mac Apple....but geesh is this ever nice!!! Wish me luck in the throw department. French Vanilla: A perfectly balanced blend of french vanilla with top notes of white chocolate and a base of ultimately rich vanilla cream. TruScent Fragrance Oil. MADE in the USA I made a double wicked candle in this 2 weeks ago and going to light today in my 464 to see how it does. Buttery Almond Cookie: The Buttery Almond Cookie is a delicious blend of sugar, milk, and caramel, mixed with notes of lemon and mandarin, with a hint of vanilla cake and hazelnut . I had forgot I got this over a month ago...going to make today. Loving it from the smell out of the bottle. White Pine Forest: No description on this yet. I just got off phone with Kent and him there is no description and he is going to fix that. This is a new scent I didn't know they even had so going to try. Even though my ultimate pine fragrance is Christmas Tree which is really Balsam Fir I was surprized they would bring out another pine so when asked what it smells like he really didn't know, but he is going to get someone to describe it. Well, as if I don't have enough pine scents I'm getting a pound of it to try....such a fo hot I am....oh well, it is what it is. Mulberry Bush: The deliciously distinctive sweet berry smell, a full aroma of ripe mulberries ready to be gathered. This fragrance is sure to please throughout the whole year Love it! Will make today. White Mulberry Cedar: This cedar blend is sure to please, with its notes of lemon, basil, and seaweed. The light scent of mulberry adds perfectly with leafy greens, thyme sandalwood, and vetiver. The pleasantness of a cabin in winter, this scent is sure to evoke sweet memories It's alright out of the bottle. Don't pickup any mulberry in it though from the bottle. Rosemary Thyme: Typical household odors; tobacco, pet, bathroom, and kitchen; are no match to this cleansing citrus melange. Sweet floral extracts cheer on this astringent blend of essential oils, yielding to a warm amber finish. A delightful way to eliminate and neutralize odors. Haven't made yet, but am loving it from the bottle. Very clean, invigorating and uplifting. Vanilla Mint: Fresh peppermint with a touch of vanilla cognac and buttercream Love this and I'm not a mint person.....will make today. Trappeur
  29. 5 points
    This is a perfect example of so many times people who come here and ask the same questions over and over and why we make suggestions and the reasons why or why we don't approve of what anyone is doing when starting out in a business of making and selling candles. I just recently right b/4 Thanksgiving lost a nice account I had that I sell the pint canning jar candles to. I didn't have the account too long as I had just landed it - but it was a great account of which she did quite well selling my candles there of which I private label too. The reason I lost the account was because the owner decided to make candles like mine because she saw how much business she was doing with the candle line. And this happened right before Thanksgiving as I called her one day to see what scents I should plan on making for her since the season was here and I had to get going on the Thanksgiving, Fall and Christmas line. And I had just finished also some new holiday label designs for her just for the season like I usually do that I was ready to order that day. Well, long story short she said she was sorry but she decided that she wanted to make candles....ok...I thought...no problem, it is what it is and you can't stop someone for wanting to try something different and she would make more money also on the candles with her making them herself. Well I thought it was very very odd as I knew or supposedly knew this was not going to be an easy task with someone just starting out....she didn't know what wax, what wicks, oils or anything about the business, so I figured it would be a year or longer for her to get her feet wet and thought I would start her holiday order as it would be a while b/4 I was out of there. Well, for someone not knowing anything about the business she planned on getting candles made and out on the floor in 2 weeks.....after all, how hard is it to pour some oil in some wax and shove a wick in, plop on a label and there you have your candle! Right? hahahahahaha But she was serious! She listed it on her site a new candle line emerging soon. Made local right here in this town.....Unbelievable....couldn't believe what I was hearing and actually reading...And she did it. I even questioned her on how in the world could she run a busy shop, buy for shop, manage employees and have the time to make candles? She said she had 2 days off a week and she would be making them on her day off.....Good God....the more I heard, the more unbelievable it was. But she did it. Ok, so now I'm not doing candles anymore for her but I did sign off very graciously and left in very nice standing with her and told her good luck and should she decide that she doesn't want to make any more candles I would still make them for her. That's just the way I am. No need to be nasty or anything. Now the best part.... I went with a friend yesterday and stopped by her shop and did see all the candles she is making and not bad a job she did and she even has a lot beautifully colored. So while my friend is shopping, her and I are talking about the candles. I found out she is using 464 and cd wicks all from C.S. Now I start to pickup jars and start asking questions. She has the jars that I was making for her, the pint canning. Now here come my questions of how she is making them....very interesting....I ask what wick she uses and this is what she says. The pint canning jar a cd 18 (wow!) the squatty 16oz canning jar a cd 22 or cd 24, the quart regular mouth canning jar a cd 18 and another style jar of which she uses a cd 24...I said wow! And they don't burn hot? Nope she says all clean all the way. No way I can tell you are any of these wicks the right size as I make em! All so overwicked, it isn't funny. And does she test burn? Nope....she tells her customers she is just starting out in candles and should they not burn right, just let her know....Cure time....none and she says they burn good some of them and some not so good, but says her customers understand...ha ha ha.....what can I say? And she melts all in her microwave..... What she does, is goes by CS wick sizing chart and sticks the wicks in what they suggest. My last words to her are she is looking at fires waiting to start and possible lawsuits if she continues to make candles as she does....What could I say? I'm not about to divulge my process or formulas and tell wick sizes, I'm sorry.. ....but isn't this just something? Trappeur .
  30. 5 points
    I"ve been making these for over 5 years and have made tons of them so I feel like I'm somewhat experienced, maybe not as experienced as you Margie, but I have made hundreds of them. I've bought beads from several suppliers over the years and then finally settled on Buy it Ship it as my main supplier because they were close to me, had great beads and great prices. I bought many beads from them and never had a problem. I had my technique down and my fresheners always came out great. The owner posted in her group that they were changing beads to Prime Beads. I ordered my usual order and had nothing but problems with them. I placed two more orders after that, weeks apart and both were horrible. I couldn't get them to cook right no matter what I did. Maybe I didn't have my temperature low enough, I don't know, but I had my methods down to a science with their other beads and never had a problem. Anyway, the last box I got from them was such a pain to work with that I just threw them out because I didn't want them to get mixed up with the good beads that I had found at Plastic Pellets 4 Fun. These are the same beads that Buy It Ship It used to sell or at least they act exactly the same. I haven't had any issues with these beads so I will stick with Plastic Pellets 4 Fun. They are working for me, they're reasonably priced and great customer service. I always had great customer service from Buy It ship it but their beads went to pot for me. As far as letting the owner know I was having problems, I did ask a question about it in the group and was told to get a heat gun. I purchased a heat gun but I knew if I ever found the great beads they used to have that I wouldn't need it. I tried it on a couple of fresheners but felt this was a waste of my time since I never had to use one with their old beads. As long as I'm getting what I consider to be the better beads from other places that's what I'll stick with. I'm not the only person that had trouble with their prime beads. I'm glad you're having good results with them.
  31. 5 points
    I agree the smaller craft shows are the good ones to get your feet wet. By the time you finish this first one you will be loaded with ideas for your next event. Also, talk to the other venders and ask questions about other shows that might be good for your product. Additionally, there are usually scouts from other shows that come out with registration forms for their upcoming craft shows so you never know, you may get invited to another event coming up. My best advice for a newbie is plan what you want to sell and how much you are bringing so you have an idea of what will be on your table. Make your display as attractive as possible, yet clean, and easy to find things. Simple, clean, attractive is always best! Don't forget to smile, engage your customers, or at the very least say hello to each and every customer, dress nice and match your table colors if you can. Like if you have a green tablecloth and white labels dress in green and white. Customers will buy from the person they feel comfortable around and who looks professional and has a clean table. Also, fill your table with as much product as you can that looks nice. Customers will walk right past a table that has hardly anything on it. Try to relax and enjoy yourself. Bring plenty of fluids and something to eat even if they have an open cafeteria or food trucks. You could get busy and not have time to run out for lunch or a drink of water. Lastly, know your product backwards and forwards. A knowledgable seller is one a customer will feel confident to buy from because they pick that up from you. I always have my customers tell me I know all about my soap. Well, I do, and why I use this oil, or that milk, additive, etc. This gives a buyer confidence that you know what you are selling and what goes into it. If you love your products it shows.
  32. 5 points
    How about popping the wrong color into the pot? Say, green dye in the LEMON scented candles? I think a *FRIEND* did this once. When she was tired. Yeah, a FRIEND.
  33. 5 points
    Aside from candle making and the occasional drawing, I also like to make paper mache sculpture, like this life-sized Darth Maul skull! Aside from the acrylic teeth and paint this thing is made from paper bags and my special glue mixture; nothing else! Essentially, this is all I learned in high school. Could be worse, right?
  34. 4 points
    Once I stopped comparing myself to other people, things became a lot more clear. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says is important. As long as my candle meets my customers expectations and they are fully satisfied why should I worry about what a random Facebook or forum member might think it’s perfect? They don’t pay my bills. Over the summer a Customer asked me who my competition was. He expected to hear any or all of the other merchants at the fair. My response was simple. “Myself. I compete against myself. I’m the only one that matters”. He was taken aback for a minute and then he nodded in complete understanding.
  35. 4 points
    What he's doing is something called "Selling the shovel instead of digging for the gold". In his case, he is selling the treasure map instead of shovel. His candle making method might be incorrect, and we might totally disagree with his method. But, he has some candle making class operation going on, and I am pretty sure he is making really good money with that. And also, he should have some advertising income coming from his Youtube videos as his viewer grows. I don't think he is any different than some of the candle suppliers, who I label as shovel sellers. I don't see that many candle supplier, who are able to give out the exact information either. Can any supplier provide exact wick brand & size to a container, wax, & fragrance oil that we are buying from them? They would love to make us spend more money on sample packs and make us do lots of testings$$$$$. It's all business! We need to give him credit for his brilliant money making idea. I would be more worried if he gives out good candle making classes. Many of us in here are trying to get into a candle business or already are in candle business. We should look his operation from business point also. His candle website: https://standleyhandcrafted.com/ His candle making class website: https://www.theinnovativemaker.com/ *He is a computer guy, so he knows how to create some website.
  36. 4 points
    I'd never use 12%. That's a total waste of money when 6% or even 8% is working just fine. This is why we test. I have yet to work with any wax that required or needed 12%. Also, not all waxes have the ability to hold that high a FO load anyway. Check your wax manufacturers recos for the FO % load. 6% is the standard. That doesn't mean you have to use it. But most candle waxes work with it. Some need more and others less. A lot will also depend on the type of wax and the FO itself. I once had a candlemaker tell me they always use 2oz of FO per lb of wax. I found out she was using palm wax. Palm wax just does not hold 12%. It is overloaded and the candle will smoke like a chimney. Don't even get me started on what it does to the wick and your pocketbook. I am currently using 5% FO load in my palm candles and they smell better with a lighter load than 6%. So, the point is always test. Start out with the manufacturers recommendations, then tweak the % from there per FO. You will find some need a little more or a little less.
  37. 4 points
    Yes yes yes. Evil misunderstood phthalates. I miss phthalates. Add to that: 1- the human factor: most of their customers would prefer to use 12% of a $15 per lb FO than 6% of a $30 version. 2- iFRA usage limitations that change constantly (not as much of a problem for candles as bath and body) 3- three chemical companies overseas that mysteriously had fires within a couple of months of one another.
  38. 4 points
    For a good all around, simple and flexible soap that behaves well I’ve loved: olive 50% palm or lard 25% coconut or PKo 25% depending on the olive it can be slightly ivory but that never bothers anyone. Many FO discolor, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. I dislike adding TiO2 to a soap base, so ivory, like wet spots on candles, is beautifully embraced.
  39. 4 points
    Consistency, shelf stability and overall performance top the list IMO.
  40. 4 points
    I know they're not wine but if you're willing to entertain champagne scents......I really like Sugar Champagne and Vanilla Champagne by Nature's Garden.
  41. 4 points
    Tag lies. I know it was a typo, but that’s pretty funny. And accurate.
  42. 4 points
    Every celeb was once a nobody. 😂 here’s something that made me feel extra special from fire mountain gems. a small gesture of a tissue with a cute sticker to tell me I matter and they are proud to send this to me.
  43. 4 points
    A classic holiday fragrance that tells the story of a cozy holiday night spent sipping wine in front of the fireplace. Christmas Hearth combines orange spice notes from the kitchen, fir and pine notes from the Christmas tree, and an earthy smokiness from the fireplace. It's Christmas Eve, in a bottle, any time. This fragrance is infused with with natural essential oils, including orange, cinnamon, clove, vetiver, and pine. Candles: wax used: soy 464 fragrance load (% )6 % average cure time: 12 days Wax additives? UV container: 3 wick 25oz candle dish and 16oz canning jars wicking notes: Normal no issues using CD wicks Cold throw : excellent Hot Throw: very strong, this is a scent that has something very familiar you can’t put your finger on, very fresh and clean and a customer favorite - I haven’t tried it my new wax yet but I expect it to be just as good of not better Notes: I would call this scent a very upscale scent. Sold out immediately as soon as on the shelves.
  44. 4 points
    You’re so right, it never ends. It takes time to observe the traffic patterns and buying behavior of shoppers. The psychological barriers are huge, but can become very profitable if turned to your advantage. Experience anecdote of the day: Think about which products they see first. The first year at the Faire we had a display of votive candles displyed in the money corner (where all traffic seemed to hit first). When people saw $2 candles and further in saw bigger ticket items ($20 large beeswax square pillars) the reactions were nearly always the same. They were SHOCKED that the beeswax candles were sooooooooo expensive. When we reversed the display leading with the $20 item the reactions were reversed. People saw the pillars as sooooooo reasonably priced. Since I wanted to sell more $20 items than $2, guess which way the display stayed that season? Moral of the story, don’t lead with the bargains. Another bargain thought. We all have some damaged, rough looking or last of the lot items hanging around. Some collect during the day as the unwashed public drops stuff and pretends nothing happened as they put it back and leave. Every once in a while I stick those in an old chalkboard painted wine crate and tuck it somewhere barely within sight with chalk hand scrawled “bargains”. People like to hunt for bargains, so when they find that crate (which is not “officially” on display) they tend to buy them all, which are priced to still make a profit. Some how clearly mark every item in that box with something like a sticker or stamp so people don’t try to pass off fresh inventory as bargains. When people mix in fresh inventory with a bargain item and then lie that it is all from the bargain lot it annoys me greatly. Expect people to continue to try to bargain your price down on these. The bargain items are usually the biggest annoyance as that type of shopper is not my target customer and suck up loads of time, and can ruin my day if not mentally prepared. I would rather throw something in the garbage than be treated poorly by someone “doing me a favor and taking it off my hands for a buck”. People value what they pay for. If you’re not at a flea market, don’t let yourself be treated as if your shop is a flea market.
  45. 4 points
    @aptommo after looking at your photos again I do have a few comments. I'm certainly not trying to tell you what to do, just throwing out some ideas. LOL. Like I previously said, you're setup looks nice but I think a few small changes may look even better. I'm looking at this from a customer's perspective. - Your setup looks pretty dark and heavy, goth like and I don't know if that is what you are going for. The purple and black are pretty but maybe try a white table cloth and have the small purple tablecloth, black trays, signs and such as accent colors. They will show up more against the white. - I like to see a little life and greenery and you could do that with 2 small fake or real plants. - It is not immediately obvious what you are selling. I know you have that 1 big sign but it could get over looked and it's hard to read from a distance. If you're allowed, I'd hang a poster board size sign down the front of the table, could be attached to the edge of the purple table cloth. Use nice big letters that simply says "Soy Wax Melts" or "Wax Melts". Instantly, even at a distance, customers would know what you are selling. - The tins look nice but it looks like you are selling tins or maybe candles in tins. Along with the cupcakes and bears displayed in the clear plastic, you could set out a few clear bowls or trays with misc. melts in them for show & tell. Right away people can see your pretty product and smell the wonderful scents. Anyway, that's the things that I noticed but my husband calls me a super freak so what do I know. LOL
  46. 4 points
    Guys, I bought my Presto with the spout already installed. I forget where but they're available shovel-ready online. Mine holds about 11 pounds so if I'm making 10, 16 oz. candles, I weigh the wax and get it melting. Reduce heat, keep an eye on that thermometer, and add FO. As long as you're already wicked-up, it takes about 30 seconds to fill a (warmed) pouring pitcher so not much heat loss. When I need to pour new testers, I fill the Presto full with no scent and then use a (warmed) glass Pyrex. Add FO to the Pyrex first, add wax, stir well, and pour. The very best equipment I ever used for small pours (25 lbs) was an old coffee urn. My dad is in the coffee business and when we realized that coffee and wax were both maintained at 180F, he gave me an old urn. It's water jacketed, with 220 plug, pour spigot, and can hold full slabs (no more chopping!). If you can find an old coffee urn, it's perfect. Caveat: After about 3 years of constant use and zero maintenance, wax seeped into the wiring and it did catch on fire one day. Had a fire extinguisher handy so no harm. She was a good old girl.
  47. 4 points
    Starting to wonder if it wasnt labeled wrong. They are sending me more from a different batch/lot # to try and see what happens
  48. 4 points
    There seems to be a lot of incorrect information being spread around by some popular chandlers on YouTube and the like about fragrance "burning off." So many beginners are being told to add fragrance at what, to me, are crazy low temperatures. 125ºF and even lower. Then they wonder why they have no hot throw when they follow this popular advice and are told it's defective wax or fragrance. 🤷‍♀️
  49. 4 points
    Oh no!!! I just let out my secret ingredient to my wax melts!!😫🤣
  50. 4 points
    Thanks kerven. I had hoped you would share some of the research you’ve completed. Seems that each time I see candles that did not turn out (namely syneresis in commercially popular wax) it comes down to one of two things, temps or blending, sometimes a combo of both. When I read instructions on FB groups to add the FO at flashpoint it makes me sad and anxious at the same time. Lower FP FO won’t combine properly and higher FP FO raises waxes to temps higher than manufacturers recommend. Only manufacruters know how their product is engineered. ive written before how rate of cooling changes the game. A pot of wax on a bench in a 95*f garage left to cool to pouring temp is not going to look the same as one poured in a 60* basement, of course. But tools like a fan really can close the gap. the bottom fan technique has worked very well for my operation. I can get pots of wax (and shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc) into pouring temp range quickly and repeatably. They must be stirred to clear the edges of the pots, plus stirring cools things more quickly and evenly. Soy, beeswax, etc. blends look shiny and smooth when made this way and tend to not frost or morph nearly as much as those allowed to cool slowly. The stirring combined with rapid cool somewhat mimics commercial votation which is how margarine and some veg oils are commercially prepared. It all made sense once I gave it a try. It solved a LOT of my soy problems immediately.
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