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  1. Minimum purchase requirements are allowed for cc purchases, but the min. can't be more than $10. This was all changed with the new laws too. This only applies to cc purchases, not debit. May vary according to state law. IDK.
  2. The laws regarding this changed a few years ago, but you might want to read up on them just to clarify. I think it is still illegal in some states. My fees are always built into the cost of the products. I consider it just another cost of doing business. We do require a minimum purchase amount to use a cc.
  3. Oh my gosh...the whole thing was just horrible. Did you see that cup of EO she used? And then she gets out the torch. My head's about to explode just thinking about it.
  4. I know, right. If you watch "Anne Marie & Flower Make Aromatherapy Beeswax Candles" you're whole head will explode.
  5. Tried it. As well as coconut oil, mineral oil, and I don't know what else. I've never seen one iota of benefit from any of them, unfortunately.
  6. IIRC, the best luck I had using wood wicks in 6006 was with the original dual wick in .5" in a 12oz status jar, which is just a hair over 3" in diameter. This wick worked pretty well with several FO's. Wasn't enough for some of my heavier scents. I remember selling mostly Pumpkin Pecan Waffles (Tennessee) and Apple Harvest (CS) in this combo. It was just a short run one fall. I haven't seriously used them in a while, but I think I'm remembering correctly. ETA: I never used that much FO. Always keep mine to 6-7% at the most. Soot wasn't a problem unless the wick wasn't trimmed. Thinking back, they actually burned pretty good. I was just always skeptical of relying on the customer to trim properly.
  7. I use a lot of parasoy and have for several years. In my world, it joins the best of both paraffin and soy. It's a little more picky with FO's than 100% paraffin, but not nearly as much so as 100% soy. I use 6006, and more recently CBL130. Both waxes have a great HT and enough soy to bring a a little creaminess to the appearance. That's why I use it....because I prefer the way it looks in the jar. I also have a few bakery FO's that smell a bit richer when used in parasoy than paraffin. I also use a lot of 4630 and more recently CBL125. Both of these are great paraffin waxes and throw most any FO. I just don't love the more translucent appearance. As already mentioned, 4627 is great for HT, but I don't like how messy it is to work with. For me, wicking is equally maddening in all waxes.
  8. I almost wish I could unsee it.
  9. I think it's freakin' awesome! Congratulations, and good luck!
  10. You've done it again, @Sarah S. Now I've got to buy these. Today. Like right now.
  11. It's frustrating to have supply issues. I had a run of bad luck last year...like 3 orders in a row that were wrong or missing items, so I feel ya. I have never ordered from Berlin. But if you can tell us what you are looking for, someone may be able to recommend a supplier they've had good luck with.
  12. I'm with Gail. My buyers aren't luxury candle buyers so I try to keep my costs as reasonable as possible. For small candles....9oz or less....I keep my container cost under $1. Larger candles have a bit more leeway, but not much. I don't buy expensive containers because my market won't go for the higher product cost. I've tried. That said, there are awesome deals to be found on containers if you really get out there and look. I'm currently working with a 33+ oz. container with a wood lid that only cost $1.50/ ea. My profit margin will be really good on these.
  13. Should be A-OK. I do my 16oz Flint jars double wicked w/zincs the same way for the same reason.
  14. There really is no sure-fire way to eliminate them in 6006. Unfortunately, it's a battle you can't win.
  15. I'm assuming so, since the FO's on the AS website are branded as Indigo Fragrances.
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