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Lana last won the day on August 25 2016

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  1. Lana


    I 100% agree with birdcharm. I can't stress enough how important a SAFE Candle is and it takes a lot of testing, trial and error. I also wouldn't sell a candle until I was properly licensed (depending on your states laws) and insured. And even then, I'd need to be confident I used to right recipe/formulation that was safe and effective. Someone can burn their house down with an improperly made candle. Sure, it may be rare, but it does happen. That all being said, you can learn how much your jar holds and then measure out candle wax, FO, etc., by weight with a kitchen-type scale. You want a consistent candle, so I take a lot of notes during testing so that as I make adjustments and settle on a final formula, I can keep it consistent moving forward.
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    dimples are NOT cute.........what's up with this?

    I think this wax is pretty similar to the pillar of bliss that I use (granules?) and I've had this same issue from batch to batch. I had the most amazing and smooth tops with a single pour and now I have to leave the top empty, let them harden and then do a 2nd pour. I don't think anyone cares about the smooth tops aside from me, but I still do the extra work of a 2nd pour. 😐
  3. So, my day job is in the food industry. Here is something interesting I just encountered. We are a co-manufacturer for many Fortune 500 companies. One such company wanted to know the GMO status of a particular product. We received statements from all the ingredients' suppliers and told the customer that 4 ingredients are genetically modified. 2 major ingredients (as in, in the beginning of the ingredient statement, which is in order of predominance) and 2 minor ingredients. They then asked us to send it in to be tested. It tested negative because the proteins break down and get destroyed during the refining process of the ingredients and even further break down during our manufacturing process. I'll go ahead and let you guess how the customer markets this product. And while I find it to be unethical, what they're doing is not illegal, because it is technically free of Genetically Modified Materials. (Much like soy wax).
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    Square Jar Search!

    Glassnow.com has a few different square jars. Not that exact size but might be a good place to start.
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    Tobacco Caramel

    I love that scent and it sells pretty well for me. I do get a lot of people saying they didn't know what to expect because of the name. I just don't know what else I could name it to bc it's a pretty unique scent (to me, anyways).
  6. I found them years ago when I was searching for a Tabu dupe, because it's the only perfume my grandma will wear and I wanted to make some candles or melts with that scent (yuck...but she loves it somehow). Anyways, there was zero way I could justify spending what they were charging for that scent, especially considering there's no reviews on most of their scents. They do have some interesting dupes though. I'd love to see feedback to see what people's experiences have been though. Christmas is coming and my gram's bday is in January lol.
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    Nature’s Garden recommendations

    It's really a horrible cycle us FO-HOs find ourselves in. I am up to my ears in 1oz samples from all my suppliers, but I can't seem to stop collecting them. NG is pretty good, and at a good price and fair shipping (to me, anyways...but I'm only a couple states away). I'll have to go through my list and make some more recommendations. Although some of this is a repeat, off the top of my head I really like (using parasoy pillar wax, mostly for melts, also have used most of these in room sprays or reed diffusers as well): Green Clover & Aloe Nectarine & Mint (though I add more CS Garden Mint to it) Brown Sugar & Fig Peppermint Patty Freesia Blue Hydrangea Apple Orchard Bamboo & White Grapefruit Mrs Claus Cookies Christmas Cabin Spiced Cranberry Gingered Peach I do not like: ANY of their coffees. (I tend to gravitate to RE for coffee based scents) ANY of their tobacco / cigar scents. (To my nose, they are pretty perfumey and almost citrusy, which is not what I prefer. People seem to like them, so maybe it's just me!)
  8. Honey I Washed The Kids (from Lush)
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    Roasted Expresso?

    I should mention, I go down in percentage in any of my applications w this scent (melts, candles, room sprays, reed diffusers). I rarely make candles, but have made them in this scent for friends. I don't recall my formula off the top of my head but I can tell you in melts (parasoy), I do about 5.75-6% instead of my normal 6.5-7% for many fragrances. If I go much higher than 6% in RE Coffee House, it starts to smell fake to me. It's a pretty strong scent for me.
  10. This is definitely strange and I would 100% not give them certain details and say your process and/or particular raw materials are proprietary. In my day job, I work in the food industry as a co-manufacturer and some of our customers do request "open book pricing" where we do share our costs and profit margins but they are far and few between. We also have a customer who is a nut roasting company, so they make plain roasted almond/cashew/peanut butter, we process it with other flavors & ingredients and dispense it into retail jars for them. In that case, they give us the nut butters at no cost and we only charge them for the additional flavors, jar, labor, etc. I would say those instances could carry over into a candle business. In any case, these would all be established businesses whose business relationship together is clearly defined up front and no confusion, shadiness, etc. You have worked very hard to perfect your craft and you shouldn't be bullied into giving away your trade secrets. Best of luck with this - I hope it works out however is best for you!
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    Roasted Expresso?

    Agreed on Coffee House from RE or maybe Coffee from CS. Both smell different from each other and I sell both under different names in wax melt form, but the Coffee House does better for me as far as repeat orders go. (I only sell online, so people are initially buying off of description only).
  12. Oh man, I love so many of their scents. Baked Apple HI type, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Coffee House, Badedas (although I haven't been able to sell a lot of it - I need a good name for it), Golden Sands (I LOVE the scent, but the fo turned black-ish purple on me after about 6 months, very weird). Oak Barrel Cider is nice. Also Sparkling Pomegranate Prosecco. I could probably go on and on!
  13. So sorry to hear that you've gone through this. I know it's of little comfort now, but Friendly had a great meal and a lot of love as he was at the end of his life and I'm positive he felt comforted by your care and compassion.
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    How do you choose?

    When I am planning an order of whatever FO's I need that are tried and true, I spend some time reading through descriptions and try to find scents that A) I think I'd like and B ) fill a void in my current rotation. Then I add some 1oz bottles of the ones I want to try. I'm a super small seller that tries to run a profitable side business, so I don't want a lot of money tied up in FO's that I'll never use. When I started several years ago, I wasted sooooo much money just buying dozens and dozens of FO's but now that I have my regular rotation and have a good handle on what I like and what my customers like, I find that I can be much pickier with my new potential scents and am also better at blending those I already have that are just sitting here.
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    Equestrian inspired scent ideas

    Do you buy from Nature's Garden? I like their Hayride scent better than the others I've smelled, which have been almost perfumey to me. It's also different than Fresh Cut Grass too. It almost reminds me of the scent of freshly mown hay wafting through the air. Kind of sweet, kind of that dried grassy smell...I don't know how to describe it lol.