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  1. Hi Kerven, you're right! Here they are, below. I'm not sure which one of these is the coconut slabs at C&S...I suspect it's the EC26. Ceda Serica® Our coconut-apricot blend is a luxurious wax with great adhesion. CEDA SERICA looks absolutely stunning in glass with its glossy like appearance. Calsoy® CB2 Soy Blend A complex soy wax blend designed to give a creamy off-white appearance, provide excellent fragrance throw, exhibit an “even-ness” of burn and wax consumption, and give good container adhesion for candles. EC26™ Soy / Coconut Blend A complex soy/coconut wax blend designed to give a creamy off-white appearance, provide excellent fragrance throw, exhibit an “even-ness” of burn and wax consumption, and give good container adhesion for candles. Ecowax™ CCN 1 Coconut Blend This all Natural Coconut Candle Blend is a true, one pour, clean burning all natural coconut container blend that produces smooth and creamy candles with full adhesion in a container. Also this blend produces a candle with minimal shrinkage and a soft consistency.
  2. So Accu-Blend is the producer of the coconut slab wax from C&S? If so, all of the boxes I received say CalWax, which would mean they're now sourcing from them instead of Accu-Blend...which would definitely be a different manufacturer!
  3. Hi TallTayl, I just reached out to C&S and will report back. Something is definitely up...whether or not they admit to any changes, we shall see :) Our studio space is actually a commercial space outside our home, so the temps are very consistent...thankfully, that's one variable I can consistently rule out when things go haywire!
  4. I have been using the coconut slab wax from Candles & Supplies for the past year or so, and recently ordered a pallet. I noticed that each of the boxes on the pallet had tape covering something up on each box, which turned out to be the name CalWax (obviously the supplier of the wax). My previous orders from C&S of this wax have always arrived in plain boxes, so my first thought was that maybe for smaller orders, they re-package the wax into unmarked boxes. But once I started using the wax, it seemed to perform differently (sinkholes developing as the candles solidify, mainly) and now I’m wondering if this is a new coconut blend entirely. Has anyone ordered the coconut slab wax from C&S recently and noticed anything different? 😩
  5. I had to set testing aside for a bit but my most recent tests with HTP wicks were pretty good. Trying to find that sweet spot of the right size, though, is something I need to re-visit...but overall I was happy with the burn with those particular wicks!
  6. I think since you're starting from scratch with soy - with no previous expectations of wicking, performance, etc. - you're probably at an advantage over those of us who have worked with soy for years and have been thrown into a tailspin with the changes!
  7. Oh wow...thanks for the heads up on that. I was planning on trying to blend in some soy, but we'll see...I was having OK luck with HTP wicks, although mushrooming was inevitable with any size at any point during the burn. I'm going to keep working with it because I really like how it looks and have been happy with scent throw, but if these sinkholes are a consistent issue then I might have to move on from it, too. I'm now playing with pouring temps, but who knows if that will help...
  8. I have been crazy busy so a bit MIA, and I need to catch up with posts here...but I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I just poured a few candles with the wicks in the jars (prior pours were into jars with no wicks) and there are sinkholes in the center around almost every wick. !!! I have used FO in all my testing so far, and have been pouring around the same temps (165-ish), but now that I've added wicks to the jars, I see sinkholes. I am hoping that this is not a trend, but will report back...ugh!
  9. You're so right about that...I've never had any problems trying to wick soy, it's been pretty straightforward for me. But the other headaches soy has given me over the past year...OY! I'm hoping that once I nail down the right wicks for my jars, that this paracoco will be much smoother sailing going forward.
  10. Your pan test results are fascinating. Thank you for doing that and being so detailed with your findings! I completely agree with finding it hard to wrap my head around how small to go with wicks. And to add to that, it seems like the further down the candle is in the jar, a wick that seemed OK to start suddenly becomes the completely wrong choice. I heated to about 180+, added FO, and poured right after mixing in the FO, which was probably around 160-165. I am also now noticing wet spots as well, but like you said...I'm also not taking any precautions to try to prevent them, either. So you had dips AND sinkholes? I've also poured into jars with no wicks, and have had severe dips in almost every one (interestingly, always in the smaller jars) but no sinkholes yet. (Sinkholes and air cavities below the surface have been major problems for me with soy, which is one reason I'm looking to move away from it...so I'm praying to the wax gods that they aren't an issue with this wax!)
  11. Really interesting results here, especially during burn 2...after seeing the burn 1 results, I was thinking that the Premier might pull out a win, but it's amazing how much changes during the second burn!
  12. Ah, thank you! I should get my HTP sample pack tomorrow and can't wait to start my test burns with them. I will start with the 62 in that jar. I have been testing out CD wicks and they aren't bad...tested a CD6 in my 2.5" jar and seemed OK after a 2-hour initial burn, with some mushrooming near the end. I may have to wick down a size, but I'm going to give it another burn with the 6 to see how it does the further down in the jar it goes. I don't have any papercore to test, but am hopeful that the HTPs will work for me since I can get them from Flaming, one of my go-to suppliers. I agree with ECOs not being the right fit for this wax, and reassured to know you had the same results...looks like once I officially move over to the paracoco, I will have LOTS of ECO wicks to unload! 😂 Overall, how are you liking the burn of this wax? After my struggles with soy, I have to say that I'm really loving the paracoco. Aesthetically it's beautiful, before and after burns...
  13. I did try an ECO 4 and it gave me a full melt pool in about 45 minutes...so that's when I switched gears and tried the LX wicks. You have me laughing at the thread!!
  14. That's great to hear about the Premier! I will order a sample pack next time I have to place an order with Flaming. I've moved on from the ECOs with this wax, I think. In my tests, consumption rate was really high and the flames were large. I'm going to start testing CD wicks next....
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