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  1. I typically order 50-lb boxes of wax and have never received a discount. I always assumed volume discount was something much larger. I really hope that's the case and I haven't been losing money!
  2. I'm really intrigued by this. I've been making candles for over two years now. I went from Naturewax C3 to Golden Brands (AAK) 464 and now finally the Lab and Co Coconut Creme wax. I didn't think independent candle makers were even able to buy candle wax directly from the source without going through a distributor. I couldn't buy directly from Naturewax or Golden Brands, and I know Lab & Co doesn't make their own wax, but I just assumed I wouldn't be able to go "straight to the source" as you're saying.
  3. Pretty sure Thecandlegirl is referring to Candles and Supplies since Candle Science doesn't sell any coconut wax blends. Looking at the Candles and Supplies website, it shows all of their coconut wax blends (except for the coconut-paraffin wax) as being out of stock. I could be wrong, but I think that's the same as the Coco 83 wax that others have used. You can tell it's all the same because they have all been out of stock for a while now. The fact the Lab & Co waxes are still in stock tells me they are not the same wax marked up at a higher cost.
  4. Ooh, I haven't thought about the matte clear labels. I get all of my other labels from onlinelabels.com and just requested some free samples to test out my new designs. I ordered the matte white and glossy white labels, but I think I'll get a few of these samples as well. Thanks for the suggestion!
  5. Not to mention they're very expensive! I've been reading up on how to use Photoshop to make text look like gold foil. If all else fails, I may end up trying to print these black labels myself. I'm not sure how the black will turn out on an ink printer though.
  6. I use it by itself. Pretty sure there is already plenty of soy in it. Out of curiosity, what are your favorite fragrances from them? I've only tested four at this point and "Rose Patchouli and Amber" is my favorite, followed by "Black Dahlia and White Birch".
  7. I'm in the process of developing a luxury line of candles to go along with my traditional candle line. I know I am going with matte black and rose gold containers, and I would like to create matte black labels with gold lettering. I make my own labels for my other candles, but this is something I will need to get custom made. I've searched online, but I can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. Can anyone recommend a site that can make labels like the one shown in the picture. (I won't be doing anything embossed.) Jeremy
  8. @Bambi I for one am satisfied enough where they have actually become my main candle supplier. This is now where I purchase my wax (Coco Creme) and wood wicks. I'm also testing some of their fragrances at the moment as well. For anyone thinking about trying their wax, I tested both the Coco Creme and Coco Apricot blends. I prefered the Coco Creme with soy compared to the apricot blend. Even though they claim these waxes don't sweat as much as 100% soy wax, I find that not to be the case. The apricot blend is softer than the soy blend and sweats more easily as well. Jeremy
  9. You make an excellent point about the environmental trade off. I'm going to stick with Lab & Co too, despite the paraffin. As I read through these posts, it seems like many of the coconut wax blends use some paraffin as well. It's the best wax I've tested so far and (knock on wood) the Wooden Wick company seems to be pretty stable.
  10. @pughaus are you planning to stick with the coconut wax from Lab & Co? I don't know what to do! I want to find one without paraffin, but it sounds like other brands might have paraffin too. I thought Coco-83 was an option, but it sounds like an unreliable source at this point. Like others, I wish All Seasons coconut wax was available in the US! I went through all of my old emails and can't find a response from a company saying their coconut wax did not contain paraffin. I thought it may have been Northwood's wax, but I couldn't find an email to back it up. Maybe it was from an online chat or maybe I was thinking of something else entirely. Sorry for the confusion.
  11. Ugh, sorry everyone, but they're right. It was a different company who told me their wax had no paraffin. I just went back through my emails. Even though Lab & Co didn't tell me outright it contained paraffin, I did ask if it was considered all natural, organic, and biodegradable. The rep replied the wax was not considered all natural or organic, but she then added that coconut, soy, and paraffin waxes were all considered to be biodegradable. I should have asked a follow up question. Well, I'm annoyed at myself now for not digging into it further. Did they tell you how much paraffin they used? If it's less than 1%, I may be willing to live with it if I can't find anything better. In the meantime, has anyone had luck with the Coco83 wax blend? Someone mentioned earlier it has coconut, soy, and beeswax. I think I'm going to order a sample of that and hope it works as well. I've also come across the All Seasons Wax during my searches. It would be great if we could get it here in the US. Jeremy
  12. I really like the wax and wicks from that site. Wood wicks get a bad rep, and I having tested other brands, I can certainly understand why. These ones work well for me and are very reliable from test to test. I used to use cotton wicks in the beginning, and I found it difficult to find the perfect wick size for every fragrance. There was too much variability. With the wood wicks though, there are just a few sizes I need to test. It's just simpler. It gives me a good HT, comparable to what I got with my 464 soy wax. It supposedly has a stronger HT than soy, but I can't really tell. Happy New Year to you as well!
  13. You're a life saver! I hadn't opened my most recent box of wax, so I just did and found my 20% off coupon. It expires in a few days, so I would have missed out if not for you!
  14. I'm not sure if this has already been discussed (can't find a thread on it anywhere), but I was curious how other chandlers are handling California Prop 65. Even though I live in Massachusetts, I think it makes sense to stay away from fragrances that include ingredients known to be carcinogenic. My three main suppliers are Nature's Garden, Candlescience, and Flaming Candle. Both Nature's Garden and Candlescience list this information for all of their fragrance oils. For example, one of my favorite FO's from CS (Blue Spruce) contains an ingredient listed in Prop 65, so I plan to find an alternative for it soon. Flaming Candle currently identifies which fragrances are phthalate-free but does not include Prop 65 ingredients. I've reached out to them to see if they plan on adding this information soon. I also reached out to Aztec Candle. Their customer service rep told me they do not currently list it and have no plan to list it moving forward. Even if I inquired about a few specific fragrances, they will not tell me they include any of the ingredients. I recently wrote about Lab&Co in a different post. That's where I currently buy my wood wicks and coconut wax blend. They recently came out with some very nice (and very expensive) fragrance oils. I have been chatting with their wonderful customer service rep because most of their oils are not currently phthalate-free. They are working hard to remove all phthalates from their oils. I gave her a list of ten FO's I wanted to try, and all are on deck to be phthalate-free in the next 2-3 months. Being in California, they are also on top of Prop 65. Even though this information is not listed on their website, they have a compliance officer who will check different FO's for you to make sure they are free of those ingredients. I guess my roundabout question is whether other chandlers are taking similar measures or if most of you are just ignoring it because you don't live in California. I'd also like to know about other suppliers you use who are transparent about which FO's contain these ingredients. Thanks! Jeremy
  15. I asked them about paraffin, and I was told it contains no paraffin wax. I hope they're being honest with me.
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