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ellajoan

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  1. Thanks, Gail! Have you tried any others, or just those three? Thinking of placing an order.
  2. Have any of you tried Muddy Soap Co's fragrance oils in candles?
  3. Thank TT. I do really like the C1 also, but my wick is suddenly harder to find and my chandling partner HATES babysitting/constant stirring on the quick cool shelf. She really doesn't want to use it (save for a few candles it throws ridiculously well in) for our main wax. But I really want a better HT!!! Excited to venture into cocosoy world.......I think.....
  4. Thanks for always responding TallTayl! I post to be on these boards sporadically, but I'm always making candles and researching. And then I have a million questions and post all at once! Would you say that cocosoy is easier as far as getting pour temps "just so" and stirring constantly, and clean up? I feel like we have to practically do encantations to get smooth tops and decent HT, and even then those are completely hit or miss. I do worry about price, too, and how that might drive my candle costs up. We have a nice little following in our area, and I'd hate to raise pric
  5. I have been feeling growing disappointment w/ 464 and/or other soy over the years. I just feel like I want something that throws much stronger, but my market tends to be an "all natural" one. To those who have used 464 and/or C3 and are now working with cocosoy, is the HT THAT much better? Is the wicking a pure nightmare, or can something like a CD, Premier, or HTP suffice? Basically, I'm asking is this a road I want to go down? Looking at ALL of the different "new" blends that are out there--coco83, EC26, new blend from Aztec, etc.
  6. Anyone have success with this wax for decent HT? Thinking of trying a sample--I do like the blending of those three waxes, but it'd be good to know what their percentages of each are.
  7. Yes! I also find big discrepancies in Premier between Flaming and Aztec. My 760s from Aztec are not always consistent from batch to batch.
  8. We've decided we want to make a "Wedding Celebration Trio" of candles to sell as a set. Would make a great shower gift for a new bride or to help couples relive the memory of their special day. Here's my idea--we'd offer Wedding Cake Champagne Toast White Dress We have the first two nailed down, but need to find a good scent or blend for White Dress. I'm thinking something floral, maybe with a WEE bit of fresh cotton? I generally don't like "clothesline" or "detergent" scents, so I'd like something ever so subtle. Help me out if you have any fantastic ide
  9. Love the C-1, but finding it really difficult to wick these days. To those who have used both c-3 and c-1, how would you compare the two in terms of wicking, hot throw, wet spots, hardness, etc?
  10. Would you say the HT is better w/ C1 vs the Elite? I love C1 but now that CSN wicks are impossible to find, thinking of trying the Elite. Also, how messy is the cleanup with the Elite? Is the wax harder than the C1?
  11. Our local area has a cherry festival, and we'd love to supply/sell candles at it. Can anyone recommend a cherry that doesn't smell like cough syrup or otherwise medicinal? Also not looking for cherry taffy/candy or anything like that. Thanks!
  12. So we've put out some very successful candles using 464 and premier wicks--but as of late, our usual formula (combo of jar, wax, frag oil and wick range) is just not working. We're testing some heavier (think musky) cologne type scents, and having a heck of a time getting a decent (or any!) HT. I am trying upwards of 5-6 wicks per candle from different lines, as opposed to just going up or down in the Premier 700 series, as has been successful for us in the past. CD, ECO, HTP, Premier and CSN have all given equally "meh" results. Is anyone else having issues with 464 like w
  13. I am having a beast of a time wicking Fillmore's nutmeg and ginger (among other scents--maybe a bad batch of wax?). Do you find you have to wick up with that one? I'm using 8% in 464. CT is super strong, HT is just ok.
  14. Because I'd already made a batch I'm plugging forward with the 8%. I'm actually thinking I may have gotten a bad batch of wax. I may have found success with an ECO wick. Time will tell.
  15. Dang it! Is there anywhere else in the states you can get CSN wicks?
  16. Ok, this Vanilla Tobacco from Fillmore is killing me! I've gone to the top of the Premier Series and to the top of the CD series--now starting on ECO (in 464). I have never been able to get a scent not to throw (apart from one very heavy smoke scent a few years back). I've rewicked the darn candle so many times! Any suggestions? Do any of you just fail at finding the right wick?
  17. I've also been looking into Dream Vessels. KrisS, were they difficult to wick? Were you happy with the quality? Thinking of adding a more upscale line to our etsy shop.
  18. Thanks TT. The 8 oz flint is a fairly small diameter, so I'm not certain I could double wick. As luck would have it, I have all other wicks you mentioned in my "arsenal," but no CDNs. I shall press on!
  19. Which series burns hotter than Premiers? We originally started with CDs but really liked the smaller increment range of the Premier to fine tune--and they don't mushroom much either. I went from a 765 to a 770, and within 45 minutes wick was starting to drown. But starting to get nice HT before the drowning. Trying 785 next, then will switch--what would be comparable in the CD or ECO series? I have sample packs of all of them. I'm also struggled to get a nutmeg/ginger combo from not drowning. Starting to wonder if I have a bad batch of wax or wicks. And the
  20. Mine gave up the ghost. I was just using an old embossing gun and wonder if I should get something different/better. Suggestions, please!
  21. How can you determine when to try which method? Testing two beautiful (but heavy) scents--a Vanilla Tobacco (Fillmore) and Birchwood Oud (BB) in 464. Both burn ok with a small amount of HT for about 20 minutes, then the flame disappears to just a glow. So obviously it's too heavy. Both candles tunneled a bit too, with close to 1/2 inch melt pool. How do I know when to wick up (already trying Premier 765 in both, which handles most of our heavy scents like a champ) or when to back off a bit on the oil? Working on our man candles is killing me!
  22. It is a brilliant idea. TT described it to me once before, but I didn't full grasp it until I saw the video. Thanks for making that TT. We will always know ifrwas YOUR original idea!
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