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  1. I received my 10 sample size FOs Saturday and put them in wax yesterday. The first one I opened was the Lemon Verbena and Thyme and OOB it smelled amazing. I can’t comment on any others as once I had poured the first one my nose was compromised, but I liked them all. You can definitely tell the difference between these FOs and the other FOs I have purchased and they seem to be what I have been looking for. I put them in 4627 at 8%, without a wick. I labeled them A-J so that the name will not prejudice my testing. Next week I’ll test them by scooping some out and putting it in my melter. I’ll post the results when I’m finished.
  2. Let us know how they do, I'm probably going to wait a couple of weeks before I order, maybe they'll have some spring/summer FOs by then.
  3. I picked 10 FOs from Lab & Co that looked like I might like them. I’m thinking about ordering the 10ML size to test these. It looks like these would double the cost of my FO, but I’m OK with that if they are worth it. Any advice would be appreciated. Below is the list of FOs I chose. LEMON VERBENA + THYME ROSE PATCHOULI + AMBER ORANGE RIND + CLOVE OUD PATCHOULI + RESINS BLOOD ORANGE + LIME AGAVE LEMON VERBENA + THYME BLACK CURRANT + RHUBARB EAU DE MER + AMBER BERGAMOT + AMBERGRIS PINK PEPPER + VETIVER
  4. I have three guesses as to what the problem might be. The first is are you stirring well, I made a batch of candles where I didn't and got zero HT? The second is are you testing in a room that is not candle friendly, if I tested in my den I would think my candles had no HT. The third is could the problem be that you can't smell them? I had trouble smelling my candles because there was too much FO in the air in my house. I moved all my oils and candles to the garage and that solved the problem.
  5. When you say high end does that mean it smells better or does it mean it has better HT, or maybe something I haven't thought of?
  6. I have my wick list and my 8oz tin wicks for all the FOs that I use, moving up a size in paraffin would be quick and easy.
  7. Before I started using 4630 regularly I looked at using 4627, but the cost and availability was prohibitive. I’m out of 4630 and I saw that CS has 4627 at a reasonable price. I think I would like it, but I have the wicking for 4630 down. So, for anyone who has used both how would you compare the wicking.
  8. Well it took something big like this, but I got sucked back in to the Fragrance forum, nine months of therapy out the window. This is exciting, what wax will you be testing in?
  9. I see high end candles with adhesion issues all the time
  10. When testing the first thing I look for is how long it takes to get a full melt pool, generally speaking I want to be close to a FMP on the at the end of the second three hour burn. If I get a FMP before then I’ll try a smaller wick. The rule of thumb I go by is I try to use the smallest wick that will eventually melt all the wax. If a wick is too big you tend to get more mushrooming, smoking, and soot and a properly wicked candle. If a candle is over wicked you tend to have a bigger flame. For me wicking is the hardest thing about candle making. I use 5 different types of wicks. If you are unsure of your wicking a good thing to do is do a test burn and post pictures on this board. The experts will give you advice.
  11. You may me getting lucky. I wicked 8oz tins with 19 different FO at 7% and there was a large variation in wick sizes.
  12. I suspect everything is FO specific, but I’m very suspicious. I’m pretty sure a properly wicked 7% candle will always have better HT that a poorly wicked 9% one. There is also the possibility that I incorrectly recorded the wick size; I’ll double check that this weekend. What I also know is that, because the wicks are different, you can’t be certain that increasing the FO% is the reason the HT is better, assuming it is. All in all I’ve given up on certainty and taken to wandering around the house mumbling to myself. What I plan to do is make eight 7% candles with the wicks I’ve already picked and two at 9% with no wick. After three months cure time I’ll wick the 9% candles and do a subjective assessment of the difference. I’ll do that for four or five FOs and see if there is a pattern. If there is I’ll adjust my level of uncertainty accordingly. Sigh, I did so want candle making to be an exact science.
  13. I suspect you are right, but sometimes more HT is a good thing, and other times it isn’t. But testing is just my nature and my recent project hasn’t allowed me much opportunity to test things. It is time for me to make all my spring and summer candles and this allows me to slip a little testing in. I have a couple of FOs that I would like to get a bit more HT out of and this may be the answer. I’ve stopped buying new FO so I’ve got to make the ones I’m using work.
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