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  1. Does it contain any starches, dextrose, or maltodextrin? I've read that some people have trouble getting them to dissolve properly in room temp or cooler water. Try making a slurry with warm/hot water and then thinning to desired consistency.
  2. That's a relief. Thanks! Is there a benefit to using chilled water or ice cubes?
  3. Here's an interesting video I found while following another YT rabbit hole. Could someone explain to me what is going on here ? I'm all sorts of baffled by this. Couldn't even finish the vid before I had to run here to ask. I was, due to the many, many warnings in just about every guide and book about soapmaking, under the impression that lye granules could cause severe burns. A lye solution was much more dangerous. That's why I've been reluctant to try soaping. If that's not the case, and a little splash on the hand or arm isn't an omg-skin-is-going-to-melt-off-or-be-horribly-scarre
  4. What is the dark stuff in the bonfire tins? It looks familiar and not knowing is bothering me. Are those briquettes? Kind of defeats the purpose of the "cleaner" soy fuel, if so. How are they extinguished? Not with water, I hope. Edit: At least, some people appear to be using them in secondary containers and with rocks. I suppose that's safer... until it gets bumped into, the molten wax coats and absorbs into porous rock (looking at you, lava rocks), and the entire thing becomes a flaming ball of insurance claims.
  5. Coconut waxes on their own - I do not like them. Have not met one that I could get close to an ideal burn with. Blended - yes. I have used coconut waxes in a variety of blends and found that other waxes add qualities that coconut waxes lack. It's a shame coco83 is hard to find these days. I just started FO testing with a very promising coco83 blend I stumbled upon a while back. My issue with coconut waxes is the lack of transparency and rampant rebranding. Some coconut waxes contain petroleum products, and some retailers fail (intentionally) to mention it. Then, there a
  6. Polyester glitter, maybe? They come in every color imaginable including holo, metallic, color shift, etc.
  7. @TallTayl They have coconut wax too. 🤨 Wait... Michaels sells or makes candles from Candlewic stuff? Is that what those super cheap private label candles, that they sell this time of year, are made of?
  8. If using the over the counter Vaseline, make sure it only contains white petrolatum. Some of the others - Deep Moisture, for example - contain inactive ingredients such as: stearic acid, glycerin, water, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglycerides, titanium dioxide, etc.
  9. CD 6 looks the best, IMO. I would definitely go in that direction. The slight bit of translucent wax at the rim of the melt pool makes it appear as though it's not burning too hot even that far down the container. Resembles some of the homemade coconut blends I've been playing with. I don't know if it's from the extra 2 hours, but the ROC appears as though it's higher than the others. I can't tell from the first picture if that's the case or if the melt pool is deeper. Looks good either way. Does the glass get too hot to handle? The HTP 83 looks interesting too. Have you tried the next si
  10. Those curing times are what sneak up on you. You've selected your container, wax/blend, and FO combo. Now, you're nearly done wick testing. You pour a couple more testers to fine tune or double check; that's another 1-2 weeks of curing. Good, they turned out. Mabe you need to place another order since they turned out so well and you want to make even more... oh, no, processing and shipping delays due to holiday season rush! That's alright, you get your supplies just in time for December. Plenty of time left, right? A week goes by and life gets in the way... another week... and now you have 1-2
  11. A 100% rice bran pillar would be ridiculously expensive. The melt point of rice bran wax is too high (~175F). You'd need a very hot burning wick to reach a high enough temperature to maintain the melt pool or else the rice bran wax will quickly harden. It might even tunnel if it can stay lit. I guess it could work for tapers if it's not too brittle and stays lit. Wouldn't suggest trying to use it for a container candle as the heat needed to melt the wax would cause the container to reach temps not safe for handling. Maybe try a large hemp wick.
  12. I like a strong (8-10) CT. Sometimes, if it's strong enough, I'll leave the lid off and use it as an air freshener. Not a whole room freshener but enough to get a wiff if I'm sitting near. Bonus: when someone opens the lid and takes a sniff, it's more incentive to buy.
  13. Ideally, a 6-7 for me. I want to smell it where it's lit, maybe a light drift into an adjacent room, not on the other side of the house or a different floor. Just a bit of ambience, a little atmosphere. But I often have to aim a little higher - about a 9 - to compete with those cheap paraffin candles that people have grown used to and expect. It's hard convincing some people to buy a higher priced, non-paraffin candle that isn't suffocatingly strong.
  14. It would annoy me if someone I sold to or potential competition found out what I'm using. My honest, but not overly detailed, description of ingredients should be enough for them. They don't need to know that I use X wax, Y additive, and Z whatever else, much less where I'm ordering them from. My blends are proprietary and I'll release them or hints of their composition when I see it fit to do so. Knowing that I order A wax from B supplier, it's not hard to get a rough idea of how much it costs me in materials to make a candle, which then interferes with my ability to charge whatever I want fo
  15. Flame height, flame stability (does it flicker and dance a lot?), carbon production (smoke, soot, mushrooms, etc.), proper curling (if applicable), not curling too close towards glass (if applicable), speed of melt pool formation, depth of melt pool (is it deep enough that the wick moves?), outside surface temperature (is it within a safe temperature to handle?). Safety comes first. After safety checks, it's more about the performance, aesthetics, and throw. Do you mean ingredients as in additives? If so, test with none, then gradually work up until you're satisfied. If results don
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