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  1. IMO, plant-based is preferable to petroleum by-products. Sustainable, renewable, responsible agriculture is a possibility, and we have a large selection of oil-producing plants to choose from... albeit those oils will need to be extracted (ideally, without solvents) and modified to achieve wax-like consistencies. I wish they would make more waxes and wax-like materials from oils such as rice bran, apricot, wheat germ, etc.; the common, domestic oils that are used in a variety of industries and don't require as aggressive practices as soy production. I long for the day when we can scrub carbon
  2. What is often neglected when discussing the positives of soy wax is the impact of soy farming in the USA. Particularly, GMO's, pesticide/herbicide drift, and super bugs/diseases.
  3. Some organic solvents/volatiles(VOC's) include, but not limited to: benzene, toluene, d-limonene, ethers, acetone/ketones, acetaldehyde, esters, chlorobenzene, phenols, aromatic hydrocarbons... Many are used in the fragrance industry. Even alcohols fall into the category, but we don't see those with candlemaking. AFAIK, nonpolar solvents can damage polystyrene; "like dissolves like". DPG and PG are semi-polar, and, from the chemical reaction charts I took a peek at, pure DPG and PG aren't likely to damage polystyrene after 30 days of constant contact at 68-122F. That's not to say they wil
  4. I've had FO's turn pipettes into mushy goop. Messy. It's probably solvents and volatiles in the fragrances. EO's have a similar effect, especially if they contain d-limonene, for example. Many FO's contain EO's to some degree. They'll dissolve common, low grade plastics, which is why they have to be shipped and stored in grades of plastic that are resistant... or glass. Plastic molds (not all) can also be damaged or destroyed by them.
  5. I had different issues with RRD. Not a lot of soot and smoke. A little mushrooming. The wicks had a tendency to curl and not self trim, so by the 3rd hour mark I had excessively long wicks in need of trimming and uneven melt pools. The flames were too large and ROC high, even when wicking in either direction. Incidentally, mine aren't labeled nst 2, so I'm guessing I have RRD without the treatment? Edit: Candlewic suggests using series RRD, CD, HTP, ECO, and LX 22/24/26. I wasn't too thrilled with ECO in palm-soy blends. It was so-so. Edit 2: There are old threads about
  6. Great. I was just about to start testing CSN's in a few palm blends. So much for that. Looks like I'll continue testing with RRD, although results have been a bit blah so far. Edit: And I'm now falling down a rabbit hole of DIY wick treatments. Interesting but too tedious for me.
  7. Mother of pearl fits the pearl theme. I'm thinking a soap with a surface layer of pearlescent mica. Might add that to my to-try list for when (it's going to happen eventually) I take the plunge into soap making. Everything sounds good! I'm drawing a blank for the lotion, powder, oil, and balm. Mermaid Kisses Lip Balm, Pirate's Booty Body Oil (bonus points if it's a golden color)...?
  8. The micellar water and lotion bar were off the top of my head. Was browsing through Handmade Magazine volumes the other day and saw those. I wasn't sure if you used molds for your soaps so I listed the sea glass and others just in case. There are guides out there for DIY'ing driftwood. I think a lot of them make use of Arm & Hammer washing soda and elbow grease. What about Sea Spray Body Mist? For me, "ocean spray" brings to mind cranberries. Squid ink... Maybe "Davy Jones'" or "Briny Deep" (good one for the salt brine soap)? Ship wheels, lanterns, barre
  9. M&P sea glass. "Sea foam" bubble bath or foaming hand soap. Starfish and sand dollar CP and/or lotion bars. Using activated charcoal to turn liquidy products black - "squid ink". Sea salt hair spritz. Micellar cleansing water with a nautical theme. Mermaid soap to go with the logo. Driftwood (or look alike) displays. Sea glass, shells, seaweed, sand dollars, starfish - typical beach finds. Blue/green/teal glass bottles with messages in them.
  10. The coco-soy already has coconut oil in it. Adding plain coconut oil, even the 92F oil, is going to make the overall blend softer and lower its melt point. I would say it's redundant. Instead, if you're using a pre-blended soy (with additives) in your own coco-soy blend, try switching to a different soy. I've had noticeable differences when swapping 464/444/C3 soy for "virgin" soy in my palm-soy blends. Sometimes, the additives in the ready-to-pour soys don't pair well or are incompatible with non-soy ingredients such as coconut oil, palm wax, palm oil, beeswax, etc.
  11. BTW, check out the large home improvements stores (Lowes and HD). I went to another Lowes and they had two pallets of 16oz and 1qt jars and both were nearly sold out. People were asking me where I found them (they had been relocated due to Christmas decorations displays being set out - Xmas trees already?!?!). The demand is real. The jars don't show on the websites either. We had to call and they verified that there were some left in the store, so call beforehand or visit if it's not out of the way. Edit: 8oz might be harder to find. Haven't really seen those - only a few small cas
  12. Uline has the 8oz Ball canning jars (not mason). Specialty Bottle has 8oz tapered jars. Wow. I didn't realize the shortage was that bad. A lot of sites list them as in-store only. I passed by some at Lowes the other day... wishing I had grabbed as many cases as I could carry. Walmart's canning section has been empty for weeks. Check stores like Lowes, Home Depot, Michaels, Joann, Kroger, etc. Feed, tractor, and hardware stores might have them. (Speaking of, I need to check the local feed store tomorrow.) The jars might not show on their sites but they sometimes get shipments,
  13. Assuming the salts will not react with the wax or any potential additives in the wax, or melt at the temperature needed to melt the wax, there may be a few methods of encasing the salts. For examples: A method similar to how candies are tumble/spray coated in confectioner's glaze or carnauba wax might work for encapsulating the granules. If the salt granules can be compressed into a desired shape, the mass could be dipped in molten wax to form a shell. As long as the shell remains intact, moisture will be excluded. Alternatively, if the salt is in liquid form, wax molds could be
  14. It's a multifaceted problem and a perfect storm. You have people, bored out of their minds during quarantine and shutdown, looking for hobbies and potential sources of income. You have overpriced candles being sold by large companies (I think people are catching on to the ~400% markups from big name brand candle companies). Then, you have "ready to use" wax bases that are marketed as very user friendly and accompanied with wicking guides. In addition, all the many, many how-to tutorials that neglect to list any of the challenges that come with proper candlemaking. Survivalists getting stirred
  15. WI-740 looks promising. I don't think I've tested those in coconut-apricot. Hmm! 👍
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