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  1. pughaus

    Responsibly Sourced Palm Wax

    forgive this slight digression- Wholefoods does stock soy "blends" (parasoy) like Paddywax, although it does vary by region.
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    Fragrance oil v/s Essential oils

    That must have been one expensive candle!
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    Favorite Bulk Apothecary FOs

    I love their Cedar and Orange. It is listed under their Skin + Hair Care FOs but I took chance on it for candles and it is throwing very nicely in my soy/coco wax after a 6 day cure.
  4. Well, this is quite a revelation to me! A little googling and I found almost my exact question answered by a Prof of Chemistry on another forum: Andrew Wolff, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry Answered Aug 27, 2015 The problem with melting points is that while for pure substances the melting point is a single temperature, as soon as you start adding ingredients the melting point becomes a melting range. Say you had a wax that melted at 40 Celsius. Add a wax that melts at 60 celsius, and you will not get a wax that melts at 50 Celsius. You will get a wax that starts to melt at 40 Celsius but is not completely melted until 60 Celsius. I'm not quite sure how to practically apply this new info. to candlemaking and a finished candle's behavior in heat though. Or maybe I just don't want to believe Because now it seems that I'm at the mercy of the ingredient with the lowest MP in any blend. So a candle made with a blend of waxes that range in melt points from 90 - 140 degrees could still start to melt at 90 degrees (eeek) but may not fully melt until 140. Perhaps I'm overthinking this - it seems the more I read, the more questions I have. Time to put some of my wax samples in a warm oven and see what happens!
  5. @forrest If I understand correctly, you're saying a blend of 2 waxes will become a wax with the same MP of the ingredient in that blend that has the highest MP? Is that right? So if I melt down: 90% coconut (MP of 72) + 10% paraffin (MP of 140) to create a wax, that final wax now has a MP of 140?
  6. This one's for the math + chemistry inclined... If you're making your own blend of waxes, as so many of us do- How would you go about estimating the melt point (MP) of your finished product? Here's what I've come up with: Lets use a 3 wax blend as an example: Wax 1 MP appx 125 at 70% Wax 2 MP appx 140 at 20% Wax 3 MP appx 95 at 10% 125 x .70 = 87.5 140 x .20 = 28 95 x .10 - 9.5 Total 125 MP Am I doing this right? Is it even possible to estimate a final MP like this or do wax compounds interact in a way that changes MPs such that you can't really even ballpark it with basic math.
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    8 oz. straight sided jars?

    Here's a few> https://packagingoptionsdirect.com/8-oz-clear-glass-round-straight-sided-jar-70-450-neck-finish https://packagingoptionsdirect.com/8-oz-clear-glass-round-jar-70-400-neck-finish https://www.berlinpackaging.com/5001b28-8-oz-clear-glass-straight-sided-squat-jars-black-pp-cap/ 9 oz> https://www.specialtybottle.com/glass-jars/amber-straight-sided/9oz-ss9a?gclid=CjwKCAiAqOriBRAfEiwAEb9oXaKY7z1BUZH-8811MjKD1haRSUZT8nV1Az-bGPRUFtt4n7dtfpsw6hoCcuMQAvD_BwE
  8. Daystar Edited by TT: Done
  9. Sounds like a retail apocalypse and a societal apocalypse. "dwindling middle class" indeed...
  10. personally I don't trim wicks when I test. I keep testing until I get to a wick/wax/fo combo that can do well (maybe not perfectly but fine) with no trimming. I tried one FO from Lab & Co - Honeysuckle Leather- it was STRONG at 7% . At the prices they charge for FOs they better throw at under 8% Really, they should throw at 6% or less at those prices IMO. I think they have an interest in encouraging you to use more FO but I'm not convinced you need to.
  11. I had a pretty much perfect burn using htp 93 in a 3" x 3" dia jar with that wax with an evergreen FO. Test burns of 4 hr+ intervals and no wick trimming at all between burns. It will take 2-3 burns to get a full edge to edge MP but by the last 1/3 of the burn it cleared the sides completely. I agree with Nightlight- I usually start testing with about 60% full jars and unsecured wicks.
  12. pughaus

    Lab & Co coconut wax

    I suspect this vagueness is primarily due to the supplier trying not to give away their "secret formula" by disclosing every ingredient and less so them trying to pass the wax off as an all veggie blend. And no doubt, some days the person answering the phones really doesn't know much more than what is written on the website.
  13. Coastal Kale by Candlewic is a great "green" coastal fragrance with excellent cold and hot throw in my cocosoy wax.
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    Smokey Vanilla Fragrance Oil?

    I tried it- it's a very nice fragrance OOB but weak at 8% in a 50/50 coco/soy blend. It is perfumey in a high end way, not so much woody or smoky. I prefer her Vanilla Woods OOB but found that weak in wax too. Throw was 4 out of 10 for me for both . She has some very nice FOs at Daystar- 1 of my favorite all time FO's actually is her Shampure dupe- which is a beautiful Aveda dupe with great throw and Vanilla Mandarin Bourbon which lives up to her WOW description but is $42.00/lb! ...sadly.