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  1. Are are the stats of your process? (wax, FO, temps, dye, etc?)
  2. Add to what @NightLight said... A couple of years ago is a long time. Even candles have expiration dates. I liken it to leaving food in the freezer. Over time, it's going to get frostbite from back and forth changes to the environment, even seemingly subtle changes. I personally don't place expectations on candle performance after a year.
  3. I had them make a dupe before. They need an actual sample of the oil. Cannot pull it out of a candle. And, the process isn't 100%. They claim to have a 98% success rate with duplications, but I don't think that accurate... I suspect it's a lot lower than that.
  4. It's been like Christmas for us. Facebook and instagram is where it's at. Because everyone is at home browsing to pass the time. And a $20 candle is not a huge investment to feel good. Glad @GailC you're having an uptick... It's def a good feeling!
  5. Sink holes are caused by the wax on top cooling faster than the wax below. When wax cools, it contracts, so the wax underneath the surface is contracting (cooling) after the wax on the surface. I'd consider preheating your wick setter. When you place a cold metal wick setter on a hot candle, the first thing it does is draws the heat off the surface (which then makes the surface cool faster). Even better solution: Don't use metal.
  6. lol, all good. Wick down means smaller diameter wick. I could tell you what I use, but it too may not work for you. Get the wick sample pack. Test with wax only (no dye, no fragrance). When you find a wick that works retest with dye only, then again with fragrance. Test all variables. Once you understand how your variables affect your candles, you develop a sense for how to manipulate them to your benefit. based on your pics, looks like you have too much beeswax (which isn’t needed for learning purposes). for your wax, start out with 464 only. Once you’ve mastered it, then get crafty. As to your other questions, literally all variables (including outside humidity and temp) affect your candles. Despite popular opinion, candling is NOT cheap. It’s takes hundreds of hours testing and maybe thousands of dollars to get to the perfect candle. keep at it. It’s frustrating, but fun too when you get results!
  7. Tried the Bluebell -- it was meh. The magnolia is decent, but smells too fake. LOVE their lily of the valley. Though past few orders from JS have been extremely variable from a quality perspective. So much so, I've started researching new suppliers.
  8. Hey Josh! Welcome to the crazy world of candle making! You'll quickly realize candle making is easier said than done. But, it's fun and engaging. Can't speak for most people here, but I started making in the kitchen and now it's a fully functioning business with employees. So, never know where things will go! Good luck.
  9. I wouldn't place too much emphasis on aesthetics... It's important, but scent throw is most important. A few minor cracks don't really matter. I use a coco/soy blend in my candles and have the same issue with pulling away at the wick. Easy solution: press it down with your finger. Can't even tell. And once the candle starts burning, any other aesthetic problems literally melt away. I pour mine at 175. Layout the vessels next to each other tightly. And set the wicks at the absolute last minute. Good luck!
  10. Agreed. My go-to box size is a 10x7x5 which is approx the size of the Regional Rate Box A from USPS. Single items usually fit in a 4x4x4 mailer. I can usually get away with first class shipping on single items (~$3.50), but going up to the Box A size is around $7-8. Cross country can easily be $8-15. Cross country rates are better with UPS. And, totally worth paying for a shipping service with negotiated rates. Paying full retail will eat you alive!
  11. Agree with @TallTayl on all points. 1. ECO14 is way small for use in 16oz tin (I'd consider wicking down even more and double wicking it). And too big for 9oz. Most suppliers have wick sample packs--cannot under estimate the value of those. 2. 464 is a great introductory wax because you don't really need to mess with it to get good results... But, start messing with it, and you'll realize its harder to work with. I'd focus less on creating your own wax blend right now, and more on finding a blend that works for you. Much cheaper in the long run. And if you want stronger throws, consider adding in some vybar. Once you start understanding the pros and cons of each wax, and how they work together, then you can start experimenting with your own blend. Took me years to craft up my blend, and it's always a work in progress. 3. Coconut oil in candles--not a fan. It doesn't have the same results as coconut wax. It's cheaper, yes. But, I'm not sure it's having the effect you're looking for. 4. Experiment with your temperatures. Mixing fragrance AT 180 requires heating wax more, but helps bind the molecules together. For 464, as long as you keep the temp below 200, you should be fine. I've also been adding my wax to the fragrance oil (not the other way around)... does it help? Time will tell... Moral of the story: test, test ,test... Then test some more!
  12. Don't mind at all... My online store is hosted through shopify, and I take advantage of their reduced shipping rates. For the most part, the consumer pays for this, BUT consumers nowadays have fallen victim to the Amazon effect (expecting free shipping). So, I created a "no rush" shipping option. Pay a flat fee for reduce cost, and I take my time to get the order out the door. And, I run free shipping campaigns occasionally--have one going on right now. All the carriers work on a dimensional shipping model now. It [relatively speaking] no longer matters how much a package weighs, but the size of the box. This is where trial and error come in. Gotta figure out what your average order is going to weigh and which type of box it'll fit in, considering that most consumers will place an order for multiple items (requiring bigger box). Plus the cost and weight of the box and packaging. If you have a robust enough online shop, your store should be tracking the analytics to make figuring all this out fairly easy. Prior to shopify, I used shippingeasy.com. I tested out a few other platforms, but liked SE the best. Shipping, regardless of who pays for it, is NOT CHEAP. I dread looking at my shipping bill each month. But, cost of doing business! 🤷‍♂️
  13. I would try ordering the sample size first. I notice that AFI's oils are more diluted than CS (for instance). Smells the same OOB, but performs way less
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