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  1. Probably going to have to come up with your own blend if you want to mix the two. But fair warning, beeswax does not perform the same as paraffin. In all fairness, negative connotations around paraffin wax are mostly marketing by the soy industry. If you like paraffin and think its best for your candles, then stick with paraffin.
  2. Was browsing around AFI's fragrance selections yesterday and came across THE PERFECT SCENT for a customer. BUT--it was formulated for body oils, not candles. I reached out to them to see if they could reformulate it for use in candles, and the answer was "no". But, they recommended buying a sample and testing it out. So, before I even get that far, has anyone used fragrance oils formulated for body oil in a candle? And, if yes, what were the results? Worth testing? Thanks!
  3. My initial thought was this: it's winter, and wet spots for me happen because I pour into a cold container. In addition to everyone else's advice above, try warming your jars before you pour. It'll help slow the cooling process. Though, wet spots are inevitable.
  4. I'll help you jump start your progress. I have customers that LOVE CS's orange blossom scent, so I've worked with it before. Wax, like everything, has an expiration date. "A few years ago" stored perfectly might be fine. But, would be worth buying a new bag of wax vs. wasting fragrance oil (which are much more expensive) on an old batch of wax. Your fragrance oil selection is strong--you should be able to smell it if you're doing it right. Boost it back up to 1oz/per pound... and that's one ounce by weight NOT volume. Everything in candle making is done by weight. Your wick is also too small. I don't use ECOs too much anymore, but I'd say try a 12 or 14. Ultimately your hot throw comes from the melt pool... so, it follows if you don't have a large enough melt pool, then you won't have scent throw. But, you also don't want to over do it. Gotta find the right balance. Good luck!
  5. Love my water jacketed melters...I leave it plugged in and running all the time, so wax stays melted and ready. Probably cycle through 1-2 refills per week. We’ve started doing more institutional business, so bought a larger melter for melting wax, and a “smaller” one for mixing and pouring batches. Then for super small batches (6-12 units), pour and mix into a pouring pot. still use the good ole presto pot for testing wax blends though. Can’t beat the ease of use!
  6. Last time I ordered from them, they shipped a partial shipment. Never received the remainder. Emailed about it, and they “ran out”. Credited me the difference, but still sucks. I don’t like it when I have to bear the risk of another business not upholding their end of a deal, even if I got a refund. havent ordered from them since. They buy all of their products from China. You can find everything they sell on Alibaba, though there are some MOQs.
  7. Late to the thread, but I save a ton on container costs by buying in bulk. Pallet pricing is where it’s at... cut costs by over $.50 per unit. It took a leap of faith to get to that point (storage costs and larger initial outlay of cash), but totally worth it in the end. Ultimately passed the savings on to my wholesale customers that meet MOQ requirements. Retail pricing stays the same, and everyone wins!
  8. I used this strategy to great success this year. as for credit card fees, state laws aside, most credit card processors prohibit charging extra to cover the fees. Like someone else said, it’s the cost of doing business. I find that overall, if you raise your prices a bit, the cost of processing is balanced out by those paying cash. another thing I’ve seen which is definitely prohibited, is charging more tax to cover the cc fees. If you’re audited by the dept of revenue in your state and have remitted 2% less sales tax (for example) because you were trying to save on fees, they’re gonna make you pay the difference.
  9. I ran into some seepage issues earlier this winter. Evaluated all the elements and attributed it to fluctuations in temperature between pouring from melter to pouring pot. Best I could figure, the cooler Ambient temperature caused a quicker drop in wax temp, so I was mixing fragrance in at 165 instead of 180/185 per usual. Which then prevents the wax from properly binding to the fragrance. Boosted the melter temp to 190, and this solved my seepage issues. as to the FO calculations. I do both methods depending on the fragrance oil. Ultimately, I’d rather have a few ounces extra than half an ounce not enough. It’s been years since I’ve used 464, but even when I used 8-10% FO, never had seepage issues... though the wax has changed since then too
  10. I do a Bergamot Rose blend, too. Was a top seller this year. Checks all the boxes for me. Ultimately @Darbla you’ll want a citrus that can stand up to the Rose, which tends to be strong and heady. Something fresh and crisp. Pink grapefruit also comes to mind.
  11. Have you compared the extreme strength to the ultra? I have trouble with the extremes, generally. They add to the CT, but I notice HT is improved by using the ultra strength.
  12. Looks like it’d be $6 per unit with a minimum order of 1,000 units. That’s a lot!! 😳
  13. @MilosCandles I use the glass tumblers from Fillmore. I like them. And, they perform well. Can be marketed as an old fashioned tumbler after burning. Also, have the clear straight-sided jars and I like them better. Very clean and sophisticated look.
  14. When I mess up a batch, I throw it out and start over. If the mess up isn’t terrible, I’ll give them away as “experimental units”. However, if I wouldn’t burn it in my home, I don’t want others to either. Usually just throw it out.
  15. If you’re doing it just for fun and giving your products away, then totally buy the label sheets and print at home however you want. I use labelsonthefly.com for nice quality, cheap labels. Decoupage is a nice idea, but sounds labor intensive. I tried the handmade way when I first started out a few years ago, and I quickly realized it was unsustainable.
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