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  1. LittleMissSunshine

    Wicking Coconut Wax

    I'm really interested in trying out coconut wax, so I'm going to comment here just so I can follow along with this conversation. Lots of great feedback already! I'm thinking I'd like to try the beads from C&S as they seem easy to use and I saw somewhere that they have no paraffin or beeswax. If I do try out the coconut wax my hope is to be able to wick it without blending anything into it. I want to keep paraffin and beeswax out for market appeal, and I'm afraid soy could dampen the hot throw that everyone seems to be touting. We shall see I guess!
  2. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    Yep! It is silicone! 😊 My mom gave it to me. It's so stinking cute I love it lol.
  3. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    Oh yeah! It was definitely the temperature and how fast it was cooling. I *wanted* to add the fragrance higher, but it was such a small amount of wax that it cooled so quickly before I could even add the fragrance. I'm doing it in my double boiler now so I can keep the temperature up while I add the fragrance. I also added a bit more fragrance lol just to see what happened. I made some blueberry cheesecake ones yesterday, and my husband decided to test them after like 3hrs and they filled my whole house. 😍
  4. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    Another little update in case anyone is interested. I made a batch of melts in my metal pouring pot over a double-boiler to keep everything nice and hot, since it was a small batch again. I also moved my wax burner into my bedroom. My living room is connected to my kitchen and it's a really big open room. Put a wax melt on there from about 36hrs ago and shut the bedroom door (it's the second largest room in my house). Opened the door a little later and could smell the wax melt from the far opposite corner of the room.
  5. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    Yeah it's 100% paraffin, even my distributor said I should only need a 24hr cure. Here I'll post a picture so you can see what I found. These are completely hardened and solid, but you can see liquid. That is all fragrance that did not get mixed into any of the rest of my wax.
  6. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    Just an update on this, in case anyone is interested haha. I called my distributor, and they gave me a recommendation for a different ratio and fragrance load. But I actually think I figured out what the issue may be, hopefully. I think because of the way I'm melting the wax the fragrance is not getting fully incorporated. I'm using a pretty small amount, like less than half a lb of wax, and melting it in a presto pot, then pouring that into a glass measuring cup. I then mix in the dye and fragrance. It cools very quickly, so I almost immediately pour it. It goes from 185 to 145 in a matter of probably 2min. Maybe even less. But anyway. On my batch that I had made the other day I had a bit of extra wax leftover so I poured it into a silicone mold. Today I went to take it out and it was kind of like when you try to take an ice cube out of the tray before it's fully frozen and the outside is frozen but the water in the middle kind of spills out? That's what happened. So I think that was just fragrance oil. On the batch I made today I did a slightly bigger batch, not much, to try to avoid that, but after I had poured my clamshells I still had a bit left in the bottom of my measuring cup and it looked like oil and wax (I think) that didn't get mixed. There was some darker and some lighter. It definitely looked weird. So I'm going to try just doing everything in a metal pouring pot double boiler like I was doing before, to see if that makes a difference.
  7. LittleMissSunshine

    No Throw in Melts...am I crazy?

    I made some clamshells... 50/50 4630/4625 with 6% tested them after about a day. Did not smell them very strongly. Tried half a Yankee tart, didn't smell a thing. Not a whiff. Thought to myself, hmmm....maybe something is wrong with my burner. Walmart was out of bulbs, so I bought a whole new burner. I made another batch of clamshells, 10% this time...a little high, but I wanted to see. They cooled very very fast because I was doing a small amount, so I ended up adding fragrance and dye at like...150 and pouring at like 140 while it cooled to the sides. I tried one like 8hrs later in my new burner. It was really weird, because the scent seemed....spotty? to me. Like I would smell it really really strongly for a minute then not at all. Now I am trying it again 2 days later and *nothing*. I don't get it. I don't understand how it could smell pretty strong one minute and then 0 throw the next day (and two days later).
  8. LittleMissSunshine

    Scale that takes a lot but are very precise

    @Forrest wow you work for NASA?? 😮
  9. I kind of want to try out wood wicks and wondering if anyone has had success with them in a certain wax. I have lots of 6006, and a little bit of 464. Also considering trying a sample of 4630.
  10. LittleMissSunshine

    Coloring Candles

    For soy I prefer uncolored. For paraffin I prefer colored.
  11. LittleMissSunshine

    6006 cure time

    I am finding that 6006 is pretty easy to over-wick. I'm using 9oz straight-sided jars which are about 2.75" wide I think? I forget now. I started testing with CD-12s, then 10s, then 8s, now 7s. And by half to 2/3 of the way down it is a torch that gets WAY too big and hot. To the point that it actually stops throwing mid-burn. I also test without trimming, but that is because I know all of my family and friends do not trim their wicks so I want to know how they will burn the way my family burns them lol. I will be testing CD-6's next and hoping that is small enough lol.
  12. LittleMissSunshine

    Hot throw. IGI 6006 vs Para-Soy 600

    That brittle-ness may have been what he was referring to. I use an ice cream scoop to get 6006 out of the box. Very easy. But having to chisel slab waxes apart can result in lots of pieces everywhere. Very messy lol.
  13. LittleMissSunshine

    4625/6006 Wax

    How is this going for you @Tokoo? I am using 6006 for containers and wanted to try something a little different for clamshells. 4625 seems like it could be good as it would make it harder, so I am wondering if you are having success. Maybe I will try it out too. ☺
  14. LittleMissSunshine

    Strange smell with 6006

    Aww that's sad. 😞 luckily it's one that I'm not super broken up about it not performing well. I like the fragrance, but I'm not terribly upset I guess. There are others I would be much more disappointed about.
  15. LittleMissSunshine

    Strange smell with 6006

    Sort of yeah. It's kinda hard to describe. I think it must be just that one fragrance though.
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