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    Lake Havasu City, AZ

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  1. Hopie

    It's all mine!

    Congratulations, your first hand made mold! I like the leaf, too, nice! I'm jealous, haven't been pouring lately, but I'll get back to it this week. Temps are going down here in AZ so it's time to fire up the mini candle factory! Keep them coming, and I hope you're having a ton of fun with the waxes! Lookin' good, Mr. Dan. Seems that you like the bees wax a lot, they're really cool.
  2. Hopie

    Beeswax is working for me.

    Love them both, Mr. Dan! Was the dragon a silicone mold? Can't wait to see your first handmade mold creations! I can only imagine what you'll come up with...
  3. So...um...the dirty socks comment...suuuure went into a twisted issue. EUUUUWWWWW! DisGUSTing! Gross! It's a sick world out there. Our "candle addiction madness" is really not so bad, huh? I feel sooooo much better now. Speaking of odd...my first job in Las Vegas was selling club wear to the tourists. We were open until 10 p.m. So, at about 9 p.m., this man comes in, peruses the dress rack...chooses a few then disappears into the dressing room. He emerged wearing a VERY tight purple spandex type of dress...looking at himself proudly in the mirror...I mean, he looked like a bratwurst about to split and burst on the BBQ grill...and...it...took...everything...in...my...very...FIBER...not to ROTFLMAO! Oh, how DID I contain myself? I was so grateful when I got my first food n' beverage job
  4. So, I'll soon be able to start melting more wax...I bought some Vybar and UV absorb, since all of our sales are at outdoor venues...but there are no instructions on how much I should use, they just came in bags with no instructions. How much of each should I use, say in 1 lb of wax, without "locking up the scent"?
  5. I can relate...I once commented that a candle I was smelling in a store smelled....like...dirty socks! I got an odd look, then she laughed!
  6. Hopie

    Lips?

    This looks really cool, and yes, I see lips! Is it feathered palm wax?
  7. Hopie

    This is nuts!

    I just LOVE this post! I nevah' laugh so HARD! I remember having way too many candles when we had the house on 2 acres, and I had candles everywhere! Now that we're in the motor home, I have to limit them by FORCE! My rule is that if I buy something that's going INTO the RV...then something has to come OUT of the RV, or we would burst at the seems! However...those.little.sample.oils.don't.take.much.space...right? sniff, sniff...ahhhhhh!
  8. Hopie

    Calling all incense makers!

    Yes, the blank punks that are made of wood and not charcoal. I've had people mention to me that they didn't want to burn charcoal in their house, and I don't blame them after I test burned some charcoal ones myself. I didn't like 'em. I posted two links in my last post so you can see what they are. I don't even buy the ones that have colored sticks, they aren't necessary since I label the scents anyways. Same method to make them as my post above in this thread.
  9. Hopie

    Calling all incense makers!

    Exactly the vibe I wanted, too..."old school, premium incense". You'll start to develop a following after they buy some and try them out. People rave about them because "no one seems to make them any more", and the ones you buy in a store are all dried out and smell like a burning stick, no real SCENT. These are the sticks I get....you can and should research prices, depending where you are located, I buy them 10,000 at a time to maximize my profit/minimize my cost: https://www.thecommonscents.com/Unscented-Incense-Sticks-119.htm I do know that http://www.saveonscents.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_385_6&products_id=202496 also sells them. You can also do a search for "wholesale incense punks" and see what comes up in regards to prices/shipping rates to your area. We travel and vend full time, year round at outdoor marketplaces, events and fairs and sell them there. I did list several on ebay at one time, not a great response because this is something people want to smell, but I did sell some there, and on Amazon. Another idea I had was to take them to local shops and boutiques that sell things that may appeal to incense lovers...i.e., a candle shop, a head or cigarette store, small gift stores, that sort of thing. HEY, now that I think about it...could try to sell them at the local legal pot dispensary, right? Now that's a thought, huh?
  10. Hopie

    Calling all incense makers!

    Did someone call my name? I heard you all the way out to the swimmin' pool...yep, I was goofing off . I only use the natural bamboo/wood sticks to make my incense. I used to sell some of the charcoal sticks made by HEM (when I first started selling incense)...but as I burned several for myself, I truly didn't like the scents or the soot they produced. I guess when I thought about it, would I burn charcoal briquettes in my house? Umm...no. So, I went with the wood base sticks only for my homemade incense. I was really after the "old school" incense I used to buy at swap meets and hippie shops. I use 16 oz DPG with 16 oz FO for my mix (I do, at times, dilute the scent a bit more, depending on the scent). I use long cake pans that come with plastic covers (to contain the many different scents, and they're stackable for when I do a lot of scents at once), got the pans at Dollar General. I soak 500 sticks at a time. I always soak them at least 24 hours, usually longer (it depends on what else I may be busy with at the time). In order for the incense to be nice and strong, I drain them using old flower vases...the bigger ones....for about a half hour. I always retain the drained oil by pouring it into the soaking pan. Then, I lay them flat on cookie sheets that I wrap in cheap foil (easy clean up, just toss foil when dry)...as if I were soaking them...never upright, because too much of your oil will drain out and give you a weaker scent. I let them dry about 36-48 hours, depending on current humidity/wind conditions outside. I have dried them indoors in a back room when weather was bad. Then I count and bag 'em in bundles of 50. Each bundle is one scent only...by doing it this way, people will sometimes buy 4 bags at a time to have a variety of scents. I don't let them "mix n' match" bundles.
  11. Hopie

    Eyeballs and Wachs Wax Paint

    Thanks, they are too much fun to unmold and make them "come alive", heehee. My Kingman customers will love the whimsy of them! They also buy a lot of incense and oils from me. Haven't been melting any wax since we got back to Lake Havasu, temps were topping out at 113 degrees, and finally "cooling" a little to about 105 degrees. Can't wait for cooler nights so I can melt wax! I've got skull, pumpkin and cactus molds I'm dyin' to play with!
  12. Hopie

    Bitter Creek North (New Scents)

    I also get the Egyptian Musk from TheCommonScents to mix 50/50 of each scent, then I add the same amount of DPG...so 8 oz Very Vanilla, 8 oz Egyptian Musk and 16 oz DPG. I'm not sure just "how much" DPG they put in their oils before I mix them for incense, I guess it's a "trade secret", because I asked some years ago and they would not say, but I know it's enough to make all of their scents "skin safe". This mix for incense makes a lovely scent at the right scent level. So, when I bottle them for body use (cosmetic grade), they are already "good to go" with no mixing of anything. I just screw on a top with a spout and squeeze them into the bottles to sell as fragrance oils then label them. Those "smalls" can really make a difference in sales, as some people will buy an entire ROW of one fragrance, and some will buy several different scents. It also gives them the VALUE they expect to find at outdoor marketplaces. They come back year after year, out of their favorite scent and ready to buy more.
  13. Hopie

    What Happened Here?

    With the molded novelty figure candles, I don't use scent. I'm not using vybar in the jar or pyramid/pillar candles. So I'm glad you told me that, if I ever do use scent on the cute figure candles, I'll go lightly on the vybar. They seem to have a lot of bubbles in the wax I got, which was the 140, thus the vybar...that's what GenWax told me to do. Seems we returned to Havasu a little early...it was 113 degrees the other day, and 108 today...ugggh!
  14. Hopie

    What Happened Here?

    YES, it's a compulsive addiction! I made a few more molded candles lately, and my saguaro cactus simply "bent over" from the heat when we left and had the air off in here, LOL! I should post it here, it's all too funny! Had to order vybar and UV stuff to change the way this basic paraffin I bought behaves, so we'll see how that goes. Back to dipping incense, it's all I can do in this extreme heat.
  15. Hopie

    Bitter Creek North (New Scents)

    I use the Very Vanilla and I mix my own "Egyptian Vanilla" by mixing Egyptian Musk with Very Vanilla (50/50). The "Very" is a sweeter scent, of course, while the "Egyptian Vanilla" has a more muted, dreamy vanilla scent. They both sell well. I buy almost all of my incense scents from www.thecommonscents.com, they're quite good. The Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford is also a more muted, smokey scent, so you may want to try that? Their "Kush" scent for incense is amazing! You can rename it if you wish, but it's an awesome scent. I do not buy their Frankincense & Myrrh, as it's very weak. I now really like Flaming's F&M, and will be using theirs for incense as soon as I get some more DPG. I was seeking a more "resiny" F&M, but fell in love with FC's. The mix on The Common Scents oils is one 16 oz DPG to one 16 oz fragrance oil. Since they already contain DPG, they are not good for candle making. I did contact them and asked if I could purchase the Sandalwood with NO DPG in it, and they never did respond (I took that as a "no", lol), thus, I only use them for incense and roll on body oils, which I carry about 300 scents of their body oils. Those "smalls" can really make a difference in sales. No one else sells the body oils at our marketplaces, so I'm glad about that. I bottle them myself using the roll-on 1/3 oz bottles, and I charge only $5 per. Yeah, I finally decided to put a "face to my name", lol! I've got the hair all cut off for summer, and only grow it in winter. It's another day of 105 degrees here in Havasu, we got back last Friday, so no wax melting unless I plan on working "late night", which I may do next week. Still testing wicks for that ProBlend 600, and just got smaller wicks to try, I'm testing ECO wicks with it, even though the zinc may be a better option, I hate the mushrooming and stink when you blow them out, lol.
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