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Lulu Belles

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  1. What wax do you use if you don't mind me asking?
  2. Interesting I wasn't aware of that. I will have to look more into that. What exactly is syneresis? Or do you know of any good articles I can read to find out more?
  3. I want to start experimenting with clamshell melts and I recently purchased some 4625 based on all of the reviews on this forum. I also have some 4630 so I will try blending the two and see which I like better. My question is, on Candle Science website, it says the max FO is 6% for 4625, but I see a lot of people on here use up to 10% FO in their melts. Is it ok to use up to 10% FO in the 4625 alone or is it only ok if I mix it with 4630 since the 4630 has a 10% max FO? Also since I'm on the topic, what ratio do you recommend for the wax? 50/50? 70/30? Thanks for the help!
  4. What area are you in? I'm in Los Angeles and I get asked quite often if they are soy. I agree with ellajoan that it seems like the younger, hipster crowd asks for soy more. I've also noticed a lot of online companies are promoting "natural" or "Soy" candles.
  5. Good information! Thank you. I was doing a lot of online market research to see whats selling and it seems that Soy is very popular. Maybe that's just for online sales? I'm curious why you sell more Soy online? Do you market your products differently? Or maybe online buyers are a different market and prefer more "natural" products?
  6. Good to know. Do you sell online, in person, or both? If you sell online, do you notice a difference in sales between Paraffin or Soy?
  7. I have been making candles for a little over a year now and I finally got comfortable with IGI 4630. It has great H&C throw and its really easy to work with IMO. I have been trying to find a good soy wax to work with, but I am having a hard time getting a decent HT with any of the ones I have tried. After many hours of searching through these forums, I believe this is a common thing with soy wax? My question is, do customers really know the difference and do they even care if its soy? Also how often do your clients request soy candles? Thanks!
  8. I found it yesterday and it was a great starting point. Thanks so much for that!
  9. Thanks for the advice! I probably should have started out with the GB444 as I am in southern CA and the summers get hot. I will probably end up transitioning to 444 eventually if I like the 464 so hopefully the transition won't be too painful. Have you tried the IGI 6006 wax by any chance?
  10. Normally I use IGI 4630 (which I love,) however I have been getting a lot of requests to make "soy candles." I guess soy is pretty big for the area that I am in. So here goes the testing! I am going to begin testing IGI 6006 and GB 464 (I've heard great things about both). I don't trust wick charts, so if anyone could give me a good starting point for these 2 types of wax, that would be very much appreciated! I will be testing with 3" tumblers, and 7% FO. I prefer to use CDs, LX, and HTPs. TIA!
  11. Just wanted to post an update. I'm almost finished with my test burn (3" tumbler, 7% FO from CS). So far you all have been spot on! The HTP 83, LX 22, and LX 20 are performing the best. I tried several CDs but they flames have been way too big (even with trimming) and they have given off a lot of soot. Thanks again for all the help!
  12. I've heard contradicting things when it comes to test burning your candles. I know generally you want to let the candle burn for around 4 hours each time. Some say that after the first burn (4hrs), the melt pool should reach all the way to the edge of the glass, with about 1/4" melted wax. Others say that you do not want to reach a FMP until the candle has burned several times. Can anyone give me some answers as to what the correct test burn method is? I'm using IGI 4630, with a 3" tumbler, not that it really matters. Thanks!
  13. Good to know! Thank you! Have you tired any of the ones I mentioned? If so, just curious what your results were.
  14. What wick do you recommend I use with IGI 4630? I am using 3" tumblers. Also using about 7% FO. What sizes would you recommend with the following wicks: LX, HTP, or CDs? Thanks!
  15. I am looking for a good bubble bomb recipe. I recently started using SLSA in my bath bombs, but I am having issues with them cracking slightly at the seam. I have tried adding more/different oils and butters to hold them together, but after about 24 hours, they almost all crack slightly. I never had this problem before I started using the SLSA. Is there a different ingredient I should be using to get bubbles from my bath bombs? Any good recipes are much appreciated! TIA!
  16. I am looking for a good bubble bomb recipe. I recently started using SLSA in my bath bombs, but I am having issues with them cracking slightly at the seam. I have tried adding more/different oils and butters to hold them together, but after about 24 hours, they almost all crack slightly. I never had this problem before I started using the SLSA. Is there a different ingredient I should be using to get bubbles from my bath bombs? Any good recipes are much appreciated! TIA!
  17. Last question... For testing purposes can I use an 8oz apothecary jar (both 8oz and 16 oz have 4" diameter) so I don't waste as much wax? At least until I think I've got the correct wick, then I can try it out on the 16oz.
  18. Thank you so much for your great advise! Looks like I have quite a bit of testing to do!
  19. I didn't have the best luck the first few times I tried the HTP 126 and HTP 104. The flames were huge!! Even after trimming the wick pretty short. Do you prefer the CD wicks over HTP or LX?
  20. I am using IGI 4630 and I am struggling to find the right wick for a 16 oz apothecary jar. I prefer to use either the LX or HTP wicks. Is it best to use a single wick or double wick? And which wick size would work best for the wax I am using? TIA!
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