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Peggy T

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  1. I have beeswax I can test. When I've tried it using it before, I found it a bit temperamental; nothing is straightforward with candle making...What % would you suggest I start with? I'm thinking super low (less than 3%).
  2. I have no idea. I'm in a major hub and the order will also go to a major hub so I hope it will go by air and then to a warehouse...But once it's on the ground in Dhaka, all bets are off. 😁
  3. What additive might I consider in the future? Thanks!
  4. Leave for a day and there are a lot of responses to catch up on... @ErronB & @TallTayl Re: wax formulation. In retrospect yes, it would have made sense to do that. Hindsight being 20/20 and all. My particular blend is reasonably heat-tolerant and I've usually been able to manage summer issues by shipping M-W. I just never expected to get an order, in summer to Bangladesh. I am limited by shipping to USPS because this is going via diplomatic mail. So no FedEx or UPS. I'm going to do some research and see if I can learn more about how exactly dip mail works (ie--is it going to sit on the tarmac for days or will it be warehoused). I'm prob also going to tell the customer that I can't guarantee it won't melt on route. I lived overseas with the US govt for a number of years, so I know folks rely heavily on diplomatic mail bc you can order things without paying int'l postage. She should understand that while it's a great benefit, it has limitations too...🤞
  5. I wasn't sure if I should put this question here or in the Business board but since this is a time limited question, I thought this might be the better spot. During the summer I take extra steps to ship an order (ship on Monday or Tuesday, thermal bubble wrap, ice pack). However...I just got an order from a DPO/APO address (diplomatic mail) going to Bangladesh. Oof. I have no idea how long it will take to get there. It could be as little as a week but also could be longer. I so rarely get DPO/FPO orders that this never even crossed my mind. DPO addresses go to Dulles, VA so getting there will be fast (I'm in Georgia) but after that I don't know. Any tips...? Any folks here who ship internationally? Thanks!
  6. Thank you both for the feedback. I just remembered I have a bit of Aztec's new(ish) soy, coco and beeswax blend. I might give that a try too. Heck I haven't even tried it on candles....
  7. Currently I get my Rosemary Mint FO from AFI. I don't love it, but it's convenient to me, affordable and I can order 10# at a time. My issues are the scent is a bit light, it sometimes has a fuel scent, and most annoyingly, it will discolor the wax to yellow over time. I really don't understand the discoloration issue since the FO itself is clear but it is a problem for my wholesale customers who don't want a yellow candles on their shelves. AFI has SO many Rosemary Mint fragrances that it's hard to weed through them all. Does anyone know of a good Rosemary Mint that might help with the above issues. Brownie points if they're from TFC or AFI. Thanks y'all! EDIT--When you look on AFI's website they only show 2 RM FOs but when I went to their facility (so interesting if you ever can) they brought out tons.
  8. I have a lot of extra wax laying around and am wondering if I can use them for wax tarts. However, none are paraffin. My point would be to use some of the extra wax I already have--not buy any more.😆 I have: 464 Coco 83 Easy Beads Millennium Soy 100% Midwest Soy C-6 Beeswax Is it possible to blend these into a good tart? I know they are mostly primarily designed as container waxes and would therefore be difficult to get from the clamshell. Could I add a bit of beeswax to harden it up? I don't use wax tarts personally so I don't know much about them. Thanks
  9. Updated Update: They responded to my DM yesterday and promised to send a replacement ASAP. So I give them props for (hopefully) resolving that quickly. I'm still not crazy about a number of their practices (slow order fulfillment, no phone number contact, and inability to review products) but I do appreciate their messaging me quickly after I complained.
  10. UPDATE: Well, my order finally arrived 4 weeks after placing it. And.....it is missing one of the fragrances. And...it was the ONE fragrance I needed. I am so annoyed. Does anyone know their phone number? It's not anywhere on their website. Ugh.
  11. Has anyone else experienced ridiculously long times to process orders from Wooden Wick Co? I took advantage of one of their recent sales and ordered a bunch of FO. I ordered on November 28th and it still hasn't been processed three weeks later! I get it: there's a pandemic, USPS is a mess, and it's the holidays. But I would at least expect some kind of communication from them about the processing time. All their website says is orders process in 3-7 business days and it could be a bit longer when they're busy. But really, it's been 15 business days--and frankly, if I had that much going on I would be working 7 days a week. Rant over. Well, probably not...😅
  12. TFC has the 464 back in stock so I'll stick with that for now but maybe experiment with C3 with the intent of switching over once I get the hang of it.
  13. Do you need a particular kind of jar? I've gotten the 11 oz straight sided tumbler from Community Candle in Alabama for years. They're very nice jars and in stock. https://www.communitycandlesupply.com/proddetail.php?prod=HBT-11OZ
  14. Thanks. I live really close to TFC so they're my "go to" supplier. I'm going to call and ask when it will be back in stock. I really don't want to test another wax right now. Maybe for the future but that's something I don't want to rush especially if it's finicky.
  15. I need 464 wax and the Flaming Candle is out of stock. However, they do have C3 wax. How do these compare? I usually blend 464 with 10% coco83. UGH. Not a good time of year for this.
  16. Hey I just talked about this here (see below) but the summary is there was lots of FO seeping at the beginning but after about 6 weeks, it reabsorbed. I ran a test burn of them and they all did fine. My conclusion (at this point) is that perhaps the culprit is the EasyBeads and not the soy. 🤷‍♀️
  17. Sorry y'all. I kinda dropped off the planet. So the update is that in late June I dug these candles out of my shop and ALL the FO had reabsorbed! How crazy is that? I'm happy, obviously, but I have no idea why. In the meantime, I ran some tests with the Freedom Soy and Midwest soy blended with the Easy Beads coconut wax at various ratios (80% Freedom and 20%EasyBeads, 90% Freedom and 10% EasyBeads and 95% Freedom & 5% Easy Beads) all at 8% FO. Then I did the same with the Midwest and Easy Beads. And?? They all (except the 95/5 ratio) seeped FO. 😵 I just about had a fit, I was so mad (and disappointed). Then I started thinking maybe the issue isn't the 464 after all; maybe the real culprit was the Easy Beads. 🤷‍♀️ After about 6 weeks the FO absorbed again and I did a burn test. They all did fine. There wasn't a substantial difference in the burn pattern between Midwest and Freedom--at least not that I noticed. But back to the EasyBeads...I did get a new case of Easy Beads around the time this all started. Previously I was using Coco83 from Cal Candle Supply for my blends. I thought their Coco83 was the same as EasyBeads but I've since come to learn that they aren't the same wax. I ordered a case of Coco83 before it went out of stock and I'm planning to run more tests again and see if perhaps I can get better results trying these different soy waxes with the Coco83. It's never ending, I tell you!!!!
  18. I'm pretty sure you can get a 1 oz sample from them. I would call or email. They're usually pretty responsive.
  19. Sorry but I have no idea what that means! A scent of family videos?
  20. Hi TT, are there manufacturers where we can get concentrated custom fragrances? I usually buy 10# at a time from AFI. *** Also, I have just started testing some Freedom and Midwest 100% soy blends with Easy Beads. I started this experiment because my 464/EasyBeads candles at an 80/20 ratio had FO seeping on top. My current experiment is as such: All the candles are 8% FO (same FO, a custom blend of Black Tea and Bergamot). 1. Glass Straight-sided tumblers, 9 oz capacity with 1/2" 0.04 booster wood wick. I tested three ratios: 95% Freedom & 5% EasyBeads, 90% Freedom/10%EasyBeads and 80%/20%. Then I did the same with 100% Midwest soy (95/5, 90/10, 80/20). 2. I repeated the same experiment with an 11 oz ceramic jar with an HTP 105 wick so Midwest/EasyBeads at 95/5, 90/10 and 80/20 and Freedom/EasyBeads at 95/5, 90/10 and 80/20. I made these on May 19 so they have been curing 3 weeks. I will share any interesting results in another post. So far what has been most insightful is that ALL candles with 80/20 ratio (Midwest or Freedom: Easy Beads) have tons of FO pooling on top. Most of the ones with 90/10 ratio also have pooling FO but much less.
  21. Interesting! I've seen my wax do a lot of crazy things but I haven't seen something that looks like that.
  22. I use apricot kernel oil. It's a nice light oil with a shelf life of around a year.
  23. Do you have a picture? That might help figure out what is going on. Also when you say "hole" do you mean a sinkhole or something else?
  24. I dug out some candles I made a while ago (maybe 6-9+ months) and the wax appears to have expanded. So now, instead of there being a gap between the top of the wax and the top of the jar, it has filled up the space and even stick up a tiny bit above the top of the jar. I think I originally poured it to about 1/8" from the top although I can't say for sure since it's expanded. Color me befuddled once again by the mysteries of wax...
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