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  1. There’s a beeswax pillar company that uses some sort of heated surface that also spins, and that’s how they get their surfaces leveled. I don’t know if they’ve modified a turntable or a griddle, but I think about it often.
  2. I know what food-grade paraffin is. I only ask what its purpose is in candle wax. Does that make for a better wax, or does using food-grade paraffin in a candle make it seem more appealing to the consumer? Is there a difference in burn rate or hot throw between "food-grade paraffin" and regular paraffin? How many types of candle paraffin is there? These are the questions I am asking. But I am very aware that food grade paraffin exists lol.
  3. Has anyone tried this parasoy from Wellington? The description has the basic spiel about high fragrance load and color retention, etc. However, I thought it was interesting they said Well-Pour contains "food-grade paraffin". Is that a thing, or could that be a marketing ploy? Also, $69.95 for a 55-lb carton is a pretty good deal, assuming shipping isn't the same price.
  4. Oh good point! I’ll shoot an email and ask.
  5. No kidding, I loved Brambleberry's Spiced Amber Ale! Since I buy so many FO's from so many suppliers, I wonder if it would be worth it to go out to AFI and have them duplicate all of my already custom blends 🧐 . Being able to purchase in heavy quantities from a single supplier vs a dozen would do wonders on shipping costs.
  6. If I knew who the manufacturers were, I would. It drives me crazy that some supplier (I'm looking at you Rustic Essentuals) don't sell their FO in quantities higher than 16 oz.
  7. I imagine you could get faster results by testing how the actual liquid fragrance does in the PLA containers. If the liquid eats them up right away, then you can know that it proably isn't wise to store your melts in there. However, since the FO is so diluted by the wax in the melts, it may not actually have the same effect on the plastic as the pure liquid. I would give them a try!
  8. Totally. And, you would get some nice back workouts from lifting 25 candles at once. If you get some, keep us updated on how they do!
  9. I've seen a few candle companies use those as well. I imagine they stack nicely which could also help with cooling and proper airflow. I just use a baking rack and transfer all of my candles to that. Mostly because I have zero space in my basement studio.
  10. Could be that paraffin has been dominating the market for high end and mass-produced candles since the 90s. Natural waxes are newer developments and I imagine a lot of overseas candle factories are more comfortable with paraffin wax. But yes, also consistency, shelf stability, and performance help.
  11. Absolutely, and these are all good points. The one hang up I remember having with wick stickers was how much of a pain it was to pull that little tab off. Maybe I just got a bad or cheap batch (can't remember where) I'll try the ones from Candle Makers Store though! Thanks!
  12. Fascinating points on the mp of beeswax! Yeah, I wonder what the company actually does then. Maybe it's a proprietary glue they created? Everything else about the company is solid on being zero waste/all natural, so can't imagine they would be dishonest... Do you prefer wick stickers over hot glue or glue dots?
  13. Hello everyone, (first-time post here!) When I was checking out the specs on another candle company, they had said that they use beeswax (instead of a hot glue gun) as their wicking adhesive. From the video showing their candle making process, it looked like that had molten beeswax in a cup and were dipping the wick tabs in it, then sticking them to the bottom of the containers. I tried it with some spare yellow beeswax I had laying around and it did not stick nearly as well as hot glue. I am wondering if there was something I missed, if that
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