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  1. That 4 weeks only applies to their wax processors who get a bulk tank in liquid form.
  2. Here is more information on SoyMAX. https://owensborograin.com/candle-wax/
  3. @GoldieMN That is nice find! SoyMax is resistered trademark of Owensboro Grain Company, so they should be the same stuff. Here is the Data Sheet.
  4. I add palm wax not the palm oil. I am not sure if there is going to be difference in those two.
  5. @Kay P It's almost impossible to get decent HT out of any 100% soy wax. We will need to add something to make them perform better, but vybar is not the solution. If your targeted market is against using paraffin, then 5% palm works really well. Some others add coconut wax. Just don't add too much. Soy wax will frost over time when they are exposed to the lights. Only way to prevent it is to use colored packaging that can block lights. If your targeted market is the one who does not like paraffin, then you are dealing with the hardest to deal with group. It's only a small group that are unpredictable and does not have proper candle knowledge. And also, you will be competing against other candle makers who will be lying about their ingredients. I make soy candles, but that is one market that I don't want to target myself. There are so many other targets that we can sell lots of candles without hassle.😉
  6. Lumetique did pretty good job of covering all aspects of being Planar Wick. They covered almost all possible materials and shape that can be used as candle wick and also covered using cotton and/or saw dusts sandwiched between wooden pieces to increase internal capillary action. It even talks about why their wick design can cover large diameter container better than traditional cotton wick. Only holes I can find is the argument of "What is being planar?", External capillary action & Tapered shape. *Everyone is talking about internal capillary action of a wick, and it feels like I might be the only one who talk about external capillary action. 😉 I was planning to use tapered wick design as a candle safety feature, and I think that could be a good story that customers could be raving about our candles. But then, I can turn back to double wall container design for safety if this does not work out. Below is a double walled insulated aluminum tumbler. Worrying about candle container getting too hot at the bottom? Never with this container. GREAT STORY = CREATIVITY!!!
  7. I have searched other country's patent office website, and it was so easy to navigate through their website and easy to understand the patents. But all of our governments' website is not well built compare to other countries, and USPTO is no exception. It takes an expert to search information from our governments' website which I am pretty good at. But I have to say USPTO website is designed to have the patent attorneys to make money. I have pulled out many planar wick & wooden wick patents from USPTO and Justia Patents. This one is from Justia Patents on Planar wick patent which is much better organized and easier to understand than USPTO filing. https://patents.justia.com/patent/20050037308 But still, it would take really good patent research specialist and patent attorney to be 100% sure in this country.
  8. This is recent posting from one of the Coconut 83 supplier. UPDATES ON COCONUT 83 INGREDIENTS Hello everyone we have some crucial information to give you regarding the ingredients in Coconut 83. Due to some news we received this weekend we called the manufacturer this morning and confirmed that Coconut 83 contains small amounts of food grade paraffin and food grade mineral oil to fortify the wax. Unfortunately due to this wax being a proprietary blend, exact amounts cannot be disclosed. The new management, that came on board in March, has been more transparent about the ingredients in this wax. From what the new management told us today, Coconut83 is made of Coconut, Palm, Food Grade Paraffin and Food Grade Mineral Oil. Previously we were told by some employees, that no longer work there, that this wax only consisted of Coconut, Palm and Soy and that no Paraffin was in it. Such as many of you, we are shocked about this information that came to light YET we are also grateful since now we have some transparency from the manufacturer which in turn allows us to be transparent with everyone else. We have updated our website to reflect these changes that came to light. For those who no longer wish to use this wax due to the content of paraffin and mineral oil, we want to thank you for allowing us to serve you for the time being. We will still continue to sell Coconut83 as it has been a great wax to work with and for whoever would like to continue using it. Thank you for your time and understanding.
  9. Hi there! I graduated from Ventura High School long time ago. There is no candle supplier in your area. California Candle Supply, who has good quality FOs, is located in Glendora CA, but they don't have verity of Holiday scents. You might want to look into Candle Science, since they have the best shipping rate to our area. Fragrance manufacturer "Agilex" is located in North Hollywood, but that should be for your future consideration. There is another candle supplier in North Hollywood, but there FO quality isn't so good.
  10. @SOMISKID Welcome to CraftServer! Your ultimate goal is to deal with a fragrance house or manufacturer when you grow your operation big enough. But best place to start would be any American made fragrance oil supplier in your area. Quality of any American made oils are similar, and this will save you shipping cost and transit time. Paying more does not translate into the best quality. You can pay 1/3 less and end up with better fragrance oils. Fragrance is all about scent not the quality of oils. So, who has the best scent? The answer depends on your scent preference.
  11. Do you think this is going to be good enough to fight against Planar in court? TECA(Tapered External Capillary Action) or XCAT(External Capillary Action Taper) Wick Description: Wick having rough surface to increase external capillary action and having tapered design to provide just right amount of perfectly needed heat to each container shape for ultimate result and safety.
  12. I don't know how the patent office ever issued "Planar Wick" patent when there were so many flat oil lamps wicks are in existence for long time. So, I am assuming it is not about the planar shape but plane surface. Definition of "Planar" would be "flat surface". So, as long as it does not have smooth flat surface, it should be okay. Cottonwood & ribbon(and all flat oil lamp wicks) wicks do not have smooth flat surface. I guess it's going to be argument of "What is Planar?" if it ever goes to a court.
  13. Search key words! For pumpkins: "pumpkin image pictures" or pumpkin image clipart pictures" First one would bring out real pumpkin pictures & second one will bring out pumpkin clipart images. For fallen leaves: "fallen leaves image pictures" or "fallen leaves image clipart pictures" For fallen pumpkin leaves: "fallen pumpkin image pictures" or "fallen pumpkin image clipart pictures" and so on.... You should get the idea. Most images on internet is free to use for Personal Usage Only! If it is for commercial usage, then we have to buy or pay usage fee. All of pictures or clip arts on internet have rightful owners, and I suggest you to not to use them without owners' permission if you want to protect your business. There are so many websites who have images that it is hard to pinpoint few. But shutterstock.com is one that I used when I first started candle business.
  14. @Hadzol It's not going to be easy to control temperature with microwave. These are some of the choices. There are many other choices, so shop around. Presto 06006: $26.88 at Amazon. Can handle about 5lb wax. This is great for beginners, and I still use them to make test candles. https://www.amazon.com/Presto-Kitchen-Kettle-Multi-Cooker-Steamer/dp/B002JM202I/ref=asc_df_B002JM202I?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=80814156492482&hvnetw=o&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584413735421765&psc=1 Same thing with pouring spout: $89.95 at Amazon. Same capacity. https://www.amazon.com/Melter-Soy-Candle-Making-Paraffin/dp/B073R6CT7P/ref=asc_df_B073R6CT7P?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=79920806880911&hvnetw=o&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583520384046696&psc=1 Wax melters sold at The Wooden Wick Co.: $139.95 19lb capacity. I only paid $300 for this used one but it was almost brand new condition. Can handle more than 50lb. Brand new would be $1,200.
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