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  1. It seems odd that one of the oldest and most popular fragrances of all time is so hard to duplicate satisfactorily (or even get close to)... at least for me.
  2. Does anyone make a nice, strong apple cinnamon FO? I've tried Flaming, Lone Star, and Nature's Garden, and I don't really like any of them. They smell ok at first, but just don't throw well and seem to fade quickly. I'd like something like the Glade air freshner and warmer scents. On a related note, how about a good strong straight-up apple scent that I could roll my own with?
  3. LOL I made sure to stock up before starting it, just in case.
  4. In the 9 oz straight-sided jars, I usually get a just a little wax left on the sides at the bottom with CSN 9's, and more with 7's. But it depends on the FO, and as I mentioned up there ^, the wicks seem to be a little inconsistent sometimes. I've just been mixing 5% across the board on all FO's.
  5. No, but I'm always willing to try a proven recipe if one falls into my lap.
  6. They do seem to burn faster for me also, especially if I'm stuck with the hotter CSN 9 wick because the CSN 7 is leaving too much wax. But I'm hoping that will just lead to people needing to buy another beautiful palm candle sooner than later. **** I really wish there more good wicks available. Besides the availability issues with CSN's now, I've noticed a lack of consistency (quality control?) with them. I've had CSN7's that burn almost identically to CSN9's in two candles poured from the same pitcher, at the same time, into the same jars. And looking at the wicks in the bags, ther
  7. I'm using CSN 7's or 9's, in 9 oz straight-sided jars, and 8 oz smooth sided mason jars. Thanks!
  8. It seems that I always need a CSN 8. I use mostly 7's and 9's, and in a few FO's it seems that a CSN 8 would come in handy. The flip is super easy and not even a second thought now. I was just intimidated by the thought of it at first, and it just took a minute for my brain to come around to the idea of flipping a jar full of hot wax upside down. lol
  9. @TallTayl Well, you've seen and responded to my posts since I first found this forum, so I'm sure you know a little of how I got here. (and it's greatly appreciated BTW). I went through the whole "Jar flip? WTH? I have to turn a jar of hot wax upside down?", etc... tested dozens of candles to my anal-rententive extremes, and recently saw the info about discontinued CSN wicks which made certain parts of my body pucker up a little (which BTW, they seem to have plenty in stock right now...I just bought a couple years worth). At least for me, in 9 oz straight-sided jars and th
  10. Ok... the title is obviously a little tongue-in-cheek, but there is a small amount of seriousness in the question. I've only been doing this a couple years or so, and still have a TON to learn, but seriously... this wax is so easy and consistent (my current mis-labeled boxes of wax non-withstanding). I started out playing with various types of soy wax (which was an endless nightmare), followed by 3 or 4 of the most loved parafins, and continuing with various pre-blended parasoys and then trying my own blends. Basically over a year of what added up to a time-consuming, expensive, dissapoi
  11. @Candybee I know it's an old thread, but.... How much does the UV inhibitor change the burn characteristics in GG Palm? Do you have to adjust your wicking for it?
  12. It's usually a a little bit of both. I'm pretty anal about getting the wick centered in the jar and keeping it that way (centering tool when placing, centering tabs at top), but it seems to only take a tiny amount off-center to cause an uneven burn in palm. I am using the CSN wicks, and I can't seem to predict the curl with them (There isn't much, but as mentioned, it doesn't seem to take much). I'm still experimenting with twisting the wicks. The problem I was initially having was that you need to twist them at lest two full turns to be effective, but that puts stress on the wick sticker a
  13. My biggest concern/issue is the occasional slightly off-center wick in palm. I've found that it doesn't take much to get heat concentration on one side of the jar and melting the "shell", causing considerably more heat in that one area.
  14. I'm using palm in those jars, usually with CSN 7 or CSN 9 wicks. I check my jar temps with both a quick hand grab () and a candy thermometer. My thermal gun usually can't get a lock for a reliable reading...not that I trust it to be all that reliable if it could. I've had a couple get too hot to hold, but not "burn off your flesh" hot. I think I'm ok on steady temperature, but I sometimes worry about shock fractures due to rapid cooling, etc. I'm just overly cautious sometimes, and being an engineer I like to have all my i's dotted and t's crossed. z I browsed around Fil
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