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Crafty1_AJ

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    http://www.ajscountrycottage.com

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    candles soap b&b
  • Location
    Missouri
  • Occupation
    chandler/soaper/B&B'er
  • About You
    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
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    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)

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  1. You can't foresee every possible way people will burn candles, so do your best to produce a good candle that burns well under normal circumstances, and appreciate the fact that people who burn candles make their own choices, good or bad! You can't control that. So don't stress out over that. Hang in there!
  2. I do the same. The concave bottom (when pouring) is the top of the candle when unmolded.
  3. My suggestion is to not start with recycled scrap wax. You would be hard pressed to repeat results since you don't know the raw materials you started out with. My suggestion is to buy fresh, new wax so you can more easily research variables (wick types, colorants, fragrances, additives) and produce more consistent results.
  4. Yeah, I opted out of free shipping at Etsy as well, and it has not hurt my sales at all. Hang it. Once they forced me to pay for their offsite ads, I kissed free shipping goodbye with zero regrets. To answer the Amazon question, I sell there but charge more for my product. Amazon's fee is higher but it's simple and straightforward ... no hidden fees, listing fees, or forced offsite ad click fees.
  5. Supply chain issues have kicked my butt this year. IF I can source my glassware, I'm paying nearly double what I paid pre-Covid. Wicks in the type and size I most need? Good luck. And of all the lousy luck, I had a horrible time with timely sourcing of packing materials RIGHT AT THE PEAK of my busy season - Black Friday to Christmas. I was so desperate, local friends were giving me their empty Amazon boxes to ship my candles in. Ayup. 2020 can kiss my cute little fanny.
  6. I can usually tell on the first burn if the wick is going to be wrong. It either burns way too fast, or it tunnels and begins to drown out. If the first burn is great, I still keep testing until I get to the bottom. But it's often quite obvious on the first burn if I'm way off.
  7. Another factor is positive feedback / word of mouth. Unless potential customers see good feedback and positive reviews, they're less likely to buy. Unsolicited glowing feedback is the best form of advertising.
  8. One of my all time faves was Vanilla Mint from Peak.
  9. A guy once told me, "Anyone can make a candle!" And I said, "But not everyone can make a good candle."
  10. Most small businesses don't make it for the long haul; they close within a year or so of start up. IMO, it takes a unique combination of creative person + entrepreneurial / business savvy person. You don't see that combo very often.
  11. Wow, @Belinda, that is quite the exhaustive list! Color me impressed!
  12. USPS announced rate hikes for the holiday season. This will start Oct. 18. https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/0814-usps-announces-temporary-price-increase.htm
  13. The great thing about making face masks for kids is that you can use all kinds of fun novelty fabrics. Today I made masks with prints of donuts, unicorns, bugs, snakes, frogs, lizards, dinosaurs, bright tie dye, and dogs wearing silly hats. I'm having fun with all these crazy prints, and hey ... as long as kids have to wear masks to school and in Walmart, they may as well have some fun too!
  14. If I only have a few jars to deal with, I put them on candle warmers to melt residual wax. Then I pour into a tart mold so we can enjoy the fragrance in our tart warmers. Or I pour scrap wax into a container I use to make firestarters. If I have quite a few jars to deal with at once, I place them on an old pizza pan and pop them into a warm oven. Then I use a silicone jar grabber (ok, that's NOT the technical name! :D) to hold the jars while pouring out wax. I wipe them down with a rag or paper towel, then sometimes I need to spritz a bit of rubbing alcohol at the bottom where the wick stickum was to remove residual gunk so a new wick will adhere.
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