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Everything posted by Candybee

  1. Thanks for posting this TT! I still need to use the formula when I get a new mold or haven't used a mold in a long time and forgot the formula.
  2. Was making beer soap today and using my PVC molds. I had just finished pouring a batch and wanted to tamp it down a bit to release any air pockets. The molds are in a phalange fitment in the bottom so they stand upright. Its very sturdy and seals the soap bottom of the pipe nicely. However, I must have not carefully fitted the bottom on the phalange this time as the pipe came right up out of it and soap started pouring out the bottom of the mold!! Argh!!!!! So I quick slammed it hard down onto the phalange to hold it and not lose any more soap. Soap batter was all over the bottom of the phalange and the countertop. So I gently scrapped up what I could with my rubbermaid spatula and stuck it back in the top of the mold. I got a lot back in but the phalange is quite messy and sticky and has soap stuck in all it's crevices. Lesson learned. Always check to make sure those fitments are secure! LOL Odd, because they can be a beast to pull off the pipe once the soap has hardened overnight. So it never occurred to me that it could be loose. Sigh...
  3. During the winter months while I am doing weekly markets and craft shows I just leave my cases of candles in the trunk of my car. So they are stored in the winter in anywhere from 0 - 50 degrees. Most of the winter thou is below freezing during the night hours. Never had any problems with the candles. But have not noticed that they smell particularly better or stronger throwing for it. I use container palm if that helps.
  4. Definitely not palm. Its paraffin. The vertical lines are called "jump lines" which occur when wax is poured too slow or inconsistently. I'm not sure if its a mottled wax but doubt that it is because they should have mentioned that on their website. I think the wax is loaded with lots of air bubbles creating a kind of mottled or rustic look. Again, something that could have been avoided with some care of helping the wax release air pockets before pouring. They just look sloppy and the wick drowning is the icing on the cake. Definitely call them and tell them what happened when you burned them and their general appearance. They may say it is mottling wax but my guess is it isn't.
  5. Just found some reviews on Windy Hill on Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/windy-hill-farms-candle-factory-port-crane Seems they get 2 1/2 stars out of a possible 4 based on 4 reviews. Not anything said about the candles except the fragrance permeates the candy and makes it inedible. To me, this is a giant red flag. If you are clueless about the scents rendering the candy to taste like the candles and ultimately disgusting tasting you're not running a very good or efficient business. Based on this I would guess that the candles smoke but not having tried one its just a guess.
  6. Has anyone tried one of those Windy Hill candles with the 11% FO load? It's hard to imagine a company that wants to stay in business over fragrancing their candles as a sales point. To each his own.
  7. You may also want to try asking your question in the general candle section to get a variety of answers to help you. Everyone has their own perspective on cleanup. Me, I swear by my trusty putty knife to easily scrape up wax spills and drips.
  8. Welcome to Craft Server! Glad to have you with us. If you try asking in the general candle section or business section you may get some answers to you lid question. Someone who uses or has used your jar may be familiar with where to find lids. Also, in the general candle section there is a sticky at the top of the forum for suppliers by state that may help you. You can also try doing a search for lids. Good luck!
  9. Sorry I missed your intro post. Glad to have you with us and welcome to the forum.
  10. It's a sticky in the biz section: https://www.craftserver.com/topic/105674-members-web-sites/
  11. This!!!!!! I hate cleaning up oil slicks on candle tops in high heat weather. Happened once and since I cut back hasn't happened since. And that was with just 6% FO load!! Mostly my vanillas but the pumpkin did it too and another I can't remember.
  12. Think of it this way. Why spend the extra money on FO you don't need? If you want to run a candle biz and stay in it wasting expensive FO is a good way to ruin your biz. Besides, don't always listen to what is said on the FB. A lot of those groups have that follow the leader syndrome. If someone repeats something and it keeps getting repeated it has a habit of becoming written in stone law.
  13. My sentiments exactly. Its a buzzword for 'healthier'. Okay I wouldn't want them in my food or cosmetics or other products I injest or put on my body. But does having phthalate free FO make a candle healthier or safer for you? I know this, they made FOs smell so much better and I am missing them too.
  14. One way to do it is to pick at least one scent from each fragrance type. Think of which types you want to represent and then find a FO in that type: woodsy floral resin fruit clean green fabric ocean/water/ozone spice Another way is to combine more than one type: floral/fruity woodsy/resin clean/green clean/fabric spice/fruit floral/woodsy
  15. Ravens I know how you feel. I am trying to rehab my FO addiction and its not going too well!
  16. I'd never use 12%. That's a total waste of money when 6% or even 8% is working just fine. This is why we test. I have yet to work with any wax that required or needed 12%. Also, not all waxes have the ability to hold that high a FO load anyway. Check your wax manufacturers recos for the FO % load. 6% is the standard. That doesn't mean you have to use it. But most candle waxes work with it. Some need more and others less. A lot will also depend on the type of wax and the FO itself. I once had a candlemaker tell me they always use 2oz of FO per lb of wax. I found out she was using palm wax. Palm wax just does not hold 12%. It is overloaded and the candle will smoke like a chimney. Don't even get me started on what it does to the wick and your pocketbook. I am currently using 5% FO load in my palm candles and they smell better with a lighter load than 6%. So, the point is always test. Start out with the manufacturers recommendations, then tweak the % from there per FO. You will find some need a little more or a little less.
  17. I know what you are going through as I downsized my oils a couple of years ago. Had to revamp all my recipes to accommodate the loss of the extra oils I was using. My goal was to make my recipes easier while saving money by not having more oils than was really necessary. I simply wanted recipes with 4-5 oils for my basic bath soap which was my main recipe. Barbs recipe just above my post is a great one. I used to use PKO with CO and Castor for a triple creamy bubbly lather combo. I kept the CO and castor and lost the PKO. For my extra conditioning soaps like facial bars I lost the grapeseed and continue to use avocado and sunflower. Still gives me a lovely skin softening bar that has the fatty acid profile I wanted and retained the same soap properties too. My point is if you are using several oils for a soap property that may be served by one or two instead of three then drop the what you don't need. It will save you time and money.
  18. Got it. I guess you have to pick and choose your keywords as the website design includes them on the website itself. Seems a bit odd to me but all righty then.
  19. Hi happychild2. Glad to have you with us. Welcome to Craft Server!
  20. I think your website looks neat, professional, and easy to navigate to find what you need. The only critique I could possibly comment on is your candle description using the word "industrial". I get that you use paint type cans as your candle containers but they are on the elegant side with your unique and lovely labeling. Industrial just does not seem fitting a descriptor and conjures up a whole different image to me other than candle. If it were me, I would change it out to "unique" or something similar or just drop it altogether. This is a very winded post for such a small point.
  21. Definitely the one from CS. However they are in the process of replacing it so that it is phthalate free. They are also going to introduce a new linen one on 6/9/11 https://www.candlescience.com/fragrance/smoke-and-odor-fragrance-oil
  22. You getting some? The number of cases you buy makes a difference in their shipping. They use UPS so the shipping is always high but if you order enough cases you can save. They do have shipping quotes for bulk orders they don't list on their site. You have to call and talk to Keith about it to get the lower rate. But for the casual orders or just a case or two forget it, your screwed with shipping!
  23. Double check them to make sure. Lots of stores sell the aqua ball jars. I see them all the time at my store but not these commemorative limited editions that say Perfect Mason on them.
  24. You don't have to do a fundraiser for an organization or corporation. If you like, just give your group a name like "Sally's Mission Trip Fundraiser" and sell them that way. I used to give my candles to a friend of mine to sell on her trips to New York. She would take all my leftover candles for the season with her on her trips to visit friends and family. I gave her a price I wanted for the candles sales and she could set the price and keep the difference. Worked out great for me and for her. So you really don't have to do a special fundraiser. You could just carry a flyer with you that tells what the money is for or spread the info by word of mouth or set up a fundraiser or sale table. However you want to do it is fine. If you have sold candles before in your state you should know what you need to do to register for a small business. If not, contact your local gov't office and find out about licensing and visit your state dept of taxation for a tax ID. If this is a one time event and you don't plan to sell year round check anyway to see what qualifies as a small business. You may not need a license if it is considered a 'hobby' by your state.
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