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Everything posted by Scented

  1. I have a lot of those molds and when I was using them I would tape the sides and then clamp. I didn't think they were bad at all. Have to use mold release.
  2. Oh yeah, Warm Vanilla Nutmeg is a knock you down yum fragrance. Strawberry Musk will surprise you also Country Gift Shop Rustic Lodge Essence of Jesus They are coming bit by bit since I'm needing to place an order for more Red Saffron lol.
  3. It depends on what you like and that's honestly how you should start your order lol. My new found favorite is Red Saffron, but I'm more of a hippie head around here. By far it isn't my only favorite. There are quite a lot of very good scents at this company. Perhaps you could share a list of interests to get a better response here. I will say, though, that their Rapture is divine but has not worked well for candles for me ... it doesn't like to mix that well.
  4. Welcome to the board. This is a great place to share information freely with each other!
  5. Scented


    Welcome to the board! Good to have you here.
  6. Sorry didn't get back to you sooner. After you pour your candle take a peek at your mold. You can spot air bubbles in the wax. Running something would be like taking a bamboo stick for a swirl around the inside of your mold. It will dislodge any air bubbles that you can see and might help you on jet black candles too. Air bubbles are likely causing some of your tiny bubbles. Are you using metal, aluminum, plastic, plexiglass or silicone molds? If you're using a mold that requires a mold release, that can cause those pits too. Might have to wipe on your mold release. If I were on a different computer I could show you what to look for when it comes to what air bubbles look like clinging to the side of a mold.
  7. It might help if you tell us how much wax you're melting and how much fragrance you're adding.
  8. In reference to the air bubbles and the spots ... you can tell if it's fragrance usually by sniffing it or the feel of it is kind of oily. When you pour you might try running something around your edges and base that would jar any air bubbles. You specks are mostly caused by air or dirt. You can spot them in the lighter colors and no colored pours because they're shiny looking beads or droplets is the best way I can think of to describe it.
  9. Eucalyptus was one of the more affordable wasn't it? The menthol crystals I wish weren't going to be affected. I wonder just how widely this will affect products beyond fragrances.
  10. Hear you! So we splurged for back ups in as much as we could do and fortunately we have enough to get through to the end of the year in most things, I think. It's one of those things though where I wish suppliers would come out and just say we're going to be or we're not going to be impacted. None of us want a sticker shock when the busy time rolls in.
  11. Not really. Again the post wasn't meant to scare anyone. I don't know anyone who started out with perfection and fragrances have been changed plenty of times. It wasn't really all that long ago that companies started removing phthalates and that meant we had to test. There are always shortages or changes etc. Just stay focused on your products and you'll be fine.
  12. I had a thought it could be arson too.
  13. Yeah one of our combinations hasn't been out for a while because I can't get one of the fragrances for and it's disappointing but it doesn't keep us from finding niches for other scents.
  14. I think the reformulation was probably to either get a fragrance to be more realistic because something wasn't moving or to reduce costs because materials were getting high. There might be a global impact on need in the aromatic fields that's similar to the farming. I don't know. Like patchouli took a hit many years ago and prices soared and never really came down to what they used to be after there was a shortage. Sandalwood became harder to get at one point etc. Not knowing completely how something is made is hard to say if it's a material shortage as well as now a stock shortage or what elements are impacting India.
  15. What's the width of your base? That's what you need to calculate for your wicking Hopie. I know it's small on top and 1274 will seem to burn rapidly, but by the time you get to the widest part of the candle, your pyramid will catch up. It is a lot of testing. I wouldn't necessarily rule out a 30 FB.
  16. That's a scary thought! Hope all is well with you.
  17. Unless I missed this on here, below is a copy and paste of a Keystone Candle Supply post on FB. I'm not looking to cause a panic or a scare but I think we need to be aware of some issues that might make it difficult in the fragrance industry. On a side note, interesting what components are in that stuff we use to make things smell. I think what we can expect will be some price increases, some fragrances will be hard to come by and as companies continue to try to reformulate, testing will be extremely vital in all applications for us. More bad news folks.... We wrote to you in November 2017 informing you of a fire in the Citral production unit of BASF, a major supplier to the fragrance industry. We have now been informed by BASF that initial Citral production has commenced, however supply chain replenishment will take time as downstream products become available in the coming months. As you may have heard, two other major fires have recently struck the aroma chemical industry. The first occurred in DRT’s plant in Roha, India on February 19th, 2018 affecting their Di-hydromyrcenol (DHM) and Anthamber® (ISO-E Super) production lines. Fortunately, there were no injuries but their factory suffered severe damage. On February 21st DRT declared Force Majeure on DHM, ISO-E Super and all by-products. Factory repairs will take at least 12 months. On April 26th, the other fire occurred at, the plant of Privi in Mohad, India, which destroyed large parts of the factory manufacturing DHM, Beta Ionone, Terpenyl Acetate, Citronellyl Nitrile and a range of other aroma chemicals. Again, fortunately, there were no injuries, but their factory suffered severe damage. Privi invoked Force Majeure on May 7th . DRT and Privi are market leaders for DHM and ISO-E Super, and together represent a major share of the global capacity of these products. These latest fires, which come on top of an already tight raw material supply situation, will result in major disruptions across the fragrance industry. These events are completely unprecedented. So I was looking at what some of these components are or impart: Di-hydromyrcenol -- odor description -- fresh citrus lime floral clean weedy and has become a major part of men's colognes according to another article. Anthamber -- "smells Smooth, woody, amber with unique aspects giving a 'velvet' like sensation. Used to impart fullness and subtle strength to fragrances. Superb floralizer found in the majority of newer fine fragrances." (Also ISO-E Super found in numerous woody fragrances and incense-focused fragrances and can be used in high content in some floral perfumes.) Beta Ionone -- floral woody sweet fruity berry tropical Terpenyl Acetate -- has a herbal type odor and woody type flavor. Citronellyl Nitrile -- fresh lemon metallic citrus waxy floral Curious what Force Majeure means? unforseeable circumstances.
  18. That's fine. I was just going to try to suggest based on your preferences
  19. Do you like any particular scents?
  20. Welcome to the board Scott. If you're in packaging are you into making at all?
  21. Welcome back! Long time no see around here.
  22. Hi Branden! Welcome to the board.
  23. The round mold shouldn't be perfectly circular. There should be about a quarter size bottom if I remember correctly.
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