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  1. Let me know if you like it. I hope you do.
  2. I wear mine when mixing the lye. If I'm making several batches I'll keep it on. But if it's only one or two I usually take it off, unless I'm having a bad breathing day or working with FOs. I have some asthma/allergies sometimes. I do much better with EO soaps than FO soaps.
  3. I wear glasses or my safety glasses. They are a bit awkward, but not enough to get frustrated with. My glasses are just a little off placement of where they are suppose to sit. You can get these at other places cheaper. I think one place on amazon recently had them for $15. The filters that come with them are usually not the vapor filters, you have to order them separately. The regular filters are still rated P100, but the odor filters with the charcoal make a big difference. When I'm making a lot of strong candles I still get whiffs of the scent sometimes. Just warning you because when I first got it, I was a little annoyed that the scent wasn't 100% blocked out. It still keeps me from feeling sick from all the FO fumes. I'm very scent sensitive after working with scents for so long now. I also use it when mixing my lye for soap, and when I make bath bombs. I used this mask when I was renovating parts of my house. This this is an incredible particle mask. I did a lot of sanding and cement grinding with it on, and none of that got in my lungs.
  4. Have you seen these? https://www.rockler.com/gvs-elipse-p100-half-mask-respirators?sid=V9146?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=pla&utm_campaign=PL&gclid=Cj0KCQjwj_XpBRCCARIsAItJiuTkR3VW8mU5rhUrxCqscB2JC-j2nz_MUB4jTR_pOEa4JJXtYXEUzJQaAiRBEALw_wcB I love this mask. I get the s/m. I used to wear the regular masks like the 3m you posted. I could never find one small enough for me, and they are hard to work with them on for a few hours at a time, they are very heavy and made my neck hurt. The filters stick out far and it's hard to see while you look down to work too. The Ellipse mask is super light weight, easy to get on and off, and the filters are close to your face so you can look down and see your work easier. I wear this mask for 3-4 hours sometimes, and it never hurts my face, or neck. You have to get the p-100 charcoal filters for the vapor protection.
  5. Where area are you located in? Shipping is very expensive from most suppliers unless you live close enough to pick orders up.
  6. Can anyone recommend a place to get a wood sign made with my logo on it? There are a ton of wood workers on Etsy but it would be nice to buy from someone who comes highly recommended.
  7. Can anyone recommend an FO that really smells like Beeswax or Honey? I have a few of them, but none of them smell very real to me.
  8. I've used both to blend with various soys. I prefer 4627. I love the look of the end product better. The adhesion is awesome, and I rarely have any cracking when it's cooler outside. I am intrigued that 4627 can be so soft, but hold up to the high temps. I tried both of them without soy, but I'm not a big fan of 100% paraffin. The FOs take on a different smell to me in 100% paraffin. So I stick with using 4627 as a blending wax. Here is how I make 4627 easier to handle. I cut the top off the plastic, then use a blow dryer (heat gun melts the plastic) to heat all the extra wax on the sides of the plastic into the wax block. Then warm the package away from the block, on all sides. Then cut the plastic all the way down, to have access to the wax. I use a very firm drywall knife to cut the wax. I have very little mess or waste with this technique. It's a little more prep time doing this routine, but it eliminates battling with a mess every time I make candles, and it goes quicker than it sounds. Also, I like 4627 better because it never changes consistency. I used 4630 for many years in my wax blend. I never knew if I was going to get a soft batch or a hard batch each time I ordered. And I always wondered if that was messing with my burns.
  9. I've been struggling with trying to figure if its worth it to buy the additive or not. i love the idea, but i'm just not sure how to come to a conclusive answer. I kind of feel like every strong candle I've burned gets rid of all the orders I've ever dealt with. And I live by people with a lot of horses. And burning even a medium throw candle allows me to be able to have my doors open on hot days LOL Keep me posted if you find anything conclusively beneficial with using the additive.
  10. Do you put the OE from CS with other scents? I can’t stand the smell of theirs. I liked the fact that the OE from CC is supposed to be used with other FOs. I was told it’s supposed to have enzymes that break down oder in it. If the only way you see a difference is with a strong FO, how do you know if the oder eliminating is coming from the OE or just the strong FO? And how are you testing the actual oder elimination? I don’t have a smelly house lol, so I’ve been just checking for a strong throw.
  11. Have you tried the one from CC? I’ve tried most of them out there too. The one from CC is the only one that smells like the real thing.
  12. I got the OE too, which is why I placed the order with them. I've tried it in a couple scents but I don't see any difference if I use it or not at 1%. Do you see a difference when you use it scent/throw wise? I'm using it in a para veg blend.
  13. LOL, sorry, I was reluctant to get ANOTHER fragrance vendor but I couldn't resist. I don't know about the Luxe Linen, but all their oils seem very high quality. I was surprised seeing how they are a small place. They gave me 3 additional testers that were free with my order. When everyone else is raising their prices, I thought this was very generous The other samples I got that I like are Caribbean Teakwood, Tuscan Lemon Blossom, and their Cedarwood is actually a great Sandalwood. I doctored it a little and I got it to be a perfect authentic sandalwood in some soap. I'm so happy about this, I've looked for years for a great sandalwood. BUT, their actual sandalwood is not even close, so I won't get that one again. Their peppermint and eucalyptus both smell just like the EOs too.
  14. If you try it, let me know what you think.
  15. I totally understand about raising my prices, I’ve been doing this a long time and I never undersell my work. Before all of this I just raised the price recently on all my private label wholesale candles $1 each to cover my new wax. And seeing how gas around me can go up to $4 per gallon, I’ve now started charging delivery fees. I’ve never charged delivery fees before. I’m just saying I can’t keep raising prices or I will lose these accounts. Customers will only pay so much for a candle. These suppliers can absorb some changes occasionally, or at least split it with us. One of the other scents I get from NG went up $1.30 per lb, I can handle that, but where I start getting concerned is an extra $3 per lb. That really adds up when I’m buying 10+ lbs at a time. And it’s just plain ridiculous for a fruity synthetic scent.
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