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  1. Im searching for the perfect black coffee fragrance! I want something not super sugary or caramel like all the other coffee scents out there that I’ve found. Opinions? Also when it comes to mixing or measuring fragrance oils, what does everyone use? I’ve read to only use glass or disposable wax cups... but I’m having quite the time finding those (unless I order them) and is it ok to wash the left over fragrance oil out of a glass bowl or cup down the drain...? (Maybe that makes me sound over paranoid, but I have no idea! I’ve heard washing essential oils is a bad idea.. I didn’t know if it was the same thing. )
  2. I am at the moment using EL Millennium wax, and while I do like it so far I’ve been thinking about checking out other waxes as well to find what one works best. I’ve been looking into Golden Brands 415, 444, and nature’s wax C-3. I've heard too many bad things about GB 464. Which do you find better if you’ve had experience with using it (as far as cold/hot throw and nice finished candle tops)? And which are good about shipping to different climates? (I’ve actually read that the 415 can just start melting if it goes into really subtle warm weather temps.. which I think would cause some issues in the future. :/) Thank you in advance!!
  3. Hello! As it says in the subject I am brand new at candle making but already so in love with it and soaking in all the knowledge I can (so any help would be so very appreciated!) my apologies if I put this all in the wrong place or anything. Ive read numerous times that to fix imperfections on the tops of your soy candles you can use left over wax from the pot after pouring. Since the candles do take awhile to dry, how do I reheat the wax left over in the pot without burning off all fragrance so that I can cover up holes? Do I just leave the left over in the pot while they cool and start it warming again..? Also after doing a wick test with one batch of candles to find the right wick for a container/fragrance do I have to do that every time I make a new batch? (Ie: if I mixed supplies today and did a test with three containers/wicks/1 fragrance and found the right one after the correct burn time, the next time I buy that same 1 fragrance/wick/container to actually make the candles, do I need to test it again or can I just make it with the specifications I found work best from the first test and leave it at that?) I have gotten SO MANY different opinions on this, you wouldn’t believe. Besides maybe leaving the wick too long, too much fragrance, or using an unsafe container- is there absolutely anything that could accidentally happen that would make a candle you made dangerous to a consumer? I’m obviously just starting out but would love the opportunity to turn it into a business later on down the road after I get much more experience and I guess I’m just paranoid that maybe there’s things I don’t know that could go horribly wrong? (I do have my warning labels ready and have been reading plenty of safety regulations.. but still.) And FINALLY for the last question: I know the depth of the burn pool is as important as the width... but I am starting off with 8 oz tins. How could I go about seeing how deep the melt pool is without being able to see the sides? Do I want it to touch the edges in the first burn? How deep do you believe the depth should be in each burn? Apologies if these questions are all very “newbie-ish” but that’s just what I am, haha. And I’m sorry to put so many but I need so badly to have people to talk to about this as I’ve been doing SO much research on my own but sometimes it just helps more to get personal help!
  4. Hello, everyone. I'm looking for general advice as I want to start candle-making as a hobby. The flame and scent of candles has always enamored me since I was a young child, and I light a candle at least once a day. I caught the "candle-making bug" when a friend of mine invited me over to make some beeswax candles this month. I did some research on the candle-making process beforehand, and while we were making them I kept having thoughts like "He should have taken the temperature of the wax," and "I would have weighed/measured the wax and fragrance," and "These need bigger wicks!" But I was too polite to say anything. Lately I've been watching my homemade candles burn, and noticing what I should have done differently. I quickly realized that I was interested in making and perfecting my own candles. I'm not interested in a huge endeavor; I'm fairly frugal and don't have any grandiose ideas of running a candle-making business. Instead, I want to make them for myself, and as gifts for others. (I'm getting tired of waiting for Bath & Bodyworks sales.) I also use candles sometimes for ritual/spiritual reasons. I guess I'm just looking for general advice. My plan is to get some beginning candle-making supplies from Candle Science (pouring pots, wick bars, FOs, etc.) and start making my own candles at home in very small batches. Initially I wanted to start with beeswax since it seems so lovely and earthy, but I'm starting to wonder if I need to go with soy for $$$ reasons. What's your favorite soy wax type? I have already seen the advice on the forum to stick with one wax, one container. I imagine that candle tins are a good place to start... but is there a reason I shouldn't start with tins? Is there an argument for glass? Thanks for your time!
  5. I have a few fragrances that I think may need special wicking but I am not sure how to do this as I am still new to candle making. I finally found a wick that works with my jars and gives mw great throw for scents like love spell or egyption amber but some scents just simply aren't smelling that strong. I made sure to read reviews before buying and others seems to have more success with these fragrances than I currently am so I was thinking that it could be that I need to wick it differently as I read sometimes that that is something you need to do. I made sure to use the same amount of dye and same color dye for EACH testing candle and the others are fine but these aren't so I am sure it's not the dye. right now these are the scents causing me issues: Birch & Black Pepper (Type) Fragrance Oil and Jamaica Me Crazy Fragrance Oil and Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher (Type) Fragrance Oil All are from flaming candle and 1oz per candle as I like to have huge scent. I am using circular jars for testing and had them cure for 3 weeks. My wax is para/soy joy wax from NG. The wicks are from flaming candle and and CD 14 and the circular jars are 3" wide and 3 1/2" tall. Can someone help me figure out how to wick these scents?
  6. I have about 4" candles I am using joy wax for. I made one and allowed it to cure for two days (when I CALLED NG they said cure for two days) and using their coconut cream pie fragrance and some vybar. The smell was better than my other candles but not where I can smell it no matter where I am in my bedroom. Even if door is closed. That's a turn off for me since I want my candles to smell like bath and body ones. I want the BEST scent throw hands down. I made a new one using 1.5 fragrance and no seeping so I will test in a few days. My question is, did I mess up going with joy wax? They state its the best hot throw wax out there on their site but could be a bluff... Should I switch to pure paraffin? I am using CD wicks if it matters. Do I need to let the candle I lit yesterday cure a few more days before lighting it?
  7. I am having tunneling problems with my candles as of late. I have tried a variety of candle wicks with natures garden beeswax pellets. Currently I am using CD 20 with my jar being 3.5 inches from corner to corner. I use vybar to enhance my fragrance. When making the candles, I heat up to 180, pour 0.5-1.0 oz of fragrance at 160, and then pour at about 150. If i pour my fragrance below 160, then it will harden up as I pour. What can I do to fix this problem? CD 20 is the biggest wick I have used and it does not cover my entire candle. Please ignore my wood chipped desk!
  8. Hello there! My name is Julie and I'm new to this forum board. I've been doing many different crafts for years, as a hobbyist. I'm experienced with lip balm, candle making and melt and pour soap. That said, for years I've wanted to make soap from scratch, so I've decide to embark on hot process soap making. I've now made four batches of hot process and I'm loving it. My first batch was *sort of* an epic disaster because a local homesteading guy sells lye and soap supplies, but doesn't know too much about it and at that point, neither did I. He said "oh yeah, this is the stuff to make soap with and it said 100% LYE in all caps on the bottle." Turns out it was KOH and not NaOH. You can imagine my surprise and feelings of ineptitude when the soap never got hard after sitting for 24 hours. In frustration, like a good scientist would, I reviewed everything and all my calculations. I looked closely at the small print on everything and the back of the "LYE" bottle said it was Potassium and not Sodium Hydroxide. I wasn't familiar with Potassium Hydroxide at the time and just assumed it was a special lye but with a quick internet search, I figured out that I was making liquid soap. I took the gelled liquid soap out of the mold and followed HP liquid soap instructions and I ended up with liquid soap. So, my first ever batch of homemade soap was liquid soap! Go figure. Out of the frying pan and straight into the fire... After grueling hours of trying to get to gel and nearly burning out my immersion blender because I wasn't using liquid techniques, but rather HP techniques, I thought: 'this soap making is for the birds!' Now, I find regular HP soap is a walk in the park-- so easy compared to my first challenge. I signed up to this forum because I saw someone mention the "byrdiejean" hot process technique and I'm really interested in it and love her videos in Youtube. I do small batches for me and family only. I like to keep as much of the end stage ingredients (essential oils, butters, infused oils) intact so after research what I can tell is that HP is best for that, but I'm hear to learn and I'm sure that will change cuz I'm so into all the decorative swirls in CP. I've attached a pic of my "Frozen" melt and pour bar of soap that I make for my nieces. Looking forward to being here!
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