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  1. Hi everyone! I recently began experimenting in the candle making business and I am having issues with a new wax that I just got. I started out with soy 464 but for some reason I could not get a decent outcome. I bought coconut wax and would mix both waxes 50/50 and they looked nice when they were done. I burned a few right away with wooden wicks and it burned well. I am curing a few hoping it will improve the hot throw (i think, let's see). I have been trying a few different things and I recently purchased Cargill's NatureWax S-113 Soy and Cargill's NatureWax Coconut 1. The coconut wax had a consistency of coconut oil in a solid state. I didn't think much of it and proceeded to do what I usually do by doing 50/50. End result, the candle never hardened. I made it about 12 hours ago and it is just slushy. Any ideas on what this could be or advice on what I can try? Thank you all in advance.
  2. hi I am new to candle making! Hoping I could get some proper insight! I have made a few scented candles already and they have come out pretty good, just some issues. I've tried multiple waxes, coconut, soy, parasoy, veggysoy and I've tried multiple wicks, eco, htp and CD. I seem to be coming across issues with wet spots/poor adhesion the sides of my glass jar, wax discoloring, excess soot and not an even melt pool. I've tried so many possibilities I am unsure where to focus on and how to correct what issue. Or how to figure out the root of which issue. please help!
  3. Hello everyone. I just signed up to this forum. I look forward to learning a lot and interacting with fellow candle makers! Little background; My wife and I are just getting started making candles. We live Right outside of Atlanta Ga. Once we perfect making them we are going to teach our 7 year old daughter how make the candles. Eventually we plan to let her do all the candle making, coloring, labeling, scent choices, etc. So candle making will be her hobby and her business, she is super excited about it. We’ve only made 2 candles so far. Products just arrived 4 days ago. We are using gb444 soy wax, fragrance oils from Aztec(that’s where all our products came from), 8oz patio jars, and wi-767 wicks. We test burned 1 with 24hr cure time(probably should have waited longer from everything I’ve read)and not getting strong hot throw at all. We are going to let the other one cure for 1 week. We added FO at 185 degrees and poured at 135. Candles look perfect and cold throw is good. We used 1.25oz of FO in 16oz of wax(both measured by weight and not volume) We plan to test pour a dozen or so tomorrow. Using different FO/wax ratios, different pour temps, different temps we add oil, etc. We are open to any advice, suggestions, and/or criticism. We are only four days into candle making so all help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. Ben
  4. trite but true i need help finding a soap base to suite my needs... i will list them needs as: THIS WILL BE LYE FREE SEA BUTTER ORGANIC IN LARGE QUANTITIES FARE TRADE IF CAN BE NO MILK OR OAT WOULD BE NICE IF IT HAD COCONUT OLIVE OIL TOO now let's see what you can come up with. BLESS YOU ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS
  5. Hi, everyone! I found a distributor who has the new EcoSoya Q210 in stock!! I wrote a little post about it because their website is a little odd and I talked to them directly a couple of times to answer questions I had. I typed it up just to help Y'all - this is not to promote anything. DPS in Illinois. I had just launched my candle business, took a break to move from TX to NC & when I was ready to start again I realized what had happened. I've been hunting for a sample of the new stuff so I hope this helps someone else! edited: self promotion of blog site.
  6. Hi all, I've been making candles for a little over 20 years...the colonial way. I have volunteered with my lovely MIL at several local Historic houses, demonstrating the ways these mid to late 1700 houses made soap, candles, and their house apothocaries. Avid crafter and master herbalist. Paper craft, scultper, macreme, plants and gardens ⬅those are what I'm good at lol but always trying new stuff. Eight years ago in a moment of weakness, signed up with "scentzy", did not last long. Took a break from doing craft shows, and all things craft. To help love and take care of my aunts with FALS. Now I'm a huge advocate for Lou Gerhigs Disease and abandoned working hound dogs. A few years ago started back, research and testing for a come back. I knew of this forum and other digital ways, but the time just was not on my side with all things life + children, now grown and two gone. I opened an online shop earlier this year with mostly melts (shocked it's doing well.) With several local shows booked. I still have tons to learn, fragrances, and actually waxes not involving beeswax and tallow over open fire pits lol. Still testing, although happy with my blend I continue to look for that holy grail wax. So here I am joining this fantastic rabbit hole. 😍
  7. 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!
  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!
  9. I have a customer requesting a sassafras scented candle has anyone ever made one and your opinion on where the best oil is i have only found it in a couple of places so far wellington and save on scents . Any suggestions would be great Thank you Pennie
  10. Hi All, I am inspired to create. I love soaps, body butters, etc and wanted to begin to make my own. I have been carrying a CREAM SOAP recipe with me but am not sure if it is suitable: Hopefully you pro soap makers can help me out. Here is the recipe: coconut oil puree purified water organic vegetable glycerin sorbitol lauric acid potassium cocoate sodium chloride Am I missing a preservative? I tried to buy potassium cocoate online but can't find it? Is this an ingredient or a reaction of mixing ingredients? I want the soap to be firm and not too creamy. How long should I let it rot? Thank you all!! And God bless
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