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  1. I have been using GW416 and tried to save some money on shipping with a different company, so I order the akosoy LP416, which I was under the impression was the same wax. (Ordered from Southern Scentsations, aka great candle.com) I've attached pics of my test batch with this wax. Not quite 24 hours out on the pour, cold throw is good, but the tops, omg the tops! I've never had this happen with a wax. Does this mean the wax is just crap wax and I've wasted my money? (Bought a 50lb box of it!) or do I need to blend with a parasoy blend wax like ProBlend 650 so I don't have a total loss? Or will a heat gun, if I get one, fix this problem? Have anyone ever used this wax for tarts? It's not the oils, t first I thought it was so I used a different oil from a different company and same thing. Can anyone give any suggestions on what to do? I just got crankin on getting my scents out and they've been awesome! Now this... It's totally disheartening. ?
  2. Has anyone tried covering a pint canning jar of just-poured warm soy wax with a canning lid that has a hole in the middle of it for the wick? I was just thinking about those 3D "printed" wick centerers that someone posted and how I could use a canning lid as an alternative to hold my wicks in place while the wax is cooling. GoldieMN
  3. hi all, i'm new to candle making and have started using C3 wax. i'm having difficulties with the texture of my candles. i have been getting rough, uneven tops and cracking. i have tried almost every pouring temp between 120-165*F. i have also tried not adding fragrance oil to see if it was causing the texture but they came out the same. at this point, i have no idea what is causing the texture. i would love to achieve smooth tops with C3 as it is the only wax my local supplier carries. please let me know if you have any advice. also, has anyone been successful with HTP wicks and C3 wax? i am using 4oz and 8oz straight glass jars but all i get is tunneling. i also get poor glass adhesion even after pouring slowly. what could be the problem? i've read many success stories with C3 but so far it has been a complete nightmare :((((((
  4. Hello all Have any of you used FO or EO from either of these for candles or wax melts ? I tried searching old posts but only saw lebermuth + patchouli reviews and Nurture soap had posts about micas so I'm thinking the FO from Nurture is mainly for soap ? If so, any recommendations . Thank you in advance
  5. Does fragrance oil play any part in soy wax glass adhesion? If there is no other visible signs that the fragrance oil does not blend well. TIA
  6. Hello! I am a newbie, trying my hand at soy wax melts. After reading, researching and making several batches of soy wax melts, I was able to finalize a formulation that fills our master bedroom with fragrance. However, the same formulation doesn't work with electric wax warmers. I have tried warmers with 25 Watt bulbs for testing, as was recommended by some. But, no joy! So, essentially if I melt my soy wax melts using a ceramic tea-light warmer, the hot throw is just fantastic. However, wax melts from the same batch, when placed in an electric warmer with a 25 Watt bulb, give out zero fragrance. Yes, zero! Not even a mild scent. I get just no scent throw at all! I have tried electric wax warmers from different brands that have five-star rating from hundreds of customers. So, I know for sure that they are good quality. What am I doing wrong? I have spent months perfecting my formulation and am looking to sell my wax melts online and in local stores. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
  7. So I am fairly new to candle making. I’ve been trying at it for the past 6 months and of course like everyone else, the frustration has set in. I am currently using 4oz and 8oz tin containers and using c3 wax. My struggle is figuring out what size/type of wick I should use for my candles. I am not getting a strong hot scent throw. The current fragrances that I have been using come from Justscents.com. I am currently testing different wicks to see what would work best. I purchased sample wicks packets with all different sizes of wicks. Some of the ones that I have are Premier, HTP, CD and ECO. Does anyone have any suggestions on the type of wick I should use and size based on the information I provided? If you need any any other information please let me now so I can provide. Any assistance will be great appreciated! Picture below is me testing the HTP 93 m wick. I let it burn for about 2 hours.
  8. I am just starting to make candles with the hopes of selling them eventually. I am in the process of determining what kind/s of wax to use. I have solely been working with different types of soy wax up to this point. However, there seems to be some benefits from other types of wax (i.e. parrafin and palm). When I research some of my favorite candle companies (Archipelago, Voluspa, Capri Blue, Paddywax, Nest, etc.) they all appear to use a blend of waxes and not just soy. I would like to be "environmentally friendly" and create a "clean" candle but not necessarily at the expense of scent throw and quality. My questions are... Has anyone found selling candles with palm or parrafin wax harder to sell to consumers? Do customers seem to care what wax you use when you are selling them at craft fairs or wholesale to stores? I would appreciate any insight people may have!
  9. I read a lot of post on here mentioning soy wax had a lot of problems. That is the sole wax I used when I made candles oh about 15 years ago. I’m getting ready to order some wax to start back up so I’ve been researching other waxes because the whole soy wax issues have kind of scared me off. I keep leaning back to soy since it’s what I knew. I read how they have factories now dedicate just to making soy wax now so has that solve the problems with the soy wax or is it still unpredictable? I mean any wax can be different slightly between batches especially vegetable because the crops are different but it seem like a lot of people was having really bad results so I just kind a wanted some feedback before I jump into it because I don’t wanna keep changing it I won’t kind of stick to one wax and perfect it again. Also it’s taking me multiple months to get the money up to get supplies so I really don’t want to fail horribly since I need it to make it work. TIA edit: I’m leaning towards EzSoy since that’s which one I preferred in the past after trial and testing. I’m open to others though.
  10. Hi, I am relatively new to candle & tart making but seem to be getting the hang of it. I want to try making a massage candle & found links to Soapqueen’s recipes on this forum. It seems a lot like making lotion bars. My question is on soy waxes. I have 2 blends that I know can’t be used - a parasoy & GB 464. However, I also have some GB 402 on the way for another project. From what I’ve read, this is pure soy, has a low melt point and is FDA approved. I’ve seen conflicting thoughts on using it in cosmetics (lotion bars & massage candles), though. Is there any reason not to use 402 in skincare products? I specifically want a low melt point. And I really don’t want to buy more wax just for a few massage candles for personal use. Thoughts?
  11. Just curious.....has anyone tried soy from California Candle Supply? Looks like they have a soy Pillar wax that comes in slab form. As well as other options. It's slim pickins' out there for Pillar soy, so I've still been searching for a good option for testing.
  12. So I've been making candles for a while now, And I've never has any problems with my wicks, until this happened. Customer wants to know what's causing it and I have no clue. At first I thought it was an extreme case of mushrooming, but after getting the pictures I'm not so sure. any ideas?
  13. Hello, My first post! But I’ve been lurking for a few months 😄 soaking up all the incredible info you have all kindly provided. Such a wealth of knowledge! Thank you. I recently started making Soy Candles, just for myself and family. I use Naturewax C3, 10oz straight sided tumblers and Eco wicks. On a recent trip to Target, I stopped by the candle section and sniffed a Chesapeake Bay ‘Snuggly Sweater’ Candle. In love with this scent ☺️ What I am wondering is, does anyone happen to know a very close fragrance oil, I could use to recreate this for myself? Below is the description of the scent: “Experience Snuggly Sweater - comforting notes of warm wool wrap around lavender and rose as it rests on a base of white amber, vanilla and musk ready to snuggle up to.” Thank you so much! ~ Sarah
  14. Hi there! I’m lookin looking for a great pear FO that works great in soy wax. I’ve tried PEAKS Bartlett Pear in the past and while it’s good it takes awhile to get a medium HT from it. Anyone tried Filmore’s French Pear? I’ve seen that one.
  15. Hi. Does anyone know if 444 works for melts and whether it needs additives? Thank you for any advice ?
  16. Hello! I'm new to this forum, but have been reading (very helpful) posts since I began candlemaking last year. A little bit of backstory: up until a few months ago, I'd been using a blend of 464 and CB Advanced with amazing results. My FO load was 12% (high, I know!), my scent throw was great and I never had frosting. Now that CBA is no more, I feel miserable, but I've been testing out new combinations. Right now, I'm working with a combo of 464 and Q210. I've got a handle on my 8oz jar sizes, but I'm having a lot of trouble with my 2oz tins. No matter what temperature I pour, I'm getting a weird 'oily swirl' on top of them and terrible, terrible frosting (immediately, as soon as they set). I figured it had to do with the FO, so I lowered it to 9%, but I'm STILL having trouble. Maybe it's the wax itself? I guess the oily swirl wouldn't be so bad if I could just get the tops to stop frosting. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get them to stop frosting and get rid of that mysterious swirl or 'oil leech'? Thanks SO much!
  17. I received my order from American Soy last week. I ordered a 10 lb bag of Pillar/votive wax for wax melts and I also ordered several 2 oz FO's. One thing I noticed off the bat was that the wax pellets had a slight smell while melting. I noticed it more as it was melting than once fully melted another was it dries shiny. Also the CT was ok but Ive gotten much better CT from 464 or a blend of waxes Ive used for wax melts. Ive used other pillar waxes and I don't recall them being shiny ? Does anyone here use American Soy, what do you think of this wax or any of they're waxes ( Millennium or Container wax ) My absolute favorite FO's I received were - Lemon Cheesecake - this is the first cheesecake FO that I can actually smell the graham cracker crust. It smells delicious. Oatmeal Cookie is good too, to my nose smells sorta like RE Grandmas Cupboard Orange - Also very good, it smells like fresh squeezed OJ + that natural sweet scent the OJ has . Firewood - Its not bad but its not what I was expecting either. It doesn't have that burning log smell. I believe its a HB Type. Its a tad cologne -y IMO but not too bad but I think I prefer ones that smell more like actual fire logs. Bourbon Pumpkin Cake - I don't get much cake but I do smell the bourbon + a little pumpkin. I didn't get much of a CT from this one Eucalyptus Lavender - Not sure what I was expecting but I don't get much lavender + the euc is not anything thing euc EO - at all . This is more of a relaxing type scent . I was planning on mixing some of the orange with the euc/lavender so I'll see how it turns out. @Trappeur you mentioned Candle Soylutions has a great Lemon cheesecake Its a EL FO so I believe its the same one I have from American Soy since they sell EL FO + Millennium wax. If anyone uses their Millennium or container wax do they also dry shiny and any issues with CT ? The packing was stellar and shipped super fast
  18. Anyone use a good raspberry. Most strawberries Ive tried smells very artificial to me so Im wondering if the same will be true for raspberry . On a side note I just received my WSP order, the only one I didn't care for was Coconut Rum Cake, its a 4 oz bottle. I paid $9.95 . If anyones interested, please let me know.I hope it was ok for me to mention that in this post. Im not really sure how that works. If I did please just let me know so I don't do it again in the future.
  19. Im on the fence about Fillmore's Cedar Garland and want to take a poll to see if more of you dislike or like it. Obviously its for Christmas and the container is a vintage pewter like mug with a handle. If your not a fan can you please add your favorite Christmas FO. Thank you
  20. Ive never ordered anything from them and @pcbrook got me curious on their room spray base . While I'm at it I thought I might order some oils as well. Anyone ordered from there. I hate that theres no descriptions at all, I don't understand that. I was looking at Lemon Cupcake - Blackberry Jam - Oatmeal Cookie. Anyone have any favorites from them ? They also have a big selection of oils on Special that are 9.99 LB. Im not sure if that means they're not good movers or that they just got a great deal on those oils ? Pcbrook have you been happy with their base, do you recall what the FO load is, it doesn't tell me anything on the description
  21. I missed the recent RE sale and a few sound interesting. Did anyone order any of them ? Can you please share your opinions I need to place an order and wanted to add some of the new ones but unsure which ones to get larger bottles of.
  22. Ive been seeing a lot of candles that are advertised as soy + beeswax candles and Id like to give it a try. Is anyone familiar what a good ratio is - do you use unscented or natural beeswax and any suggestions on which wick series to try out. Thank you in advance
  23. I'm very much a beginner when it comes to candle-making and I'm hoping of selling them on Etsy once I'm happy with them but I can't get past the wet spots in my candles despite their scent-throw being fab. I've tried nearly all day today to create a candle that doesn't have any wet spots and for the life of me I can't and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've made sure my containers are super clean, I've tried pouring at lower temperatures, higher temperatures, with less scent, I've even left them in different rooms to set and nothing seems to make an ounce of difference. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and these little patches are driving me crazy. Are these wet spots just a natural part of candle-making and completely unavoidable? Do your customers care or even notice? Any advice or hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. Love always xo
  24. I've been experimenting with 464 + CD wicks. Im on the fence with these wicks. First off, Im not getting the throw I want with the FO's Ive been testing with. Fillmore's Christmas tree I think will need more than 6%, so I have to retest it again at a higher fragrance load. The problem Im having with these wicks is they burn SO hot. For example, my one test candle was burning well as far as flame size goes + burn pool but getting no HT. However, on my second burn that same wick was way too hot for the last half of candle. I think Id like to try the Premiere wicks and see what happens. For those of you that use Premiers what is a good starting point for containers that are 3" in diameter ? What about double wicking - how do you figure that out with Premieres ? Im just looking for basic guide lines. How do the Premieres burn, are they as hot as the CD's. On a side note, the 2 pines Ive tested / Fillmore Xmas tree + WSP Frasier Fir - I have to say I prefer the WSP Frasier fir. But both have an awesome CT in 464. Are additives ever added to 464 to help with HT ? Another question I have is, Has anyone mixed palm wax with soy. I recently bought a candle with this combo, it was awesome - great HT ... I buy a lot off of Etsy - mainly because I like to support small business + I just love handmade anything ! I'm really impressed with the candles I order from Etsy, In all fairness I only order from about 3 companies. If you use 464 Im looking forward to hearing what suggestions you might have for me + if you think adding more than 6% FO would help - I really so think it would ( IDK?) Thanks everyone
  25. I just received a email/newsletter from Bittercreek stating that ECO Soy wax is being reformulated + I believe they said manufactured else where ??? It included all of the Eco soy - 135 - excel etc . Has anyone else heard this ?
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