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  1. Hello! I am currently using GW 444 Soy Wax and I am having a hard time with wick sizes. I use mason jars that are 8 oz The ball brand regular and wide mouth. So, the diameter is 2 inches and 2.5 inches. I was curious to what size you all use for your candles? Also, I typically use 1.5 to 2 oz of FO with no dye.
  2. Hi everyone! have y’all ever experienced this issue before? I am using GB 444. I heat up wax to 190, add oil at 185 (anywhere from 8%-10%, depending on the FOs strength), stir for 2 minutes (clockwise and counterclockwise), and pour almost immediately after stirring (temp is usually anywhere from 160-175 after that). I let them cure for 1-2 weeks. This is my general process! however, a few of my friends who test my candles have said that although they smell amazingly when first lit, the candle loses it scent throw or it weakens on the 2nd burn (or sometimes half way through).
  3. All soy waxes have what seems like similar ranges of temperatures to heat to, add FO, and pour for optimal performance. Most are in the 185 range to melt, 170 range for FO and 140 right down to slushy for pour. Everyone has a magical process to ensure pretty tops. Let's pretend that pretty tops are also pretty insides that do not include cavities. A concerning trend that has popped up now and again, and is now gaining popularity once more is adding FO near the flash point. The idea is that fragrance flashes off if poured too hot, thereby reducing CT and HT. Please, once and for all
  4. Hi everyone - I am a newbie to candle making. I am having difficulty wicking my 3" diameter straight sided 16 oz. glass jar. I am using Mid West container soy wax with an 11% fragrance load. I have tried single wicking this jar with many many different wicks and I get no hot throw at all. I started double wicking and the hot throw is great but I feel like the jar temperature gets way too hot for my liking. The melt pool reaches about 3/4" deep by the hour mark for all the double wicks I have tried. If anyone can provide some insight, that would be great! I have been wick testing for about 6 mo
  5. 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?
  6. Hi everyone! I just started my candle making journey and was wondering if any of you could help me with the issues I've had so far and for which I couldn't find an answer on the interwebs. I've used Kerasoy container blend wax for my first batch of candles, have made 3 different scents using essential oils and have used TRC pre-wax wicks of 2 different sizes. I let the candles cure for 48 hours as recommended for Kerasoy wax and notices straight away that the candles were all solidifying with a raised bump around the wick. Not a hole or a crack as I read in many 'soy candle proble
  7. Hey! So, we use the Golden Wax 444 Soy type with Cotton Core wicks and 7oz Hex Jars with Lids! We've been using JS fragrance oils, and so far things have been great. Our best seller has been the bourbon pumpkin and cotton candy super strong! Although I think we messed up on a few batches 😕 we were heating up the wax to 180° and then adding the fragrance while stirring for 5 minutes. But then we changed the process to where we let it cool down from 180° to 120° before adding fragrance and stirring. Sooooo, I'm thinking it didn't bond properly. (Oops) If you're familiar with thi
  8. Hi fellow candle making addicts - I am a noob; hooked on this perfectly imperfect craft. I'd like to get a sense of what your personal favorite soy waxes are for containers. Which did you hate if any? i have been using GB 464 and also tried GB 444 from Candle Science - not sure how i feel yet, because I don't know what I don't know??? My cold throw is always amazing, my hot throw varies from lame to ok. I did learn to cure my candles for best results! Wicking is something I am trialing through - HTP is terrible, CD so far seems my favorite, trying ECO next. ANYWAY, I cant help but
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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,
  15. 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
  16. 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 differ
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. Hi. Does anyone know if 444 works for melts and whether it needs additives? Thank you for any advice ?
  23. 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
  24. 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 ( Mill
  25. 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.
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