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  1. Hi! Do you know how stearic acid works in candles? How does the amount of stearic acid affect the wax and the candle? Thanks for your insight!
  2. Hey everyone! I normally wouldn't post this kind of thing but I figured it soy and coconut wax would best be used by all of you. I am moving in a couple weeks and do not feel like lugging my wax with me. I have 49lbs of NatureWax Coconut 2 and 9lbs of Golden Brands 464. I live in Lancaster, PA. If interested, swing a text at 717-682-7108!
  3. I'm not finding a lot of posts of people using C1 soy/palm wax. So if you are using C1, I would appreciate any tips, suggestions, instructions as I just ordered 50 lbs. to test along with C3 (which I ordered weeks ago after throwing in the 464 towel but didn't test yet). I am not asking anyone to share trade secrets! @TallTayl has already suggested a few things which I appreciate! And I am ok with doing this all on my own. Will certainly share my results with all of you when done testing. GoldieMN
  4. I've tried to find the answer to my question but was unable to. My question is this; what is the best parasoy for container candles? I want the best HT/CT possible in a parasoy. Im trying to research a few but can't find any good information. Thanks in advance!
  5. Does anyone know where to purchase Kerax in the US? I ordered some from the UK and love it-but can’t seem to find a distributor here in the US Any leads would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone, I am new to soy wax candle making. I am here because I was wondering in your experience Is It ok to use essential oils in soy wax candles. I have been researching and for the most part is the general answer is yes but I am left wondering if it is even worth spending money on expensive essential oils rather then fragrance oils. I've read that fragrance oil have better scent throws then essential oils but sometimes i am not a fan of fragrance oils because some of them tend to have a synthetic smell to them. So far i have experimented with an 8 oz candle with a total of 20 drops of a mix of amber and sage essential oils, I am currently waiting for that to cure so i can light and test it. With that being said I have the following questions. Is It ok to use essential oils in soy wax candles? What is the general rule of thumb for the amount of essential oil to 1 lb of soy wax? What is a good temperature to add essential/fragrance oils to the soy wax? What is a good temperature to pour the soy wax into a glass jar? Is It ok to mix essential oils and fragrance oils for soy wax candles? Any help is really appreciated!
  7. I have tried so many wicks but not sure why the flame of my candle just blows out like in 15 mins and also I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong the kind of jar I’m using is a Square mason 8oz glass jar. I’m not sure what kind of wick should I buy from amazon 😓
  8. I'm having such a hard time finding a wax that works for me. I've used 464, 415 and joy wax from Nature's Garden. Nothing I do gets a good hot throw from any of them. I'm open to any kind of wax except beeswax. I'm currently working with joy wax and I love working with it, it's justreally picky about the fragrances and as for the two soy waxes I've used i got zero got throw from either. I've done tons of testing with wicks, fragrance amounts, temperatures. Sofar I've had the best luckwith joy wax. I'm most definitely done with the soy. Any tips or suggestions on different waxes. I'd really love to try just paraffin.
  9. Hi everyone, new candle maker here! I would love to get your opinions on wax's and wick's. I've read through a lot of the forums already and can't seem to find the answers I'm looking for. Basically I'd love to stay away from Paraffin if possible but soy is not giving me the hot throw I'd like. With my brand I do want to strive for a very good hot throw. Can you please let me know what wax and wick combo you've found best for a mostly natural, great hot throw candle? I'm using 8oz, straight sided, glass jars with my candles. Thank you!
  10. Tokoo

    4625/6006 Wax

    I bought some 6006 and 4625 wax for tarts. I wanted to test them to see how they would do, right out of the bag I could tell I wouldn't be happy with the results, but I melted a little of each, and poured them. After sitting for 24 hours I tested them out, I was right The 6006 with less then 1% FO had a good hot and cold throw, but its so soft. feels like butter plus I hate the oily texture it has. However the 4625 was like a brick, and barely had a cold throw, with no hot throw (that could be fixed by increasing the FO maybe). So I wonder if I could mix the 2 for a better result, or mix the 4625 with something else. Not sure if that would be a waste of time, or money. I was going to get the soy tart wax, but I don't really like the feeling of soy tarts.
  11. Hey everyone! I have made more than a couple batches so far of GB 464. As I found the CT was awesome but the HT was not good, I started reading up and down this blog. While it may be the wicking (I'll find out soon when new batch cures), I am weary to keep spending money on what seems like a shaky soy market. I bought 4 candles from 4 different companies that are 100% soy and they are awesome. Seems like conflicting thoughts out there. 1) If I was to simply test a couple different wax makeups, which would you recommend? (beeswax+cococut, parasoy, etc..) 2) How do the % change when using, lets say, soy vs beeswax? 3) Can anyone tell me if phthalate free has an effect on scent? 4) I know a couple companies who use coconut oil instead of coconut wax. How would that be different? This forum has been an absolute awesome resource. Everyone is so friendly and I learn so much in the little time I have been doing this! Thanks in advanced and excited to hear your experiences!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!!
  14. My first time making candles, and all was going fine, until they all set. I was recommend using GB 464 Soy Wax, and was advised to play with pour temps. These are results I got going from left to right 120/110/105. if I go above 120 or below 100 I get sink holes. I used 1oz fragrance/1lb wax, and I used dye blocks. I made sure to heat the wax to 185 degrees, before adding anything. I also preheated all jars while wax was cooling so they were still warm during pour. Issues I am having. If you noticed the sandy colored one half of it is shiny looking, and the other half isn't, this was poured at 110 degrees, I only had 3 candles do this. It makes then look like they were poured more then once, but I assure you its one pour. 2nd issue I have is frosting. I personally like it, but my girlfriend doesn't so she want to get rid of as much frosting as possible. I took a hairdryer to them, since I don't have a heat gun, took forever, but it looked fine. 2 hours later, and I noticed the frosting was even worse. The result is the last one in the picture, the brown orange color. Any help to fix these is much appreciated.
  15. I've tried a few differentwaxes blended together, but haven't been able to get an incredible scent Throw like I want. It's really good, just not there yet. Also, they seem a bit soft, even after adding paraffin. What do you use/suggest for wax tarts/melts? (not clamshell.) I've been researching GW 416 and it seems to be pretty decent. Has anyone used this for tarts? And do I need to add anything to it? thanks a million **edit : I'd like them to be a bit harder so they don't melt in your hand or in the bag. I wanted to try ecosoya pb but it has been discontinued. And ky is too pricey with shipping.
  16. I have been using EcoSoya CB Advanced with pretty good results, and have been waiting to hear about the reformulation.
  17. CBeardly

    Blending w/PoB

    I've been using Pillar of Bliss for my tarts, but I'm not happy with the hot throw, it doesn't seem consistent (I know it can vary with FO) or to last very long. I've tried other vendor wax & it seems to be so much better. I recently tried blending a small percentage of 6006 with the PoB to see if it made a difference. It does make the wax easier to cut which is nice, but so far that's all I've noticed. I know experimenting is all a part of it, but I hate feeling like I'm wasting so much product. Thanks for any help.
  18. I have tested several wicks and many didn't even come close to the edge of the jars. Can I remelt these and reuse the wax or does remelting them burn off the fragrance oil?
  19. I'm using IGI 6006 and have tried multiple wicks with no success yet. Im wondering if I'd have an easier time if I add another brand of soy like 464 or what. I love the blends. Any other suggestions for a blend wax? thanks in advance!
  20. So I am now to this forum and I apologize in advance if I've not posted in the correct place. I am using igi 6006 parasoy wax by itself (I haven't added any extra soy like many do.) I use 8.5% FO added at 185•, and I pour at 170•. I let them cure 24hrs before my burn test. I am using 3.1" diameter jars with 8 ounces of wax in each. So far I've tested 6 different wicks. I've tried the eco 8 & eco 10 first. They both produced insane amounts of soot and the flames were flickering almost nonstop. I've tried the eco 6, LX 22, CSN 14, and a medium zinc wick. The photos are after an 8 hour burn. I burned for four, blew them out then relight. I took these just before blowing them out. The csn 14 is probably my favorite, but I can't quite tell yet. The burn pool doesn't seem like it's going to be large enough. When lit, the flame is very still and doesn't flicker much at all. The only downside is if any wind comes around the flame, it smokes like crazy The eco 6 burns beautifully, but the burn pool seems too small. The 8 is the night size up and that was too large, so I have no clue where to go from there with the eco wicks. I like the LX 22, but I'm not sure if the melt pool will be large enough and the flame sometimes dances. The medium zinc obviously wont work. The flame is very weak and the melt pool is only about 2". The other question I have is about different FOs needing different wicks. Do I really have to test each FO to find a specific wick for each one? It just seems like that would cost a few grand and be VERY time consuming. (Say I want to test 30 FOs. I'd need 30 jars. I'd have to have multiple wicks of each size and each brand. The amount of wax this would take would be enormous.) thank you in advance!
  21. Hello! I believe NEST has amazing wax and scent throw. Their wax is probably proprietary... can any of you experts confirm this? Do you think it has coconut wax? I'm doing everything right and my candles just don't smell as strong and as good ;-( I used IGI 4630 and 6006 with the right wicks, they are burning very nicely and CandleScience fragrances. How do these amazing companies pull it off? What do they do differently? Thanks!
  22. I was doing a search about wax stuff & this nonsense came up. I don't like fear mongering. I don't like it one bit. https://wellnessmama.com/22656/dont-use-scented-candles/
  23. I'm trying to find out what kind of igi this is! Anyone know how I can find out!?
  24. I am using NG joy wax and the scent throw is a bit better than my beeswax and soy but..want to optimize it the most. Is normal paraffin better?
  25. New to candle making here! I've already given up on soy wax and switched to a para soy blend. So far so good I think. What I want to know is what wick would work best for an 8 oz tin with para soy problend 600 wax?
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