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How I am refraining from buying Fragrance Oils in 2020


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Had lunch with my sister this week.  We were discussing our addictions.  She sells jewelry on ebay and does quite well at it.  But she has a problem buying more jewelry to sort through when she already has tons.

 

You know my addiction.  I compiled a list and I have 282 different bottles of FO, mostly 16 oz and a few 8 oz.  Doesn't include my 4 boxes of 1 oz samples or the duplicate FO fragrances I have. I also highlighted all the FO's I haven't even used yet, some bought several years ago.

 

So my sister and I are going to be accountable to each other.  The first one who caves and buys jewelry or fragrance oils has to buy the other one dinner.  It's been 3 days and I'm still standing strong.  :) 

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2019 was my best year yet in candles and melts sales.  And the most profitable. I think how much more profitable it would have been if I hadn't bought so many fragrance oils I didn't need.  But oh, it's so fun getting that shipment of new FO's and smelling them over and over.  :)  Even more fun going to the Supplier's store and smelling them there and bringing a bunch home.  

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1 hour ago, GailC said:

2019 was my best year yet in candles and melts sales.  And the most profitable. I think how much more profitable it would have been if I hadn't bought so many fragrance oils I didn't need.  But oh, it's so fun getting that shipment of new FO's and smelling them over and over.  :)  Even more fun going to the Supplier's store and smelling them there and bringing a bunch home.  

You’re singing my tune, sis. 
 

I have begun treating myself like an employee.  How do I justify purchases? How would I explain a “need” to a “boss” for approval? Would I fire “me” for such choices? Lol.

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1 hour ago, TallTayl said:

You’re singing my tune, sis. 
 

I have begun treating myself like an employee.  How do I justify purchases? How would I explain a “need” to a “boss” for approval? Would I fire “me” for such choices? Lol.

 

That is a great way to look at it.  Justifying purchases.  But I do 'reason' with my boss, namely me.  :)  And my 'boss' is very accommodating.  But in 2019 my financial circumstances changed.  No longer am I selling candles just to make enough money to buy more supplies.  Now I really need the supplemental income.  So there is a #1 reason to use what FO's I have on hand instead of always adding to my extensive stash.

 

That being said, there are some FO's I am going to have to reorder eventually because they are customer favorites and sell so well. Hey, maybe customers will discover some new favorites in all the FO's I have and haven't used yet.

 

 

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I've been thinking along these lines too.  I have a ton of older fo's that I need to use up. Going to do lots of q-tip blending tests. Hope to come up with   a "new" scent.  Of course my first thought when reading your post Gail was, is she gonna sell some?  :)  

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@franu61 nope, not selling any right now.  I gave a bunch of bottles of FO to my sister last summer.  Fragrances I just didn't like and knew I would never get around to using.  She just uses the oil in her warmers I think because she doesn't make candles.  Maybe she puts it in Potpourri.  But they were stinky to me so I wouldn't put any of them in anything.  :) 

 

I briefly thought about trying to blend some of them, but nah, I've got so many that don't need doctoring up.

 

I do blends every once in a while, but with FO's that smell good on their own.  :)  I just made some Spiced Vanilla using Allspice from AAA and Very Vanilla from CS.  Smells better than Cinnamon Vanilla to me, which is my top seller.

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Well, I lasted 17 days.  But my sister caved first. :) 

 

In my defense, I just got a large fundraiser.  Yay!  Don't need to have the candles ready until first part of July, but I want to get started early so I have time to make them while still working on candles for customers and wholesale accounts. So I placed a large order for jars and wax and ordered only one bottle of Very Vanilla, because I'm going to need it.

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On 1/4/2020 at 1:03 PM, TallTayl said:

You’re singing my tune, sis. 
 

I have begun treating myself like an employee.  How do I justify purchases? How would I explain a “need” to a “boss” for approval? Would I fire “me” for such choices? Lol.

 

That's a great idea. Take pause or reconsider a purchase before you make it. Something I had been guilty of and I say "had" because I stopped doing it was late night online shopping. Wrong, big mistake. Now what I do, late night or not, is add items to the cart and save it as a pdf doc. The next day I can look over the pdf docs to see if I have any duplicates, check the quantities, ask myself if I really need it, can I buy from only 1 supplier instead of multiple, etc. and then make the purchase/s if needed. There's been many times that I have saved myself some money by doing that.

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On 1/18/2020 at 10:45 AM, GailC said:

Well, I lasted 17 days.  But my sister caved first. :) 

 

In my defense, I just got a large fundraiser.  Yay!  Don't need to have the candles ready until first part of July, but I want to get started early so I have time to make them while still working on candles for customers and wholesale accounts. So I placed a large order for jars and wax and ordered only one bottle of Very Vanilla, because I'm going to need it.

 

Congrats!!! 🎉

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9 hours ago, Laura C said:

 

Congrats!!! 🎉

 

Thanks!  On the Fundraiser I hope....because I just ordered 5 bottle of FO.  I had to buy some 10 inch wicks for a special order (which are very hard to to find).  I wasn't going to pay almost $9 in shipping for wicks, so ordered 5 FO's mostly for the Fundraisers I'm doing this years.  Going to need lots of the fall basics.  Apples and Pumpkins.

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Just now, GailC said:

 

Thanks!  On the Fundraiser I hope....because I just ordered 5 bottle of FO.  I had to buy some 10 inch wicks for a special order (which are very hard to to find).  I wasn't going to pay almost $9 in shipping for wicks, so ordered 5 FO's mostly for the Fundraisers I'm doing this years.  Going to need lots of the fall basics.  Apples and Pumpkins.

 

LOL, yes, congrats on the fundraiser. Enjoy the FOs. :)

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