A person who makes or sells candles
I've been busy with research and development - desperately trying to make my candles behave so they will fill your homes with the most exquisite aromas possible:
Let me tell you, it's no easy task!
Now who would think Monkey Farts would smell a lot better than Grandma's Buns? It's true - Monkey Farts are a hit around here but Grandma's Buns just didn't make the cut. And, believe it or not, I DID NOT come up with the name for "Monkey Farts" - that's exactly how the fragrance supplier has it listed!
The main reason this is taking so long is because I have made the decision to make my candles with soy wax - ALL NATURAL SOY WAX - not a "soy blend" - and all natural soy wax candles are pretty darn tricky to perfect.
When adding color to soy wax, it does funky things when you burn the candles - like "jump lines" - that's what the experts call it. It creates a stripe of colorless wax and makes them look ugly. Yuck.
Without adding color to the wax, they are a bit blah looking, but as you can see, soy burns clean - no soot; melts evenly across the top - no wasted wax clinging to the sides of the jar; soy burns longer than paraffin; and soy wax is water soluble - meaning you can clean up accidental spills with water!
If all of that isn't enough reason to go soy,
I live in IOWA for crying out loud.
What kind of Baffoon would settle for paraffin wax when they live in the heart of soy country?
So, I'm learning to tweak.
A little creative labeling hides the hideousness of the jump lines in colored candles.
Offering personalized labels is a great distraction too : )
Using re-usable containers allows for using no dye and is another advantage soy wax has over paraffin. Since soy wax is water soluble, all it takes is a little soap and water to clean out the container (like this cute little sherbet dish I got at my favorite store in the whole world - Streck Sales [Hi Jolene!]).
So, I've got the detailing down to a manageable level, now it's a matter of perfecting the top secret recipes.
Different fragrance oils call for different fragrance loads and wick sizes.
So, I'll be monkeying around for awhile : )