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Title: tarty melty things
Post by: Janie-aka-Selkie on January 24, 2013, 11:28:47 AM

ok so I've been making a few tarty melts, mainly for Helena but obv we're gonna inflict them on our customers at some point.

I've been using Ecosoya CB135, but I'm just getting a nagging feeling of disappointment from it! It just doesn't last long at all, scent throw is a bit pants (even at 10% fo) and well basically you get maybe 20 mins or so before the melt is gone, and the smell doesn't last much after that. To be fair there is a tendency towards candle-nose in this house so we've been using a completely new fo each time, ones our noses have never encountered before but even so.......... Now the melts are an average weight of 11g, which is about the right size and shape/s to fit in the burner, but we would want more than 20mins smell from that tbh.

So I was thinking, should I ditch the cb and go for pb?

Would adding a small amount of beeswax add longevity?

I do not want to add paraffin, at all so that's out.

Stearic?

Give up?

Get a normal job?

Help!!




Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Denice on January 24, 2013, 11:35:31 AM
Would love to helpJanie, but I have absolutely no idea. :-\
Maybe a knowledgable person will come along soon

Just didn't want you to feel like you we're being ignored ;D


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: The Craftbox UK on January 24, 2013, 11:48:18 AM
My other half used to make these and he would always add a bit of stearic, they used to last ages so I would try that first  ;D

Hel x


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Alphya on January 24, 2013, 12:38:27 PM
Which FOs are you using? My melts are around 10g, made with a soy pillar blend, and only 4% FO. I stick to candle only ones. My scent throw is great x


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Suzanne on January 24, 2013, 02:47:57 PM
I use 6% eos and use soy wax. I don't seem to have a problem.


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Eva on January 24, 2013, 03:13:21 PM
No problem here either. Especially FOs seem to last forever.
I use Soy only, pillar blend and about 6% FO.


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: retropants on January 24, 2013, 07:36:31 PM
try pillar blend Janie, I have no probs with that, they last forever.


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Janie-aka-Selkie on January 24, 2013, 07:55:10 PM

I've made a few today that are 80% cb135 and 20% beeswax, cos until the stearic and pillar stuff is delivered I thought I may as well give it a go, and funnily enough I had loads of beeswax to play with!

They are much harder, in a good way, they shrunk slightly away from the moulds so merrily plopped out rather than having to be forcefully encouraged out which made that part of it much less faffy and they had a much nicer finish, smoother and sheenier.

Helena is going to try one later to see if they work better than the others, fingers crossed they do!


Title: Re: tarty melty things
Post by: Eva on January 24, 2013, 08:31:38 PM
I thought I commented on this one already but apparently some fairies been messing around.  ;D

Anyway, I use soy was pillar blend and about 6% with FOs and about 8% with EOs. FO scents lasts forever it seems.