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Soy wax and cocoa butter candles

After the  Choco soap  experience, I've decided to try cocoa butter in candles (75% w/w of soy wax and 25% w/w cocoa butter). I thought the color would look amazing and very natural, and the scent of cocoa butter delicate and pleasant. I have tried, for glass jars of the same size, a cotton wick or a wood wick. Couple of remarks : 1) the wax/butter mix takes forever to cool down (very low melting point of cocoa butter) 2) Lot of frosting and shrinking (see pics below) I let the candles set for several days and then proceeded with the burning test . Here you can see pictures taken at 1, 30, 90 minutes after burning. To be honest, the candles burned very slowly and I couldn't smell the chocolate scent of cocoa butter. The wood wick behaved better than the cotton wick, nevertheless none of the two burned large enough to form a full burning pool after several hours (a lot of tunneling!!!). Take home message : I don't think it's
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Card making magazines (Easter Edition)

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Choco soap

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Card making and papercraft magazines

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