Massage oil candles will light up your night! Rich, decadent and sooooo good for your skin... and fun and easy to make with this simple massage candle recipe.
More than just a candle, massage candles are made of massage oils and body butters that melt as the wick burns down. Their melting point is so low that it's safe to pour them directly onto your skin for hot oil massage.
We'll start with the basic massage candle recipe, then follow with some scent variations, notes for customizing the recipe and suggestions for using them. Enjoy!
Here's some fun, soothing, delicious essential oil blends for your massage oil candles. Pick your favorite or try one of each!
Citrus Rush. 7 drops each bergamot, grapefruit, lemon and orange, 2 drops jasmine, geranium OR ylang ylang
Fire & Ice. 20 drops Peppermint, 5 drops bergamot, 3 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop ylang ylang
Lavender Spice. 25 drops lavender, 2 drops clove, 1 drop vetiver, ginger OR cinnamon
Rose Dream. 12 drops rose, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops palmarosa OR sandalwood
Silk Road. 20 drops sandalwood, 4 drops orange, 3 drops patchouli, 1 drop each black pepper, vetiver and ylang ylang
Sweet Sensuality. 3 drops jasmine, 2 drops black pepper, 1 drop ylang ylang (these essential oils are VERY strongly scented, so you need fewer drops than other blends)
Scent isn't the only thing you get to play with when you're making massage oil candles.
You can vary the carrier oils to make the hot oil massage blend absorb faster (or slower) into your skin or even to support your skin type.
Substitute one ounce of the soy wax with one ounce of shea or cocoa butter to make a softer massage oil candle.
To make a harder massage oil candle with a slight honey scent, replace up to an ounce of the soy wax with beeswax.
I like square candle tins for my massage candle recipes because I find it's a bit less messy to pour from the corner of the tin than from the wider lip of a round tin.
To use your massage candle, light the candle and wait for the wax to pool. Then either pour the melted wax into your hand or straight onto the skin.
If that's too hot for you (or your partner, blow out the candle and let it sit for a minute or two, then pour or scoop the warm wax into your hand and use from there.
You can use as much or as little of the candle as you want. Any pooled wax you don't use will re-harden so you can melt it again next time. Yay!
I've found that craft shops charge an arm and a leg for candle supplies. I've taken to buying online in bulk and using them over time. Here's a few of the things you can get for this massage candle recipe from Amazon.com...
The right wick for a soy wax container candle that's 2 to 3 inches wide.
There are a million of them. Start with an 8-inch (20 cm) candle wick and experiment from there.
I recommend Cargill's NatureWax C-3, since it's going on your skin.
There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their
molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter
If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch"
the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients
are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!
I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know
for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest
quality essential oils you can afford.
Here's how I break it out...
If that wasn't enough fun, check these out - more yummy, easy to make massage oils, soy candles and body butters...
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