Moonlit Melts Massage Candle Recipe

Make your own rich, sensual massage oil candles... for the ultimate hot oil massage

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!

Moonlit Melts Massage Candle Recipe


3oz Soy Wax

1oz Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 2 capsules)

30 drops Essential Oil (see below for blends)

4oz candle tin or jar

Pre-tabbed Candle Wick


  1. Prepare your candle tin or jar by fixing the candle wick to the bottom of the tin. (You can use glue tabs or a bit of hot wax to hold it in place. Glue tabs are better because the wax doesn't melt and let them float out of place.)

  2. Put about a couple of  inches (5cm) of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer.

  3. Place the soy wax in a large heat-proof glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex.) Place the measuring cup in the water and warm slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted.

  4. Pour in the oil, stirring slowly to mix. Don't stir too quickly or you'll end up with air bubbles in your massage oil candles.

  5. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the Vitamin E. Drop in the essential oils and stir some more.

  6. Slowly pour the hot candle massage oil into the tin, making sure the wick stays centered.

  7. Let cool and harden for several hours, then trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (1/2cm). That's it, you're ready to go!

Scenting Your Massage Oil Candles

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)

Customizing Your Massage Candle Recipe

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.

Don't add dye to the recipe - you don't want to end up with blue (or any other color) skin the next day. Candle dyes STAIN!

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.

How to Use Your Massage Oil Candle

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!

Where to Buy Massage Oil Candle Supplies

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.

So far is my best one-stop-shop for candle making supplies. Their prices and products are good, and while I don't love their website, there is a lot of good information to be found if you poke around for a while. Here's a few of the things you can get for this massage candle recipe...

Candle Tins. They also have glass candle jars as well.

Candle Wicks. This is the right wick for a soy wax container candle that's 2 to 3 inches wide. They have a million of them, and it's hard to figure out which wick to use so I just linked you straight to the best one.

Soy Candle Wax. I recommend their Cargill's NatureWax C-3, since it's going on your skin.

For other ingredients I like Mountain Rose Herbs. They have top quality products at good prices, and their staff are friendly and helpful. Here's some quick links for the other ingredients you'll need for this massage candle recipe...

What Next?

If that wasn't enough fun, check these out - more yummy, easy to make massage oils, soy candles and body butters...

Sensual Essential Oils

Sugar & Spice Sensual Massage Oil

Honey Kissed Body Butter Massage Cream

Vanilla Cream Massage Lotion Bar

Making Soy Candles

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Massage Candle Recipe

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For example, simply type in "sensual" (without the quotes) and hit Search. Every page on this website that includes the word Sensual will pop up. Poke through them and decide which recipe to try next. (This also works with any recipe ingredient, such as Jasmine or Lavender.)