Making Massage Candles

What Is A Massage Candle?

While a soy candle is made with 100% soy wax, massage oil candles contain a blend of skin-nourishing oils. A massage oil candle might be enhanced with  jojoba oil and shea butter, recognized for their moisturizing, protective and healing properties. 

Because massage candles melt at just above body temperature, the melted candle ingredients can be applied to the skin shortly after extinguishing the flame.

Massage candles are ideal as a massage treatment, a moisturizer for hands and feet or other dry body areas, or a cuticle treatment. Massage is a perfect way to unwind and alleviate anxiety. They are great for use on yourself, or as a romantic treat for your partner.  Massage candle makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift!


Massage Candle Ingredients

Massage oil candles are loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients such as cosmetic-grade soybean oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil.

  • Soy wax is derived from a soybean plant (which is crushed to separate the soy meal and the oil). The oil is turned into wax via hydrogenation and is non-toxic and safe. Soy wax is biodegradable, is water-soluble, is virtually soot free when used in candles, does not emit toxins and carcinogens like paraffin wax, burn cooler and last longer than other candles.
  • Soybean oil is high in Vitamin E and fatty acids. Soybean oil is light, easily absorbed and good for all skin types. Vitamin E has revitalizing and regenerative properties is a wonderful moisturizer and anti-inflammatory. Vitamin E is also bursting with antioxidants ideal to protect the skin from UV light, and other elements, which damage free radicals. Vitamin E has anti-ageing effects by assisting the skin to appear younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps even out skin tone and improve the skin’s texture, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and age spots, resulting in more radiant skin.
  • Jojoba oil is high in Vitamins E, B & C. It penetrates the skin with high absorption, encouraging healing of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, acne and stretch marks, and is a natural UV inhibitor.
  • Shea butter is derived from the Shea Karite tree in Africa and is renowned for its skin-nourishing properties such as Vitamins A, E and F. Helpful for sun-damaged and dry skin. Shea butter is high in unsaponifiables (7-12%) which makes it ideal for dry skin relief.


Massage Candle Fragrance

While traditional soy candles have high fragrance content and are created for home fragrance, a massage oil candle is intended for use on the body and is not meant to fragrance a room. 

Massage oil candles contain a blend of skin-safe fragrant and essential oils in low amounts, which are suitable for body use. While a soy candle might have an 8 per cent fragrance load, for example, in contrast, a massage candle might have a 1.5%-3% fragrance load - depending on your recipe.

Massage candles are designed to leave your skin lightly scented.


How To Use A Massage Candle

  • Light the candle until a pool of oil forms to the container’s edge (this also ensures that the candle burns evenly on every use).
  • After extinguishing the flame, you can dip your fingers into the oil or drizzle a small amount of warm oil into your hands. Depending on its size, a massage candle could take about 15 minutes to re-solidify after it has been extinguished.
  • If you would prefer not to light your massage oil candle, you may also choose to simply scoop out some of the product and rub it onto the desired area.

When made correctly, it is safe to use the oil right away after extinguishing the flame and it will not burn the skin (provided that you always extinguish the flame before using on the skin, and never place your fingers in the warm oil while the candle is still lit). Once extinguished, the oil lotion is warm and soothing, at two degrees above body temperature, so is not hot like a traditional soy candle is.

Massage oil candles are not designed to burn from start to finish. Because of the various applications available (hands, feet, full body use), It difficult to estimate exactly how many uses each person will get from the candle. However, a little goes a long way.

Containers For Massage Candles

You can house your massage candles in a candle glass, candle tin or a handmade ceramic vessel. We designed the pouring spout on our massage candle jar for less fuss and mess during use. The ceramic jar is also designed to be re-used long after the massage candle is finished. Simply dissolve any remaining oils with hot water and clean thoroughly, before using the vessel as a milk jug or a decorative piece. Because of the handmade nature of the vessel, slight variances in the finish may occur.


Safety Notes

  • If you add nut butters to your recipe, we do not recommend that anyone with nut allergies use the massage oil candles. Anyone with known past fragrance allergies should also be sure to test the product on a small area of skin before full body use.

  • Any candle should be kept away from children and pets to avoid accidents.

  • You should never let your children see you dip your hands into a massage candle or pour the oil onto skin. This is because, while massage candles are low temperature and designed for this purpose, a child does not know the difference between a normal candle and a massage candle.

  • If your massage candle contains essential oils, it should not be used by pregnant women.


Ready to make your own massage oil candle?

For instructions on how to create your own massage candle see this link.


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