Friday, February 1, 2008

Massage Candles - Final Thoughts and Round Up

Day One - Introduction to Massage Candles
Day Two - The Fine Print
Day Three - Ingredients & Melting
Day Four - Pouring & Wick Setting

I hope you've enjoyed the Massage Candle Tutorial this week.

The final recipe below is the easiest recipe to make but also the least good in terms of performance during a massage. It doesn't provide as much "slip" as the more oily, complex recipe from Day Two.

Items needed:

Candle Tin
Wick (We like the WU 250 or the CD20)
Skin Safe Fragrance
Container Soy Wax (Naturewax C3)
Liquid Vegetable Oil (like Apricot Kernal Oil or Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba oil or Olive Oil)


3 ounces Soy Wax
1 ounce Liquid Oil
.25 ounce Fragrance

1. Measure out 3 ounces of Soy Wax and 1 ounce of Liquid Vegetable Oil. We tested Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba and Olive Oil. My personal favorites were the Olive Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil.

2. Melt the Soy Wax and your choice of Liquid Oil in the microwave at short 45 second bursts in a heat safe container, like a Pyrex.

3. Add the fragrance or essential oil. This recipe is particularly good to do a delicate fragrance or essential oil since there is no sweet smelling cocoa butter to interfere with the sophisticated notes.

4. Stir and wait. The ideal temperature to pour this mixture is right before the wax oil mixture is about to set up. The cooler that the candle is poured, the more smooth your final product will be. Candles poured too warm have a tendency to crater or have pitted surfaces.

5. Center the wick and wait for the candle to harden. Once it's solid, trim the wick, burn the candle and try a nice warm massage.

If you make these for yourself, friends or family - please let us know how they worked for you.