How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
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How to make Massage Oil Candles

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Warm oils poured directly onto your skin.

DIY massage oil candles are lit like ordinary candles, but the oil pool that forms can be used as a warm massage oil. It can be poured direct on the skin. Full video at the end

If you’ve not come across massage oil candles before, then you’re in for a treat. They’re romantic, all-natural, and easy to make yourself. Though they look like traditional candles, they’re actually a solid body oil blended with essential oils. Once lit, the oils melt at a warm temperature that can be poured directly into your hand and massaged into the skin. Pure bliss!

A romantic gift idea

The tutorial below will take you through how to make massage oil candles and the links are there to help you find the right ingredients and materials. The process of making them is very quick – once all of your ingredients are assembled it’s literally a matter of minutes before your candles are poured.

The video at the end shows you how it’s done and also gives a demo of how you’d pour the warm oil into your hand. After they’ve set, you can decorate the tins and use the candles immediately. Massage oil candles make great gifts for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, bridal showers, and wedding favors.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty

Massage Oil Candle Recipe

makes two 100 ml / 3.4 oz candles

Most of the ingredients listed below are in weight and if you don’t have a digital scale, I recommend this one. Another thing you’ll need a scale for is making handmade soap.

Ingredients

Materials

Two 100 ml/ 4 oz glass or aluminium containers. Square tins / Round Tins
Candle Wick & two sustainers (for large soy wax candle diameters-Eco 14) or buy Pre-made Wicks

* High IU Vitamin E oil is supplement graded and not the kind of oil you’d find in the drugstore beauty department. It should not be used undiluted on the skin and is used in this recipe as an antioxidant: it helps the oils to have a better shelf life.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
The assembled ingredients include cocoa butter, shea butter, and essential oils
How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
You’ll also need some candle making equipment including wicks and tins

Equipment needed

  • Stainless steel pan
  • Digital thermometer
  • Rubber spatula for stirring
  • Wooden skewer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scissors
  • Two wooden chopstick sets – don’t break the pieces apart
  • Pliers
How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
Threading the wick through a metal sustainer

Step 1: Assemble your wicks

Skip this part if you’ve purchased pre-made wicks that have sustainers already attached.

Cut lengths of wick that when measured from the bottom of your candle container will stick out by 1/2″. The raw wick you purchase should be all-natural fibre and made to burn in soy wax candles. It should also be for candle diameters much larger than your own container so that it burns faster and will create a wax pool in less time than a smaller wick.

After the lengths are cut, feed the wick through the hole of a metal sustainer using a wooden skewer. The sustainer helps hold the wick in place and you should choose a standard or slightly larger size for this project. Slide it all the way down to the end of the wick so that no wick is sticking out of its bottom. Using pliers, squeeze the metal feed on the top of the sustainer over the wick so that the wick is held in place.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
Melting the oils can be done on low or in a double-boiler

Step 2: Melt the oils

Place the butters, sweet almond oil and soy wax in the sauce pan and heat on low until completely melted. It’s better to do this using the double boiler method but you can heat directly on a hob if you keep an eye on it and are stirring the entire time.

If you’re using raw wicks that you’ve assembled yourself, place them into the oil so that they can absorb some of it – this will help the wicks to burn cleaner. There’s no need to put pre-made commercial wicks in the oil.

When the oils are fully melted, take the pan off the heat and set it aside to cool. Before you add the rest of the ingredients the oil will need to cool down to about 130°F / 54°C. While it’s cooling, continue to the next step.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
Waiting for the oil to cool down

Step 3: Get the containers ready

Using the wooden chopsticks, center your wicks inside your containers. If you’ve used raw wick and had it floating around in the oils, fish them out with your spatula and wring the extra oil out. If you touch them with your fingers, make sure that you wear latex or vinyl gloves.

Step 4: Add the Essential oils and Vitamin E

When the oils have cooled down, add the essential oils and the vitamin E and stir well. The blend of Rose-Geranium and Palmarosa is beautifully floral and relaxing.

Once the fragrance and vitamin e is blended in, gently pour the oils into your containers using the spatula to get every last drop. If the wick bottom moves around during this time, use the wooden skewer to push it back into place. Leave the candles to sit for at least 12 hours to harden and cool.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
The oils will solidify to a creamy tone

Step 5: Finishing up

Trim the wick when the containers are no longer warm to the touch and the oils have hardened. Remove the chopsticks and use a pair of scissors to cut the wick flush with the top of the container.

Clean the tins (and lids) with a clean, dry cloth and then fit the pieces together. You can decorate it simply with a ribbon or go all out and print labels. The pink label on my tin is printed using this design on a sheet of pink card paper. The labels are 1″ tall and fit around the round tins perfectly. Secure them with a small piece of clear tape.

How to make Massage Oil Candles. Not actually real candles, they're solid massage oil that melts with the help of the flame. Amazingly, the "wax" feels just warm on the skin when it pour it on. Great handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary #lovelygreens #aromatherapy #diybeauty
Handmade labels finish the candles off

How to use Massage Oil Candles

To use the candle, light it and leave it to burn for 5-15 minutes or until a sizable pool of warm oil has formed. During this time the scent of the essential oils will begin to fill the air. Now blow out the flame and pour the warm oil directly into your hand and immediately massage into the skin. The first time you do this you’ll be surprised at just how pleasant the temperature of the oil is.

Please be aware that if you leave the candle burning for more than half an hour the tin can get warm. Be careful when picking it up and also make sure that the temperature of the oil isn’t too hot.

Kept sealed, the candles will have a shelf-life of up to two years. Have a fun time making and using these romantic candles ❤

32 Comments

  1. Hi I’d like to make hemp candles , I’d like you use hemp oil, soy wax and shear butter , would I need to use anything else please.??

  2. Hi, I was wondering if I could use other essential oils instead of the geranium and Palmarosa? Did you use these because they smelled better with the cocoa and shea butter? Thank you :-)

    1. You can use other essential oils but it’s difficult to explain how much of each you could use. There are so many variants, and each essential oil will have a different maximum usage rate for leave-on skincare products. Using too much can lead to skin irritation, which is why it’s very important to follow recipe amounts when making DIY skincare.

  3. I was wondering, can I use different fragrance oils other than the essential oils listed? If so, would the measurements still be the same?

    1. You could but you would need to use skin-safe fragrances — some are meant only for candles and infusers and will burn your skin. Each fragrance will have recommendations for quantity so check with the manufacturer.

  4. can i use beeswax instead of soy? If so at what temperature shall i mix essential oils and vitamin E. I think beeswax suits to all types of skin. Thanks for your tutorial.

  5. Hello!
    Thank you for sharing this information! It is very helpful!
    I already used your recipe and I got a really satisfying masaj candle. It feels really good on the skin and it leaves it smooth.
    But I was wondering if I can use olive wax or coconut wax instead of soya?
    Thank you! 🙏

  6. Hello! I love this and will be trying my first massage oil candles very soon!
    I would like to make something with a more sensual scent. I’ve heard ylang-ylang, patchouli, sweet orange, jasmine, etc, have an aphrodisiac effect. If I tinker around with those, is that OK…as long as the essential oil amount stays the same as you listed (I believe it was 1.8 ml)?
    Thank you in advance!

  7. HI
    I was wondering if these candles burn as long as a standard candle? I have been wanting to make candles with essential oils but I know the scent does not last long when burning.

    1. These are not standard candles and are not meant to be burned as one. You blow out the flame as soon as a pool of wax is formed so that you can use it as warm massage oil.

  8. Hi there, I hope you are well :)

    I just wanted to ask a question with regards to the massage candle if thats ok. I really love this recipe and can’t wait to make it but was just wondering if the Shea butter is essential? can it be substituted with coconut oil or just extra cocoa butter?
    Thank you so much for such lovely inspiration :)

  9. Why are coco, shea, and soy used? Can simply soy be used in lieu of all of them? Asking because I don’t want various partially used ingredients laying around

  10. Hi I was wondering if there is something I can use other than soy wax and get the same results also if I wanted to use other essential oils for different scents would it be the same measurements?

      1. Thank you! Another quick one I’m in the US and seem to only find soy wax I did find coconut but it’s GMO my Google searching skills aren’t the best could you offer some direction to where I can find other plant based waxes?

    1. You could and it would be lovely, but it would be quite a bit more expensive. You could create a mix of the two though if you were interested. The almond oil in this recipe can be substituted for any other (relatively) light liquid oil such as sunflower or olive oils.

  11. Why was the almond oil used along with the essential oils but in a different order? I think I know why but I want to clarify before I start my candle making progress.

  12. Massage oil provide all benefits of a massage, in the comfort of your home without having to visit a spa or massage parlor. Thus helps save time and money.

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