Use all-natural ingredients to make massage candles for you and your partner or for romantic gifts. Massage candles are lit like ordinary candles, but you use the melted wax directly on the skin as a warm massage oil.
2WicksFor natural wax and for the diameter of your container
2Candle sustainersmetal bits for the end of the wick
Assemble the Wicks
Cut lengths of wick that when measured from the bottom of your candle container will stick out by 1/2".
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.
Melt the Oils
Place the butters, sweet almond oil, and soy wax in the saucepan 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 primes the wicks and 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.
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.
Add the essential oil
When the oils have cooled down, add the essential oils and stir well. The blend of rose-geranium and ylang-ylang is beautifully floral and relaxing.
Now gently pour the melted oil into your containers, using the spatula to scrape out every last drop. Fill the oil to 1/4" (6 mm) from the top of the container. 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. The oils will solidify to a creamy tone
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" (2.5 cm) tall and fit around the round tins perfectly. Secure them with a small piece of clear tape.
* It's better to use a few smaller containers than one large jar. Why? Ease of use, reduction in dirt and potential contaminants over a period of time, and weird oil hardening. If you pour this entire batch in a large jar you'll probably find that it doesn't solidify with a smooth surface. There will likely be a big pit in the middle. It doesn't affect the product, but it doesn't look great either.