How to Make Relaxing Massage Candles
A massage candle can be a great addition to your product line and are fun to make. They are also fun to use!
Massage candles have been used for many years and are simply made by exchanging the harder waxes with softer oils. The flame of the candle heats the mixture allowing the liquid to be massaged on the skin for a relaxing experience.
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Making a massage candle is slightly different because this product is not just a candle. It is a lotion or massage oil when warmed by the heat from the flame. The products used will need to be skin-safe. The recipes I use do not require any water so we will not be using any preservatives.
Using organic oils like olive oils can go rancid over time so I do put an expiration date on my candles. The shelf life for these is usually the expiration date of the oil I use. For this reason, I make these in very small batches.
Most people do not think of soy wax as beneficial to your skin but it is very moisturizing. When paired with an oil that keeps it from drying up it helps to block the loss of moisture from your skin. This is very similar to the paraffin treatments that you can get at a SPA for dry skin. I used these for manicures to finish the service for soft hands!
Preparing the containers for massage candles
This candle borders a grey area between candles and skincare. Because this candle has a dual purpose, the containers have to be sanitized. I use a 4-ounce glass jar or a 6-ounce candle tin. Wash the containers and the lids with soap and water and let dry. Your work area should be clean and sanitized as well. The equipment should be sanitized. The use of gloves is also recommended.
For (1) 4 ounce candle
In a melting pot heat 2 ounces soft soy wax (I use GB 464) to 185 with 1 ounce Shea Butter*, 1 ounce Oil*, and ¼ ounce Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil
Attached a wick to the jar. (I use an HTP 105) Let the mixture cool to about 135 and pour.
These candles are labeled and sealed with a shrink-wrap ring so that customers are not opening and sticking their hands in. I have samples in little sauce cups for them to smell.
How to use Massage Candles
Massage candles are not meant to be burned as you would a conventional candle. Essential oils do not produce much of a hot throw from being burned as would a fragrance oil that is designed to be burned. This candle is lit only long enough to melt a small pool around the wick.
The candle is then gently extinguished, preferably with a snuff if you are using it on a client. (No one wants your germs blown into their pool) Check to make sure the wax is cool enough. Then the wax is poured into your hand to use as a massage oil.
If the candle is not burning for a long time the wax will not get that hot. Because it is mixed with oils it will melt quickly. Coconut oil melts using the heat of your hand so imagine this will not take much.
Warming the oils allows for the mixture to penetrate deeper into the skin and has a significantly better result than regular lotion.
A massage candle can be used for dry feet or ache feet. It can be used to help soothe sore muscles or itchy skin. Because of the wax content, it has almost a pomade attribute that can also be nice on your scalp.
It is a great substitute for those that are allergic to beeswax. If you are allergic to soy, you can substitute beeswax.
Types of oils used in massage candles
Many variations of massage candles can be made to suit your needs. The shea butter can be swapped out for coconut butter or cocoa butter or any hard butter. You can also use a combination of butter as long as the ratio is 1 part hard butter to 2 parts wax.
The 1 ounce of liquid oil can be olive oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, hemp oils, sweet almond oil, bran oil, rosehip oil, or avocado oil just to name a few. Each oil in this list has benefits for the skin.
Essential Oil Massage Candles to Balance Chakras
Root Chakra – Basic & Trust (Red)
This is a nice massage candle for pedicure as it addresses the foundation or the feet. It will help with low energy or low self-esteem. I make this candle with soy wax, shea butter, olive oil, and patchouli essential oil. Patchouli is a wonderful earthy tone that connects the soul to the earth.
If you have tired and achy feet, switch the patchouli essential oil for eucalyptus essential oil or peppermint essential oil for an invigorating pick-me-up.
Sacral Chakra – Sexuality & Creativity (Orange)
This is a nice massage candle for the pelvic area or lower back. This area is believed to be the basis for which our creativity thrives and a massage in our lower back can relieve despair. I make this candle with soy wax, coconut oil, and ylang-ylang essential oil. This is a very sensual fragrance.
Solar Plexus Chakra – Wisdom & Power (Yellow)
This is a great massage candle for the entire torso. The core of our body is what gives us balance and keeps us centered and organized. A massage in this area helps us to relax and focus. I make this candle with soy wax, olive oil, and rosehip oil. The fragrance with this is very faint as the focus is on the massage.
Heart Chakra – Love & Healing (Green)
This massage candle works well on the upper back around the shoulder blade area where the back muscles start to get larger. Massage in this area is healing for the broken heart or the heavy heart. Our tension often travels upward as we sit a lot these days. I make this candle with soy wax, shea butter, hemp oil, and eucalyptus essential oil.
Throat Chakra – Communication (Light Blue)
This massage candle works well on the shoulders and the base of the neck up through the neck to the base of the nape. This is our communication area and ironically often get a stiff neck from the stress of the day. This is often where our tension headaches start and a massage can feel great. I make this candle with soy wax, shea butter, jojoba oil, and frankincense essential oil.
Third Eye Chakra – Awareness (Blue)
This massage candle is for the entire torso and can work well massaging the spine. Sleep is very important to our function and awareness. The alignment of our spine helps us to do that well. Sometimes stretching helps us to relax as we elongate the larger muscles in our back. I make this candle with soy wax, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil.
Crown Chakra – Spirituality (Purple)
This candle is for the entire upper back through the upper neck and base of the head. Relaxing the body helps us to relax our minds. Our state of mind impacts our physical well-being. Clearing our head even for 5 minutes can change our day. I make this candle with soy wax, coconut oil, and chamomile essential oil.
I cannot make any statement that massage candles heal or cure. I can say that they feel good and make your skin feel good. I would not add any colorant to the mixture as candle dyes are not skin-safe. These can be made in decorative containers for a more marketing appeal to put in your spa.
You can be more adventurous as these candles will only be burned long enough to head up the wax to be used. It is not a candle that should be burned for more than 30 minutes at one time. Be careful to test the wax and not put it on your client in case it is too hot!
For a SPA, make sure to pour from the container or use a clean spatula each time you dip into the candle. Do not contaminate the candle with your fingers or a used spatula. Follow your state’s sanitation guidelines. The candle wax will not get hot enough to kill all germs that may contaminate the wax. Keep the candle covered or closed when not in use.