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How to make Massage Candles

By Fizz Fairy  •  4 comments  •   3 minute read

How to make Massage Candles

Enjoy massage candles as a nourishing massage treatment with added moisturizing benefits. Massage candles are candles made up of mostly soft nourishing oils with a small amount of Nature Eco C-3 Soya wax. To use your own homemade massage candles, simply light the wick and use the melted oil for massages. 

Massage candles are made up of Shea nut butter, Jojoba oil, and Cocoa Butter which are all known to hydrate and nourish the skin. Each of these natural oils also boost moisture and have anti inflammatory properties to help soothe skin.

Here you will learn to quickly and easily make your own homemade massage candles with minimal equipment. You will only need a glass measuring cup, stiring utensil, digital scale, instant thermometer (or temp. gun), microwave and a hair blower (or heat gun).

Summary

Using a microwave melt your Cocoa Butter and Eco C3 wax together, stirring in 30 second intervals. While hot, stir in the low melt shea nut butter and then the jojoba oil. At 125F, stir in some essential oil. When the mixture cools just below 100°, heat your pre-wicked containers with the heat gun and pour the oil evenly into all of them. Wait atleast 24 hours to use or up to 72 for best results.

Ingredients

*Ounces is refering to weight and not fluid volume, in this case.

Equipment

  • Glass measuring cup
  • Stiring utensil
  • Digital scale
  • Instant thermometer (or temp. gun)
  • Microwave
  • Hair blower (or heat gun).

Process

  1. Get all ingredients on your workstation along with the necessary equipment. Place the glass measuring cup on the scale and press the 'tare' button to equal zero.
  2. Measure 6 ounces Deoderized Cocoa Butter into the measuring cup. Press the 'tare' button to equal zero again. Measure in 8 ounces Eco C3 Soya Wax to the same measuring cup.
  3. Melt the mixture in the microwave, removing to stir every 30 seconds until just melted.
  4. When melted, stir in the 8 ounces of Shea Nut Butter (Low Melt) until fully incorporated. Then, stir in the 6 ounces of Jojoba Oil until fully incorporated.
  5. While waiting for the wax to cool, you can dip each of your Cotton Wicks into the mixture and secure them to the middle of your candle jars. 
  6. Using a thermometer, wait until the oil mixture gets down to 125F and add your 1 tsp. Essential Oil. You can use any essential oil or mixture of your choice equaling 1 tsp. 
  7. Using a thermometer again, wait until the oil mixture gets to 100F and begin heating up your candle jars with the heat gun. 
  8. Pour your melted mixture evenly into each of the jars to fill them up. You can use something to keep the wick centred in the jar as best as possible.
  9. Allow the candles to sit and cure for at least 24 hours or up to 72 hours for best results.

How to use:

Light the wick and carefully pour out the melted oil to use as a gentle massage oil. 

 

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4 comments

Hi Nicole,

Thank you for your comment. Again, this isn’t my own personal recipe, but you will want to refer to the IFRA documentation of the Fragrance Oil you’re interested in using. This should be listed on all Fizz Fairy Fragrances, as either an image or linked PDF. Specifically, you want to be looking at Category 5A in that document, as the massage candle is a leave-on product applied directly to the body, using hands.

If we take our Brazilian Bum Bum Cream Dupe Fragrance Oil as an example, we see the maximum usage rate for this fragrance in this type of product is 6.9%. Because this recipe uses 28oz of ingredients, we can calculate 28 × 0.069 = 1.9oz. Thus, to err on the side of caution, I would personally use 1 or 1.5oz of this particular fragrance in this recipe, and know it was safe for this purpose.

I hope that helps! Again, you’ll have to refer to each fragrance’s own IFRA document. Please feel free to reach out to me at Lindsay.fizzfairy@gmail.com if you have any questions or need assistance with calculations!

Lindsay at Fizz Fairy,

Hello! This recipe mentions essential oils. What would the measurement be for fragrance oils? I want to use some from your store. Thanks!

Nicole,

Hi Karen!

Thank you for your comment. This isn’t my own personal recipe, but based on my experience making massage candles, I assume the recommended 72 hour cure is to ensure the wax, oil and butters have fully solidified and hardened, before using the candle. While it could be used before that time (ie. after 24 hours), it would probably just burn faster.

Generally speaking, I would say that this product (or handcrafted massage candles in general) have a shelf life or “use by time frame” of one year after first use. I would also take into consideration the expiry dates on the products used, as those could impact the shelf life as well.

Please reach out if you have any further questions and happy crafting!

Lindsay at Fizz Fairy

Lindsay at Fizz Fairy,

You mention to leave the candles for 24 hrs or up to 72 hrs for best results. Wondering if the 72hrs is a use by time frame?

Karen Dahlquist,

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