A massage oil candle is basically a soy candle that has added essential oils and other products, which make it useful for the skin. Massage oil candles have several purposes. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they can also be used for basic lotions or for a unique massage ingredient. Candles often create a certain atmosphere by offering dim lighting and fragrant smells, and massage candles can actually be used on the body. Massage oil candles can even be introduced into massage therapy practices. Simply ensure that your client is comfortable with this practice prior to their use.

Assemble your ingredients. For a basic soy massage candle purchase the following ingredients: soy wax, candle tin, wick, liquid vegetable oil and essential oil. Choose soy wax specifically because other types of wax can burn the skin. Choose tins according to the size of candles you would like to make. Then ensure that you've purchased enough soy wax for each tin. For this example we will use 4 ounces of soy wax per candle.

Measure 4 ounces of the soy wax and approximately 1 ounce of vegetable oil. Almond oil is one option for your oil choice. Then mix these two together.

Place the mixture in the microwave. Prior to heating, ensure that the wax and oil are in a heat safe container. Microwave in 40 second intervals until the combination has melted.

Add a small amount of whatever essential oil you choose. Essential oils are concentrated fragrances, therefore only add a drop or ½ teaspoon to scent you candle. Stir thoroughly.

Allow the mix to cool slightly, then pour into the tin. Place the wick in the center of the candle and allow it to harden.

Consider the possibilities. Massage candles can be saved for personal use and also make wonderful gifts. Homemade labels can be created with different scents and instructions for use.

Burn when you're ready. When you decide to burn your candle, allow the wax to cool faintly (after burned) and scoop it from the candle. It can be applied to the skin as a warming lotion or as a substance for massage. You can burn a portion of the candle or the entire thing for use on the skin.

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J.R. Erickson

Based in northern Michigan, J.R. Erickson has been a freelance writer since 2006. She has been published at the White Pine Press, Michigan Nature Association, Life in the USA, Storyhouse.org and The Four Cornered Universe. Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Michigan State University.