How To Make Massage Candles

A concept so genius, yet so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t come up with it on my own: massage candles. In essence, they’re candles made of wax so pure and nourishing that you can actually use it to moisturize your skin as the candles burn. A gorgeous candle and a luscious moisturizer all in one. I think we’ve just struck gold.


1 part natural beeswax or soy wax
1 part natural cocoa butter or shea butter
1 part liquid carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba
Essential oils of your choice (I used lavender and ylang ylang; use about 2-5 drops per ounce)
Vessel of choice (I used a 4-oz faceted glass jar – a tin would work as well)
Candle wick (I got mine at a craft store)
Double boiler (I made my own using a medium pot and a metal bowl)
Cheese grater or knife
Wooden stick for mixing

To make:


1. Place your wick into your candle vessel and set aside.

2. Grate your wax and butter, or cut into small pieces. This increases the surface area, allowing your mixture to melt more quickly and evenly.

3. Turn on your double boiler. Over medium heat, gently mix the wax, butter, and carrier oil together with a wooden stick until fully melted. This could take anywhere from 2-10 minutes. Be careful not to mix too quickly, as this could cause air bubbles.

4. Remove from heat, add your essential oils, and mix again.


5. Pour the mixture into your vessel. Add support to hold up your candle wick if necessary – I used two wooden chopsticks.

6. As the mixture cools, you’ll see it turn from a liquid to a solid right in front of your eyes! Mine took about 15 minutes altogether. Leave it alone during the cooling period. Once it has cooled, your candle is ready to be used!


As the candle burns, dip your fingers into the wax (being careful to avoid the flame, of course), and use it to moisturize your skin.


If you try doing this using a regular candle made mostly of hard wax, the wax will harden as soon as it hits your skin. These candles, however, contain a butter and a carrier oil, which soften the overall mixture and help with absorption upon contact with the skin. I’m in love.


Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift?

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9 years ago

This is awesome! I can’t wait to make it!

9 years ago

I love this idea! A candle with two purposes-how wonderful. I can’t wait to make some! Where did you find those perfect little jars?

9 years ago

Ohhh! I was planning on making a few candles for my boyfriend as part of his Christmas gift. I will definitely be making a massage candle. Love the duality of it!

Dee |

9 years ago

I love this! I bought a massage candle before and found the fragrance to be too cloying. Love the idea of making my own so I can control the ingredients/frag. :)
Gypsy Plunder Vintage

9 years ago

this is sooo smart! i love multipurpose gifts!!

9 years ago

These look great! I can’t wait to make them. Do you have any candle wick recommendations? I am allergic to soy and cannot use a soy coated wick.

deborah aaron
8 years ago

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Thank you and God bless
deborah aaron

8 years ago

Please hear this with the love intended. As an aesthetician I have seen burns from these types of incidents. All it would take is for someone to let that candle burn trying to get a good burn pool. And you have an incident. I would not use bees wax for a massage candle that is going pretty much directly on to skin. Bees wax melts at a high temperature. So for bees wax to be liquid it’s to hot for our skin. I understand that the recipe calls for other ingredients. People don’t always follow directions. I would keep your wonderful recipe as it is. With exception being no bees wax. Bees wax should not be heated in the microwave. If you heat an ounce of bees wax in the microwave it takes over six minues. You will still have pieces that are not melted. You can feel how hot the microwave is! People have blown up Pyrex heat safe measuring cups heating a larger amount of bees wax. Fact check me please. Watch “Bees wax the microwave killer”. I truly am not trying to critise you. I could not pass up sharing my knowledge when when I see a situation where someone could be harmed.

You have a fabulous site! You have put a lot of time into! It’s truly a work of art! Wishing amazing success!!

8 years ago

I made a massage candle using beeswax and it hardens when i touch the melted wax . What went wrong ?

8 years ago


Iv just started making Soy wax Massage candles and I’m using the Melt & Pour Massage Candle Blend from Aussie Candle Supplies & sweet almond oil with added fragrances and essential oils., my question is, can you buy the Shea butter from shops like Chemist Warehouse or The Body Shop?
Also do you have any tips on how much to sell them for??
I make and sell soy wax melts with essential oils & fragrances at the moment and sell them for $6

Tash :)

7 years ago

Hi! I love your candles. have made a few myself –

6 years ago

What a shame you made such a nice article and then you don’t answer any questions

5 years ago

Hi I need help, I started making massage candles. It’s really hot here now so the candle takes forever to turn or or when it’s hard it melts really quickly. I’m I doing something wrong? I also follow the instructions step by step.. please help

5 years ago

I have made soya wax massage candles. It is so hot here (SA) that I have to keep the candles in the fridge. Within minutes the candle started to melt before I can burn it. What can I do?