9 of the Best Massage Candles for Wax Play and Scents

   Isabelle Uren
Want to wow and woo with your massage skills? Then look no further! Massage candles heat to form a warm sensual oil that can drizzle over your partner’s body, letting the heat and aroma unlock new levels of relaxation! I’ve gathered the best body safe candles on the market together with some top tips on how to use them, so you have everything you need for a sexy night in!
1 Test Winner

LELO Flickering Touch Massage Candle

 LELO Massage Candle

  • enjoy unique scent blends
  • want a luxury massage candle
  • like a thicker massage oil formula
  • want a larger candle that will last for several sessions

LELO Massage Candle

  • are on a tight budget
  • need a pouring spout
  • want massage oil that doubles as that can be used as lube

The LELO Flickering Touch Massage Candle offers a luxurious and natural experience! It’s made from all-natural soy wax, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil, ensuring that what touches your skin is as wholesome as it is soothing. While this particular candle has the scent Snow Pear & Cedarwood, it’s also available in two other unique blends, like Vanilla & Crème De Cacao and Black Pepper & Pomegranate. The scent of this candle is subtle yet rejuvenating, perfect for a natural, relaxing time. I also like the simple, yet classy design with a colorful twist. Light the candle for aboout 20-30 minutes, blow it out and let it cool for about 30 seconds. Pour the wax into your hand and onto the skin and massage away!

  • Elegant and luxurious design
  • 3 different scents to choose from
  • All-natural, nourishing ingredients
  • The scent is sweet and fresh but not overpowering
  • 36 hour burn time

  • Pricey
  • No pouring spout
LELO Massage Candle
IngredientsSoy wax, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, perfume (Linalool, hexylcinnamaldehyde)
Height3.4 inches
Width2.9 inches
Weight0.33 lbs
Storage Bag IncludedMetal lid
Colors AvailableAvailable scents: Vanilla & Crème De Cacao (Brown), Snow Pear & Cedarwood (Green), and Black Pepper & Pomegranate (Red)

I see the LELO Flickering Touch Massage Candle as a delightful and elegant oil massage candle packed with all the best ingredients. The natural blend of soy wax, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil feels luxurious and relaxing on the skin. The gentle fragrances, especially the Snow Pear and Cedarwood, create a calming atmosphere. I appreciate that the scent isn’t too overpowering, since this is a big issue for some massage candles out there. Our tester noted that the wax formula melted into a pretty thick massage oil. This was actually really nice because the thick consistency actually made it easier to handle the oil once it needed to be distributed on the skin. However, the lack of a pouring spout made pouring the massage oil quite messy with a lot of residue left running down the sides of the jar. I definitely think that could be a huge improvement to make in the future! I love the design, I enjoy the scent combination, but I must say, it’s on the pricier side of things… But if you love elegant candles and you appreciate the unique scents, I think you will be happy with this product!

2 Cheapest

Lovehoney Oh! Vanilla Massage Candle

 Vanilla Massage Candle

  • love the smell of vanilla
  • want to try massage candles for the first time

Vanilla Massage Candle

  • want a bigger candle
  • don't like sweet scents

Enjoy the delicious scent of vanilla with this massage candle from Lovehoney. Not only does the scent sooth in the moment, but the combination of 6 hydrating essential oils will continue to sooth your skin after the massage is over. It’s totally body-safe, affordable and smells amazing! My personal cheap go-to massage candle!

  • Very affordable
  • Skin-nourishing oils
  • Blend of 6 essential oils

  • Small
  • No spout for easy pouring
  • Oil doesn't spread far
Vanilla Massage Candle
Ingredients Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Flavor, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil

This is a great option if you are on a budget or just want to try a massage candle. It is pretty small so will only last a couple of sessions, though. It contains a good mix of oils that are great for your skin but they are quite thick so don’t spread far. However, I noticed that some users have found that the candle burns unevenly. It’s important to let it melt evenly all the way across on the first burn but you can always heat it slightly by placing the candle in a bowl of hot water until the wax melts and then let it set again. Despite this tiny issue, I think this is a really good candle for those who want to experiment a little with temperature-play, or sensual and sweet massages!

3 Body Wax Candles

Doc Johnson Japanese Hot Wax Drip Bondage Candles

 Japanese Drip Bondage Candles

  • Want more intense heat
  • Enjoy a pleasant sting
  • Want to drip hot wax on your partner
  • Enjoy scraping wax of your skin

Japanese Drip Bondage Candles

  • Want a candle to use for massage
  • Haven't tried sex candles before

If you love the idea of a slight sting as the hot wax hits your skin, then these Japanese Hot Wax Drip Candles from Doc Johnson are the ones for you! These wax play candles are made from paraffin, which has a higher melt point than the soy wax used in massage candles while still being body safe candles. Enjoy dripping the colorful wax onto your partners body and letting it solidify on their skin!

  • Hotter wax than a massage candle
  • Great for BDSM play
  • Set of three colors

  • Easier to burn the skin than massage candle
  • Can get messy
Japanese Drip Bondage Candles

These wax play candles are definitely for the more experienced users out there. The higher melt point on the paraffin wax means you are playing with hotter temperatures than a massage candle, meaning you will get a slight sting as the wax drips on you. This also means you will have to be much more careful when using them by checking the temperature and always dripping a good distance from the body. But if you are ready for a little more intense sensations and love the idea of decorating your partner’s body, these erotic candles are great value for money.

4 Edible

Edible Massage Oil Candle

 Edible Massage Oil Candle

  • want an edible massage candle
  • enjoy sweet scents and flavors

Edible Massage Oil Candle

  • prefer earthy or spicy scents

Tease your partner with your hands and your tongue with this edible massage candle! Drip the sweet-tasting oil onto their skin and slowly lick it off to drive them wild! I do love an extra treat when the massage session gets too hot, so if you want to spice things up during your spa date, I would go for this one! Choose between strawberry, cherry, watermelon, pineapple, mango, grape, banana, vanilla, or peppermint, or get a selection and enjoy a fruit salad!

  • Edible
  • Cruelty-free
  • Range of flavors to choose from
  • Great for your skin

  • Only sweet scents
  • Tin design looks a little cheap
  • Doesn't taste that great
Edible Massage Oil Candle
IngredientsHydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aroma (Flavor), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol.

These candles are great for exploring erotic massage and it’s great that there’s a range of scents to choose from. While it’s nice that they are edible, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting some in your mouth, they aren’t the most tasty, as you might expect from a candle! I’m also not a huge fan of the design, especially the images on the tin.

5 Pheromones

Jelique Mood Candles - Soy Massage Candle with Pheromones

 Jelique Mood Candle

  • love sweet, fruity scents
  • want to explore the effect of pheromones

Jelique Mood Candle

  • prefer more subtle scents

This cute candle from Jelique is made with intensely moisturizing coconut oil, soy, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, aloe, and apricot seed oils. There are six fruity fragrances to choose from — Berry Yummy, Ravenous Raspberry, Vanilla Sugar, Black Cherry, Passionfruit, or Strawberries and Champagne. As well as all the relaxing qualities, this candle contains pheromones that are said to help get you in the mood! So, if you are looking for a cute oil massage candle, with a cute design and sexy pheromones, this is the best option I’ve found.

  • Great range of scents
  • Pheromones to get you in the mood
  • Leaves your skin feeling soft
  • Cruelty-free

  • No evidence that pheromones work
  • All very sweet scents
Jelique Mood Candle
IngredientsCocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadenisis, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheron, Fragrance (Parfum), Copulandrone, Copuline-alike, Reconstituted Andronone.

I’m very skeptical about the pheromone claims made by this candle but putting that aside, it’s still a great candle for giving yourself or a partner a delightful massage. There are six different scents to choose from, but they are all sweet and fruity. The candle has a nice design and would make a lovely gift.

6 Drip Candles

LaCire Drip Pillar Candles

 LaCire Pillar Candles

LaCire Pillar Candles

LaCire Pillar Candles


Get Maude Burn no. 1

 Burn no. 1

  • are looking for a luxurious massage candle
  • want clean ingredients
  • prefer cruelty-free products

Burn no. 1

  • don't enjoy strong scents
  • don't like smoky, earthy smells

Whether you are indulging in some sensual self-care or sharing with a partner, this massage candle will add some serious luxury to your massage! This top-quality massage oil candle gained its test-winner position because of its blend of skin-nourishing oils, including jojoba, olive, and castor that will be left feeling silky smooth and soft, and a stunning design that I am a huge fan of! But my favorite thing is the scent collection. Burn no.1 has the warming and relaxing scents of amber, cedar leaf, clove, lemongrass, medjool date, and tonka bean. But there are also other scents available:

  • Burn no. 0 — unscented
  • Burn no.2 — pink pepper, gurjun balsam, lemon California, and cedarwood Virginia
  • Burn no. 3 — eucalyptus, sandalwood, cassis and Haitian vetiver

  • Sensual scent
  • Skin-nourishing ingredients
  • Hand-poured
  • Cruelty-free
  • Other scents and unscented available

  • Expensive
  • No pour spout
Burn no. 1
IngredientsHydrogenated Soybean Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, [Parfum (Fragrance)], Lauryl Laurate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated, Castor Oil, Cera Alba, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellia) Wax, Jojoba Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol

This candle is perfect if you are looking for a luxurious treat! It’s a little pricy, but I promise you will get a great quality massage candle that melts into a beautiful oil. Unlike many massage candles that have overwhelmingly sweet aromas, this candle has smokey, spicy, and earthy undertones. I also really enjoy the design, the glass container has a lovely minimal design that would look beautiful left out on your bedside table. Pair this with the Dame Arc g-spot vibrator for some indulgent solo play or the Dame Eva for a pleasurable partner session!


Earthly Body Trio 3-in-1 Mini Massage Candles

 Earthly Body Trio

  • want edible massage candles
  • want a selection of scents

Earthly Body Trio

  • want a larger candle
  • prefer earthy or spicy scents

Enjoy a trio of scents with this lovely little set from Earthly Body. The candles contains a hydrating blend of Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil,  Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E to give your skin a luxurious treatment while you enjoy the massage. You also get three different scents to enjoy — one sweet and floral, one fresh citrus, and one exotic and fruity.

  • Three different scents to explore
  • Natural oils leave your skin soft
  • Cruelty-free
  • Phthalate-free fragrance

  • Only sweet aromas
  • Small sizes
  • They don't taste very good
Earthly Body Trio
IngredientsGlycine (Soybean Oil), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), (Hemp Seed Oil), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phthalate-free Fragrance with Essential Oils

This little set comes in a cute little gift bag and would make a lovely present. It’s also nice to have three different scents to choose from. They have a great list of nourishing ingredients and I like that they are fragranced with phthalate-free essential oils. The only downside is that they are pretty small. Also just because something is edible, it doesn’t mean it will taste good!


Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle

 Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle

  • love a wide range of scents to choose from
  • like colourful designs
  • enjoy exotic scents

Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle

  • prefer simpler scents
  • are looking for a tiny massage candle

The Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle is one of the most popular oil massage candles, and I can see why! Crafted with natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, it will nourish and moisturize your skin. The wide range of scents will be a great addition to your intimate routine. Plus, the addition of the pour spout will make your massage session much easier, trust me!

  • Wide range of scents to choose from
  • Pouring spout
  • Attractive price

  • All scents are quite sweet
Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle
IngredientsCocos Nucifera Coconut Oil, Glycine Soja Soybean Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Apricot Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Fractionated Coconut Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Aloe Vera Oil, Tocopherol Vitamin E Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Jojoba Seed Oil, Fragrance Parfum

The Kama Sutra Ignite is a go-to candle to spice up any intimate time! What makes this brand special is the really wide range of scents; from sweet almonds, sandalwood, and vanilla, to refreshing strawberry, passion berry, and more. The ingredients are also high on my list; the nourishing oils will make your skin smooth and relaxed, a perfect combo for a romantic night.

Are Massage Candles Safe?

Massage candles are generally safe, thanks to their wax heating at lower temperatures than traditional candles. If you have allergies or skin conditions like eczema, it’s wise to consult with a doctor before using them. If you feel any discomfort or pain during use, it’s best to stop. Finding the right massage candle might take a bit of trial and error. Here are some extra tips to make sure your candle experience will be as safe as possible: – test the temperature before applying the melted wax to the skin – make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients – as with any candle, use them with caution to prevent fire hazards

Comparing the Best Massage Candles

Burn no. 1 is a clear frontrunner with a smashing Bedbible rating of 5.0 and an overall score of 4.9. It’s like the gold standard in this group. The LELO Massage Candle is right up there too, matching the 4.9 overall score and almost touching Burn no. 1 with a Bedbible rating of 4.9. These two are the most luxurious candles in this review, and I chose them not only because of their beautiful packaging but also because of their nourishing oils. If you’re into sweet aromas, the Vanilla Massage Candle is a solid choice with a Bedbible rating of 4.6 and an overall score of 4.5. It’s like that reliable, always-pleasant option. Similarly, the Earthly Body Trio scores well with a 4.7 Bedbible rating and a 4.6 overall score, making it another crowd-pleaser. For those who like a bit of novelty, the Edible Massage Oil Candle has charm with a Bedbible rating 4.2 and a respectable 4.3 overall score. I think it’s a fun and quirky pick. And if you’re leaning towards something exotic, I recommend the Kama Sutra Ignite Massage Oil Candle with its 4.6 Bedbible rating and a 4.3 overall score could be your pick. The Apothecary Arouse Candle also does pretty well with a 4.4 Bedbible rating and a 4.3 overall score. It’s like that under-the-radar option that surprises you with its quality.

How to practice wax play safely

Of course playing with hot or warm wax comes with some element of risk, so it’s important to educate yourself on the potential risks and how to minimise them before getting started. Here some essential safety rules to follow when engaging in any kind of wax play. For even more detailed instructions check out my post with everything you need to know about wax play.

Establish consent, set boundaries, and choose a safety word

Before you even light the candle, you need to make sure you have enthusiastic consent from your partner. You should also discuss your boundaries, such as where you do and don’t want wax to be dripped. On top of that, you should agree on a safeword that will stop play immediately if either partner becomes injured, uncomfortable, or overwhelmed.

Prepare your space

Whether you are using a massage candle or drip candles, it can get messy, so you’ll want to protect whichever surface you are using. You could use from old towels or a sex blanket, like the Liberator Fascinator Throw. It’s also a good idea to have a towel or two handy and remove any loose flammable materials from the area.

Have some first aid essentials on stand-by

Prepare a simple first aid kit, some cool (but not cold) water to use in case of burns, and something to put out any accidental fires.

Let your candle melt

Enjoy some foreplay while you let your candle melt and build up a pool of wax. If your candle is in a container, like a massage candle, you should let it melt all the way across to prevent your candle from tunneling.

Blow out your flame

Before dripping wax on your partner, blow out the flame to minimise the risk of burning your hand or accidentally starting a fire.

Test the temperature first

Test the temperature of the wax on your own skin before dripping it onto your partner.

Avoid the face, head, and genitals

You should never drip wax onto the face, head, or directly onto or into the genitals as there is a high risk of injury. It’s best to start with a larger, less sensitive area such as the back or thighs.

Drip from a height

This is especially important with paraffin drip candles that have a hotter melt point than massage candles as dripping from a higher height gives the wax time to cool slightly before it hits the skin.

Enjoy some aftercare

Whether you have enjoyed a sensual massage or some more intense BDSM wax play, aftercare is the perfect way to ease out of it. Rub the oils into your skin or remove the hardened wax and apply some moisturising lotion. You can also get cosy in a blanket and have something to eat or drink.

What is Wax Play?

Wax play is a form of temperature play that involves dripping melted wax or oil onto your or your partner’s skin. It can be part of sensual foreplay or more intense BDSM play. Many find the exhilaration of waiting for the wax to hit their skin and knowing they are doing something a little dangerous very exciting! The physical sensation also puts your senses into high alert.

Massage Candles vs. Wax Play Candles

  • Massage candles are usually made from a combination of soy wax and skin nourishing oils. They have a lower melting point, making them great for beginners. Once melted, they turn into an oil that you can massage into the skin.
  • Wax play/drip candles are usually made from paraffin which has a higher melt point than soy wax, meaning the wax will be hotter. Unlike massage candles, the paraffin doesn’t absorb into the skin but hardens into a layer you can enjoy peeling off. You can also use wax play candles to paint patterns on your partner’s body. These candles are used more in BDSM play.

How to use massage candles

Massage candles make for an incredibly sexy and sensual massage either as the main event or as foreplay. They don’t get as hot as regular candles but it’s still important to be careful when using them. Here are some simple instructions for a safe and sexy massage sesh!

Prepare your space

Prepare your space

Use a towel or blanket you don’t mind getting oil on to protect whichever surface you are using. Heat the space so you won’t get cold during the massage.

Melt the candle

Melt the candle

You will need to light the candle and leave it for 15-20 minutes to melt. You want to make sure the oil has melted evenly across the surface and created a good pool of wax.

Blow out the flame

Blow out the flame

It’s important to blow out the flame before you pour the oil so you don’t burn your hands. This will also prevent burn marks on your candle.

Drizzle onto your partner's body

Drizzle onto your partner's body

Drizzle the oil onto your partner’s body and massage it in. You can start with the back then move onto the butt and legs before moving onto the front of their body. Avoid pouring the wax onto the head, face or genitals.

Switch to lube

Switch to lube

If you plan on giving your partner a happy ending, be sure to wipe the oil off your hands and switch to lube, especially if you are massaging a vulva owner.

How to clean up a massage candle

Allow your massage candle to cool completely and let the remaining oil harden. You can then use a damp cloth to wipe any oil from the outside of the container.


No! Regular candles melt at higher temperatures meaning there is a risk of burning your skin. Only use candles made specifically for massage.

Dripping melted wax from a massage candle or wax play candle onto your partner's body makes for some really hot foreplay or BDSM power play.

Most massage candles are made with skin nourishing oils that you can just let sink into your skin to get all the moisturizing benegi

You should only use purpose-made massage candles or wax play candles as other candles have a high melt point, which can lead to burns.

If you are new to the world of wax play and sex candles, you should start off with a massage candle as the wax melts at a much lower temperature.

What is a massage candle

Massage candles are made from wax with a low melting point. When you leave the candle to burn the wax melts into a pool of warm oil that can be dripped or drizzled onto your skin. The warm oil together with the soothing scents takes a relaxing, sensual massage to the next level! Many are also full of hydrating oils that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. What is a sex candle? Sex candles are a great tool for exploring temperature play. There are two main types: massage candles that melt into warm oil and drip candles. Both create a sensual warmth that's sure to turn the heat up in the bedroom! You should only ever use purpose-made sex candles as regular candles have a high melt point and, therefore, a greater risk of burns.

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