Aromatherapy or massage oil candles have become increasingly popular in the last few years. They contain a blend of essential oils for aromatherapeutic benefits and a conditioning element such as shea butter or coconut oil to add nourishment. If you're concerned about your skin, don't worry! Massage candles are made using soy or beeswax to ensure they're safe to use topically.
Massage candles are usually inexpensive, discreet, easy to use, and you'll be left with luxuriously soft, healthy skin. As a bonus, your room will smell amazing! This buying guide will help you determine the best one for you by looking at all the points you need to consider while shopping, including fragrances and ingredients. We'll also show you our top 10 ranking of the best massage candles in the UK from popular brands like Rituals and NEOM.
Massage candles differ from regular ones due to having a lower melting point - this is so they don't burn the skin. They are also made with skin-safe wax such as soy or beeswax and contain a bunch of aromatherapeutic essential oils and nourishing skin moisturisers. As the hot wax melts, the candle liquefies into oil so it can be poured onto the skin and used like regular massage oil.
Massage candles are a great bedroom accessory as they stimulate multiple senses. Once the candle oil melts, it can be drizzled onto your partner's skin, providing a comfortable, warm feeling as the oil is massaged in. The combination of warm oil, delicious aroma, and personal touch creates an intimate sensory experience and a chance to bond with your partner.
Don't have a partner? Massage candles are perfect for self-care sessions too, and are an excellent addition to a relaxing bath. Light a candle to fill the room with scent whilst waiting for the tub to fill, then drizzle a few drops of oil into your bath for extra nourishment. When you get out of the tub, massage the oil into your skin to moisturise and soften!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of massage candles available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The Ritual of Jing Massage Candle
Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle
Passion Fruit Hot Oil Body Massage Candle
Coconut Pineapple Massage Oil Candle
Sensual Massage Oil Candle
Aromatic Soybean Natural Massage Candles
Rose de Mai Massage Candle
Bergamot Massage Candle
Flickering Touch Massage Candle
Organic Hot Massage Candle
A Relaxing and Soothing Candle Containing a Blend of Moisturising Ingredients to Nourish Your Skin
An Intense Blend of Essential Oils and Fatty Acids to De-stress and Calm the Mind
An Affordable Yet Quality Massage Candle Infused With Emollient Ingredients and Bursting With Fragrance
Transport Your Senses to Paradise With This Creamy Coconut and Juicy Pineapple Massage Candle
Made Using Premium and Natural, Plant-Based Essential Oils to Massage Your Face and Body
An Ultra-Calming and Invigorating Candle Scented With Sweet Fennel, Lavender, and a Hint of Peppermint
A Decadent Rose-Scented Massage Candle From a Luxury Skincare Brand
Melts Into an Indulgent Oil While Filling the Space With a Refreshing Bergamot Scent
A Sensual and Practical Pick From a Reliable Luxury Sexual Wellness Brand
A Gorgeous Blend of Oils That Emit a Tranquillising Aroma to Induce Relaxation
|Fragrance||Lavender and sandalwood||Lavender, jasmine, and brazillian rosewood||Passion fruit||Coconut and pineapple||Palmarosa, ylang ylang, black pepper||Lavender, sweet fennel, peppermint||Rose||Bergamot||Vanilla and creme de cacao||French lavender|
|Best For||Calming, pre-bedtime||Calming, de-stressing, intensely moisturising||Stimulating, skin smoothing||Pleasure||Mood setting||Calming, invigorating||Moisturising, nourishing||Invigorating||Mood-setting||Romantic massage experience|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Sunflower oil, coconut oil, vitamin E||Blend of oils including rapeseed, jojoba, baobab, soybean, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter||Shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil||Coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E||Palmarosa oil||Jojoba oil||Coconut oil and soybean||Soybean oil||Shea butter, apricot kernel oil||Soybean, coconut, and sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E|
|Melting Time||15 minutes||30 minutes||-||20 minutes||-||-||5 - 10 minutes||-||-||10 - 15 minutes|
|Cooling Time||2 minutes||-||-||-||-||-||5 minutes||-||-||5 minutes|
When you light a massage candle, the fragrance fills the room and lingers on your skin, so you want to make sure you're picking a scent that you and your partner enjoy. Different aromas also stimulate the mind and body in different ways, so it's a good idea to consider the aromatherapy information when choosing your candle. Here's a list of the main fragrances you'll find and their benefits:
You can also add your favourite essential oils to boost your massage candle's effects. Browse the best essential oils in the UK!
Among the many appeals of massage candles, is that they can leave your skin feeling and smelling great! They're also commonly known as lotion candles, thanks to the rich blend of nutrients and fatty acids, such as oils and butters.
Common nourishing ingredients to look out for include oils such as coconut, jojoba, rapeseed, soybean, sweet almond, baobab, palmarosa, and apricot kernel oil, or butters such as shea and cocoa butter. These have superb moisturising properties as they attract and hold moisture in the skin. Vitamin E is another favourite ingredient in massage candles due to its moisturising and skin-protecting benefits.
Massage candles don't work instantly as it takes time for the wax to melt into a pool of oil. The time varies from candle to candle but can take anything from 5 to 30 minutes for it to gather enough oil for your massage and cool down to your desired temperature. Knowing how long you need to wait for this to happen can help you plan your session better.
If massage candles aren't your thing, discover our go-to massage oils here!
Some massage candles are made of beeswax instead of soy, which, as it's harvested from bees, is not vegan-friendly. If you are vegan, make sure you always scan the ingredients list and only pick candles made from soy. This can be a bit of an arduous task, so we've done the brunt of the leg work for you and listed which candles in our top 10 are vegan. Easy-peasy!
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Fragrance||Lavender and sandalwood|
|Best For||Calming, pre-bedtime|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Sunflower oil, coconut oil, vitamin E|
|Melting Time||15 minutes|
|Cooling Time||2 minutes|
|Fragrance||Lavender, jasmine, and brazillian rosewood|
|Best For||Calming, de-stressing, intensely moisturising|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Blend of oils including rapeseed, jojoba, baobab, soybean, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter|
|Melting Time||30 minutes|
|Best For||Stimulating, skin smoothing|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil|
|Fragrance||Coconut and pineapple|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E|
|Melting Time||20 minutes|
|Fragrance||Palmarosa, ylang ylang, black pepper|
|Best For||Mood setting|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Palmarosa oil|
|Fragrance||Lavender, sweet fennel, peppermint|
|Best For||Calming, invigorating|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Jojoba oil|
|Best For||Moisturising, nourishing|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Coconut oil and soybean|
|Melting Time||5 - 10 minutes|
|Cooling Time||5 minutes|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Soybean oil|
|Fragrance||Vanilla and creme de cacao|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Shea butter, apricot kernel oil|
|Best For||Romantic massage experience|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Soybean, coconut, and sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E|
|Melting Time||10 - 15 minutes|
|Cooling Time||5 minutes|
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