Massage candles are amazing, but not everyone has the time to make them from scratch. If you’re looking for an easy alternative, all you need are some beeswax blocks and your favorite essential oils. This simple process allows you to create your own massage candles, which makes them easier to use and store than traditional ones, as well as saving you time in their creation. This guide will show you how to make massage candles with beeswax in nine easy steps so that you can pamper yourself or your loved ones with these relaxing candles.
Step 1 – Gather Materials
All you need is beeswax, some essential oils, and colorants of your choice. Soy-based candles would be ideal for massage candles since they release less soot than paraffin candles. You can also use berry wax or carnauba wax, but you’ll have to experiment with making them harder. If using soy or berry wax, it’s best to use a mould that lets air escape from underneath since those two types of wax are softer and will run out from under a candle if not in a proper container.
Step 2 – Measure out Ingredients
In a large measuring cup, measure out your mineral oil and sunflower oil (available at your local drugstore). You will want about 2 cups of each. Now you need to measure out 1 1/2 cups of beeswax pellets, which you can find at almost any craft store. For essential oils, use whatever smells good to you – don’t forget to buy just a tiny bit at first because they can be expensive! Be sure not to use more than 10-20 drops per pound of wax. Your candle should have an enchanting scent but shouldn’t overpower other odors in a room. Follow your nose and only add more if necessary!
Step 3 – Heat the Wax in a Pot
Place your wax chunks into a large pan and heat them on low. When you see that they are starting to melt, turn up your burner to medium and let them melt completely. There is no need for you to stir or worry about anything here—just make sure it doesn’t go above 220 degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting for it to melt, check out what else needs doing on step 4 of How To Make Relaxing Massage Candles With Beeswax!
Step 4 – Pour Into Molds
Once your beeswax has melted, pour into candle molds. You should use a funnel when pouring so that there are no air bubbles in your candles. If you don’t have molds, you can use something like a muffin tin or even just pour it into squares on some parchment paper. Let it cool and solidify before taking them out of their molds.
Step 5 – Add Color if Desired
If you want a more colorful candle, now’s your chance. Many people who add color do so before pouring because it helps them achieve a more even color. Try adding 1/2 tsp of food coloring and stir into melted wax until desired hue is achieved. If you have leftover dye, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for future use. Note: Vegetable and mineral dyes are both recommended for use on beeswax as they don’t require heating to dissolve like some other dyes will, which can change wax properties if not careful when mixing.
Step 6 – Let Set
Once you’ve poured your candle into your container, don’t screw on your lid just yet. Put it back in its mold and let set for 24 hours before moving onto Step 7. If you want a firm candle, consider using a rice cooker turned on its side as a double-boiler (see video below) and pour 3 cups of beeswax pellets into it while keeping water in another pot at a simmer. Keep water heated without bringing to boil until all beeswax is melted down (about 2 hours). Pour mixture over pellets into containers as described above. Let sit 24 hours before proceeding to Step 7.
Step 7 – Melt More Wax
After a couple of hours, your wax should be solid again. Now it’s time to melt it again! Put your double boiler back on and turn on your stove. Add another 1/2 pound of beeswax and stir constantly until it melts. When all of it is melted, take off of heat. Turn off or unplug your stove if you’re not using a double boiler.
Step 8 – Insert Wooden Wick Into Mold
I recommend you let your candles cool for about four hours before attempting to remove them from their molds. This will give them time to set and not fall apart when you go to take them out. I know it seems like they are going nowhere fast, but believe me they are cooling! 🙂 When your candles have cooled completely, run a butter knife around each one to loosen it and then gently press on top of each candle in one place until you can push it out. Step 10 – Trim The Wicks: Carefully trim your wicks using a scissor or small pair of scissors.
Step 9 – Let Cool Completely before Removing
You might be tempted to try and remove your new massage candle as soon as it is cool, but you should wait at least several hours or overnight before doing so. Your candles need time to set completely, especially if you were working with a pourable wax like beeswax. You don’t want to end up with a thin layer of candle on top of a puddle of melted wax! If you are impatient and can’t bear waiting for that perfect slice of candled bliss, try placing them in your refrigerator until they have cooled down enough for you. Doing so will not affect their quality in any way.
When you need a few moments of peace and quiet, all you have to do is light your beeswax candle, grab some soothing music, and enjoy a relaxing moment in your favorite chair. These candles will leave you feeling relaxed, but without all of that annoying smoke that comes from other types of candles. Plus, you can use them for creating romantic ambiance when it’s time for date night! Who knew wax could be so romantic? Just try not to get any on your clothes; these things are flammable! And if they’re going to be too hot on any furniture they touch (like a massage table), make sure you protect yourself by covering those areas with parchment paper or aluminum foil before adding your beeswax tarts or blocks.