How to Make Homemade Massage Candles for Seasonal DIY Holiday Gifts
Learn how to make homemade massage candles to nourish dry skin while also enjoying the traditional, aroma side of your homemade candles. These frosted cranberry homemade massage candles are easy to make and are also lovely for seasonal holiday gift giving! Keep reading to learn how to craft your own homemade massage candles at home!
About Homemade Massage Candles
Since around 2006 massage candles, also known as lotion candles, have risen in popularity. These nifty 2-in-1 candles not only make your home smell great, but the melted, liquified wax can also be used to massage onto skin to moisturize and add a lovely fragrance to your skin.
Most homemade massage candles I’ve come across are simply make from natural soy wax, which has a low melt point of about 102 degrees F, and fragrance. However, when I was at Floyd Fest over the summer, there was a vendor there selling homemade massage candles made with not only soy wax, but also with shea butter and essential oils. As prospective customers would approach her booth, she would offer them a “hand job” and massage the melted wax from these homemade massage candles onto each recipients’ hand. She would then give each customer a sticker that stated, “I got a hand job from” her company name.
I really loved the addition of the shea butter, so I decided to try my own. These are super simple to make – definitely easier than making homemade soap from scratch – and you can scent with them your choice of essential oils or with a fragrance oil like I did for mine. I’ve created this massage candle recipe to make one single 4 oz. candle at a time, but you can make multiples at once by simply doubling the recipe as needed. I also chose to use wooden wicks for these candles as not only do I love the burn of a wood wick, but they are a lot easier to work with for beginners.
I LOVE these for handmade Christmas gift ideas, stocking stuffers, housewarming gifts or even DIY winter wedding favors! You’ll really be surprised by how amazingly easy these are to craft. Plus, I’ve included printable labels to make packaging your candles a snap! Dress them up further with your favorite patterned washi tape.
Homemade Massage Candles DIY
My recipe for making homemade massage candles will yield one 4 oz. candle. However, with the minimum purchase of materials you purchase – 1 lb. soy wax, 2 oz. fragrance oil, 12 oz. shea butter, 10 wooden wicks, and 10 metal tins – you can make about seven candles. If you prefer to use essential oil rather than a fragrance oil, use half the amount of a skin safe essential oil.
Start by placing the wooden wick inside the metal tin then use scissors to cut the wick so it’s just a hair shorter than the tin. Place the wick inside the metal base and set inside the middle of the metal tin.
Now, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the soy wax and shea butter inside the glass pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave until the wax and shea butter have melted, approximately 2 minutes. Carefully remove from the microwave using a pot holder or kitchen towel as the measuring cup will be hot.
Place the container of wax and shea butter onto the digital kitchen scale and press tare. Using a plastic transfer pipette to slowly add the fragrance oil to the wax base, weigh out 7 grams of fragrance oil. Then stir with a metal utensil. I generally use a butter knife.
Now slowly pour all of the scented wax into the metal tin. If your wick shifts, don’t worry. You can easily reposition it after you’ve poured the wax.
Finally, allow the wax to cool completely then label, use or gift! The safety and caution label should go on the bottom of each candle. If desired, you can color in the labels with markers to give your candles a handmade touch or to express your own creativity. Be sure to trim your wick to 1/4″ high before every use and blow out the candle before dipping your fingers into the wax to avoid accidental burns from the flame.
More Homemade Candle Projects
If you enjoyed my recipe for making frosted cranberry homemade massage candles, then you may also want to try some of my other DIY candle making projects.
- DIY Soy & Beeswax Candles with Printable Labels
- DIY Gemstone Candles
- Holiday Pumpkin Soy & Beeswax Candles
- Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY
- Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candles
- DIY Lemon Verbena Candle
- DIY Pumpkin Massage Candle with Printable Labels
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