I love this idea! It's so much fun to put two great things together: a soothing body butter and a beautifully scented homemade candle.
My family and I are celebrating Hanukkah this week and we light candles every evening, so we enjoyed making these candles on a theme.
So what exactly is a massage candle and how does it work? We take a body butter recipe and add a small amount of beeswax to harden it. After melting all of it in a double boiler and pour it into a wide mouth jar with a wick placed inside. So basically we made a candle. When we light this candle it melts and becomes a rich body butter already warmed and ready to be used.
The recipe I'm bringing here I learned from my teacher Eshter Lachman. It is made using coconut oil, beeswax, infused almond oil, and essential oils, together creating a rich, nourishing body salve that smelled wonderful.
Lavender Citrus Massage Candle:
70 grams / 2.4 ounces coconut oil
10 grams / 0.35 ounces beeswax
20 ml / 0.6 oz orange and cinnamon-infused almond oil (or plain almond oil)
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
Melt all the ingredients but the essential oils in a double boiler.
While it's melting tie a wick (or more) to a stick and place stick on the rim of a wide-mouthed jar so that the wick is centered. Trim wick to reach the bottom of the jar.
Once melted remove from heat and add essential oils.
Pour into the jar and allow it to cool.
Once hard carefully trim the wick off the stick.