Make Your Own: Massage Candle

Creating candles is a simple and fun way to bring light and scents into your space. Many of the candles on the market are polluted with unnatural scents and harmful gassing agents that can pollute our airways without us even knowing. Another benefit of making your own candles is you get to customize your own scent. For folks that are sensitive to unnatural scents, you can still enjoy candles in a cleaner more simple way.

There are many waxes that you can to make your candle base. Soy wax and Beeswax are my 2 favorite waxes to work with. Soy wax is a much softer wax than beeswax , but both of these have a very clean burn and last a lot longer than some synthetic waxes. Your wick is also important to consider. May top choice is to use a wooden wick. They burn nice and slow and are a great alternative to a wax or cotton wick. You may also want to experiment with other twigs and such.

For this candle recipe we are adding a little extra flair for the season of Love and making a nourishing and sexy massage candle. You can heat it up and pour a little warm wax into your hands for a nice massage with this oil. Everything in here is great for the skin and soft to the touch. The wax is also soft enough that you can take a bit out before lighting and use it as a thicker cream. Watch me live on KGW8 on Feb 27th , at 4pm,  for a live clip from The Herb Shoppe for this months product making tip!

Here’s what you will need:

-4oz Soy Wax-Container type

-4oz Cocoa Butter

-4oz Avocado Oil

-5oz Shea Butter

-5 (6 oz) candle tins with lids, or what ever assortment of containers you are using. It makes approximately 30oz of liquid.

-Wicks (enough for the amount of candles you are making)

-2 pencils or chop sticks and a few rubber bands

-Double Boiler

Essential Oil Blend

1/8oz Ylang ylang

1/4oz Rose

1/8oz Jasmine

1/4oz Neroli

1/8oz Cedar

1/8oz Geranium

To Make Your Own: Massage Candle

  • Begin by heating up a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler you can take two pans that stack together well and fill up the bottom one with water.
  • Bring the double boiler to a simmer.
  • Then add your soy wax, cocoa butter and shea butter to the top of the double boiler. Let it melt.
  • Once that melts add your avocado oil. Stir all the melted ingredients together.
  • While everything is melting get your containers and wicks ready to go. Adding a little glue dot to the bottom of your wick can help it stay in place better. Or you can wait to add the wick in till you pour your wax.
  • Having a candy thermometer can be helpful. You want to lower the temperature down just a bit so that it is around 80 to 90 degrees before adding your essential oil blend.
  • Once you get the cooled off temperature you can add the essential oil blend to the double boiler.
  • Be ready to start pouring into your containers.
  • Add your wicks (if you haven’t already). The pencils and chopsticks are great to hold the wicks in the center of your container if you can’t get it to do it on its own. Tie the rubber band around the pencils/chopsticks to hold together.
  • Let them cool. Do not touch them until they harden. That can take a good few hours with this blend, because the materials are soft. You can add them to the fridge if you need to speed up the process.
  • After they are hardened, label them and light them up.

Learning to make your own herbal products is a fun evolution to bringing balance to your life. On your person and in your home. We understand that not everyone likes to make his or her own products.

We take great pleasure in creating products and recipes for you. However, if you are interested in going more in depth to make all your own herbal products get signed up for THS Make Your Own: Herbal Product Series, Beginning in March 2019. In this 4 month, hands-on, program we will dive into making an assortment of products for your hair, skin, body and home. Space is limited. Secure your spot today! Early Bird Special $100 off till Mar 1st.

To set up an herbal consultation with me email: info@theherbshoppepharmacy.com


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Amanda Furbee

Amanda’s interest in herbalism began at an early age but it wouldn’t be until 2010, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, that her relationship with medicinal plants blossomed. The move from the east coast to the west coast would be more than a change of scenery, it brought her closer towards the wonderful world of herbalism. Ambitious to start learning she found a golden opportunity working at Portland’s first all organic herbal supplier, The Herb Shoppe. Her experience was even more fulfilling than she had hoped for, feeling invigorated Amanda knew this was a step in the right direction. 

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