O-no now I need another!Lelo really out did themselves with this candle. The oil is thick and smooth, and it leaves your skin feeling wonderful and radiant, but not too oily. It's great for massages or moisturizing tattoos or rough patches, and it's easy to toss into a bag and carry when it's in the solid state. While you do need quite a bit for a massage and it's not the most economic choice, I still highly recommend this candle for when you want to feel a bit pampered.
As a light source, this is about as effective as a tealight candle. The small wick and dim flame don't do much other than cast some romantic flickers around the area. It wouldn't be a good idea to depend on this to be a good light source, especially since you need to blow it out to pour the melted oil out of the tin.
As a massage oil, this product is more convenient than most, and is denser than most other massage oils. The solid state it is in makes it great to toss into a purse or carry on bag for a trip without worry of it spilling, though you do have to be careful not to let it get too hot.
This oil is not intended to be used as a lubricant, and it is not latex compatible. You should wash your hands well before handling condoms or dental dams, and you should take care not to ingest this product. The ingredients are as follows:
Glycine soja (soy) wax, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, perfume (benzyl benzoate, vanillin).
None of these ingredients are irritants, and none are common allergens, but you should always do a spot test before going for a full body massage in case one of you ends up being allergic to a previously encountered ingredient.
The solid state is fairly firm. You can gouge and press it with your finger, but it's just a bit rougher and drier than standard candle wax. You can heat it up a bit by swirling your finger on it, but you can not get much wax onto your finger this way.
The oil state is very runny, and is just a bit thicker than water. When you spread it onto your skin it does sit on top for a few seconds when you rub it in, but it absorbs quickly. The main difference between this oil and the massage aids that come in a bottle is that this product feels thicker and more dense on the skin.
There is no pour spout to the tin, but it does pour easily. Because of the size it's easy to just hold and drip, though if you wait too long you will have to re-light it if you want more oil. It takes a bit to do a massage, so pouring too much isn't a huge concern unless you are trying to conserve your candle.
When you first pour this onto skin, it's slick and smooth. As you rub and it gets absorbed, the area becomes less slick and slippery, but the smooth feeling remains. After a few minutes all that is left is soft, healthy skin and a light scent. There is no residue that needs to be washed off of after use of this product.
The different states make this the most convenient form of massage oil to store and take with you, though it does require some patience to let the wax be melted by the small candle flame. It creates a smooth surface for hands or massage tools to glide over, and it leaves behind the relaxing feeling of having healthy skin.
The candle solid:
The candle melted, on my finger:
This candle really does smell lemon-y and fresh, and has a slight underlying creaminess. It's not going to be 'too sweet' for men to dislike it, and it's not reminiscent of lemon dish soap at all. It's very organic and crisp, and this is because of the natural ingredients.
When you have the candle in the solid form, it's not very heavily scented at all. It's barely noticeable which scent you even received, and it's not going to put off an aroma if you just leave it in a room with the lid off. When you light it, it is a bit more aromatic but it still won't perfume the room unless you let it burn for several hours.
When you rub the oil onto your skin, that's when the scent is the most noticeable. It's not going to linger on the hands or skin, but during a massage it does lightly scent the area you're massaging as well as the air around it. It's not going to be strong enough to really work as an aromatherapy scent, but it is pleasant and relaxing.
This product is not intended to be eaten, but it has no taste. You can easily lick the skin after you massage it and only end up with a bit of an 'oily' feel on your tongue. Nonetheless, it's not the most pleasant feeling.
Overall, this product smells nicely and faintly, and would be perfect if normally scented products tend to give you headaches. Though it's not 'edible' like some products, it is great for a lightly scented massage.
After melting the wax (it took about 7 minutes of burning to get an 'arm sized' amount of wax and about 20 to get enough to cover most of a back) and trying it out, this has proven to be awesome and not so awesome at the same time. The thickness that was mentioned earlier really makes it feel denser than normal massage oils and very luxurious.
On the other hand, this luxurious thickness that is more reminiscent of lotion means that you need more of the oil to cover an area, and it also makes it be absorbed into the skin faster. This may actually be helped by moisturizing the skin before hand so it's not just going to 'suck it up,' but it's still not too economical.
In order to give a full-back massage (on an 'average' person) this is going to take between a fifth to a quarter of the candle, depending on your skin type and prior moisturizing. For larger backs you'll get less, and for smaller backs you may be able to squeeze seven massages out of this candle. Because of this, it's really best for special occasions or for massaging smaller areas.
If you don't moisturize beforehand and have normal skin, this product will last about 10 minutes before it's almost entirely absorbed. If you moisturize beforehand it's more likely to last around 15 minutes before reapplication. It's not the most convenient product to re-apply because you will need to re-light it and melt more wax.
If you're planning on using this as a light source, it's not the best. It's just a bit more illuminating than a tealight candle, and you have to blow it out when you pour it anyways. It will cast some flickering shadows, but you will still want some other light sources in the room unless you want to be massaging blind.
After the massage it leaves your skin feeling soft and radiant, but there is no need to wash it off with water. If you had an allergic reaction some simple dish soap should be able to break up the oil and get it off of you. After a few minutes of rubbing it's not going to rub off on any clothing or bedding.
Like all massage oils, this product is a great tattoo moisturizer to put underneath sunscreen to really bring out the color in your tattoo. Whether you're off to school and you want to show it off or you're going to a tattoo rally, it really brings out the boldness and color of any tattoos.
Overall, this product is wonderful and it makes you feel pampered, but it's not going to be the most economic choice for most customers, especially if massages are a common occurrence in the household.
A picture of how illuminating it is:
The candle comes in a black, cardboard box with orange and white lettering. There is just the brand name on the top of the outer box, and on the front it just states that it's a massage candle and the scent. The sides have an image of the product and the use and ingredients in French and German. On the back is the use and ingredients in English.
The tin itself is made of black metal with orange 'tribal' decals on the top. It states the use and ingredients again on the bottom, and on the top it re-states the brand and the scent. You'll want to take care not to drop this on the floor because it does dent fairly easily.
You open the candle by pulling and twisting on the lid. The first time you open it there is a bit of trouble, but it 'loosens' up with use. There is no pour spout on the candle, but I haven't found that it gets much drippings on the side, and having the spout would make it less travel friendly in shape.
In the top of the lid there are also some additional instructions in English, French, German, and Spanish. These just tell you how to use it, not to pour it when lit, to keep out of reach of children, to trim the wick, and not to eat it or get it in your eyes.
Overall, this is a beautifully packaged candle that will catch the attention of anyone in the room. It would be ideal as a gift or if you want something particularly classy to spice up your night. It's not going to leak as long as it doesn't get too hot, so it's also great to toss into a bag if you're going somewhere for a romantic night.
Here's the front of the box:
Back of the box:
Tin VS Pen:
I am SO glad that I got to try this out, and I really want to get another, even if it's not this particular brand. I loved how thick and soft the oil is, and it didn't leave my skin feeling greasy the way a lot of oils do. I also have to say that I love what it does to my tattoo.
My main issue is that you don't get a whole lot of bang for your buck, but that's kind of normal for luxury brands like this. I wish that I could get more than a few massages out of it, but the massages that you do get are extraordinary! I suppose that it really depends on your budget and priorities.
Overall, this product is entirely natural, vegan, feels awesome, and is perfectly scented. If you're going for quality over quantity, or if you're just wanting to splurge for your anniversary night, this product is just perfect. I docked one star because you need quite a bit to give a good massage, but other than that I have no complaints.