Flickering touch massage candle - body massage candle by LELO - review by *Huxley*

Function over form?

Sometimes you don't get what you pay for. The scents are alluring and the idea is beautiful. Sadly the execution is lacking and makes me wonder, what the flip was LELO thinking?
Moisturizing, beautiful, gift worthy.
Hardens quickly, expensive, faint scent, soot
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
Set the mood, massage your partner, move your oiled fingers down the skin covered spine, move into the forbidden flesh, kiss and have the time of your life.
Seems about right, if you are into that type of thing. Whats that called again? Romance? Huh, seems...egh, time consuming? Well LELO wants to get things moving. So they present you with a massage candle. LELO seems to be dabbling with some extracurricular activities. So far, they have yet to bomb the course. From high end toys with a cult following. To their new massage oils and lubes. Here we have LELO's new massage candle.

Out of the three unique candle scents, ranging from: Vanilla & Crème de Cacao, Snow Pear & Cedarwood and Black Pepper & Pomegranate. I scored Black Pepper & Pomegranate. Seems good to me!
So what does that actually smell like? Well, how about: Creaking floor boards, bubbling medical concoctions, a lump of sugar and the tiniest drop of suggestive ripe fruits.
Does it smell like the imagined spicy sweet of Black Pepper and Pomegranate? No. Do I care? No. It's a candle and the scent doesn't dictate what the finished process is.

Made from milky white wax which has a smooth flat top surface. The wax is cradled in a black glass container. A chrome lid with a plastic loop pull. Under which you will find a foam insert with an attached ribbon that sits under the lid and inside the candle. Accompanied by signature LELO packaging, a heavy black cardboard box along with a paper insert. The look of the massage candle is outstanding and the packaging is gift worthy.
The candle contains 5.3 oz of product and offers 36 hours of burn time.
Once un-boxed and removing the lid as well as the foam insert (easily with the assistance of the ribbon). You wills see the candle is not filled to the top. It has about a 3/4" lip of empty space. The wick is centered. The wick is short and does not need to be trimmed. Once you light the candle. Immediately you will get a clear yellow flame. After about 5-10 minutes you will notice the wax pool that accumulates into a clear yellow puddle.
(Pictured a few uses later and about ~10hours of burn time, lit for about 15 minutes)

Soy wax*, soy wax melts at 102 degrees (bath water temperature), making it ouch-less once applied. Vitamin E is a naturally occuring element of soy wax, leaving your skin smooth, soft, and comfortable.
Shea Butter is an emollient and humectant. It is highly moisturizing and provides great slip during massage without leaving a greasy feeling.
Apricot Kernel Oil* is high in vitamin A as well as essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid. It has skin softening properties and is ideal for skin absorption. It also doesn't leave a greasy feeling.
Perfume The scent, it's faint but it exists in the air more so then in the wax itself. essence would of been more appropriate.

Let the candle burn to make a full pool (>1.5 hours).
Extinguish the candle.
Pour it on your partner.
Rub it in.

Keep in mind this candle is slow burning.
You will notice since the soy wax burns cooler it's therefore, slower. It takes over an hour to have the wax burn evenly across the top. So prepare ahead of time, light the candle prior to play. You can also microwave it to soften the wax, or use a spoon. Seems like a lot of foreplay for a candle huh? If you don't let it burn for what seems like forever, you will 'well' the wax. Pushing the outer layers of the wax into the wax puddle will cause soot, it will also likely pool over the wick and extinguish the candle. Let this baby BURN.
Microwave the candle before lighting the wick to pre-melt the soy wax and will prevent welling.
If you would rather not burn your candle, you can also scoop a little out using a spoon and simply rub it directly on your skin after using a candle burner or microwave.

DO NOT use this wax/oil as a sexual lubricant.
I'm torn between the good and bad. Here are some key points:

Soot is present and sadly, it exists before, during and after the massage. I do think making the LELO massage candle into a single serving tea lights would cut down on the soot. Regardless, even a the tiniest amount of soot is a deal breaker in a massage candle. I am pretty sure it has to do with the wick. It's obnoxious. But maybe you are into soot play, if so you are in for a real treat!

-Bad design
Usually with most LELO porducts, where there is form, there is fucntion. ALWAYS. So what happened here? Where the *explicative* is the POUR SPOUT? There isn't one. Meaning when you pour the wax out it will drip along the side of the candle. Ugh. Outside of that, the container is great and can be reused. It has a top which is amazing. Seriously, how many dusty/linty candles do you have laying around? If you are like me, there are a few. The foam insert provides further protection against dust lint accumulation.

-It's waxy
When melted, the wax/oil is very heavy. If you go slow and drip wax all about without rubbing it in, you will have an icing effect. Meaning, the wax/oils wont seep into the skin and lay on top. This is the exact opposite of awesome. If you move fast you can avoid the icing effect. This candle really does remind me of a teenage boy, move slow and and finish fast. Huh, who knew.

-It glides
The candle is void of grittiness, or greasiness. When the oil is applied warm, it will glide to your hearts delight. You will be able easily to work the oil into the skin, and be able to keep going. Though, the glide will taper off the more it is absorbed. The candle hardens quickly to a solid state (30 mins) once extinguished. So relight the candle as soon as you drip what you need. The longevity cannot be fairly compared to basic massage oils, as they are different products. But since you asked: NO, the glide doesn't last nearly as long as massage oils.

-It's moisturizing
The ingredient list is small but sweet. If you get the hang of the execution time with the wax, you will love it. It makes your hands super soft and skin supple. It soaks in well and provides a great mostuirizing skin feel. Personally, I did feel like I needed to shower after. Even after the shower, I noticed a film residue on my skin. Exfoliate to get all of the wax off.

-It's small and expensive
3"W 3.5"T 5.3oz wax & ~36 hours burn time for just under $30.
Follow-up commentary
I cannot lie, It's collecting dust on the night stand. I really need to pitch it.
For the price it is difficult for me to throw it right away. But alas, I have given it a fair share to make me change my mind about it's rating. It has undoubtedly failed every test. Everything about it sucks.
What was LELO thinking??
Score: Fail. F-
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My Flickering touch massage candle tags
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
    • Temperature play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed
    • Campus/roommate living
    • Play party
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • All over body
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