Ember special edition - aromatherapy candle by Jimmyjane - review by Jul!a

Ember special edition

Massage candle by Jimmyjane

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Special Edition Massage

Use this wax for a wonderful long lasting massage, use it just to moisturize your skin, or burn the candle just to burn it. While everything about the Ember Special Edition is really awesome, it's probably only worth the extra price tag if you're really into the scent or really want the black container.
Scent is light and very nice, Wax doesn't leave you feeling icky
Limited edition, Rather expensive
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Massage candles are awesome. You can give fantastic massages, use the melted wax as a moisturizer, or just burn the candle just to burn it. The scent of this special edition candle isn't quite strong enough (at least for me) to burn just to burn and fill the room with a scent, so this might be a good choice for those with sensitive noses.

Just about anybody can use this massage candle so long as you have a steadier hand when pouring, since it can be really easy to make a mess on the first couple pours.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The ambient temperature in the room you keep your Ember in will definitely have an effect on the consistency of the solid wax. In a warmer area, over 80 degrees, the wax will look like it's starting to sweat and will have a much softer consistency, close to that of almost whipped cream cheese. Very easy to scoop out with a finger. When it's cooler, the wax is much more solid. The warmth of your finger will still melt the wax a bit, much like using a solid perfume, and you can warm up enough to scoop some out if you want some as a hand moisturizer.

In it's melted state, it's very, well, liquidy. It pours out much like water and will flow downhill wherever you pour it, rather quickly, so it can make a bit of a mess rather easily. However in my experience with Ember candles, the oil doesn't stain the sheets, so if you spill some on the sheets, it's not a huge deal. While it is very easy to pour, it's also very easy to spill a whole bunch if it's on the full side and you don't have a very steady hand.

Either way, in either state, the wax does eventually sink nicely into the skin. If you pour too much, it won't sink in all the way, but you can always wipe off any excess with a spare towel.

Taste / Aroma

The special edition Ember comes in one scent: absinthe and sugar water. I've never personally smelled absinthe before, and my experience with sugar water doesn't smell anything like this. JimmyJane's website lists the scent as "an intoxicating mixture of fennel, fig, lemon, and wormwood." For us, the scent is something that we kept inhaling deeply to try and figure out what it reminded us of. He kept catching hints of cleaning product. I still can't quite place the scent to anything I know other than something woodsy with a hint of floral.

Unlit, you have to get fairly close to the candle to smell it, and lit, it was just as disappointing (for me). I could catch whiffs of it here and there, and even with the door closed I still had to try to smell it when I came back in the room, and our room isn't all that big.

Since I still have longer nails, I still end up with this wax underneath them, and it doesn't taste that bad. Much like my other Ember, not something I'd want to ingest on a regular basis, but certainly not that unpleasant either.


First you're supposed to let the candle melt until there's an even pool of wax across the top of the candle. JimmyJane says this should take about 30 minutes. With the ceiling fan on high, it took about 3 hours to get an even pool without corners being left unmelted. Turning the ceiling fan down, we managed to get a pretty even melt in just over 35 minutes.

Since the wax is pretty much the same as my other Ember, I already knew how it would perform, and it didn't disappoint. True to form, I spilled too much on the first time out and ended up with about a dollar coin size pool of oil on my fiance's back. It lasted the whole time, which was about half an hour, and didn't leave him feeling greasy. For me, a puddle just bigger than a quarter lasts about 20 minutes before I ask for more because I like the gliding feeling.

It goes on feeling just about as hot as you can get without being uncomfortable, much like the perfect shower in the winter. It spreads around and feels just like an oil, and any extra you have can easily be wiped off with a towel.

The scent doesn't linger too long on the skin. My hands still smelled lightly of the wax the next morning, about 12 hours later, but I had to really try and smell it.

If you do accidentally end up pouring too much, just go with it and wipe off any extra that you may have. You won't be left with a waxy residue, and any greasy feeling will go away shortly. However if you feel you must wash this off, a washcloth with some warm water and soap will take care of it.


JimmyJane's packaging, as always, is full of class and win. Ember comes in a classy box black box that slides into a classy white box that's open on one side. The top of the white portion has JimmyJane's logo in the front, and the top of the box lists the scent, its description: for absinthe + sugar water "Iced sugar water clouds the pale green absinthe, drawing bright fennel and anise notes from within. This pair of aphrodisiac scents intoxicates with a sweet rush." As well as the size and burn time, 12 ounces and 72 hours. I've burned mine a grand total of about 3 1/2 hours and, aside from the black wick and the fact that I just can't seem to get one of the corners to melt, you can hardly even tell that I've used it yet.

Ember itself is housed inside the little black box which is only open on the top. It comes with a ceramic lid for you to use to keep the dust and other particles out of your wax, and your massage. Also included in the little black box is a little instruction pamphlet that tells you how to safely use your massage candle. There's also a list of ingredients for 7 of the scents available, but this one wasn't on that list. However I can safely tell you that it's made from Jojoba, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Soy, Aloe and other botanicals, and the wick is made from cotton.

As for discretion, unless somebody in your family happens to know what else JimmyJane sells, there's nothing risqué at all about this packaging, the box or the candle itself. Most of the jar is plain white with the logo being really tiny in the corner, and if you're worried about people seeing the logo on the lid while being left out, just flip it upside down.

Personal comments

Ember's wax can also double as a lotion basically and can be used in either its solid or liquid state. If you happen to be burning it for the scent and want to add some moisturizing to your hands, just carefully dip your finger into the wax pool until you have enough for your hands.

You'll want to make sure never to burn Ember, or any candle, on a surface that isn't stable, such as a bed. Keep it on a table or a nightstand or even the hardwood floor. Also, keep the flame away from anything that could catch on fire.

And another quick note, if you're not the best at pouring this out, the side of the container will end up with some wax drips down it. If you keep your candle in a cooler area, you can easily use a playing card or whatever to scrape off the excess wax and dump it back in the candle. If your candle happens to be in a warmer area, that wax will make the outside of your container very slippery and hard to handle if you're trying to pick it up. I've dropped it on the bed a few times, but if you happen to drop it on the floor, that ceramic jar might not hold up.


I wanted to be as wowed by this special edition Ember as my other one, but I'm just not. The wax performs as wonderfully, but for the same size and a scent I'm not in love with, I'm not sure that it's worth the extra money for a black jar instead of a white one.

I don't regret getting it, but I'm not sure I'll be buying another when it runs out.

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  • Alicia
    I really want this one, it's just hard to get past that price tag!
  • Hannah Savage
    I would really love to have one of these, but I think I'd only end up using it on myself because the Hubby is *extremely* picky about anything that goes on his skin. Really great review, Julia!
  • Jul!a

    The price tag made it really hard for me to splurge on it, but I saved up gift cards, so I don't feel so bad about not being completely in love with it.
  • new southern girl
    This sounds great! This is something that is going on a wish list!
  • Kayla
    I keep thinking about getting one of these candles, but I never do. Good review.
  • SexyySarah
    great review!
  • Jul!a
    Mistress Kay, unless you know you're going to love the scent, you're really not missing out on much.

    Thank you so much everybody
  • Airen Wolf
    Wormwood does have a bit of a cleaning product smell which would be slightly intensified by the lemon. Sounds amazing though!
  • LikeSunshineDust
    Great review
  • Jul!a
    Airen, I've never actually smelled wormwood, but now you've got me wanting to, at least for the experience, lol.

    Thanks everyone
  • Selective Sensualist
    I keep planning on trying one of JimmyJane's massage candles.
    Great review!
  • Jul!a
    They're fantastic, absolutely worth it if you're going to be doing massages with them.
  • Phoenix713
    Excellent review! This looks like a beautiful candle.
  • Jul!a
    It is gorgeous Phoenix
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