Shunga massage candle by Shunga Erotic Art - review by mpfm

Warm Massage

Who doesn't love a romantic candle lit interlude and a relaxing massage? With the Shunga massage candle you can have both. The candle provides a amorous atmosphere, all the while melting into a pool of lovely warm massage oil. The massage after is the best part. It's warm and relaxing and the vanilla fragrance is pleasing. I love this massage candle.
Lovely scent
Warm relaxing massage oil
Easy to use
Nice gift idea
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Massage candles are wonderful inventions. Create romantic ambiance with the lighted candle. The interesting thing is that the wax is not wax at all, but a nice oil perfect for a massage. The candle burns at a low heat so once the candle is extinguished, the warm oil can be used for a warm and soothing massage. The wax in a regular candle remains hot for a few minutes. This oil is just warm and won't burn even used immediately. After twenty minutes or so enough oil has melted for a nice massage for two.

The scented warm oil is perfect for a relaxing massage. It can be used to relieve sore muscles, reduce stress, or as an erotic massage. You can't go wrong with this candle no matter how you use it.

It would make a nice bridal shower or wedding gift. Really I would welcome it as a gift for any occasion- Mothers Day, Christmas, Birthdays, Valentines Day, or Anniversaries.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Fragrance, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Grape Seed oil, Vitamin E, Alcohol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, D-Limonene, Geraniol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Lilial, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone.
    • Foreplay
    • Massage

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The oil in solid form is soft and squishy. It feels similar to bacon grease. Really. It's not as gross as that sounds, since it really is a lovely oil concoction. Before it is lit the oil is an off white color. When it melts it is clear. After melting, most of the oil is a liquid. However there are small semi solid lumps of the oil as well. The lumps melt easily when in contact with skin. We are never bothered by the small lumps. They rub in just as easy as the melted oil.

The oil makes a nice massage oil. It only takes a little bit to give a nice back massage. We use about a quarter size for a nice back massage. The oil goes on smooth. It's a somewhat heavy oil but eventually absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

My candle is the ever popular vanilla scent. It seems you can't ever go wrong with ubiquitous vanilla. The lit candle emits the pleasant aroma. The familiar scent easily fills the room when lit.

Although it smells heavenly, this candle isn't meant to be tasted. It does absorb into the skin fairly quickly. It's fine to move onto other activities after giving and/or receiving a massage. Kissing or licking skin with the oil is not going to harm you. While a small unintentional taste wouldn't be great, it's nothing to worry about.
    • Light smell
    • Smells good


I didn't find the oil to be waxy at all. It is a somewhat heavy oil, but it massages easily and eventually absorbs into the skin. It does not leave a greasy residue. It feels great on the hands of the giver and the body of the receiver. I especially like the delicious warmth of the oil. It feels very decadent to have a warm massage. The tin claims the candle is good for 45 hours of burn time. We haven't timed it, but have no reason to believe that is not accurate.

A small plastic spoon is included. It is small enough to fit right in the tin. It can be used to scoop up the oil. Alternately you can use fingers to get the oil. We use it either way successfully. We are careful to not drip the oil on anything. We lay a towel down under the candle to keep everything tidy.

This was my first massage candle, and I love it. It is so easy to get a nice warm oil for a relaxing massage. Normally we use an oil at room temperature or if we are ambitious maybe we will heat the oil. The candle makes it so simple. Light it and enjoy 20-30 minutes of candle lit seduction. Then blow it out and enjoy a warm sensuous massage. It doesn't get any easier than that.

For optimal use the wick should be kept trimmed at 1/4 inch. Otherwise the flame can burn too high and candle might burn unevenly.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Feels natural


The candle is packaged in a sturdy black tin. It features a clothed Asian hetero couple in a horizontal embrace. Although a tad erotic it is a tasteful picture. I wouldn't feel like I had to hide it if my Grandma came over. Beside the picture, the tin has instructions, precautions, and the ingredient list printed. The lid is completely removable. It has the same couples face in the middle and the product name circled around it.

I like the tin. If it is open it looks like an ordinary candle. Unless the name and instructions were read, most people would assume it was just a candle. I think most people would be curious if they realized it was a massage candle. Everyone loves massages. I don't think this product needs to be hidden away.
    • Easy to use / dispense
    • Very informative packaging
    • Would make a nice gift

Personal comments

My only disappointment is that it has been discontinued here at Eden Fantasys. It is still available at other placed and I am hoping it comes back to Eden. I wanted to try the other scents.


The first time we used the candle, I gave my husband a nice long backrub. He was very relaxed and enjoyed the entire experience. We were ready to switch places when unexpected company arrived. (I hate it when that happens after 9:00 pm.) My husband was concerned that the vanilla scent would be very noticeable on him. At that point we were glad we had the vanilla and not something more girly. He quickly attempted to rub some of it off, put on a clean shirt, and joined our guests. He was self conscious enough to ask our adult daughter if there was a strong scent. Fortunately it wasn't overpowering. It was just a pleasant vanilla scent. I think he blamed it on regular lotion for dry skin. I was a bit amused. I wouldn't think anything of it. But well, he's a guy and didn't want to be emitting a feminine aroma.

Since then we have both enjoyed the candle. My favorite moment is when the warm oil first makes contact with my skin. It is so much better than room temperature oil.
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  • edeneve
    great review. sounds like a lovely experience.
  • PeaceToTheMiddleEast
    Great review, thanks for sharing. Too bad they are discontinued I wanted to try these.
  • spiced
    Thanks for the great review. I'm generally skeptical of these two-in-one massage candles — but this one sounds awesome. I do hope Eden brings it back.
  • mpfm
    Thanks for reading. I am really hoping this comes back to Eden. It's a great candle.
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