If mood lighting and sensual hot wax massages seem like cheesy romance novel tropes to you, we urge you to revisit that stance. The right massage candle can set the scene for the ultimate date night, complete with an erotic massage and slow, intimate sex.
Massage candles are so much more than boring sticks of wax. Choosing and lighting up the right scent for you — whether it's a calming lavender, a romantic vetiver, or a sensual patchouli — is an easy way to add aromatherapy to your sex life. (And speaking of lighting up, you can even buy cannabis-scented candles.) Plus, when candles are specifically designed to be used for massage, the wax itself is the perfect temperature to pour into your hands or onto your partner's body. (If you're not specifically using a massage candle, and you're just lighting up a sexy candle to set the mood, massage therapist John O'Mahoney recommends using coconut oil for the actual massage, since it smells delicious and it's 100% edible.)
Ahead, we've rounded up must-have candles to add to your sex life — whether you want to stick to traditional sensual massages or experiment with wax play is totally up to you. Make sure to check back, as we'll be updating this post regularly with new candles to add to your collection
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