If you’ve read my Not Just For Hands blog post, you’ll know that I have a passion for massage. One of the simplest ways to enhance a massage and make it more erotic, is by adding the warm slip and slide of melted oils from a massage candle.
The Fella and I have used a few brands, but we hadn’t had the pleasure of trying a LELO Flickering Touch Candle until the lovely Michelle at Just4Play sent us one in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
As with all new products, my first impressions came from the packaging. Sleek, modern and understated were the words it conjured for me, and I expected to find good things within. Opening the box, I admit to being a little deflated. The size and weight of the whole package made me think I was in for a lot of massages from a good sized candle, but the reality was much smaller than I’d imagined.
The LELO branded, black jar has a metal lid, which has a funky green, round plastic handle. Said jar is glass, but not black glass. The colour has been coated on the outside, and there are a few areas where that coating has been scratched off by the sharpness of the lid. This is purely cosmetic and doesn’t retract from the candle’s usage in any way, but if I was giving it as a gift I would be a little disappointed, as it doesn’t look very luxurious once it’s all scratched up.
Anyway, inside of that jar sits an intensely fragranced 150g mix of soy wax, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil. Some other candles that I have turn oily when I rub my finger across the surface, but not this one. It’s pretty solid, and to get the goods, you need to light the wick.
The pic above shows what I got after approximately 20-25 minutes of burn time. You can see that I didn’t get an even burn, which means I’m gonna end up getting less uses out of it than I would have expected from 150g, and I’m likely to be left with a thick ring of unused wax in the jar. That’s a bit disappointing for a £25 candle.
The scent we received is Snow Pear and Cedarwood, and it’s gloriously strong. Some scents have the power to transport me to a totally different place, and when I close my eyes and inhale this scent, I’m not lying on my bed in the North East of England anymore. Well I am, obviously, it’s a candle, not the fucking Tardis, but in my imagination I’m in a woodland cabin in the middle of autumn. There’s an open fire crackling away in the background, an open bottle of Jack Daniels not far from my nose, and a gorgeous, naked man rubbing spicy, fruity hot oil into my bare skin.
I asked the Fella where the scent took him, and his reply was a lot less clichéd than mine.
“Back of a used car that’s been valeted and has half a dozen ‘New Car Smell’ Magic Trees dangling from the mirror.”
Not the most romantic of souls, is he?
As the recipient of the massages in our house, the LELO Flickering Touch Candle was amazing for me. It felt lovely being rubbed over my skin, but even if I couldn’t hear the Fella’s frustrated huffs, I would have been able to tell it was making his job difficult for him by how rough the massage was.
The reason for this was, the oil started to become waxy again as soon as the flame was extinguished, so there wasn’t much glide between his skin and mine, and he had to really force his hands to move over my body. When I asked how it felt for him, he likened it to pushing velvet against velvet.
He finds it a lot easier to use on me when I’ve just come out of the bath, and I still don’t know whether this is because my skin is softer, or because I have baths so hot they could boil a lobster, so my skin maybe keeps the oil from drying.
My only issue with the candle came the morning after first use. I didn’t have a bath at the end of the session, I just popped a vest and knickers on and went to sleep. When I woke up, my back was waxy and uncomfortable, and my vest was stuck to my skin. It took a good scrub and a lot of lathering to get it all off me, so now I have to have a quick shower before curling up and dozing off.
When it comes to the LELO Flickering Touch Candle, opinions in the Scandarella household are mixed. The Fella isn’t impressed but, post-massage shower aside, I really like it. It smells great and feels nice at the time, which is all I want from a massage candle. That said, I do think the price is a bit steep for what you get.
The LELO Flickering Touch Massage Candle was sent to me by Just4Play in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are now, and will forever be, my own. No affiliate links were used in this post.