I love a nice massage; whether it be for relaxation or to get me fired up for sex. For this reason, I often add a new massage oil to my basket when shopping online for new sex toys. I’ve tried a number of oils over the years, but had yet to try one from the luxury sex toy brand, Lelo. This changed last month, when Belle de Soir offered to send me the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Candle (in pear and cedar wood) in exchange for an honest review.
The Flickering Touch Massage Candle comes with all the frills you’d expect from a luxury sex toy brand. It arrives packaged inside a sophisticated black box, inside which you will find a weighty glass jar with a metal lid. The candle itself sits inside this jar.
The Flickering Touch Massage Candle weighs 150g (not including the jar) and it consists of the following ingredients:
Glycine. Soja (soy) Wax. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter). Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil. Perfume (Linalool, Hexylcinnamaldehyde).
Once lit, the heat from the wick will slowly melt the candle wax, turning it into small pools of liquid oil. Simply pour this oil into the palm of your hand and begin your massage. Please note, this is not an edible massage candle.
My Experiences Using the Lelo Massage Candle:
I was expecting wonderful things from this massage candle and at first, this is exactly what I experienced. The gorgeous packaging and luscious scent lured me in, making me feel as if I were in for a real treat.The scent was quite hard to place, but to me it was a fruity/floral mixture that smelled very fresh and crisp. I could hardly wait to smell that scent on my skin.
Unfortunately though, my experiences went downhill from here. I lit the wick and allowed it to burn until a small pool of liquid oil had formed. You need to wait a long time to get enough oil for a full body massage (15 minutes got me enough oil for a back massage), which can be a little frustrating. I also felt as though I had to keep tilting the candle, to ensure the solid wax at the sides of the jar would melt; otherwise, the wick would continue to burn down, missing a lot of the wax.
I was hoping that the heat would release the fresh scent into the air, but I could only smell the candle when I got up real close. Still, this was not a huge let-down, as I had no doubt that the scent would permeate when I rubbed the oil into my skin. I poured the melted oil into the palm of my hand. It felt warm to the touch, but never felt hot, even when I poured the oil from a relatively short distance. Your mileage may vary and you should always test first, but I felt secure enough to pour the oil directly onto my skin.
I began to rub the oil into my legs and it was then that something unexpected happened. The fresh and crisp scent of the candle was replaced by the smell of burnt wick. When I sniffed my skin, I realised that I smelled more like a bonfire than I did pear and cedar wood. It was quite off-putting.
I wish that this was the worst of my experiences, but sadly it wasn’t. As I rubbed the rich, slippery oil into my skin, it cooled quickly and turned into a creamy/waxy paste. The slick glide provided by the warm oil only lasted about 10 to 20 seconds, before I began to feel resistance and tackiness. As it dried completely, I noticed that my skin felt clogged up and that the fine hair on my body had been matted down.
I was perplexed. I did not expect this from such a luxurious brand, so I began to question my own experiences. Had I done something wrong, or did I have unusual skin? I even managed to convince myself that the oil simply absorbed faster than most because it was designed to nourish/moisturise the skin.
While that might be the case, it certainly never soaked into my skin. At one point, I absentmindedly reached down to scratch an itch on my leg. As I dragged my nails over my skin, I began to feel as though they were being clogged up with dirt. One look underneath my nails confirmed it; they were packed full of creamy wax (see my pictures for evidence of this caking/clogging). While I could not see this wax on my skin, it was obviously the reason why I was feeling so clogged up and matted.
I couldn’t stand the sensation any longer, so I headed off to the bathroom for a wash. It took a few full body washes, including some scrubbing with a mitt, before the soap would even foam up, but eventually I began to feel clean. The creamy wax proved to be difficult to remove.
Later that night, I tested the Lelo candle with Mr Gritty. He also noted how quickly the oil lost its slickness and confirmed that he felt clogged up too. There was only one difference in our experiences; when I asked him about the scent, he said that he could still smell the pear and cedar wood. He didn’t notice that burnt smell like I did.
I really did not enjoy my experience with the Lelo Massage Candle. I know a few reviewers who have had great experiences with this candle, and although I usually have good experiences with Lelo products, this one just did not hit the mark for me. In my opinion, it doesn’t work well as a massage oil, because it loses its slipperiness fast. I was also disappointed in the smell and the way the wax clogged up my skin. I personally wouldn’t recommend the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Candle. I am going to stick with my Sliquid massage oils instead.
The Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Candle was kindly sent to me free of charge from belledesoir.com for an honest review. This does not affect, or sway my opinions of the product and I will always portray my own experiences, good or bad. Affiliate links are not used within this post.