Tender Loving Skincare TLC Body Candle Frangipani Love
Dripping a melted candle onto bare skin might seem a bit 50 Shades of Whatever, but the TLC Body Candles from Tender Loving Skincare (www.tenderlovingskincare.co.uk) are designed to melt at a few degrees above body temperature, so you get gentle warmth rather than a wax burn.
The melted oil is quite a thick liquid texture, so it's good for extremely dry skin and for massage, as it gives good slip. I like this for after sport - the warmth helps to soothe wrung out muscles. The ingredients list is full of skin nourishing botanicals: cocoa, shea & mango butters and soy, almond, argan, jojoba & coconut oils.
I find burning for 5 minutes gives me enough melted oil to moisturise/massage both my legs quite easily. The candle doesn't throw off much scent when it is burning (it isn't designed to - the concentration of essential oils would be too high for use on the skin) but the unlit candle and the melted oil both smell quite strongly of frangipani, a warm and heady tropical floral. There are 4 other fragrances in the range - I also like the idea of green mandarin & lavender.
Using a body candle is a little more faff than using a straightforward liquid oil, but it is a lovely indulgent treat, and the extra nourishment is very good for dry skins. TLC Body Candles are £24 for 6oz.