The last time I reviewed a pomegranate item it was lube and with it I included a picture of a multitude of pomegranate items. Point being: I have a fetish for all things pomegranate. I also have a vast collection of LELO products and have the personal goal of owning one of everything. Naturally when I saw that one of LELO’s new massage candles came in black pepper & pomegranate I had to have it.
The candle came in a black cardboard box that is nearly twice the height of the candle itself, the extra room is for padding on the top and bottom to keep the candle safe. Inside is a small warning pamphlet advising on candle safety as well as the candle itself: a smooth round black jar and a silver lid with a red accent. I was extremely pleased with the little bit of foam inside of the jar and on top of the candle, keeping any bits of the candle that had melted during transfer from getting all over of the inside of the package. Some of my candle had melted on the way, being stored in a room too warm will do that, but none had leaked.
The scent itself is wonderful. I can’t smell the black pepper really at all, but the pomegranate scent is lovely. It’s not super strong either, you have to get within four or five inches of the jar before you can smell the scent from the unlit candle, so it won’t overpower the room simply by being in it like some candles will. Even when lit the smell is quite subtle. If it was simply a candle (rather than a massage candle) I might be a little disappointed with the strength of the scent, actually, but once you start massaging the wax into skin the smell is much more apparent.
The wax is smooth, slick, and soft. It massages easily into the skin leaving a slight layer of smooth oilyness that isn’t too greasy at all. When left in a cool room it hardens fairly well, but you can still scrape a bit off to use as lotion if you desire01. The warmer the room the more likely it will melt, but it is well contained in the jar and that shouldn’t be a problem. According to the directions you are supposed to “extinguish out the flame and leave to cool for 30 seconds” before use, though I didn’t experience the wax getting too hot even if I didn’t wait a full thirty seconds.
The ingredients are mostly body-safe with the exception of the three included in the “Perfume” ingredient. Before I talk about those ingredients I want to say how awesome it is that LELO actually lists the ingredients in the “Perfume,” since most companies don’t as legally companies don’t have to disclose that02. Most of these ingredients are plant-based derivatives. D-Limonene is “the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind,” Linalool is “a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants” and Hexylcinnamaldehyde “is found naturally in the essential oil of chamomile.” They all have the potential of being an irritant, mostly around the eyes or lips, and LELO does quite clearly have warnings about avoiding those areas in the warning pamphlet. For general use on the skin they should be fine, however, unless you have exceptionally sensitive skin.
Like most LELO products, their Massage Candle is pretty awesome. The packaging is sleek and sexy, there are no weird man-made toxic ingredients, and the wax does exactly what it is supposed to do: aids massage without leaving a yucky after-feeling. It is a little pricey for a small candle, but you don’t need much of the wax to give a great massage and it will last for a long time. I’ve used it a few times and have only barely made a dent.
Type: Candle/Massage Oil.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Perfume (D-Limonene, Linalool, Hexylcinnamaldehyde)
Size: 150g / 5.3 oz
Height: 4 inches.
Width: 3 inches (diameter).