So you’re thinking on taking a walk on the wild side of playing with candle wax are you? Well, being informed of what to do and what not to do is the best way to begin your latest adventure. Let’s see the technical definition first: “…a form of temperature play practiced in BDSM context. The idea of wax play is to introduce a slight burning sensation to the skin.” Candle wax play varies depending on how into it you are, just as with any other fetish. It can range anywhere from dripping a few drops of wax onto your nipples, right up to the wax being ladled and spread all over your body. I suggest you try the nipples first, unless you’re really freaky!
For any form of candle wax play, you do not want to grab that candle you lit on the nightstand and just start pouring the wax onto your partner, this could cause significant burning that will require medical treatment. What you want to do is read up on the safest candle wax to use, and I have also listed some below. Please note that beeswax candles are NOT the safest to use because they burn so hot which can be due to the fact that there could be a little honey left in the honeycomb and honey burns very hot.
Types of Candles
Coloured candles compared to white candles do not burn any hotter or colder than the other, it is the ingredients that make them all burn differently, at varying temperatures. Just because a candle you have is white, does not mean that it won’t hurt the person you want to pour the wax on, so do not think that it won’t.
Paraffin Wax–these are the most common used in wax play, they burn 46 degrees to 57 degrees Celsius, less than many do. They are also inexpensive, and great to use for beginners. Paraffin candles are petroleum-based, only a few substances will react or bind to these. Here is an example of a Paraffin Wax Candle.
Soy Wax–these are becoming much more popular, but they are also more expensive than paraffin candles. Typically, they burn from 49 degrees to 65.5 degrees Celsius and are also a recommendation for wax play. Soy candles are made from soy beans. It is best to be warned that some people may be allergic to soy, so check with your partner first.
Beeswax–not as common, and burns at a very high temperature, 61 degrees to 65.5 degrees. They are also more expensive, and not really recommended for wax play.
Bayberry–this is the rarest, and most expensive, it is also a very hard wax. Though it does have a lower melting point and burns at around 46.7 degrees. It is 100% all natural but remember, it is a very hard wax, so it would be harder to remove.
There are tons of resources online about Candle Wax Play, and should you decide you want to go down that road, please be sure to do some research first on it. While it sounds like a lot of fun and a sexual turn on for many, if it isn’t done correctly it can cause a lot of damage to a person.
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