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If you’re making your own soy candles for massage, some of the best fragrances include lavender, eucalyptus, and frankincense. Similar to the way you’d add essential oils to your bath water, you should avoid “hot” oils like cinnamon, oregano, and thyme. And, if you have sensitive skin, steer clear of “warm” oils including peppermint.

But what exactly is a massage candle, you may ask? It’s just like any other votive, but it’s specially formulated with soy wax that won’t harm your skin upon direct contact, because soy melts at a comfortable temperature and isn’t an irritant (provided you don’t have a soy allergy), says Corinne Donohue, a licensed massage therapist at Massage Heights. Massage candles often also contain essential oils for aromatherapy benefits, as well as emollients, like vitamin E and shea butter or coconut oil, to smooth and hydrate skin, she explains.

There’s plenty of good reasons to keep your home stocked with candles—namely, they fill the air with a sweet, relaxing scent, create a zen environment to help you unwind at the end of a long day, and can set a romantic mood. But here’s another excuse for candle lovers to pick up a few more: Like a good oil, some make wonderful tools to heat up any at-home massage.

To use massage candles safely—and without hurting yourself or your partner—Donohue suggests letting the candle burn, so that there’s an adequate puddle of melted wax on the top. Then, blow out the flame, let cool slightly (you want it to be liquid and warm, but not scorching hot), and pour onto skin prior to the massage.

If you prefer to pluck a massage candle off the shelf, when shopping, look for a soy candle specifically marketed as a massage candle—or at the very least, one that says “skin safe.” Here are the best options to warm up to.