Wax Play Introduction

Wax play is a kind of temperature play that involves pouring/dripping wax from a lit candle onto a person’s body. There are a few things you should know before you embark on waxy fun.

Today’s focus is Wax Play.

Excuse my absence recently, My Long-term health issues have broken through the control of medications, so I’ve been all over the place with my physical and mental health. But I’m slowly building my tolerance up again so I’m not going anywhere, I’ve got way too many hacks and tips to share for your benefit. Can’t go leaving you in the dark!

Wax play is a kind of temperature play that involves pouring/dripping wax from a lit candle onto a person’s body. There are a few things you should know before you embark on waxy fun.


There’s multiple tips, tricks and information you should have before starting off. Firstly, don’t buy any normal, off the shelf candles. Candles must be Paraffin free- No Paraffin. I would highly recommend soy candles. Finding candles is easy enough on shopping platforms such as Esty by searching for “wax play candles”. A shop that is perfect and my personal GO TO for wax play candles is Red Rigger Candles. There are so many fantastic shapes, sizes and colours to choose from and you can feel at ease knowing the candles are specifically designed to drip wax on skin.

Before you purchase there’s another very important “hack” or rather, core piece of information you need to know. This is “Colour affects Temperature”. It’s easy to remember with this memory hack: “Light colour, Light Pain, Deep Colour, Deep Pain”. So, to completely spell it out so you don’t make a mistake, white is going to cause the least amount of pain because the lighter the colour, the less heat required to melt the wax. Black will cause the most pain as the burning temperature/melting temperature is much higher. Blue is typically a mid-range on the wax play pain scale however the shade of the colour could change this, as in if it were a dark/navy blue then that is definitely going to be higher on the pain scale closer to your deep purples and blacks.

My absolute favourite candles are the UV Candles from Red Rigger Candles. When used under black light they glow very brightly, and it looks so very pretty! Also, these are on the lighter side of the wax pain scales so perfect for beginners. Most of Red Riggers candles are made in a cone shape which means they fit into Shibari/bondage rope work very effectively so later down your adventure road it’ll be great to invest to combine kinks.

The last hack is “Distance from Skin”. When pouring/dripping wax on your or another’s skin, the distance you hold the candle from the skin will alter the temperature (Not Massively but a bit) of the wax when it hits the skin. The further you hold the candle away, the cooler the wax will be when hitting the skin as it cools down when traveling a longer distance through the air. Therefore, if you hold the candle close to the skin the drop from candle to skin is shorter which means less time to cool resulting in hotter temperature wax droplets. Be aware that some candle wax will splatter more than others and the splatter area will increase with distance held away from the skin. So be careful especially in areas where sensitive skin is nearby.

When beginning, start on the less sensitive areas of the body avoiding genitals, inner thigh and armpits. My added recommendation is to never go above the jawline under any circumstance, so you steer well away from the eyes. A persons back is always a great place to start as well as being a larger canvas in which you can play around making patterns. Further to genitals, inner thighs and armpits, any place on the body with new or damages skin such as stretch marks and scarring can be much more sensitive to pain and heat. Make sure when having your initial planning discussion or any point before you begin that you ask or express where these areas are if they exist so they can be pointed out to you as Red Zones ( No Go Zones) or Amber/Orange Zones (higher pain therefore more care and check ins must occur). Don’t feel weird about grabbing a (safe for skin) marker and drawing out the areas in fact I’d recommend this as it will make you both feel more secure and well prepared.

Different implements mean different types of pain, so always remember to start light with any new kinks which for wax play means a white candle. Have fun and Stay kinky in the safest way possible!

Nowhere have I said you need another person to do wax play so feel free to order some candles online and make pretty patterns on your belly and legs to pass the time in this time of isolation.  

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Published by foxhacks

Primal Fox Kink and Poly Educator.

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