What is “Wax Play”?
Wax play involves introducing a subtle burning sensation to the player’s skin for sexual stimulation with melted wax. It is a variation of temperature play in BDSM. Wax play is done by lighting the wick of the candle and letting the wax drip on the skin of the player’s partner.
Due to the safety and medical risks that come with using wax and heat for sexual purposes, wax play is considered a moderately advanced erotic practice. With advances in science and chemistry, many options for wax play are now available at safer temperatures & melting points.
An Introduction to Temperature & Wax Play
BDSM is known for the extreme and uncanny measures that participants take part in for sexual stimulation and gratification. The experimentation with various external stimulants, such as electrical currents, pain stimulators, and even temperature are among the types of practices that make BDSM an out-of-this-world physical, emotional and psychological experience for the participants. Wax play is one of the many types of temperature and external stimulation play available.
Temperature play focuses on the use of varying levels of temperature to arouse mild to extreme erotic sensations. The body reacts differently to hot and cold sensations. Some individuals are more sensitive to colder temperatures while others have low tolerance over high heat. This makes playing with molten wax a perfect median entry point into this kind of fetish.
Concentrating on the effect of manipulating temperature levels over a person’s physical reactions is an exciting way of exploring new erotic sensations and heights for BDSM partners. Moreover, the risks that come with it make it all the more thrilling for the players involved, generating a truly adrenaline-pumping experience.
The Dangers of Wax Play & How to Play Safe
Normal store-bought candles are not often viable for Wax play. The melting point of the candles being used is very crucial to the success of this variation of temperature play. Below is a shortlist of different candles that are safe to be used for wax play, followed by their corresponding melting temperatures:
- Beeswax Candles (62-65°C)
- Paraffin (47-65°C)
- Soy Candles (46-57°C)
Adding mineral oil can help lower the melting point of the above-listed candles.
Careful experimentation, including a trial and error session for testing different candle types, is handy before fully introducing temperature play in the bedroom. Check the pain and heat tolerance of each other to make sure that the right type of candle and the right amount of temperature are used during play. Otherwise, exceeding the tolerable amount of heat could lead to the acquisition of first to third-degree burns.
Be careful not to let wax splash into the player’s eyes. Keep flammable objects and substances away from the candles to minimize the risk of spreading igniting a fire. Always have a first aid kit and ready for any unwanted accident that may take place during wax play.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Temperature play is the use of varying levels of temperature to induce erotic sensations in the body. Ice, warm water, fire and candles or waxes are the usual props used in wax play. Lubes and food such as ice cream are likewise used to stimulate various bodily reactions to temperature.
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