Review: The Herb Garden Massage Bars & Candles

The Herb Garden is a new brand of natural herbal massage products, created by herbalists Jo Farren and Shani Crofton. Using their collective knowledge to combine aromatherapy and herbal medicine they have created a range of beautiful and original massage bars and massage candles using simple, raw ingredients, that give you a spa experience at home that comes with added health benefits! 


The Herb Garden's massage products come in three ranges. There is the warming range, which is made with spicy ginger, cinnamon and citrus oils. Ginger and cinnamon are great for easing aches and pains, while orange and lemon are soothing and rejuvenating. The relaxing range contains a classic combination of lavender and chamomile to help ease stress and aid a good night's sleep. Finally, the refreshing range is made with thyme, eucalyptus and peppermint which have antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and so are fantastic for keeping skin healthy as well as awakening the mind.


Jo kindly provided me with a set of two massage bars from the relaxing range, and a candle each from the refreshing and warming ranges to try. The massage candles are made with soy wax which has a cool burn, meaning that the melted wax is safe to use on the skin. Yes really!

A massage medium, body butter or hand cream are just some of the ways the melted wax can be used, or you can simply burn the candle to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils. The candles come in gorgeous metal lidded tins with pretty labels; the lids stop the essential oils evaporating between use.

The refreshing massage candle (£10.00) has my favourite scent out of the three ranges. The candle is made with soy wax, shea butter, almond oil and the essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus and thyme. Just lifting the lid off the candle and breathing in the invigorating scent is enough to lift my mood!

The warming massage candle (£10.00) is also made with soy wax, shea butter and almond oil, with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, lemon and orange essential oils. The combination is uplifting and soothing, and the calming aroma lingers softly on my skin.


The massage bars are solid bars that begin to melt at body temperature, allowing for a luxurious massage or simply to be used as a body moisturiser to keep skin feeling soft and smooth without feeling oily or greasy. Shaped like a flower and a heart, they are wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in pretty boxes, making them a perfect gift idea.

Like the candles, the relaxing massage bars (£8.00) are made with soy wax, shea butter, almond oil, plus a blend of chamomile and lavender essential oils. These oils have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties and are fantastic for the skin. The combination of the two botanical extracts is relaxing, soothing and grounding and they are ideal for using at bedtimes.

Both the massage candles and the massage bars leave the skin feeling soft, moisturised and nurtured. Making time for ourselves is so important to our mental well-being yet it is something I struggle with all the time! The massage bars and massage candles from The Herb Garden are a wonderful way of taking a few minutes a day to relax, unwind and nurture myself, and with their beautiful packaging they'd make a lovely, unique gift for someone special.

Head over to The Herb Garden to find out more about this fabulous new range. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

What are your favourite essential oils?




*I was provided with these products to review.

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  2. It's been a pretty difficult time for us lately and a little relaxation would be most welcomed. This looks like it'll do just the job. These products look gorgeous!

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  3. Oh, these sound wonderful! How interesting that the candles can be used for massage, that must feel lovely :) I adore the scent of lavender, so that would be first choice x

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  4. I use quite a lot of massage candles and these sound lovely. Reasonably priced too! x

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  5. I love natural products like this. These really sound wonderful for a relaxing moment.

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  6. Oh wow they sound amazing! Don't you wish you could do a smell-o-gram! I love essential oils, especially sandalwood, rose and orange blossom! H x

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  7. These sound gorgeous. I especially love the sound of the relaxing candles and massage bars. Lavender us is one of my favourite scents and oils. It is wonderful for calming the nerves and the scent always makes me relax. I would love to know if these are suitable for use in pregnancy. I know that some essential oils can't be used. If not, i will definitely be getting some to help de-stress my post-labour body. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    1. I will find out for you lovely x

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    2. Hi lovely, I checked with Jo who's said that lavender and chamomile are fine after the first trimester, as long as you're not allergic to them of course!x

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  8. My favourite is chamomile and lavender so I think the relaxing massage bar is right up my street. I do love my candles, soaps and bombs!!

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  9. I love candles and these look fabulous.

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  10. Oh these sound absolutely lush! I could do with a relaxing candle and massage - as could every mum I suspect x

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