Hot wax play is a form of BDSM play involving warm or hot wax usually dripped from candles or ladled onto a slave's naked skin. In BDSM communities, hot wax play is also a form of punishment.

Because there is no actual impact (like spanking), wax can be used on most parts of the body. Also, it is very easy for the Master or Mistress to control exactly how hot the wax will be, or how many drops will fall. This lets the intensity of the punishment be controlled precisely. These factors combine to make hot wax a very popular form of play in femalesubclub