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This video of someone coating their hand with 100 layers of wax is viscerally terrifying


  • To celebrate 4 million TikTok followers, a candle-maker dipped her hand into 100 layers of wax.
  • Watching the wax layers dry in a bulbous mound over her hand is mesmerizing but also a little icky.
  • In the end, she slips out of the thick, bulky mass by dipping her hand into water.  

To celebrate hitting 4 million TikTok followers, Charlotte Martel decided to dip her perfectly manicured hand into 100 layers of brightly colored wax, and boy is it something.

The video has been viewed more than 53.9 million times and is both terrifyingly visceral and mildly claustrophobic. It’s also undeniably rewatchable.

Martel, a 20-something candle-maker who brought international fame to her family candle business, Guernsey Candles, typically posts the sort of bright, relaxingly methodical content that’s standard for ‘oddly satisfying’ social media cottage-industries such as slime.

In Martel’s videos, she might scrape off thick layers of fuschia and electric yellow candle buildup and plop it into hot liquid wax, or chop up a blue-green wax cylinder to show a differently shaped, multicolored interior. The clips are a comforting, entertaining escape in which nothing much happens besides quiet and sensory titillation: here come the bright colors, the satisfying chomp of wax being cut, the low splash of clear, fresh water as it consumes a wax creation. 

In her celebratory June 21 TikTok, Martel shows viewers her hand, pre-wax layers, with its long, nicely manicured nails — then begins to dip it into 100 layers of wax — dunking the hand into vivid hues of yellow, pink, blue, and white. 

side-by-side screenshots taken from @charlotte__martel tiktok showing a hand before being dunked in wax and one after being dunked five times in yellow wax

Martel showed viewers her clean, well-manicured hand before dipping it into the first few layers of bright wax.

TikTok; @charlotte__martel


It quickly grows monstrous. As Martel continues to add new layers, the waxen mass grows thicker and more misshapen, until it looks like “a boxing glove,” “human heart,” or a “cosplay as Mr. Krabs,” according to commenters.

A screenshot of @charlotte__martel's TikTok video showing a hand encased in many layers of wax which looks a bit like the shape of the heart organ

At layer 100, the wax started to look like a “human heart,” according to commenters.

TikTok; @charlotte__martel


In the end, Martel sinks her wax-encased hand into a tub of water and the 100-layer mold slips off with a splash.

screenshot from a @charlotte__martel video showing a clump of wax after it sinks into a container of what appears to be water

Martel dropped the waxy mass into a container of what appeared to be water, eliciting a satisfying splash.

TikTok; @charlotte__martel


 

 

In part two, posted on June 24, Martel cuts the wax mass open with surgical proficiency to show viewers the different colored layers — slicing into the fine layers and tearing off sections with satisfying snaps. 

 

screenshot of the Charlotte Martel's tiktok showing her hand holding the wax mold on the left and her hand on top of the wax mold, for scale, on the right

Martel showed viewers the thickness of the waxy 100-layer mold, using her hand for scale.

TikTok; @charlotte__martel


Alongside comments about how delicious the “forbidden Fruit by the Foot” looked came specific requests for Martel’s content in the future: “Can you do a 200 layer candle next @chartel please xx.”

 

TikTok creator Charlotte Martel did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

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