massage oil recipe
what you need to know to make your own

Personalizing your massage oil recipe is simple and can enhance the positive benefits of a massage. Experimenting is key to achieving a great personal product that “feels” great to you.

The purpose of a massage oil is to:

  • Smooth the surface of the skin and help the hands movement be fluid and glide. This reduces friction.
  • Nourish and moisturize the skin.
  • Act as a carrier for the use of essential oils, if you choose to add them to your recipe.

 Which oil should be used?

*Beware of allergies and ask about allergies before using any oil and especially nut oil.


oils

skin absorption

moisturizing effect

scent

easy to find

cost

other considerations

apricot kernel

very good

very good

none

yes

$

good for mature, sensitive and dry skin

avocado

good

excellent

slight

yes

$

good for dry skin, use at 10% dilution

fractionated coconut oil

very good

excellent

none

supplier

$

long shelf life and non-greasy or staining

grapeseed

very good

excellent

slight

yes

$

good for mature, and dry skin,use at 10% dilution

hemp seed

very good

excellent

slight

supplier

$$

good for  dry skin, claimed to be anti-inflammatory, unrefined oil might stain,
use at 20% dilution

jojoba

very good

excellent

none

supplier

$$$

is actually a wax not an oil, resembles the natural sebum within our skin, extends shelf life of other oils


olive

good

good

pungent

yes

$

can be greasy and sticky

sunflower

very good

very good

slight

yes

$$

good for mature, sensitive and dry skin, people may have allergies, short shelf life

sweet almond

excellent

very good

slight

yes

$$

good for  dry skin, claimed to be anti-inflammatory, beware of allergies

wheat germ

good

excellent

pungent

yes

$

excellent source of vitamin , use at 10% dilution,prolongs shelf life of oils


Each vegetable oil has an estimated shelf life.  To prolong the shelf life of your massage oil recipe it is a good practice to add about 1-2% vitamin E oil. It is also a great idea to mark that date the massage oil recipe was made, just to stay on the safe side.

Personally, I only use essential oils in for massage oils. There are different grades of essential oils and you might consider doing a little homework before making your choice. Certain artisans and commercial retailers will also use fragrance oils.

Again experimenting is the way to approaching blending essential oils. Maybe start off with one of two essential oils then work in another. More is not always better and asking the person receiving the massage what their preferences are is important to enhancing the benefits.

I recommend that you use about between 10 to 30 drops per 100 ml.

The list below of essential oils are usually considered safe for a massage oil recipe.Again, read about the safety of the oils.

Essential oils

  • Lavender
  • Roman chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea tree
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet orange

Consider infusing your oils with herbs and spices to get some added benefits.

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