February 10, 2011

Make Your Own Massage Oil

It's actually really easy! Since Valentine's Day is coming up and some of you may have romantic plans ;) couple massages is a great way to connect with each other and soothe those sore muscles (especially you, who's hunched over a computer all day). There are so many different variations of massage oils out there, all of which work great, but we'll go with a simple and effective recipe this time. The information below is based on my experiences and information that I've collected over the years from my desire to make my own natural beauty products for myself!

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First, you'll need a few carrier oils, which is the base for your massage oil. Olive oil is popular and touted as a moisturizing cure-all, but since it's a thick oil and doesn't absorb very fast, it will leave an oily/sticky residue when used as a major carrier oil in this case because you'll be using a lot of it (although, used in small, amounts, it's a great moisturizer).

Other great carrier oils are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and jojoba oil (my three favorite oils that can be used across the skincare board, in my opinion!) All are high in vitamin E, have other skin nourishing properties, and absorb well. Previously, I wrote a post about using these oils for a hair mask. So you don't have to feel bad about buying a bottle that you won't use up in one setting because they can be used in so many ways (which I'll get to in future posts).

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Sweet almond oil is great for massages as it absorbs fairly quickly, but not so much that it needs to be constantly reapplied. It's derived from pressed almonds, has a faint scent, is nourishing for any skin type, and doesn't clog pores. However, it's not for those who have nut allergies.

Apricot Kernel oil is great for dry hair and skin, as well as an alternative for sweet almond oil. It's similar to sweet almond oil in texture and color (though it's a little bit darker), and very rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which gives it a longer shelf life than some other oils while promoting soft, nourished skin. It's also absorbed quickly, therefore it won't feel greasy afterwards, and it's derived from apricot kernels.

Jojoba oil is famous for its haircare properties, but you can also use it for your skin. It's actually not an oil, but a wax derived from the seed of the jojoba plant. It's highly stable (meaning long shelf life) due to it containing long-chain essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols that resemble skin sebum, therefore good for those prone to acne. It absorbs very quickly so you'll need to mix it with other oils.


Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. apricot kernel oil
  • 1 tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp. olive oil (optional: if you'd like some extra oiliness for longer massages without reapplying)
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential and fragrance oils (lavender, rosemary, jasmine, bergamot, vanilla, etc.) Try mixing a few to get a personalized scent, or just stick with one.

Mix and keep in a dark (blue or brown) glass bottle. Glass bottles are preferable to plastic as essential oils tend to react with plastic bottles, therefore contaminating the oil. Carrier oils are not as strong as essential oils and some can be kept in plastic bottles, though glass is preferable. Since your massage oil contains essential oils, you'll need to keep leftover amounts in glass. To prolong the shelf life of all of your oils, keep them in a dark cool place. Mixing a bit of jojoba oil in your other oils will also prolong their shelf life.

Have fun and enjoy the extra pampering!

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20 comments:

KC said...

Great post! Where can you buy these oils? Are they in grocery stores or somewhere else?

petite hermine said...

Thanks! You can buy these oils in health food and vitamin stores, though it's a bit pricier there. I've linked all the oils so if you click on them, it takes you to amazon.com, which is another shopping option. There is one seller who also sells these oils on Etsy and on Ebay, she's linked in my hair mask post, which is also linked above in the post :)

Tatter Beans said...

great post...

Kristi said...

super post- I am bookmarking this so I can come back for all your resources! thanks ♥

Linda B said...

Terrific post. Thanks for the information.

oomph. said...

cute blog you have here. great DIYs and inspiration. love your jewelry as well.

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Doni said...

Oh I love this idea! Great blog post! I'm hooked on your blog now and looking forward to more great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and also for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday! I'm off to be your newest follower!
Blessings, Doni

Sharelikethis said...

I like ur blog! U have such cute pictures here and so much creativity! I will make a post about your blog soon - if u dont mind:)

yeevon said...

Would definitely need 'someone' to give me a massage right now XD XD And I love the smell of the sweet almond oil~

Julia & Cori said...

Perfect Post for Valentines day!!

Thanks for joining us for Handmade Wednesday, hope you continue to linkup weekly!! We're now following your blog!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a great post- the oils sound incredible! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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James Bradley said...

Thank you for sharing your post. Massage has a lot of benefits to our health. Take advantage of full body massage. Taking Miami Massage is one way to relieve stress for busy week. Visiting your favorite spa once a week can be very helpful. Our health is very important.

Dale Fieldse said...

Well i really like your post because massage has a lot of benefits to our health. The give good shape,fitness and health my our body. Please share some more interesting posts with us and if your have some massage oil like Bergomot essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil so please share with me

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