Massages are a wonderful way to relax and are completely enjoyable. Finding a massage oil you like, let alone love, can be hard to do. However, you can make your own oil to meet your own needs. You can have complete control over the final product and even experiment to find the mix that works for you. Making your own massage oil can be fun, easy, and even inexpensive (or more expensive if you choose).

Reasons to Make Your Own Massage Oil.

  1. You can make something you love. While it sometimes takes a little trial and error you can make something you love with in time. You can then make this product over and over again!
  2. You never have to worry about them discontinuing the product. It often seems that when we find products that we love, those are the ones they discontinue or change the recipe, much to our disappointment. If you are making your own, you don't have to worry about it!
  3. You can meet your specific needs. Different oils, essential oils, and other ingredients have specific properties. You can make your choices according to your own needs and desires.
  4. You can spend what you want. The only thing you need for a massage oil is an oil. It can even be canola oil, which is extremely inexpensive. If you don't have the money for more expensive ingredients, you don't have to worry about it!
  5. You know what is in it. There are a lot of mysterious ingredients in commercial massage oils, but with your own you have no doubts about what is in there!

Ingredient Options.
You have to have an oil. You can choose one oil and choose not to add anything else to it if you wish. Your other option is to choose a couple of different types of oils. This can be the best option, but it is totally up to you. To that you can add essential oil (all natural plant oils, never use fragrance oils which are synthetic and can cause irritation to the skin). You can choose your essential oil according to fragrances you like, the aromatherapy properties of the oil, or the medicinal benefits of the oil (available for certain essential oils). In addition, you can add tea infusions for herbal properties and even things that are great for your skin such as vitamin E oil and or Aloe Vera gel.

Carrier Oils.
Any vegetable based oil will work for massage oil. You can find out which ones you like with a little trial and error. Some are thicker and richer than others making them better for dry skin while others are lighter and softer better for any type of skin. Here are a few common options available:
  • Olive Oil. This is a choice that is easy to find. You can get it where ever groceries are sold. It is also fairly inexpensive. It is thick and rich. It is really good for dry skin, but can be too thick and rich for sensitive skin which is prone to breakouts.
  • Jojoba Oil. While this isn't technically an oil, it is light and makes a great addition to many massage oils. It is also great for sensitive skin because it is so light.
  • Sesame Oil- This is a medium oil that is lightly scented and good for most skin types.
  • Sweet Almond Oil- This is a very rich oil that is great for dry skin and for winter time use.
  • Grape Seed Oil- This is my personal favorite. It is rich, but not so heavy that it causes my normally oily skin to break out.

Essential Oils.
Essential oils are what can be added for fragrance. These oils are derived from plant materials and offer fragrance, aromatherapy properties, and some even have medicinal qualities. There are a wide range of options and you can choose one according to the fragrances you like, one according to its aromatherapy properties, or one that is good for the skin. Some aromatherapy options include (but of course this isn't an exhaustive list):
  • Romantic- Orange, Cinnamon, Ylang Ylang
  • Energetic- Balsa Fir, Pine Needle, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine
  • Relaxation- Sandlewood, Rosewood, Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine, Neroli
  • Sensuality- Jasmine, Rose, Geranium, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

You can also choose ones that are good for the skin. There are a lot that offer benefits and you can learn about them and choose one to meet the needs of your skin or just pick a general one such as tea tree oil, lavender, burdock root, carrot, or chamomile.

Tea Infusions.
You can also add the benefits of tea or herbs to your oil by making infusions. Tea bags are a very easy way to make an infusion and the benefits for the product in the tea bag are then part of your massage oil. You can choose green tea, chamomile, echinachia, or peppermint (just as some examples that are good for the skin). To make an infusion put about 1/2 cup of oil into a clear canning jar. Add your tea bag or bags (you can use more than one) into the oil. Put the lid on, swirl the oil around so the tea bag(s) get into it well and then set it in the window for two to three days. After this the properties of the tea will be infused into the oil. Carefully remove the tea bag and add the oil to your mixture when you make your massage oil.

Additional Things You Can Add.
In addition to tea infusions you can also add Vitamin E oil and or Aloe Vera gel for additional health benefits of your oil. Adding a teaspoon of each to your mixture will make for an excellent massage oil. You don't want to get carried away with Aloe Vera gel though or your mixture will get sticky feeling.

Mixing Your Oil.
Put about 1 cup of oil(s) (of your choice, half of which can be oil made into an infusion), 10-20 drops of essential oil, and up to 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and or Aloe Vera gel into a glass canning jar. Put the lid on it and shake it well.

Storage Options.
Storing your oil should always be done in a glass container because over time the essential oils can and do break down plastics. It is best if it is a dark colored glass, but a canning jar can work. You should then store it in a dark, cool, and dry place. It is not usually a good idea to put it in the fridge. You can keep most of them for a few months, but if the oil looks odd or smells funny then it is time to get rid of it.

Using Your Oil.
To use your oil put a few tablespoons into a small microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 15-30 seconds. This will warm it up to body temperature or just slightly warmer. Put the oil on your palms and use it to rub the body. Most oils will be suitable for all parts except the face. Lighter oils such as jojoba oil can even be used to massage the face.

Making your own massage oil can be great. You can come up with great products that you will love forever. Additionally, you can give these items as gifts and have oil on hand for use any time. You can save money and know what you are using!