Massage Oil Recipes

Massage oil recipes are very easy to make at home, and you can customize them to achieve aromatherapy results, or just choose a mixture of scents that you love!

If you feel like sharing, you can even make edible massage oil! **See the bottom of the page for how-to's.**

Natural oils are excellent emollients, with natural properties that can help hydrate and nourish your skin. Oils will not only make more pleasurable massages, but can also be used as a general moisturizer.

Choosing good massage oils

A good oil to use in any massage oil recipe is one that will have glide. This will ensure that your hands can glide over skin without sticking or too much friction, creating a smoother massage and avoiding irritation.

More commonly used massage oils

Sweet Almond Oil

This is one of the most commonly used base oils, rich in essential fatty acids, good for all skin types. Sweet Almond Oil is often used in massage therapies, as it is lightweight, mild and easily absorbed into the skin. As a base oil, it has a longer shelf life than some others because it is not easily oxidized.

Coconut Oil

Refined coconut oil is one of the mildest base oils, and suitable for healing salves as well as sensitive, irritated or inflamed skin. This natural oil is popular for soap making, as well as creams and lotions. It has a high Lauric acid content, and is high in anti-oxidant E. It has a bit higher comedogenic rating, so if you're concerned about that, save this for wonderful body moisturizing!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is actually not an oil at all, but rather a wax ester extract of the seed of the jojoba tree that has absorption properties which are very similar to that of human skin, and is highly stable. This is a good, light choice for oily or acne prone skin, because is non-comedogenic, and offers a light sun protection. Often used as a massage oil, Jojoba oil can soften hardened skin, and can help heal wounds and skin diseases.

Macadamia Nut Oil

Anti-inflammatory and great for massage oil blends, but should be used in a low ratio. It has regenerative properties that have allowed it to be used successfully for treating scars, wounds, minor irritations and sunburns.

Sesame Oil

This oil contains vitamins A and E and is great in a low ratio for massage blends. Sesame Oil also contains light protection from the UV rays of the sun, and is often used in natural skin care formulations for a natural sunscreen with a low SPF.

Olive Oil

The fat composition of olive oil is very similar to the fat composition of human skin, so it is absorbed quickly and helps the skin moisture content. Particularly good for dry skin, even those with oily skin can use it in moderation to balance excess sebum production. Very few people have an allergy to topically applied olive oil.

Grape seed Oil

Grape seed is a light oil often used in massage recipes. It is quickly penetrating, nourishing and easily absorbed. Linoleic acid keeps skin supple, and it's non-comedogenic.

Sunflower Oil

Deeply nourishing and conditioning, sunflower oil is highly recommended to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin. Sunflower oil has a pleasant scent and is easily absorbed and applied.

Camelina Oil

This oil, light and similar to flax seed oil, is also known as the "gold of pleasure". Slightly nutty, rich in antioxidants, and very soothing to the skin. It has a very stable shelf life.


Other oils are used in massage blends, often at a lower ratio.

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Massage Oil Recipes

Measurement Equivalency Chart:

1/8 teaspoon = 12.5 drops = 1/48 oz.

1/4 teaspoon = 25 drops = 1/24 oz.

3/4 teaspoon = 75 drops = 1/8 oz.

1 teaspoon = 100 drops = 1/6 oz.
Massage oil recipes are very open to personal interpretation and the addition of essential oils can be adjusted to preference.

Here are some suggestions:

Vanilla Warming Blend

  • 2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 oz. Grape seed Oil
  • 2 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 1 oz. Avocado Oil
  • 10 drops Vanilla Absolute Oil
  • 5 drops Basil Oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained

Lavender Calming Blend

  • 2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 oz. Sunflower Oil
  • 2 oz. Grape seed Oil
  • 1 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained

Coconut Lime Tropical Oil

  • 2 oz. Macadamia Nut Oil
  • 2 oz. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 1 oz. Rosehip Oil
  • 15 drops Lime Peel Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Vanilla Absolute Oil
  • 5 drops coconut perfume oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained

Invigorating Massage

  • 2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 oz. Grape seed Oil
  • 2 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil

10 drops each:

  • Lemon essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Sensual Massage

  • 2 oz. Sunflower Oil
  • 2 oz. Rosehip Oil
  • 2 oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Tangerine Oil
  • 10 drops Sandalwood Oil
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained

Muscular Tension Massage

  • 2 oz. Sunflower Oil
  • 2 oz. Rosehip Oil
  • 2 oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 10 drops Marjoram oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained

Play with your blends and enjoy!

Look through these already formulated massage oil blends from:

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Edible Massage Oil Recipes

If you are interested in formulating edible massage oil recipes, get ready for fun experimentation!

In these massage oil recipes, you will NOT use essential oils, since many of them are not suitable for ingestion, but you can use flavor extracts from the grocery store.

Any extract that sounds tasty to you, like vanilla, almond, lemon, coconut, strawberry, orange, chocolate, peppermint, experiment and use it! You can also used flavored coffee syrups.

First, pick your favorite base oil. A good one to use will be one that doesn't have a strong taste by itself. Mild or tasty oils to use include sunflower oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil, or grape seed oil. Don't forget, although Jojoba oil is great for massage, it's a wax ester, not an oil. Leave it out of any edible massage oil recipes.

Remember that edible massage oil recipes will have edible ingredients, not essential oils that are naturally anti-microbial, so make smaller batches that can be kept refrigerated until use (warm slightly before using or you'll get a cold surprise!)

You'll want to heat fuse your flavorings to your oil base, so mix your oil or oil blend in a saucepan with your choice of flavorings and heat gently, mixing and heating for about 5 minutes, then cooling before storage.

Extracts are stronger than the coffee syrups, so use less. For extracts, you can use about 1/4 teaspoon to 2 oz., but you can use a full teaspoon for coffee syrups.


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