Category Archives: Massage Oils

Making A Simple Sensual Massage Bar

Finished Massage Bar
Finished Massage Bar

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and I can’t believe it is almost here! The year just seems to be flying by. Today I wanted to make a simple massage bar that is easy to travel with, gentle to apply and gives the skin a nice, dewy feel. Come join me!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifier
Beeswax
Cocoa Butter, White
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Natural Vanilla Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Coconut Paradise Massage Bar

Finished Coconut Massage Bar
Finished Coconut Massage Bar

On Monday I shared a wonderful massage bar recipe. It is light and leaves the skin dewy and soft. Since then, that recipe has received some rave reviews and also some great feedback. I had a few people ask if I could formulate something similar that doesn’t contain silicone oils. So I went back to the blog kitchen to create another massage bar.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

This massage bar features the scrumptious smelling Virgin Coconut Oil. Not only does this massage bar smell like the perfect tropical vacation, but it glides smoothly across the skin, leaving just enough product behind for a deep muscle massage without the oily/greasy sensation. Isn’t that perfect?!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Beeswax
Palm Kernel Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Making A Simple Massage Bar

Finished Massage Bar
Finished Massage Bar

There is great serenity in taking a moment for yourself. Whether it is in the morning, evening or sometime in the day, taking time to practice self care really helps with your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Today I wanted to make some massage bars for everyone who needs that moment. Come join me!

Weighing
Weighing Castor Oil, Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone

I really like this massage bar because it glides on smoothly without feeling greasy or heavy. After running the bar up and down my arm several times, I was pleased with how velvety my skin feels. It feels dewy and fresh! In fact, I almost can’t believe I just applied a massage bar. It is deceptively light. I am in love!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cyclomethicone
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifier
Beeswax
Cocoa Butter, White
Mango Butter
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Perfection in a Bottle – Making A Better Facial Oil

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Finished Facial Oil

Spending time with my girlfriends is always a treat. Some days it reminds me of high school sleep overs with all the magazines, bubble gum and music. While the magazines have changed and the bubble gum has been replaced, Girls Night is still fun. During my last Girls Night, we got started talking about makeup and cosmetics. We discussed which brands we love, which things we would get if we could ignore the budget and how makeup is so different from even five years ago.

Weighing Jojoba Oil
Weighing Jojoba Oil

One product that came up during our discussion was facial oils. I must admit, the term facial oil was a bit of a mystery to me. So off I went to my local beauty supply store. It turns out facial oils are typically used once or twice a day after you cleanse your skin but before you apply your traditional moisturizer or foundation. I did get to try some while in the store and while I did find some that I really liked, I found many to be cost prohibitive. Today I wanted to make a own facial oil while staying true to the DIY craft  and to a budget. Come join me!

 

Ingredients
Golden Jojoba Oil
Castor Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Borage Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Orchid Extract
Green Tea Extract
Seabuckthorn Extract
Squalane
Isopropyl Myristate
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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A Simple Hand Salve With Just 4 Ingredients!

Finished Hand Salve
Finished Hand Salve

Two days ago I told you about my lost recipe. I am so glad I found it but before I found that recipe, I tried desperately to recreate it from my memory. It was a great memory exercise and while I got impressively close, I still ended up with a very different product.

Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter
Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter

I wanted to share today’s recipe because it is amazing in its own right. Today’s recipe is perfect as a daily hand salve, cuticle cream and it even makes a spectacular body butter. Oo-la-la!

I am ultra happy with this recipe. I used a little on a scrape that I have on my arm. The skin is able to move and flex rather than breaking open on me. Yay! I plan on keeping a jar in my purse for the duration of winter!

Ingredients
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Rose Hip Oil
Meadowfoam Oil
Anhydrous Lanolin
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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The Amazing Lost and Found Salve Recipe

Finished Salve
Finished Salve

Today I will be featuring the salve recipe that I told you all about yesterday. When I was first formulating this recipe, I really wanted to make something that would help the skin retain its moisture and yet would be ultra gentle to apply on the skin. I was thinking of something that would be solid in a jar yet pliable. This salve even doubles as a fabulous body butter.

Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter
Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter

One of the integral ingredients for this recipe is the High Melt Point Shea Butter. High Melt Point Shea Butter is what gives this recipe the wonderful creaminess and what keeps it solid in the jar. The Shea Butter also helps keep the salve on your skin, not on everything else!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I also used Rose Hip Oil. Rose Hip Oil is perfect in recipes that need just a little TLC. Whether you choose to use this on rough heels, dry elbows or even cuticles, you know you have Rose Hip on your team. I really like Rose Hip Oil because it does wonders for the skin all without feeling overly greasy or heavy.

Adding Emu Oil
Adding Emu Oil

Next I added some Meadowfoam Oil. Meadowfoam is spectacular at moisturizing the skin. By keeping the skin soft, it increases the elasticity of our skin. Meadowfoam is an awesome oil that I adore! It even adds a beautiful yellow color to the finished salve.

Finally I used Emu Oil. Emu Oil is an incredible exotic oil. It also has a long list of rumored benefits. While I do not know if any of these claims have been substantiated by scientific testing, it still is a great oil to use.

Ingredients
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Rose Hip Oil
Meadowfoam Oil
Emu Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Light After Shower Shea Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil

I am not a morning creature. It is with great reluctance I emerge from the refuge of my covers. I think even my poor alarm has gotten weary of the great lengths it must go to in order to rouse me each day. The poor thing. I have the greatest sympathy for anyone or anything that must cope with me in the early morning. For as much as early mornings are a daily torture to me, I actually enjoy my morning ritual. (Once I am awake enough to enjoy it, of course.)

Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil
Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil

Every morning includes a cup of hot coffee, choosing an outfit, packing lunch and a hot shower. I adore my hot shower. I can forgo the coffee if I must but the shower is a requirement. It transforms me from a walking zombie to a cheerful, bubbly individual. (I am quite certain there is something magical about the water heater.)

Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil

While I normally apply a body lotion after my shower, there is something substantially soothing about using a massage oil instead. It become this good smelling barrier of calm that acts as armor throughout the chaos of the day. (It helps if you choose a scent you like.)

I decided on using the Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. I find it to be a fresh, clean scent that is both soothing and energizing. I love it because I start my day smelling like I spent my morning rejuvenating at a spa. Too wonderful for words!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Semi Solid Shea Oil
Kukui Oil
Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
200 g Fractionated Coconut Oil
116 g Semi Solid Shea Oil
83 g Kukui Oil
1 g Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
7.05 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
4.09 oz Semi Solid Shea Oil
2.93 oz Kukui Oil
0.04 oz Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
29% Semi Solid Shea Oil
20.75% Kukui Oil
0.25% Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil to warmed massage oil
Adding Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil to warmed massage oil

Weigh your fixed oils into a microwave safe container. I heated my oils for 30 seconds so I could make sure everything was fully mixed. Add Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Pour into bottles and label. How easy was that? Now you have a phenomenal massage oil!

Ready to Bottle Massage Oil
Ready to Bottle Massage Oil

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Washable Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil

I love treating myself to a massage but I hate that when I finally get to the shower to clean up, I feel like a slippery, oily, falling hazard. I would love to be able to step into the shower and wash most of the oil off with ease while leaving just a tiny amount to keep my skin soft. Well, today I decided to solve this by making my own! Come join me.

I am really pleased with this massage oil. It feels just like your typical massage oil. There is no stickiness or tackiness you might expect from have an emulsifier in the mixture. It rubs into the skin just beautifully. When I rinsed my skin, the water did not bead up like I had lots of oil on my skin. Instead it just flowed across my arm. After I dried my skin, I was pleased to discover that there was only a tiny amount of oil left. It wasn’t enough for me to worry about staining my clothes and it kept my skin soft throughout the day. Wow!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Hemp Oil
Spray Clear Emulsifier
Optiphen
Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
25 grams Castor Oil
350 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
102.5 grams Hemp Oil
15 grams Spray Clear Emulsifier
5 grams Optiphen
2.5 grams Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.88 oz Castor Oil
12.35 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
3.62 oz Hemp Oil
0.53 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
0.18 oz Optiphen
0.09 oz Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Castor Oil
70% Golden Jojoba Oil
20.5% Hemp Oil
3% Spray Clear Emulsifier
1% Optiphen
0.5% Lemoncello Fragrance Oil

 

Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil
Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil

I love making recipes like this because they are so easy to do. Are you ready? It is even easier than making Tollhouse® Ready Bake cookies!

Measure everything into a mixing container. Mix well. Package into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Adding Spray Clear Emulsfier
Adding Spray Clear Emulsifier

How simple was that? This is a great massage oil that you can use at home or at a spa. You and your clients will love how easily this product rinses the excess off while still leaving enough to keep the skin baby soft. Remember that massage oils should be scented lightly as we continually add product to the skin. A little goes a long way!

Adding Golden Jojoba Oil
Adding Golden Jojoba Oil

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Just for Her – Too Sweet Massage Oil

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Finished Massage Oil

We all deal with great gobs of chaos and it gets stressful. It is wonderful to get little reminders to take 5 minutes and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  This is something Andee and I talked about the other day. We were talking about little rituals we do that are tiny but give us the ability to go back to the chaos. Andee’s favorite ritual is to make herself a hot drink. Mine is to rub a creams and lotions into my hands. It is perfect because I can do it while on the phone or doing other projects. So in honor of all those who find touch soothing, let’s make a massage oil!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Shea Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
56 grams Shea Oil
43.5 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
0.5 grams Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.98 oz Shea Oil
1.53 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.02 oz Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
28% Shea Oil
21.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
0.25% Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil

 

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Weigh everything into a mixing container. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

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Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Massage Oil until clear
Stirring Massage Oil until clear
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After Exercise Massage Oil

One thing I really enjoyed during my stay in China was visiting all of the beauty and personal care shops. Some of the items seemed normal, while others were very exotic. I saw products that were to help lighten the color of your skin. I saw additives like lotus extract, snail secretions, and even hydrolyzed bird’s nest. Needless to say, shopping in these stores was an adventure. Since my return, I have been talking to my coworkers about my adventures overseas. One of the gals on staff, Hyun, is from Korea. Just the other week we got talking about the differences and similarities of Chinese, Korean and American beauty trends. We have embarked on a rather exciting project. We will be making some recipes that are common among handcrafters from each country. If you have recipes from abroad, please share them! We would love to post them on our blog.

One thing that Hyun had mentioned that I had noticed but never paid much attention to was an after-exercise massage oil. After exercising and getting all hot and sweaty, people was up and then apply a massage oil that gives a cooling sensation to the skin. I have seen people applying it after going hiking, running, dancing, etc. However, I never really thought of the specifics of the product. Come join Hyun and I as we make a wonderful after-exercise massage oil.

Ingredients
Calendula Extract
Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Menthol Crystals
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
60 grams Calendula Extract
32 grams Jojoba Oil
4 grams Vitamin E Acetate
1 mL Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 mL Lavender Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil
1 small crystal Menthol Crystals
Recipe in Ounces
2.12 oz Calendula Extract
1.13 oz Jojoba Oil
0.14 oz Vitamin E Acetate
1 mL Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 mL Lavender Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil
1 small crystal Menthol Crystals
Recipe in Percentages
59% Calendula Extract
31.75% Jojoba Oil
3.5% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Tea Tree Essential Oil
0.5% Lavender Essential Oil
0.5% Peppermint Essential Oil
0.25% Menthol Crystals

Weigh the Calendula Extract and Jojoba Oil into microwave safe container. Heat them gently until they are warm. Add the essential oils and menthol crystal. Stir until everything is cohesive. Pour into bottles. Cap and label. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Skin Soother
Finished Skin Soother
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Adding Vitamin E Acetate
Adding Vitamin E Acetate

Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
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