Mmm Massage Lotion

Getting a massage may be one of my favorite treats next to a good coffee drink. I wonder if I could combine the two?

In 2012, Taylor made Sweet Coffee Massage Butter. She did hers a bit differently than I will do mine. Hers was not an emulsified lotion; mine will be. My goal is to create a formulation that will glide easily but have enough drag to allow the massage to continue on without needing to reapply the lotion overly often.

I’ll start with Coffee Oil, which smells just like coffee beans. It doesn’t take much to add its signature scent; I’ll use just 3%.

Next up will be a touch of Castor Oil for its thick, draggy feel. Coconut Oil will add a higher melt point and plenty of slip and glide. We’ll add some Almond Butter, which has great spreadability and brings moisturizing, softening, and regenerating properties. I will skip the fragrance, as I expect the coffee oil to provide an invigorating scent.

Come along with me as we craft this massage lotion.

What You’ll Need


Distilled Water
Coconut Oil
Sweet Almond Butter
Castor Oil
Coffee Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus


Microwave-safe container
Stick blender
Silicone spatula
Bottles and Lids


70.5% Distilled Water
5% Coconut Oil
10% Sweet Almond Butter
5% Castor Oil
3% Coffee Oil
3% Emulsifying Wax
3% Hydrovance
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

100-gram Test Batch

70.5 grams Distilled Water
5 grams Coconut Oil
10 grams Sweet Almond Butter
5 grams Castor Oil
3 grams Coffee Oil
3 grams Emulsifying Wax
3 grams Hydrovance
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus

16-ounce batch

11.28 ounces Distilled Water
0.8 ounce Coconut Oil
1.6 ounces Sweet Almond Butter
0.8 ounce Castor Oil
0.48 ounce Coffee Oil
0.48 ounce Emulsifying Wax
0.48 ounce Hydrovance
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus


Weigh all ingredients but the preservative into a microwave-safe container. Heat using short time bursts, stirring after each heating, until oils have melted. You can also do this step in a double boiler.

Use the stick blender to create the emulsion, blending thoroughly.

Check the temperature; allow it to cool below 120ºF before adding the preservative.

Pour into bottles and allow it to cool completely before adding lids, labels, and enjoy! Then take it to your favorite massage therapist and give it a try.

Ingredients before melting.

Pouring into bottles.


This lotion is very fluid. It smells terrific! I’m not sure yet how good of a massage lotion it would be, but it sure feels wonderful on my hands! I have a massage scheduled in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be sure to take this lotion along for a trial run.

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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