Relaxing Massage Cream

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word massage? For me, it’s relaxation.

Today I’m setting out to create a massage cream that will promote relaxation, both in the way it feels and with a little essential oil aromatherapy.

Aloe Butter and Shea Butter are both oils with a nice, creamy consistency. Shea Butter’s fatty acid profile helps products become thick and lubricious.

Avocado Oil is a lovely universal oil good for all skin types. It’s a thicker oil, which will add to the draggy sensation and play time. Apricot Kernel Oil is a lighter oil that will help this cream not be too heavy.

Conditioning Emulsifier is used here to provide a velvety feel to the finished cream. Hydrovance will be the humectant to draw moisture into the skin, and we’ll add a touch of Lavender Essential Oil to promote a relaxing experience.

Making this with me?

What You’ll Need


Distilled Water
Aloe Butter
Shea Butter
Avocado Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Lavender Essential Oil
Liquid Germall Plus


Microwave-safe Container
Stick Blender
Silicone Spatula
Jars and Lids


67% Distilled Water
9% Aloe Butter
9% Shea Butter
3% Avocado Oil
3% Apricot Kernel Oil
4% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Hydrovance
0.5% Lavender Essential Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

100-gram Test Batch

67 grams Distilled Water
9 grams Aloe Butter
9 grams Shea Butter
3 grams Avocado Oil
3 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
4 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
4 grams Hydrovance
0.5 gram Lavender Essential Oil
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus

16-ounce Batch

10.72 ounces Distilled Water
1.44 ounces Aloe Butter
1.44 ounces Shea Butter
0.48 ounce Avocado Oil
0.48 ounce Apricot Kernel Oil
0.64 ounce Conditioning Emulsifier
0.64 ounce Hydrovance
0.08 ounce Lavender Essential Oil
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus


Weigh all ingredients but the preservative and essential oil into a microwave-safe container. Heat gently, using short time bursts and stirring after each heating, until ingredients are melted.

Use a stick blender to mix the lotion into an emulsion. Check the temperature; cool mixture below 120ºF before adding the preservative and essential oil.

Once everything is mixed well, scoop cream into a plastic bag and press out all the air. Snip off a corner and pipe the cream into the jars. Allow it to cool completely before putting on lids. Label and enjoy.

Ingredients before melting.

Pouring lotion into jars.


What a nice cream! I took it to my massage therapist and asked her to give it a try. She said it smelled great (thanks Lavender!), and she liked the way it glided. However, she felt she needed to use a lot more than she usually did to give an effective massage.

Even if it doesn’t work as a super effective massage cream, it sure feels great on the skin and smells terrific!

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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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