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
67% Distilled Water
9% Aloe Butter
9% Shea Butter
3% Avocado Oil
3% Apricot Kernel Oil
4% Conditioning Emulsifier
0.5% Lavender Essential Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
100-gram Test Batch
67 grams Distilled Water
10.72 ounces Distilled Water
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.
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!