Bath and massage oils are very easy to make at home–you simply need a base oil and pure essential oil, both of which you can get at your local natural goods store. In A Spa of Your Own (Storey, 2002) Stephanie Tourles recommends using jojoba oil for the base because it does not need to be refrigerated and will not go rancid. Grapeseed, apricot kernel, and hazelnut oils also make great base oils because they are very light–but the must be refrigerated. Here are two of Tourles’ formulas:
Uplifting, Energizing Oil
Combine 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil with 2 drops each of essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Add to your bath while the tap is running. For a foot treatment, have a friend massage your clean, tired feet with tehoil for 15 minutes.
This formula conditions dry skin and leaves a sensual musky fragrance. Mix 1 cup jojoba oil with 1/4 teaspoon each of these essential oils: sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver. Store away from heat and light in a tightly sealed, 8-ounce, dark glass bottle. To use, add 2 teaspoons to teh bath while the tub is filling. For massage, use 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil blend to 1/2 cup jojoba oil.