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DIY Bath & Massage Oil

DIY Bath & Massage Oil

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.

Exotic Oil

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.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:47AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:48AM PST on Feb 7, 2009


12:48PM PST on Feb 3, 2009

Generally, it is best to bring the oils to the bath and put them in after you get in...that way you get the full inhalation experience. Also, the bad news is that Sandalwood is now highly adulterated and extremely expensive -- a teaspoon would be a very pricy bath indeed -- the issue is overharvesting and in fact Indian Sandalwood is threatened with extinction. Find out more about these things by searching for an organization called Crop Watch. More info on using essential oils can be found on the website for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

8:24AM PST on Feb 3, 2009

great massage oils!! perfect for Valentine's day to share massage with your partner!


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