Why should you make your own massage oil, you might wonder? Well, it’s cheaper than commercial massage oils to start with. And you are also absolutely sure no chemicals or health damaging ingredients go in there. You’ll also be able to adjust the oil to your preferences. Feel free to experiment. It’s very easy!

Coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil are good base or carrier oils for a normal skin type. If your skin is dry, you can use avocado, coconut, sesame or olive oil. Aloe vera is great too. If you have a more greasy skin, use grapeseed, sunflower or hemp oil. Avocado, coconut, olive or rapeseed oil are suitable for older skin types and wrinkles. Combinations are also possible.


Here are two of my favorite massage oil recipes


Sesame oil based

  • 80 ml sesame oil
  • 20 ml almond oil


Sunflower oil based

  • 60 ml sunflower oil
  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 20 ml hazelnut oil


Essential oils or lemon juice can be added to these mixtures. Try not to mix too many different essential oils together. Olive oil itself is too sticky to be used alone. Trust me, I’ve tried 🙂

You can make bigger amounts at once. Store the oil in a clean and dark glass bottle. Dark glass keeps the light out, allowing the oil to last longer.

Don’t forget to apply the oil to your hands before you start massaging to let it get to body temperature!

ALSO READ: Top 10 Relaxing Essential Oil Combinations for Massage


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Amy Goodrich

Amy Goodrich


Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.