Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tutorial: Handmade Massage Oil

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away! Time to go pick up that same box of chocolates... Or, that pink teddy bear with the heart that says "Wuv Yoo!"... Wait, did you even remember Valentine's day? Dang, time to make a mad dash for a card... Or, you could pick up a copy of Barry White's greatest hits to go along with a big bottle of handmade massage oil, just for that someone special! 

Here's what you will need:
-A carrier oil (grape seed oil is a great one. It's cheap and can be found in most grocery stores. Jojoba, Avocado and Sweet Almond are fantastic, too, and can be found in health food stores or vitamin shops.)
-An essential oil (Classic scents include: lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree.)
-An amber-colored or blue-colored glass bottle with cap (Can be found in some craft stores, but ore commonly found in health food stores in the Heath and Beauty section)
- 1 tsp measuring spoon

My Lavender Massage oil with
1. Measure 4 tbsp of your carrier oil, and pour into your amber or cobalt blue bottle.
2. Using your dropper, drop 5 drops of essential oil into your bottle.
3. Repeat until your bottle is full!
4. Screw on your cap and gently shake your bottle to mix it all together!

You can dress up the bottle with a few ribbons, or a special label printed on sticker paper!

How to use:
-Put Barry White on your stereo ;o)
-Pour a small amount of massage oil onto your hands and run together to warm them.
-Massage away! (avoid sensitive areas, such as the face and, er, private areas!)

For a fun twist, use flavor oils, like these found at Aroma Haven for edible massage oil! You can also use edible essential oils, like lemon, grapefruit, or mint, which are commonly found in health food stores, or in the health food section of some grocery stores. 
(Do not use flavors meant for cooking! These are often water-based or alcohol-based, and will not mix in with your carrier oil! It may smell nice, but it will be a hot mess!!)

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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