Massage Oil

Making a good massage oil is simple after you accomplish two important steps:

STEP 1: Find a nice, light carrier oil that doesn’t leave your skin feeling too greasy. I prefer grapeseed oil because it has a nice texture and is readily available at the grocery store. Some folks prefer a more exotic oil or a blend (see below for our research notes).

STEP 2: Decide on a fragrance oil. If you want to try making your own, I recommend starting with a good primer (I like this one: Aromatherapy Massage Oil). Experimenting with essential oil blends is fun but for massage oil, I’ve yet to find a blend that I like more than Kuumba Made Black Copium.
Kuumba Made Black Copium
I adore this fragrance! It may seem pricey but it goes a long way.

The right ratio of fragrance oil to carrier oil will depend on the strength of your fragrance oil as well as your own personal preference. My recipe is based on a ratio of 5 drops fragrance oil to 1 oz carrier oil.



Massage Oil

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Black Copium gives this massage oil an exotic, sensual fragrance that’s just sublime.


4 oz. grapeseed oil
1 ml (approximately 20 drops) Black Copium fragrance oil


disposable pipette (for measuring the fragrance oil)
glass measuring cup
stirring utensil (I tend to use a bamboo chopstick but an ordinary spoon would do)
4-oz glass bottle with cap


Add the ingredients to the glass measuring cup. Stir until well-blended. Pour the blended oil into the bottle and cap it.


NOTES FOR BASE CARRIER OILS (These oils can be used up to 100% of the total blend.):

  • Grapeseed –Pale green and little-to-no odor with a smooth, silky texture without being greasy. One of the lightest carrier oils available, it is a great choice for massage oil in many respects. It has mildly astringent qualities which help to tighten and tone the skin and makes it useful for acne and other skin complaints. However, most grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds using a solvent (rather than being pressed from the seeds), which some aromatherapists say make it an inferior oil for aromatherapy massage. 3 month shelf life. (Chemical Analysis:
  • (Sweet) Almond — Finely textured and helps to leave the skin soft and satiny smooth but is easily absorbed and non-greasy. Helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is greatly lubricating because it does not penetrate too quickly. It is a good massage medium to use to help spread the oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Pale yellow, rich in protein, cleansing, moisturizing & nourishing for all skin types. Mostly used on its own as a massage carrier oil but it also works well by diluting with 10% wheatgerm oil to help give it a longer shelf life. Use 100% as base oil or 50% with grapeseed or apricot kernel (lighter), for massage. It should NOT be used by people with nut allergies. 1 year shelf life. (Chemical Analysis: )
  • Apricot Kernel –Pale yellow with a light texture. Similar properties to sweet almond oil, high in vitamin A & B, skin repair and rejuvenation. The semi-oily texture makes this oil helpful in massage blends. The moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing properties combine well with selected essential oils to give a superb facial massage. Especially beneficial for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin. Helps to sooth inflammation. Easily absorbed by the skin without leaving it feeling oily. A good alternative to sweet almond oil for people with nut allergies. Should be refrigerated after opening. 6 month to 1 year shelf life. (Chemical Analysis: )


As a rule of thumb, you need about 30 ml (1 fluid oz) of carrier oil to perform a full body massage. The appropriate ratio of essential/fragrance oil to carrier oil will depend on the strength of the former and individual preference. In our research, we found the following suggested ratios:

  • 3-5 drops essential oil : 1 oz. carrier oil.
  • 10 drops essential oil : 1 oz. carrier oil -OR- a 3% ratio (for facial treatment, no more than a 1.5% dilution ratio).
  • 8 drops of essential/fragrance oil : 6 teaspoons (1 oz) carrier oil.
  • 5 -10 drops essential oil of lavender : 2 ounces carrier oil.
  • FOR BABY MASSAGE OIL: 4 oz carrier oil : 5 drops lavender essential oil + 5 drops orange essential oil

NOTE FOR BATH OILS: Castor, Sulfated (Turkey “red”)–Gold in color, no scent, Disperses in water, doesn’t float on top. Used in bath oils to carry and disperse essential and other oils.


Supplemental Carrier Oils (use up to 10% for the properties)

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract –Natural preservative. 2 drops per oz or up to 5%.
  • Vitamin E –D-Alpha Tocopherol; 550 I.U.’s per ml; promotes elasticity; 1ml.(25 drops)an oz. as an anti-oxidant in base oils.
  • Wheat Germ –Red/orange. Good for dry, oily or mature skin. Rich in vitamin E. Too thick to use on its own as a massage oil, but it can be blended with lighter oils. Add 1/8 ounce per ounce of carrier oil as an anti-oxidant.

Oil Information

Fragrance Oil Ratios

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