Aphrodisiac Massage Oil

Part 2 of The Aromatic Lifestyle’s Valentine’s Day Weekend Series

So here’s our list of aphrodisiac essential oils from my previous post.
Black Pepper
Cardamom
Clary Sage
Coriander
Jasmine
Nutmeg
Patchouli
Rose (Otto, Maroc)
Sandalwood
Vetiver
Ylang Ylang

This post is about making a massage oil using essential oils known for their arousing qualities.

The most important part of a good aromatic massage oil is the base.  The base can be nut, seed, or vegetable oils that are called carriers or fixed oils.  Essential oils should not be massaged directly onto skin so a carrier oil helps the skin safely absorb the essential oil.   Carrier oils typically do not have a  fragrance of their own and have a limited shelf  life.  What you need for massage is a carrier that absorbs well and spreads easily on the skin.  The goal is to provide lubrication so the hands can glide over skin while applying pressure.  Carrier oils with a light feel are best as no one wants to feel greasy after a massage.  All of the following are good choices.

Apricot Kernel
Grapeseed – the lightest and most popular for massage, has a short shelf life
Jojoba – Has a very long shelf life and is molecularly closest to the sebum in our own skin.
Sweet Almond
Sesame
If you’ve already got Canola in your kitchen that will also work.

Use these oils individually or blended together.  Adding Jojoba will extend the shelf  life of  other oils in your blend.
1oz. (1/8 cup) of carrier is plenty of oil to do a full body massage for an average sized, not too hairy adult.   In case that’s not you, all these recipes are formulated using 2oz. of carrier.   Store the remaining massage oil in the refrigerator.

All the  essential oils listed above are ideal for a romantic massage.  If you want to use them as single notes (one scent only) start by adding 4 drops of your selected essential oil to 2oz. of carrier.   Smell to test if the scent is strong enough.  If desired, add more essential oil one drop at a time being careful not to use more than 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier or 12 drops total in  2oz. of carrier oil.  Black Pepper can be a skin irritant so use no more than 4 drops total.

Here are some interesting blends you can try as well.    To your 2oz. of carrier add:

6 drops Rose and 2 drops Black Pepper
The black pepper brings a sexy spiciness to this blend and is also a stimulant and muscle tonic.

4 drops Nutmeg  and 4 drops Ylang Ylang
This blend is warm, sweet, and musky floral.

2 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops Cardamom, 4 drops Rose
Sandalwood softens this spicy floral blend and helps the scent last on the skin.

4 drops Jasmine, 2 drops Coriander, 2 drops Clary Sage
The coriander and clary sage bring an herbaceous note to the intense sexy floral of jasmine.

4 drops Vetiver, 4 drops Sandalwood
An ideal masculine blend.  Earthy, grassy, and woody.

4 drops Nutmeg, 2 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Coriander
Another masculine blend, spicy and earthy.

Or you can. . .

allow inspiration to strike and mix up something completely unique.  Keep yourself in the spirit of Valentine’s Day by having fun.  Don’t overthink!    It’s best to store your massage oil in an amber glass bottle.  If you don’t have that use any other airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.  Enjoy!


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