How To Make Massage Cream

Massage therapy has been shown to offer numerous health benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving your immune system. Many massage therapists use lotions on their clients, but you can make your own massage cream at home for much less than what you’d pay in the store! Making your own massage cream also allows you to customize it so that it suits your skin type and needs better than store-bought lotions do. Read on to learn how to make massage cream at home in 9 simple steps!

Step 1: Ingredients
1 cup Coconut Oil, 1 cup Shea Butter, 2 teaspoons Glycerin, Essential Oils for Scent (I like lavender and rosemary)

Step 2: Mixing
After you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, it’s time to mix them together. The most important thing about mixing is that you use a stainless steel or glass bowl for your mixture and make sure that it’s free of any other metals. No other metal will be able to come into contact with your massage cream, as doing so can give it an unpleasant taste or color depending on what metal is used (this could also mess up some of your other ingredients). Stainless steel bowls are often made with aluminum, so if you’re concerned about aluminum exposure there are many glass options available online. If buying one isn’t possible, just find something large enough that won’t be affected by heat and fill it with water.

Step 3: Cooling
You’ll notice that your mixture is pretty warm still. This is a good thing. If it’s not warm, you should have added more oil or butter to your cream. The point of step three is simply to keep what you’ve made from getting too cold until you are ready for step four, which is adding essential oils and herbs, because if it cools down too much all of those will harden up and sink to the bottom of your container and look awful. So stir occasionally with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula as it cools down. While we wait for our lotion base, let’s talk about stabilizing essential oils.

Step 4: Storing
Once you’ve made your massage cream, it’s important to store it correctly. If you want your product to last, keep it out of direct sunlight and don’t leave it on hot surfaces for long periods of time. As a general rule, if a surface is hot enough that you need an oven mitt or glove to handle it, then don’t put your jar there for storage. Your body lotion can be stored away from heat sources as well, but make sure that wherever you store your homemade massage cream is dark and dry; not only will these conditions preserve your cream but they will also prevent unnecessary bacterial growth.

Step 5: Test
Take a sample and test it by rubbing it on your arm. If you like how it feels, mix up a batch and start applying! If not, add a bit more oil and try again. You can even ask someone else to test it out. If they like how it feels, you’re all set! However, if they don’t (or you don’t), go back and change your recipe again until you do find something that works for you. Remember – there is no right way to make massage cream – as long as both parties enjoy using it, then everything will be just fine!

Step 6: Test on Others
Once you’ve mixed and matched your recipes, it’s time to try out your creations on friends, family and other willing volunteers. Observe how each formula feels on their skin. Does it absorb quickly? Is it hydrating? Is it heavier than expected? At what concentration does it work best for your application? The more information you gather about your products before bringing them to market, the better equipped you will be to accurately market them when they’re ready for prime time.

Step 7: Test on Yourself
When trying out your new massage cream, use a small amount first and test it on yourself. Massage it into one of your palms for about 30 seconds. Now rub that hand over a sensitive area of your skin—the inside of your wrist, for example—for 15 to 20 seconds. Does any tingling or burning occur? If so, you should probably change something about the recipe and test again. A lotion should feel smooth and not irritate sensitive skin.

Step 8: Test as Gifts/Swag Bag Items/Giveaways/Item For Sale
So you have a product that’s ready for its big debut, but first you have to test it. A great way of doing so is by using your valuable branding as marketing fodder—and one of the easiest ways to do that is through good old-fashioned swag bags. Some conferences and events will even give these out for free! Just remember: if you’re giving products away as swag or giveaways, make sure they’re branded with your logo. If someone sees one of your products, then sees another at a conference—whether it’s for sale or not—they’ll know it’s yours and may be more inclined to buy from you in future.

Step 9 – Making it an Essential Oil Blend
One of my favorite scents for massage cream is lavender. It’s one of those relaxing oils that many people enjoy, and it’s also great for relaxation. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil will not only scent your cream, but it will add some of those good-for-you healing benefits as well. Lavender can help ease stress and depression, improve sleep quality, boost immunity, reduce headaches and more! There are so many different scents you can choose from – I like citrusy scents when I’m trying to wake up in the morning or vanilla when I want a relaxing aroma before bedtime.

Final Word
Following a massaging cream recipe isn’t as difficult as you might think. In fact, it’s actually quite simple. What makes it tricky is trying to find all of these ingredients and buying them in bulk can be an expensive investment. But, with that said, massage cream isn’t exactly cheap when you buy it from retailers either; so making your own is definitely worth considering. By following our simple steps for making massage cream at home, you won’t only save money but you’ll also have an assortment of different scents and textures to choose from too!

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Lynn has been writing at our blog for over two years. She currently writes about topics such as sleep, massage therapy, and cooking. Recently, she has teamed up with other bloggers to write about their life stories. Lynn is also a certified massage therapist who loves to express herself through cooking recipes she finds on Pinterest or food blogs. Lynn's blog is an outlet where she can share her passions with others while encouraging them to live the best version of themselves.

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