Massage oil can be one of the most important components of an effective massage session, but sometimes massage oil can be hard to find. Luckily, there are plenty of good massage oil alternatives to choose from when you’re in a pinch and your preferred brand isn’t available! This article will give you the rundown on top massage oil alternatives so that you can prepare yourself in advance next time your supply runs out or you need to stock up before your next massage appointment!
1) Coconut oil
Extracted from tropical coconuts, coconut oil is a nourishing oil that can be used on hair and skin. Like other oils, it also makes a great massage oil. The main benefit of coconut oil is its antioxidant power. It slows down aging by fighting off free radicals that break down collagen and elastin in our skin. As we age, we make less collagen and elastin—two proteins in our body that help keep skin smooth, elastic, healthy-looking and firm. Coconut oil has been found to boost collagen production by 300 percent!
2) Olive oil
Olive oil is extremely nourishing for both hair and skin. It will leave your skin feeling soft and luxurious. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help keep your muscles relaxed, whether you’re trying to soothe aching legs after a long day of walking or if you just got finished doing yoga. As an added bonus, olive oil works as a natural sunscreen! If you want to try using olive oil in place of massage oil when giving someone a relaxing rubdown, here’s what you do: use one cup of olive oil per person that’s being massaged; put it in something like an empty lotion bottle (or anything else with a squirt top); pour it onto your hands; then rub it into their back and legs.
3) Skinny Dip (a body paint product)
Many stores (including your local Wal-Mart or Target) sell bottles of massage oil. You can also find them online in many varieties. Just make sure to read reviews if you purchase from a web site. All in all, massages aren’t exactly cheap, so it’s worth doing some research into making sure you know what you are getting into before purchasing. If you can find a good brand of store-bought massage oil at a great price, then go for it! Otherwise, keep reading for cheaper alternatives that are just as good as store-bought options… with fewer chemicals and ingredients too!
4) Lube from your local store
I found that lube is a great alternative to massage oil, although it can feel really odd if you aren’t used to it. If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest starting with baby oil or other unscented versions of massage oils. Many massages start off with some warm scented oils in order to relax muscles and provide a sense of calmness. While those are nice perks, there are plenty of other ways for your partner or masseuse/masseur to do so without needing all those chemicals. The best thing about using store-bought lubricants instead of massage oil is that you have more control over what ingredients you use and whether or not they are tested on animals.
5) Aloe vera gel from your local store
Aloe vera gel is readily available at your local drugstore, making it an excellent option for massaging loved ones. Not only is it moisturizing, but it also has antibacterial properties. Aloe vera can help keep cuts and scrapes clean and free of infection while helping ease any pain or discomfort they may be causing. You don’t have to avoid touching others because you have a minor injury—take advantage of aloe vera gel and give everyone a relaxing massage!
6) Witch hazel from your local store
You can use witch hazel in place of massage oil or lubricants. It’s water-based, so it won’t leave a sticky residue like lotion can, but it can still moisturize your skin and enhance a sensual experience. The best part? Witch hazel is cheap! It runs less than $10 for a bottle that will last you well over half a year. It comes in two forms: spray and roll-on applicators. The latter has more staying power on your skin, but they both get the job done. If you want something stronger, pure essential oils are good alternatives too.
7) Sugar scrub for the feet, legs and arms – DIY recipe included.
Sugar and oil are two common ingredients found in commercially available massage oils, but you can create your own scrub using any number of ingredients. Try adding olive oil or lotion instead of oil, then add brown sugar or salt for exfoliation. Using a mixture of textures and sweet smells will give you an experience similar to that offered by commercial massage oils. Here’s a recipe for a DIY sugar scrub: Combine 1/2 cup olive oil with 1/2 cup white sugar in a bowl until well blended. Apply it in circular motions all over your body (except your face) before washing it off with warm water. Add essential oils such as lavender if desired.
8) Baby oil (avoid perfume scented baby oils.)
Baby oil will be absorbed quickly into your skin and won’t leave a greasy residue, which is perfect for post-massage moisturizing. Baby oil is great for massaging calves, feet and arms. It’s also safe to use on sensitive areas such as your face or anywhere you might have skin sensitivities. You can even find baby products with pleasant scents like lavender or chamomile, so it can double as a soothing aromatherapy treatment. On a side note, don’t let the name fool you—baby oil works great on adults too!
9) Hair conditioner
The beauty of using hair conditioner as massage oil is that you can use it by itself, which means your hands won’t get slick or greasy. You don’t even have to wash it off after a massage. Use as much or as little conditioner as you like—too much and you’ll have a hard time getting it off; too little and you won’t have that nice glide-over-the-skin feeling. Simply put on more if your hands get dry or don’t sink in enough for a smooth glide. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, be sure to tie it back before applying conditioner, since long hair can easily get in the way during a massage session.
If you have a family history of oiliness, you probably already know about how massage oil can make your skin break out. If your skin is sensitive, it’s best to use something else. If you’re looking for an alternative, consider using massage lotion or body butter instead. Both are heavy enough that they won’t run off onto linens or clothing but light enough that they’re easy to clean up with a towel. Just make sure your options don’t contain coconut oil, as some people can have an allergic reaction when it comes into contact with their skin. Coconut oil is generally safe for most people, but if in doubt, opt for something without it as an ingredient—it will leave you and your partner feeling smooth and soft all over!