Massage can take you out of your daily whirlwind while soothing your sore muscles and relaxing your stressed-out mind -- and it's also an intimate way to bond and connect with your loved ones. It's hard to go wrong with a bare-handed massage, and employing a rich, creamy lotion will elevate your rubdown to greatness. Massage lotions aren't cheap, but you can save a bundle by whipping up some of your own. All-natural ingredients, such as lavender and coconut oils, make homemade lotions safe for sensitive skin.
Break Out The Borax
Add 1 cup of filtered or distilled water to a large pot, then mix in 1/2 teaspoon borax powder.
Pour 2 cups of rice-bran oil or apricot-kernel oil into a large, heat-proof bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of beeswax.
Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water, then place the heat-proof bowl on top of the pot, making a double boiler. The bowl should be big enough that it doesn't fall into the water when placed on top of the pot.
Put the pot and bowl on the stove, then set the temperature to medium heat so that the water comes to a gentle boil.
Melt the ingredients together, stirring occasionally, until they are fully combined.
Remove the pot and bowl from the heat. Take the bowl off of the pot and set it aside.
Set the pot containing the borax-water mixture on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat.
Add the borax water slowly to the oil-beeswax mixture in the bowl. Stir well until the ingredients have blended fully. Alternatively, mix the ingredients in a blender.
Pour the lotion into glass jars. Let it cool before using for massage. The lotion should keep for at least a week, but will likely stay fresh for longer if kept in the refrigerator. If you store the lotion in the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature before using. Discard the lotion if it develops a bad or spoiled smell.
Lavender Lover's Dream Come True
Add 3/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup macadamia oil to a small saucepan.
Place the saucepan on the stove and melt the oils together over low heat. Stir occasionally. Remove the saucepan from heat when the oils have melted and combined completely.
Add 48 drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture of coconut and macadamia oils. Mix the oils together well.
Pour the mixture into a jar and wait for it to cool before using.
Baking Soda: Not Just A Box In Your Fridge
Add 1 cup of apricot oil or rice-bran oil to a large saucepan, then mix in 1 cup of stearic acid. Heat the oil on the stove, using medium heat, until the ingredients are fully combined. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.
Combine 4 cups of filtered or distilled water, 2 teaspoons baking soda and 8 tablespoons glycerin in another large saucepan. Heat the mixture on the stove until it boils.
Pour the mixture of water, baking-soda and glycerin slowly into the mixture of oil and stearic acid. As you pour, the mixture will foam up. This is normal.
Stir the mixture together well, or blend it in a blender on high for one or two minutes.
Pour the lotion into glass jars and let it cool before using.
Look for stearic acid and glycerin at craft stores or soap-making supply shops.
Once you've made these recipes, try experimenting with your own combination of oils. Add your favorite essential oil for fragrance, for example.
Ask your massage recipients if they're allergic to any of the ingredients in your lotion before you use it with them.
Use caution when working with hot oils on the stove, as they can burn you and cause injury.