How to Make Your Own Body Oils

Create your own body oils to use for relaxing, destressing massages
Create your own body oils to use for relaxing, destressing massages

Despite the terminology of the phrase, body oils do not actually make your skin greasy and untouchable. In fact, body oils that are applied once you've towel-dried after bathing are very nourishing, and serve as thirst-quenchers for an expanse of skin that may otherwise be dry and exhausted. Plus, body oils are a great alternative to creams and lotions that can sometimes be too heavy. Here are a few body oils you can easily make in the comfort of your own home. After mixing, siphon the oils into glass jars (preferably dark) and store out of sunlight in room temperature (excessive heat will warp the effectiveness--and the scent.)

Another great use for the body oils mentioned here is for the purposes of massage. Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, and the right combination of ingredients as well as the right scents can be highly effective in soothing sore muscles and joints.

To make these concoctions, simply put all the ingredients listed into a small bottle and shake well. is just one of many online sites that sell essential oils is just one of many online sites that sell essential oils

Nourishing Body Oil

Recipe by Loredana and Mariano Spiezia, owners of Spiezia Organics.

  • 1 3/4 fl. oz. jojoba oil
  • 1 fl. oz. almond oil
  • 1/2 fl. oz. apricot kernel oil
  • 1/5 fl. oz. wheat germ oil
  • 18 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil

Sensual Body Oil

Recipe by Michelle Roques O'Neill, UK aromatherapist.

Great for: getting you in the mood

  • 1 3/4 fl. oz. peach kernel oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops West Indian bay essential oil
  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil

Revitalizing Body Oil

Recipe by Michelle Roques O'Neill, UK aromatherapist.

Great for: detoxifying, drainage and improving circulation

  • 1 3/4 fl. oz. peach kernel oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops lemongrass essential oil

Relaxing Massage Oil

  • 4 tablespoons of carrier oil (a carrier oil can be either Safflower, grapeseed, or almond; they have no odor and won't interfere with the other ingredients)

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of begamont essential oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

How to Make a Stress-Relieving Massage Oil

Baby Massage Oil

Recipe by Hillside Herbal Products

Great for: giving baby a bedtime massage, but also great for adults!

  • 50 ml almond oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil

Sensitive Skin Oil

Recipe by

  • 15g organic Shea Butter
  • 40ml apricot kernel oil
  • 25ml jojoba oil
  • 13ml thistle oil
  • 5ml Vitamin E oil
  • 1ml/g Vitamin A palmitate
  • 1ml essential oils (Safflower, grapeseed, or almond, which have no odor)

First melt the Shea Butter, then add all the oils except the Vitamin E and the essential oils. Add them last.

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ChristineRitter 9 years ago from Ohio

Great hub ! I love body oils!

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livelonger 9 years ago from San Francisco

Great stuff, but lavender has some weird hormonal things going on with it: (the quiz at the bottom, #4)

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massagetherapy 9 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Hi there becauseilive,

Really enjoyed your Hub and will definitely try out your recipes.

They sound divine!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Douglas 7 years ago

Very good information. Body oils have long been an important part of massage therapy. The oils and their scents play an important role in soothing muscles and lifting the spirit. You have performed a valuable service by showing how some useful oils can be prepared at home.

cherel 6 years ago

where is there a class or school or euipment available that offers information on how to make body oil or oil from flowers

your assistance is appreciated

cheeryl nelson


Awsome 5 years ago

this is funny!

Lisa 4 years ago

I love They have great products. I buy Body Oils from them all the time.

mady 4 years ago

body oils rock exspeshly yours

Wesley 2 years ago

Im hoping for a great success in this. I love body oils of all kinds but I want to make my own for Men & Women naming my own. I want to manage my own oils to sell along with incense and soaps. I want to create all mildoils for both Women & Men and not so strong.

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