As an LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), I have tried many massage oils, creams, and lotions trying to find the best one for the health of my clients’ skin, and for the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
Oil is definitely the best medium to use on the back, because it only takes a small amount and the glide is excellent. However, it’s not very easy to find a great one that fits all of your needs.
If you practice massage, you know that it can be very frustrating to order an oil online, only to receive it and hate it!
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Either the scent of the oil…or the horrible glide…or the icky consistency that hangs around on your skin forever (Clients hate that feeling!).
It gets expensive to work by trial and error, when you have no idea which oil is the best.
Good news! I have narrowed the search of massage oils down to three, based on my ten years experience in this area, and what has worked best for me! Each has a great list of benefits, and I’ll let you know the problems with each oil, as well. Then you can decide which one is best for you!
Here are the three that I believe to be the best in the category of professional massage oils:
Majestic Pure Sore Muscle Massage Oil
Overall Rating: 3/5
- This oils is 100% natural, and cruelty-free.
- It is formulated for easy absorption (so no greasiness on the client’s skin hours later).
- The oil comes in a small bottle, with an optional pump to use to avoid having to mess with a cap.
- It is formulated with Lavender, Patchouli, and Pine essential oils. With the oils already being present, you shouldn’t have to mix any essential oils in. Plus, the combination is already pleasant and the oils are complimentary to each other.
- The price is great if you are working on a strict budget.
- This oil, in my opinion, is more for use on isolated areas, because it is super concentrated and has a slight warming effect. It would be best for biceps, back, triceps, etc.
- Because of the essential oil blend that is already in the oil, it could have an undesirable effect on clients who have sensitive skin. I would recommend always doing a patch test before applying to the body.
- Some might find the scent to be a bit to strong. The pine sort of takes over, but if you’re like me, that woodsy therapeutic smell is nice. Smells like healing!
- If you wanted a carrier oil, this is not it. You would not really be able to mix in any other essential oils without the scent being a little overpowering.
Nature’s Oil Sweet Almond Oil
Overall Rating: 5/5
- This oil comes in a variety of sizes to fit your budget and number of clients.
- It is 100% pure and undiluted.
- Sweet almond oil is a GREAT carrier for essential oils. It kind of has a thick, creamy texture (for being an oil), and it spreads and glides very easily. The essential oils are able to disperse and mix evenly throughout.
- Most people find this oil to be odorless. I detect a little bit of a scent, but it is definitely pleasant.
- Great oil to use on those with skin allergies (unless allergic to nuts of course 🙂 because it is very mild.
- One of the best things about this oil is that it can be used on the skin, hair, and scalp. You could use it at home in the shower on your scalp before you shampoo, or it could be heated in an oil warmer to do a hot oil treatment on the hair and scalp. This, by the way, is heavenly!
- The consistency of almond oil is a bit thick, and I always had trouble with the amount that remained on the client’s skin after the massage.
Biotone Revitalizing Massage Oil
Overall Rating: 5/5
Let me just say…I’m a bit spoiled by Biotone. This has and always will be my favorite brand. So I’m slightly biased.
- Everything Biotone brand is amazing. It glides well, smells good, and is natural.
- This oil easily penetrates the skin, allowing for the client to leave without staining their clothes with excess oil.
- Paraben free.
- The oil is great for beginners, whose massage techniques may be a little bit choppy until a routine is established. It will glide with the movements and not pull the skin.
- The combination of oils is great- sweet almond, Hawaiian kukui nut, and coconut.
- Contains Vitamin E which is a little extra TLC for the skin.
- Also comes in a variety of sizes
- Is a great carrier oil for essential oils
- Well, in this case you get what you pay for, and you’re getting quite a bit, so it’s on the higher end of the price scale. Worth every penny in my opinion.
So there you have it, folks! These are what I have found to be the three best oils for use in your massage therapy business, and could all be used in the home as well for skin moisturization.
I hope this article has helped you to make a confident decision on an oil purchase!
What is your favorite massage oil? Leave a comment with your favorites!
Have a blessed and beautiful day!