There’s nothing better than treating yourself to a massage. From the lowly lit environment to the relaxing smells of essential oils the therapist is rubbing on you, scheduling a regular massage is a treat. When you go in for your massage appointment, the massage therapist working on you will have a premixed massage oil blend that they will use throughout the duration of the session. Containing essential oils, like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, among others, the massage blend will work to promote relaxation and soothing in your mind and body.

Did you know that you can make your own massage oil at home? You can, and it’s more simple than you’d imagine. Even though your massage therapist will provide the oil blend for your session, who says you can’t experiment at home? Today we’re going to provide you with the basics for mixing your own massage and essential oil blend. Try your hand at home and next time you come into Escapes Massage for your appointment, bring it with you for your therapist to use. In just a few simple steps, you can easily enjoy your homemade customizable massage oil for a personalized session.

Tips For Blending Your Own Massage Oil

  • Test the scents of the oils out before you start mixing. You may be tempted to mix two essential oils together, but you might not like how the two smell when mixed. Before you begin, take a test drop of each, mix them together, and take a whiff.
  • Be patient and take it slow. This is essential! Rather than mixing everything together quickly, take the process slow. Use small amounts of the ingredients and mix together slowly so you are sure you’re achieving the scent and blend you want.
  • Use ceramic or glass tools and equipment. Steer clear of metal when assembling the spoons, bowls, and containers you’ll be using.

Carrier Oil Options

When choosing the base oil for your blend, you have a few options. The following ones have great health benefits.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits for the skin and hair due to the lauric acid that is found in it. With a sweet coconut scent, this rich oil pairs well with lemongrass, patchouli, and rosewood essential oils, but can ultimately be a carrier oil for any essential oil scent.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a great option for those with oily skin, as it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It’s easily absorbed into the skin and is lightweight.

Olive Oil

Olive oil offers a rich scent, while also providing health benefits such as improved blood pressure and cholesterol due to its high content of oleic acid.

Almond Oil

Like olive oil, almond oil is rich in oleic acid, which is known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. With a sweet, nutty aroma, you’ll have no problem relaxing during your massage with this included in your oil blend.

Essential Oil Categories

There are three categories that separate the essential oils in an oil blend. When creating your blend, be sure to combine one of each for the best experience.

Top Notes

These are the oils with the strongest of aromas. The skin absorbs these oils quickly. Lemon, peppermint, and eucalyptus are excellent top note essential oils.

Middle Notes

Heavier oils with less aroma but longer-lasting fragrance are used as the middle notes in blends, like thyme oils, sage, and anise seed.

Base Notes

The base notes bring together the entire blend. Excellent base notes include sandalwood, frankincense, and myrrh.

Massage Oil Recipes

Now that you know some basic tips and have selected a carrier oil, you can begin concocting your blend!  If you are just starting out blending your own massage oils, you’re going to follow a simple and straightforward recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Carrier oil of choice — eight ounces
  • 100 percent pure essential oils, including the top, middle, and base notes — between 65 to 90 drops in total
  • Vitamin E oil — ½ teaspoon


  • In a ceramic or glass bottle/container, drip in all of the essential oil you’re using, plus the vitamin E oil.
  • Once the essential oil is in the bottle/container, add in the eight ounces of the carrier oil.
  • Make sure the lid of the bottle or container is secured, and then roll between your palms to combine and blend the oils.
  • Before each use, make sure to thoroughly shake the oil.

We hope you enjoy blending your own aromatherapy oils as much as you enjoy experiencing them during your massage session. Schedule your appointment at Escapes Massage and bring in your personalized blend for your therapist to use.