Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you still can’t find a gift for your loved one (or even yourself), why not treat them to a nice massage? You also won’t have to spend a large chunk of your salary on a five-star spa or an expensive massage therapist, as you can become a massage master at home by grabbing one of the best massage oils for the body around.
These oils are essential for a sensual, friction-free massage and are packed with skin-nourishing ingredients like moisturizing jojoba oil and antioxidants like vitamin E. That being said, we know that massages can turn into foreplay, so New Jersey-based board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist Maria Sophocles, MD, says to be wary of those oils in your lower region. “Some sensual massage oils may smell wonderful but may contain ingredients that irritate delicate genital tissue,” she says. For vaginal sex and anal penetration, Dr. Sophocles suggests replacing body oil with a water- or silicone-based lubricant when wandering hands reach or surround your genitals. One thing to note is that there are a few options that double as a massage oil. And lubricant, so you can have the best of both worlds.
Now a little less chatter and a little more massaging. Below, discover the best massage oils that will provide aromatherapy and skin-soothing benefits – including some that can be used for a complete body massage, if you know what we mean.
Your best massage ever is just a bottle of Breathless Botanical Massage Oil by Aesop far. This decadent oil is infused with a blend of oils that will instantly hydrate dry skin. Expect your skin to be treated with jojoba, macadamia and sweet almond oils, while orange essential oil floods your olfactory senses with its luminous and juicy notes.
Be sure to use the Maude oil during your next deep tissue massage with your partner. This blend of jojoba and coconut oils – both of which contain nourishing fatty acids – immediately seeps into your skin to soften and revitalize it. Another star ingredient in this formulation is argan oil, an additive known to make skin supple and plump. Bonus: you can also use this formula as a rehydrating bath oil.
If you’re looking for a date-friendly oil, you’re in luck, because the Lady Massage Oil is made to be used everywhere on your body (even internally). This lightweight formula contains anti-inflammatory jojoba oil and is safe for sensitive skin. It is also worth mentioning that this oil has a subtle hint of sandalwood and cardamom that will ease your mind as you or your partner eliminate joint pain and sexual urges.
No, you cannot use the Ellis Brooklyn Wonderful Massage and Body Oil as a lubricant, but its pleasant fragrance and skin-conditioning formula are a great addition to your next pain-relieving massage. Its star ingredient is CBD, but antioxidant-rich pine extract and moisture-binding sweet almond oil also feature in this luxurious blend.
As its name suggests, the Beia Body & Intimate Serum was designed for your sexiest moments. This serum contains a genital-friendly blend of aloe vera, coconut oil and squalane. It’s also fragrance-free and is just as beneficial for dry, easily irritated skin as it is for your coochie.
The next time you need a good old massage for pain relief, take it out. Saje Natural Wellness Topical Analgesic Body Oil. It combines marjoram, rosemary and chamomile essential oils to provide topical pain relief with their anti-inflammatory properties and soothe the mind with their calming, aromatherapeutic scents.
Trust us, your skin will feel smoother than ever after brushing it on Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil. This particular pick contains skin-rejuvenating sea buckthorn, pine, and rosemary oils, all of which are rich in hydrating antioxidants. As if that weren’t enough to convince you of its skin-conditioning properties, you’ll also notice sweet almond and sunflower oils — two hydrating powerhouses — in its ingredient list.
Whatever type of massage you’re aiming for (besides a sex massage), you can create a spa-worthy regimen at home with Cocoon of Serenity relaxing massage oil from L’Occitane. This formula aims to soothe your mind with aromatic notes of geranium, orange and lavender essential oils while sweet almond, sunflower and castor seed oils intensely smooth and soften your skin.
Take your bedtime routine to a soothing new level with The Body Shop Sleep Relaxing Massage Oil. This non-greasy oil blend contains oils derived from lavender and vetiver, two of the best essential oils for their aromatherapeutic properties. To moisturize the skin, this option is also formulated with a light blend of sesame seed oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil.
Yes the Chanel L’Huile Vanilla Body Massage Oil is quite a splurge, but worth every shiny penny. It contains high quality helianthus annuus flower oil (also known as sunflower oil) to make skin smooth and supple, but the highlight of this oil is actually its delicious scent profile. As the name suggests, the star note is creamy and sweet vanilla, but you’ll also notice hints of fruity lime blossom, floral lily of the valley, warm musk and amber.
Swap your greasy body lotions for Payot Nourishing Massage Bar. The main ingredient in this solid oil is rosemary oil, which is known for its soothing and skin-conditioning benefits, but it also contains anti-inflammatory oat kernel oils and moisturizing sunflower seed oils. as well as a favorite for smoothing the skin, cocoa butter.
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