One subject not always brought up in my office is what kind of products I use while giving a massage. This is a very legitimate question for a few reasons. It’s important to know what’s being used on our skin! It’s the biggest sensing organ of the body and first signs of dis-ease or illness are often seen and felt here, especially if you happen to have sensitive skin! So some key questions to always ask are; what’s in it? Where did it come from? Is it petroleum based? Just how natural is it??? You get the idea…
What this all boils down to is the INGREDIENTS. My rule of thumb has always been, if I can’t pronounce it, forget it. I’ve gone a step beyond this rule however, and now: If I can’t make it, forget it.
I have always loved learning how to make things for myself. It’s a large part of who I am. And when it comes to my Massage Practice, there are no exceptions. So this fall I started making my own lotion and let me tell you, I AM IN LOVE!! 🙂 I’ve been making my own oil blends since I started working in this field. I have always used cold pressed Grapeseed oil with essential oil blends. This summer I turned to Jojoba Oil as it enriches the skin while protecting it. I wanted to take this a step further and so started looking for lotion recipes. While making my salves (for dry skin conditions), I used organic beeswax to seal in the shea butter and Jojoba oil’s wonderful moisturizing qualities. Sure enough beeswax is the most natural emollient you can use, and so my experimenting began.
My lotion is made of; Aloe Vera (inner fillet), Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Apricot Kernel Oil. It is rich in texture and soaks into the skin leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed. I LOVE using it for massages as it does not soak into the skin immediately, but allows the oils to penetrate the skin slowly and is then sealed in by the beeswax. I have made a number of essential oil blends to compliment certain skin needs. Such as Calendula & Arnica to help heal broken and chapped skin and Carrot Seed & Jasmine to promote elasticity. I’ll be making more specific blends as I am presented with more of my client’s needs, besides making blends purely for aromatherapy uses.
I have made this available to my clients!! I will be keeping a small supply at the office for sale, and should you like to preorder I am more than happy to oblige. 🙂 I am very excited to see how the future develops!
If any of you fine folks are interested, I am wanting to find out how many would be interested in taking a class to learn how to make this lotion on your own. The process is very easy, and all ingredients are easy to obtain. Please contact me with any questions, if I receive enough of a response, I do hope to hold the first class in the beginning of the new year! WOOHOO LOTION!!