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The Best Massage Oils for a Relaxing Massage

Massage oils

You can’t have a relaxing massage with a calm environment and high-quality massage oils. But with so many massage oils on the market, it can be hard to narrow down which is best. While some have a lovely and calming fragrance, they might leave the skin feeling a bit greasy. You need to find the perfect oil that goes on smooth, absorbs into the skin, and gives off a delightful smell that elevates the serenity of the room.

To ensure you’re choosing the ideal massage oil, we’ve compiled a list of five recommended massage oils.

Coconut Oil

As a personal favorite of ours, coconut oil accompanied by scents of vanilla allows the individual to escape from their everyday life while getting a massage — making it easy for them to imagine themselves relaxing on a beach somewhere. While you might expect coconut oil to be thick and heavy on the skin, you’d be surprised to find that coconut massage oil is lightweight and non-greasy.

Unlike many other oils on the market, coconut oil offers a longer shelf life making it the perfect product to stock up on so you never run out. Incorporate this sweet and exotic scent into your massage therapy sessions to relax and soothe the mind. Its crisp sweet aromas will leave you feeling peaceful following massage therapy.

Sunflower Oil

No one wants to leave a massage feeling sticky and gross — you want the relaxing headspace to last a little longer than five minutes! Sunflower oil is a superior option for massage therapists looking for a light, non-greasy massage oil that will leave their clients feeling refreshed. The oil is extracted from sunflower seeds and offers elements that promote healthy skin.


One thing to keep in mind however is that sunflower oil has a much shorter shelf life than other oils like coconut oil. When opting for sunflower oil as your massage oil of choice, you should purchase it in small quantities to ensure your supply doesn’t go rancid before you get a chance to use it.

Almond Oil

A popular choice among massage therapists, almond oil is extracted from almonds to create a sweet almond oil. A bit more oily than coconut and sunflower oil, almond oil is the ideal supplement to ensure your hands can glide smoothly over skin — no one likes rough skin on skin contact during a massage! Almond oil doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the skin, absorbing into the skin fairly quickly when used.


Almond oil is a top choice during massages because of its price point. It’s much more affordable than some of its counterparts, making it an effective and cost-efficient option. Keep in mind that if your clients have any nut allergies, you will need to have an alternative massage oil.

Jojoba Oil

Fun fact: jojoba oil might be called an oil but it is considered a wax! This wax is extracted from the seeds of a jojoba plant to create a non-greasy massage oil option. An added benefit of this option is that it doesn’t stain sheets which so many regular massage oils do! If you have clients that are prone to body acne, jojoba oil is the ideal choice because of its antibacterial properties and non-greasy nature. Like coconut oil, jojoba oil offers a long shelf life making it a great option since it doesn’t go rancid quickly

Arnica Oil

For individuals that are athletic or constantly on the go, arnica oil is a refreshing massage oil that can help relax overworked muscles. Its non-greasy nature makes it easy to apply and offers anti-inflammatory properties to help increase circulation and relieve joint pain, swelling, and tired muscles. Arnica oil is the perfect addition for a sports therapy or deep tissue massage to alleviate sore muscles, strains, and overuse injuries.


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