Massage Bar Recipe

Hello Everybody!

Here I have a massage bar recipe that is similar to my natural lotion bar recipe but glides on a little smoother for massage. If you use lotion bars you are probably a big fan of them. Lotion bars last a long time, they contain no water so they need no preservatives, and they are great for travel, for kids, for the car, or to keep by the kitchen sink. These massage bars are just like a good lotion bar only they are meant for massaging your aches and pains.

Adding the following will give your massage bar more pressure when using it to massage yourself or a loved one.
Coffee Beans
White Beans
Adzuki Beans

The list of essential oil combinations you could add to your massage bar recipe is really long, get creative. You could mix for deep muscle pain from exercise, or for arthritis, or muscle injury, or for muscle tension, or just for relaxation in general. The following is a list of essential oils that you could add to your massage bar for muscle relaxation.

Essential Oils for Muscle Relaxation
Lavender Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Marjoram Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Thyme Essential Oil

Natural Massage Bar Recipe
3.5oz Cocoa Butter
1.0oz Shea Butter
0.5oz White Beans
1.2g Essential Oils
0.6g Vitamin E

*You can adjust the ratios of your recipe if you don’t want to make such a large batch. If you do adjust the recipe, change your essential oils to 1.0% of your total recipe and the Vitamin E to 0.5% of your total recipe.

Pre-Set Up;
Clean your work space and clean your pots and pans. If this is your first time you might consider dedicating a pan to handmade lotions and body products. Wash your pans, mold, and measuring cups with hot soapy water. When they are dry wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

Let your utensils dry completely, overnight is great.

Tip: Greasing your molds with just the littlest bit of oil (like sunflower or coconut oil) helps your lotion bars pop out super easily.

Directions:
Measure the cocoa butter and shea butter and place in a clean (and dry) double boiler. Measure the Vitamin E, essential oils, and beans and set them aside for later.

Slowly melt. Do not heat your oil beeswax mixture too quickly or too high. You can use a candy thermometer to make sure you do not heat the beeswax above 85 degrees fahrenheit. Above this temp and it discolors.

When everything has melted, remove from the heat. When it has cooled slightly add the Vitamin E and your essential oils. If you add them when your oils are too hot you will not receive the medicinal effect from either the essential oils or the Vitamin E.

Slowly pour into your molds.

Now for the fun part! You can add anything to the above base to make your massage bar just like you want it. After your pour the massage bar oil mix into the mold, sprinkle in your beans of choice.

Set your massage bars aside to cool for 24hours. Then gently pop out of the molds.

And now you have your own natural massage bars to use on family and friends.

The following is where I get most of my ingredients.
Resources:
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
http://www.specialtybottle.com/
https://www.brambleberry.com/Molds-C184.aspx
(Michael’s Craft store also carries molds for soap making)

Have fun!
And tell me about your essential oil combinations that you try in massage bars!

Vanilla Infused Oil

Vanilla infused oil is perfect for a lot of things, it can be used skincare recipes like lotions, body butters, body oils, or in food recipes, but it also makes a wonderful homemade massage perfect for Valentine Days or other special moments.

You will need:

1 Vanilla Bean
1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil (non scented like almond or sunflower)
Mini-crockpot
Cheesecloth

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1. Slice your vanilla bean open and scoop out the vanilla paste, place in crock pot. Chop up the rest of the vanilla bean and place it too in the crock pot.

2. Pour your oil over this.

3. Turn the crock pot to the lowest setting and infuse for 2-3 hours.

4. Strain your oil through cheesecloth and bottle it up. You may have little brown specks of vanilla in your oil and that is fine.

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Tip: Don’t let your oil get too hot. Not all crock pots are the same, so check on yours too make the oil is not too hot. You will know it is too hot if it is bubbling.

If you don not use your vanilla infused oil right away store in the fridge, like all oils shelf life will vary.

Vanilla has been used through out the ages to inspire feelings of wealth and sensuality. It is an exotic aroma that has been used in aphrodisiac formulas as it tends to awaken the senses with its deeply rich aroma. Now you have your very own homemade exotic vanilla infused oil. Enjoy!

Be well!