There are so many different kinds of massage oils available, that it is well worth your time and effort to research the various options before you spend your money.
There are many details to think about when choosing these types of massage supplies including shelf-life, texture and probability for causing skin irritation.
One of the more popular oils used for massages is sweet almond oil, which is relatively inexpensive. Extracted from almonds, as the name suggests, it is light yellow in color and very slippery to the touch. The skin will easily absorb this massage oil but it will do so gradually, so there is no need to keep reapplying it. The skin will be soft and smooth after application and not greasy and slippery. The risk of skin irritation is very low with its use but for obvious reasons, you must avoid contact with it if you are allergic to nuts hair care.
For people who do have nut allergies, apricot kernel oil can be a perfectly acceptable substitute. Like almond oil, apricot oil is light colored and readily absorbed by the skin. Although it is quite expensive, it is also rich in vitamin E. This gives it a much longer shelf life than most other oils that are available and accounts for its popularity with users.
Jojoba plant seeds yield a liquid wax commonly known as jojoba oil. It is believed to have bacterial properties that make it particularly effective as a treatment for back acne. The absorption rate by the skin is quite fast so frequent application is needed when jojoba is used as a massage oil. This oil will last a long time but you can expect to pay a premium for that long-term availability. Jojoba oil is a great choice for people who don’t buy and use massage oil on a regular basis.
For a massage oil that is light and non-greasy, the preferred choice is fractionated coconut oil. This inexpensive oil also carries the dual advantages of a long shelf life and the unique ability to resist staining fabric.
Two more examples of oils that are thin and non-greasy are kukui nut oil as well as the odorless oil from grape seeds. Kukui nut oil in particular is appropriate for use on sun damaged skin as well as oily skin. Grapeseed oil is equally light and smooth in addition to being silky to the touch.
Sunflower oil can be another good choice when you are looking for an oil that lacks a greasy texture. However, this oil is clearly inappropriate for use by people with sunflower allergies and it does not take long for it to go bad. For this reason, sunflower oil is typically purchased and sold in small quantities.
Avocado oil, sesame oil, wheat germ oil and olive oil are all heavier oils that are often mixed with lighter oils to make them more manageable. Shea butter and cocoa butter fall into this same category and are two more popular choices for massage oils.
With just a little bit of effort spent on researching the different varieties of massage oils, you will have no trouble choosing the one that will perfectly suit your needs.