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The Best Massage Oils and What They Do for Your Body

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
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Hands up who wants a massage? It’s a full house here at Cosmetify HQ. Whether it's been hard day at work or you've been out for your latest 5k run, massages can help you unwind and shed the stresses of the day – not to mention nourish your skin and leave you feeling soft, supple and oh-so-relaxed.

With that being said, we can't exactly get to the spa at the moment and when we can not all of us can justify weekly trips (who’s got the time or the funds?!). But one thing you can easily do is have a pamper session from the comfort of your own home, armed with the best body oils, scented candles and face masks.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our roundup of the 10 best massage oils and what they can do for your body.

What ingredients should I look for in a body massage oil?

With plenty of options on the market from leading brands such as Elemis, Nuxe, Aromatherapy Associates and REN, there's lots to choose from. However, tt's about finding what ingredients suit your skin type and your needs.

Oils such as lavender, olive and rose are all rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help deeply nourish the skin. All have their own benefits, but lavender is perfect for stress busting and sleep inducing, while jojoba oilis great at treating sores. Other body moisturising massage oil ingredients you should look out for are argan oil and avocado oil, which both help hydrate the skin.

Discover our top picks here at Cosmetify!

1.Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

Best Massage Oil for Back Pain & Sore Muscles:

Weleda are committed to the healing power of plants and this massage oil is no different. The Arnica Massage Oil uses the homeopathic arnica blossom, birch leaves, rosemary and lavender to create a formula loved by all. This body oil relieves all aches, pains and stiffness and is the perfect way to relax after exercising. So whether you’re a budding cyclist or a cross-country runner, this is the product for you.

Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

£14.50

2. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body & Massage Oil

Best Massage Oil for Stress:

Feeling stressed after hard day at work? Don’t worry, we've the found the perfect calming solution. Unwind with the help of the Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body & Massagess Body Oil. This luxury product can be massaged into your skin or poured into a bubble bath as a bath oil for the ultimate zen moment. It uses a therapeutic combination of chamomile and ylang ylang to de-stress your muscles and ease away all your tension.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body & Massage Oil

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body & Massage Oil

£34.25

3. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil

Best Massage Oil for Sensitive & Dry Skin:

It’s a tricky task finding the best massage oil for sensitive, dry and irritated skin, but we think we’ve cracked it with the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil. This nasty free formula is both vegan and cruelty-free which means it will be gentle on your skin. It contains essential fatty acids and plant oils that help rejuvenate, hydrate and protect – what more could you want?

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil

£31.50

4. Cowshed Mother Stretch Mark Oil

Best Massage Oil for Mums To Be:

If you’re an expecting mum, no doubt you'll only want to use gentle formulations on your skin. The Cowshed Mother Stretch Mark Oil is the perfect choice as it is free from parabens and sulphates. Enriched with an innovative combination of sea buckthorn, vitamin E, calendula, jojoba and patchouli oils, this is a wonderful formula to pamper and protect stretch-marks and growing bellies.

Cowshed Mother Stretch Mark Oil

Cowshed Mother Stretch Mark Oil

£16.20

5. Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Baby Massage Oil

Best Massage Oil for Babies:

Once your little bundle of joy has arrived, it’s important to keep their delicate skin nourished and protected too. The Neal's Yard Remedies massage oil is formulated with good-for-you ingredients, which are gentle and mild on sensitive skin. This product use chamomile and rose to calm dry, irritated skin and lavender oil to help create a sense of peace. Using this oil after bathtime can be a beautiful bonding moment between you and your baby.

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Baby Massage Oil

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Baby Massage Oil

£6.40

6. Miss Dior Fresh Rose Body Oil

Best Massage Oil for A Luxury Scent:

Indulge in the irresistible scent of the Miss Dior Fresh Rose Body Oil. This might be slightly on the pricey side but it’s worth every penny for its refreshing scent and moisturising properties. The strong burst of centifolia rose water provides a satin finish on the skin, while leaving an irresistible fragrance that lasts all day long. Simply massage into your skin for a luxurious pamper session.

Miss Dior Fresh Rose Body Oil

Miss Dior Fresh Rose Body Oil

£39.60

7. Elemental Herbology Five Element Bath & Body Oils Fire Zest

Best Massage Oil for Bath Time:

What better way to create the ultimate pamper sesh than with this nourishing bath and body oil. The 2-in-1 product is perfect for nourishing and conditioning your body all the while energising your tired and achey muscles. Pour into your bath, use as a moisturiser or massage into your body for the ultimate relaxation.

Elemental Herbology Five Element Bath & Body Oils Fire Zest

Elemental Herbology Five Element Bath & Body Oils Fire Zest

£28.00

8. Tisserand Aromatherapy Energy Boost Massage & Body Oil

Best Massage Oil for Reenergising:

Treating tired muscles isn’t the only time you want to renergise. In the morning it can be hard to find the motivation to jump up and go, but we may have just found the best solution (no, it isn’t more coffee). Add this rejuvenating body oil to your morning routine to feel refreshed and raring to go. It uses an awakening mixture of essential oils including orange oil, grapefruit oil and lime oil.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Energy Boost Massage & Body Oil

Tisserand Aromatherapy Energy Boost Massage & Body Oil

£8.00

9. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Oil

Best Massage Oil for Couples:

Of course we can’t create the ultimate massage oil list without including the perfect oil for couples. Whether it’s a romantic evening or even just a random Tuesday after work, it’s always great to find time to unwind and enjoy some quality time with your partner. Choose the Molton Brown Caressing Body Oil for a gorgeous scent that's known for its mood-boosting qualities - perfect for relaxing massages for you and your loved one.

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Oil

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Oil

£36.00

10. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil

Best Massage Oil for Multi-use:

Searching for the best all-rounder? Look no further than the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil. It can be used all over the body from back massages to hair treatments, not to mention it being the perfect facial serum. With 100% natural oils, this must-have product feels fantastic on the skin and is ideal for deep, relaxing massages.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil

£26.55


Relax, relax, relax

No matter what the day brings, indulge in these nourishing body and massage oils for the perfect pamper night. And to ramp up your body care routine, why not take a look at The 7 Best Smelling Body Lotions That Have Us Drooling?

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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