We have covered a few skin care recipes using coconut oil recently, as a moisturizer (using turmeric) and as a rub for sore muscles. It can also be used as a sensual massage oil. And it’s so easy to make.
The basic recipe consists of a base of coconut oil plus a few drops of 3 or 4 sensual essential oils.
What are sensual essential oils ?
Sensual oils have aphrodisiac qualities. In other words, the smell of these oils, and even when they come into contact with the skin, can arouse passion and sexual arousal in a person.
It could also be argued that sensual oils help a person to relax and calm down which may allow them to “get in the mood” for sensuality.
Here are a few to try out :
Sandalwood essential oil is used in many cosmetic products to provide a base note fragrance. It has a sweet woody smell that complements other essential oil fragrances without overpowering them. The aroma relaxes and uplifting. It warms skin when used as part of a massage oil.
Most people associate roses with love and romance. They are the most gifted flower on valentines day. So it’s not surprising that the smell of roses in rose essential oil should trigger romantic and sensual intentions.
3. Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang is another fragrance distilled from the flower of the Ylang Ylang tree that is indigenous to south east Asia. It has a sweet, romantic scent that is often used to accent cosmetic products. The aroma is said to be uplifting and induce joy and happiness.
Jasmine essential oil is often described as an aphrodisiac oil. It has a sweet smelling fragrance that is said to arouse feelings of love in people and even arouse the libido. In Asia and the middle east it has long had this tradition and is even said to be used to fragrance the bedroom on the first night of a newly wedded couples honeymoon.
Cinnamon is said to have a sweet, spicy and warming aroma. It is thought to uplift and improve circulation. It is said to increase desire and some have claimed it helps with erectile dysfunction. It is a very strong oil so should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. It’s also advisable to do a patch test before applying to the rest of the body.
Ginger essential oil is a described as having a warm, spicy and woody aroma. It is energizing and uplifting and is considered a mild aphrodisiac. It is thought to improve circulation and some people even claim it can help with erectile dysfunction. However it is an extremely concentrated and strong oil so should never be rubbed on sensitive parts of the body. It should always be mixed with a carrier oil and a patch test should be done before using it on the rest of the body.
This essential oil has a sweet citrus smell as it is steam distilled from orange flower blossoms. It is said to have a calming effect. Much like Jasmine, it has been traditional used at weddings and honeymoons to arouse the passions of the bride and groom and maybe even the rest of the wedding party.
Patchouli essential oil is a versatile oil that has an earthy woody aroma. It makes a good base note when mixing with other essential oils and is good for the skin. So it’s ideal as a massage oil. The aroma is said to relieve stress and calm.
You can also buy blended essential oils that are described as sensuality oils .
Looking at these sorts of oils can inspire you to create your own blends. Just follow their recipes and mix and match certain oils until you find a blend that you like.
You can also look at our aromatherapy essential oil blending infographic for more ideas on what goes with what.
Anyhow, to get you started, here is our recipe :
3-2-1 DIY Sensual Massage Oil
- 3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 2 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 1 drop Sandalwood essential oil
- Coconut oil (or another carrier oil, like argan or almond oil)
You want to make around 30ml of massage oil.
Use an old essential oil bottle or empty cosmetic product bottle you may have.
Add the drops of essential oil to the bottle and then fill to the top with the coconut oil. Put the top back on and shake and you have your massage oil. Give it a shake every time you use the product so that all the oils are mixed.
Alternatively, you could use a mixing jug or some other container with measurements on the side to get the quantities right. Then pour into a bottle for storing.
This is a warming and uplifting oil that is sure to arouse your passions. And if it doesn’t ?
Well, experiment with other combinations until you find something you like.
Everyone is different and responds differently but practice makes perfect and can be a lot of fun too!