As a Sports massage therapist and an Aromatherapist, I have been making my own waxes for years. It’s easy, cheap and great to use for massage, because it allows for some traction on the skin but is non greasy. It is also a really good moisturiser, so could be a part of your daily moisturising routine.
Now, here’s the truth! Though I am going to tell you what I do, it is a bit hit and miss. Did I say that out loud? I tend to guess amounts, but what is strange, is that generally it still turns out to be a brilliant wax. I make quite a lot at a time, here are rough quantities, but you can play with the amounts. So, to make your massage wax, these are the things you need:
This comes in yellow and white pellets, I have used both and can’t tell the difference. This helps to soothe and protect skin and sets the massage wax. You need a good handful.
I use a selection of oils, based on their nutrients for the skin. I use 3 different oils, but do change them for each batch. Choose from olive, sunflower, avocado, apricot, cocoa butter, jojoba, shea butter, coconut, almond or any other oil you really like!
Spring or filtered water, 50mls.
This makes your skin feel softer and retains moisture.
How to make the best massage wax.
- heat a handful of wax in a bowl over boiling water, until it has completely melted.
- mix about 250 mls of your oils together and warm in a saucepan.
- when the wax has melted, very quickly transfer it to the pan with the oils and beat thoroughly, I tend to use a hand mixer for this.
add the water and keep beating. Keep the massage wax within easy reach and give it a good mix when you go past.
- before it sets, add a teaspoon of glycerin and combine thoroughly.
- if you have favourite essential oils, pop a few drops in at this point. You can use unto 3 different essential oils, not too much though, 12 drops in all, 4 of each, if using, add a little at a time, just to give it a pleasant smell.
- place in your chosen container or tub and leave to set. I keep my oils in the fridge.
It’s the cleaning up that needs to be well executed! Rewarm the bowl that had the wax in and wipe it thoroughly with kitchen roll, so that no wax remains at all, wash in warm soapy water. Do the same with the bowl that had the massage wax in, try to get it as clean as possible before putting it in the dishwasher or washing up, it prevents solid wax bunging up your sink and pipes.