Ever wonder exactly what I use on your skin to create that nice glide? I use a number of lubricants. I’ve tried a lot of different products over the years. I started out using a very traditional water based massage cream when I was in school. It worked fine but I found out that most commercial massage creams contain parabens. Parabens are synthetic preservatives and while the FDA has stated that they are safe, lots of experts–who are a lot smarter than I am–believe that they are carcinogenic. Since I have my hands in this stuff all day long, I want to use a product that is safe for me as well as for you. I no longer use any products that contain parabens.
Massage lubricants are either water or oil based. There are tradeoffs to both. Oil based products feel warm upon application but can leave you feeling greasy. The key is to not use too much. Water based products tend to feel cold upon application but don’t leave you feeling as greasy. I prefer the oil based products, but I use both.
The simplest product I use is organic coconut oil. It has tons of health benefits and the product I use is food grade so I cook with it extensively. Here’s a link if you’d like to read more about all the benefits and uses of coconut oil.
Coconut oil isn’t necessarily my first choice because, while it’s great for your skin, it tends to be a bit slippery and it will leave you feeling more greasy than anything else I use.
Lately, my go-to product has been Santa Barbara Massage Cream. It is oil based but unlike most oils, it’s a solid. It has great glide, but it also has a lot of grip or control, for when I want to do deeper work.
I’ve been using the two products you see here, the Ylang Ylang & Orange and the Clary Sage & Lavender. They also make an unscented version which I also use and a singular Lavender scent which I don’t have, but am happy to try if any of you would like me to. Please note the company’s tag line, “so natural you can eat it”. While I haven’t tried eating it, I appreciate that it contains only three ingredients: olive oil, bees wax and coconut oil. No parabens.
There are times when I want to use a water based product. For those times, I use Bon Vital Original Massage Creme. It is one of the few “unscented” products that I have tried that is truly unscented. Some clients prefer the Bon Vital because it really doesn’t leave you feeling greasy at all. If you have some place to go right after your massage and you don’t want to feel in the least bit greasy, you may want to try the Bon Vital.
Notice that while the list of ingredients is much longer, it still does not contain any parabens.
For those of you with allergies, none of the products I use contain nut oils nor formaldehyde in any form.
So that’s what I use on your skin. If you have any questions or would like to try something new in your next session, just let me know. I have all the products ready to go at all times.