How to Make a Bath and Massage Oil Blend

I have come up with a few favourite bath and massage oil blends over the years and I like to make a bottle up so it is ready to use when I’m in the mood.

You can make your own blend up with the following instructions or use the recipes I have shared below:

100ml Bath & Massage Oil Blend Recipe

  • 100ml of your choice of vegetable oil (eg. almond, apricot, or simply olive oil from your kitchen!)
  • 40 drops or 2ml of your choice of essential oil/s
  • ~these can be one or a combination of oils, but keep the totals to 100ml for the vegetable oil and  2ml (40 drops) for the essential oil.

Directions: If the vegetable oil you have is in  a 100ml bottle, then you can simply add the essential oil(s) to this and give it a shake to disperse evenly.  You may need to pour a tiny amount of the vegetable oil out first to allow room for the essential oils.  If you have a larger container of vegetable oil you can either adjust the amount of essential oil you add (eg. double if you have a 200ml container), or measure out the 100ml in a kitchen measuring jug, add the essential oils and stir, and then pour into a 100ml bottle or container.  Ensure the container you use is completely dry, as if the oil blend mixes with any water it will go off.  You can usually buy empty bottles at chemists, department stores, or Muji in London, or you could try antique shops for some elegant glass containers.

Use: Add 1-2 tea-spoons in the bath (add just before you step in for maximum benefits).  See ‘Essential Oils in the Bath’ blog post for more on using your bath blend.

Turkish Delight Bath and Massage oil Blend ~ Nurturing, relaxing and refreshing.

  • 100ml Argan oil
  • Rose essential oil, 10 drops
  • Black Pepper essential oil, 10 drops
  • Cardamom essential oil, 10 drops
  • Sandalwood essential oil, 10

Vanilla Orange Bath and Massage oil Blend ~Soothes and eases tension, and great for the skin.

  • 100ml Almond oil
  • Benzoin oil, 20 drops (this is usually quite a thick oil so you will need to shake well for it to mix evenly)
  • Orange essential oil, 10 drops
  • Neroli 10 drops

Each recipe above gives you a blend strength of 2%, which is appropriate for most skin types.  I would recommend dropping this blend strength to 1% (20 drops/100ml) for children, elderly and those with  sensitive skin.

These blends should last for 12 to 18 months, but keep them in a cool dark place to ensure they stay fresh because the oils are sensitive to heat and light (so a bathroom cupboard would be suitable, but not a sunny windowsill or shelf above a radiator).

They can also be used as a massage oil directly on the skin, or for moisturising  after taking a shower, you should notice it makes it easier to apply the oil to slightly damp skin and you also seem to use less of it.

As I cover more of the properties and effects of different essential oils, you will develop more of an idea on how to mix a blend up for specific purposes, in the mean time, please feel free to ask any questions or advise on making your own blends.

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6 thoughts on “How to Make a Bath and Massage Oil Blend

    1. Hi Natasha, thanks for the feedback!

      There are lots of great oils to help with anxiety, and some will be more appropriate for different people depending on how the anxiety presents itself. If you are ‘worrying’ about something that is ahead of you then, smelling an oil is a great way to bring yourself back to the present, especially because you are smelling it, so it immediately brings focus to your breath. You can choose any oil to use in this way ~so if Melissa is an oil you love, it would be ideal, it is particularly uplifting I’m sure you enjoy it. Neroli has a very calming effect on the nervous system, so you may like to use it in the same way, although the delicate scent may get lost if blended together with Melissa, unless you get the ratio right. Eucalyptus or peppermint are more powerful so if your symptoms are severe, I would give them a try. Lavender would be a nice one to combine with the lemoney scent of melissa.

      A client came into the shop yesterday, and said her colleague had a lovely smell about her, because she used a drop of an essential oil on some cotton wool, and perched it inside her bra strap, so she could smell it when she felt she needed to through out the day. The client could smell this on her and really loved it so wanted to try it herself, hence her presence in the shop… You could try this with the Melissa as it is such a lovely smell, and it seems it effects those around you too.

      Would love to know how you get on. Laura x


  1. Putting some oil on cotton wool is a great suggestion Laura, I shall certainly enjoy trying that with some Rose today! I also love the sound of the chocolate orange bath. A friend recently gave me a body cream with Benzoin, Mandarin and Sandalwood in which has a lovely chocolatie orange aroma too.
    Beautiful blogs and so inspiring to read – thank you

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  2. Hello,

    I know I’m reading this article quite late but I have a question. Why is the amount of essential oils here different from your “Blending Everyday Products With Essential Oils” article?

    In that article, you suggested 40 drops of EOs for 100ml. In this article, it’s 100 drops for 100ml.


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  3. Hi Ky,
    Thanks for your question and for pointing out the differences in the number of drops suggested.

    When making a bath oil, I like the scent to be quite strong, and the number of drops was actually for a 5% (100drops/100ml) blend strength.
    A more general blend strength is 2.5%, so I have updated the post and recipes to reflect this.

    A 5% blend strength is the maximum I would ever use and this would generally be for topical application on a specific condition (eg. a specific area of pain).
    Sometimes I will go as low as 0.5% (10drops/100ml) or even 0.25% (5 drops/100ml) if I’m making something for the face where the skin is more delicate, for children or those with sensitive skin.
    You can vary the strength of the blends you make depending on their purpose and which essential oils you are using (I wouldn’t use 100 drops of clove oil as this would be way to strong and powerful. (see ‘A list of essential oils and their uses…’ for any oils that have safety issues and maximum blend strengths).
    Please feel free to ask me how many drops to use if you are unsure, but 2.5% (50drops/100ml) is a good general blend strength to go with, and always ‘err’ on the side of caution especially since the ‘size’ of drops can vary too!

    With love, Laura


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