Selecting your massage oil - spoilt for choice!
What criteria do you use when selecting your massage oil? Ingredients? Lightness? Purity? Spread-ability? Cost? Suits all the different treatments you offer?
We really are spoilt for choice with the selection of carrier or base massage oils available in Ireland today. From grapeseed, rapeseed, almond, apricot, sunflower, coconut, avocado to name but a few. Each different oil offering different ingredients and qualities.
Well I know a little about one massage oil – Pure Pro’s Ultra – but one person who know a lot more about this massage oil is the person who created it. According to Dianna Dapkins, creator of Pure Pro products it took years to get the formula just right:
“I worked on the formula for three years. Just tweaking it and tweaking it. Also, I discovered in my research that there are quite a few types of Fractionated Coconut Oils ranging from Industrial grade all the way up to Pharmaceutical grade. Ultra is only made with the top Pharmaceutical grade. It was a matter of adjusting all the ingredients so that Ultra would have that "liquid lotion" texture without becoming sticky or too greasy”.
What are these ingredients I hear you ask? Well there are 6:
Fractionated Coconut Oil Safflower Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil Avocado Oil
Sunflower Oil Natural Vitamin E
Now, you don’t have to choose one base oil over another – you can have them all in one! But it’s important that you know a little about the properties, and qualities, that each oil brings to the finished product, so here goes:
Fractionated Coconut Oil:
Fractionated coconut as the name implies is a “fraction” of the whole oil. It makes the best massage oil primarily because of the healing and protecting properties of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) which are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic. It relaxes muscles, relieves tension, and improves blood circulation.
In fact, fractionated coconut oil is actually a fractionated ‘wax ester’ which is very similar in make up to the skin's own sebaceous waxes so it does not clog pores, is light and non-greasy.
It is used a lot in the preparation of soaps, lotions, ointments and cosmetics. For massage therapists however, it is particularly useful as a base or carrier oil because it facilitates the absorption of other oils, herbal extracts and essential oils, and, it has a long shelf life.
Apricot Kernel Oil:
Again, Apricot Kernel Oil (a seed oil) is used extensively in body lotions, face creams and cosmetics for its gentle lubricating properties. It is a very rich source of gamma linoleic acid, or GLA, which comes from the essential fatty acid omega-6. The GLA content in apricot kernel oil helps skin to re-hydrate and maintain moisture balance. It also plays a role in firming and toning the skin.
The nourishing properties of apricot kernel seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect and may soothe minor skin conditions. It is non-greasy and gentle enough for use on all skin types and it contains vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and slow signs of ageing. So you can see how important all these qualities are in a base massage oil.
For those of you who may be concerned about nut allergies, contrary to what you might think, both Fractionated Coconut Oil and Apricot Kernel oil are SEED oils, not NUT oils. Therapists who have nut allergies, or who have clients with nut allergies can safely use Ultra Massage Oil.
Next week, I will tell you more about the other oils and Natural Vitamin E in Ultra oil but in the meantime if you want to find out more or place an order click here: https://www.purepro.ie/oils