Some of us may crave it more than others, but no one is immune to the power of consensual touch from a person we trust. Touching can be just as effective a form of communication as speaking — sometimes even more so. So if holding hands says “I like you” in the language of touch, giving or receiving a massage is like professing your adoration in a much more intimate way. And to really drive that message home, you need one of the best massage oils to make it all go a little smoother.
When you’re looking for a massage oil, start by checking out the formula’s carrier oil. While some massage oils contain a blend of oils, the carrier is the formula’s base; it’s used to dilute and “carry” any essential oils into your skin. Fractionated coconut, jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower, and sweet almond are a few of the most common carrier oils. They’re unscented, absorb nicely into skin, and provide a lot of slip without feeling overly greasy. Each oil comes with their own, additional benefits as well. For instance, noncomedogenic jojoba works great for acne-prone skin, sunflower can soothe irritation, and rich apricot kernel is best for severely dry or cracked skin. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure that you and/or your partner aren’t allergic to any ingredients in your massage oil, including the carrier oil. Very little kills a libido faster than hives.
That said, you don’t need to be in a romantic or sexual relationship to demonstrate love in this way — any of the five massage oils on this list are perfect for giving your friends, family members, or yourself a comforting, healing touch. (But I’ve still included an oil that can safely double as lube. You’re welcome!)