Most edible body oils contain glycerin, making them safe for human consumption. While glycerin is not technically an oil, it works well in many handmade body lotion and oil recipes because it glides easily over the skin and is well absorbed. More traditional body oils use sweet almond oil as a base. Either way, use edible body oil during a massage to soothe your skin ...and something sweet to taste.
You can find the ingredients for edible body oil in your local drug or grocery stores. Glycerin is available in liquid form at drug stores; look for the unscented type. Combine 1/4 cup of unscented glycerin with 1/4 teaspoon of honey, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and optional 1/4 teaspoon of flavoring. Safe flavoring includes peppermint, cinnamon, or cosmetically approved flavorings such as those used in lip balms. These can be purchased through soap making supply companies, many of which are online. Mix the first three ingredients and add flavoring to taste. This makes a water soluble oil that warms when air touches it. This recipe makes about 2 ounces of edible oil. This oil, and the others discussed here, can be used immediately or stored in a dark glass bottle for later use.
A variation on the above basic recipe is to use 2 ounces of glycerin and 1/2 ounce of corn syrup instead of the honey. Flavor according to your individual taste.
Chocolate Warming Body Oil
This purely decadent oil is a great Valentine's Day gift or anniversary surprise. Mix 2 tablespoons of glycerin with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of melted cocoa butter. Mix together thoroughly. This recipe makes about 2 ounces of chocolate body oil. Apply as you would any edible massage oil.
Sweet Almond Oil Massage Oil
Sweet almond oil is commonly used in many bath and body recipes. It can be found at most health food stores along with the other oils needed in this recipe. Combine 1.5 ounces of sweet almond oil with 1 ounce of grape seed oil, 1 ounce of apricot kernel oil, and 1/2 ounce of sunflower oil. Mix together well. All of these oils are safe to ingest. Add 1/2 teaspoon of flavoring oil of your choice; maple, vanilla, orange or chocolate will produce a wonderful taste and aroma. This makes about 4 ounces of product.
Sweet Almond with Glycerin
Sweet almond oil can also be combined with glycerin for an edible body oil with a warming factor. Mix 4 ounces of sweet almond oil with 2 ounces of glycerin; add your choice of flavoring oils and colorings. Please stick with FDC approved colorings for edible oils.
- The Everything Soapmaking Book, Alicia Grosso, F & W Publications, 2003.
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