3 Ingredient After Bath Body Massage Oil: Old-School Moisturizer

3 Ingredient After Bath Body Massage Oil: Old-School Moisturizer

Body lotions, body butters, moisturizers… your cupboard has them all. Let’s go old-school today. Time travel to the 90s (I was born then).

I remember being tossed upside down by my Nani Maa (maternal grandmother) as her hands smeared me in an aromatic blend of oils combined together to form her body massage oil.

Body butters were unheard of in those days. The only butter we knew was from Amul. Moisturizers and body lotions were meant for the lazy who didn’t dole out time for real skin care.

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Then, teenage happened. Things went downhill. Real, downright natural skin care looked too ‘primitive’ and ‘time-consuming’ to me.

In fact if you were to see my hair’s snaps 7 years ago, terrible would be the most polite word you’d use. Trust me on that.

Nani Maa’s recipes made a comeback. They had to. Rebelliousness could not get the better of me for long. While neither of us remembers her exact recipes by heart, some of her nuggets of DIY Gyaan will be dispensed from time to time on Glamorganicdesi.

Here’s one such recipe – of a DIY 3-Ingredient After Bath Body Massage Oil (which she in her heydays would take the pain of infusing for months with herbs but I being short of patience have revamped with essential oils)

Ingredients: Body Massage Oil

1. Apricot oil (5 tbsp.) – Buy HERE

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2. Jojoba oil (5 tbsp.) – Buy HERE

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3. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (20 drops) – Buy HERE

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Procedure: Body Massage Oil

Mix the oils & transfer to a dark amber-glass bottle (Buy HERE).

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Made your Body Massage Oil? Great, you be wondering…

What’s the best way to use this Body Massage Oil?

Here’s what my Nani Maa used to do since she settled for nothing less than marvellous outcomes.

Step 1 – Abhyanga (15 mins) 

Warm virgin almond oil (Buy HERE) infused with herbs and flowers, I long for those days when she used to dotingly massage my face, neck, arms, let’s say – the entire body to keep it short.

ConfessionI have played with a gazillion herbs, clays, carrier oils and essential oils till, worked out many combinations of products (face masks, scrubs, Ubtans, serums, etc.)

But I am unable to replicate the aroma of her homemade potions, especially her “Abhyanga oil”.

Step 2 – Ubtan Time (30 mins)

Again, her Ubtan was in a class of its own (THIS is one of the variations I made) but if you are not skilled at making Ubtans, fall back upon any of THESE.

Confused? Zero in on Anuhya Sunni Pindi (Buy HERE), hands down. Case closed.

Mix it with curd. Sprinkle Zofla’s rose water (Buy HERE) and coconut milk (if available)

Apply all over your body – face, neck, hands, legs, feet, back, chest, everywhere. Let it stay for half an hour. Then, wash off in the bath room while scrubbing it mildly.

Step 3 – Time for your Body Massage Oil (5 mins) 

Since this Massage Oil is her version of a moisturizer, I suggest using it that way. To avoid staining your clothes in the oil, apply less than 2 tbsp. of this Massage oil all over your body. Focus on massage squarely.

Even if it takes 2 whole mins to ‘make the oil get into your skin’, devote that.

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Push your skin upwards constantly while massaging (even if you are massaging your legs. It is NOT meant to be pulled down) to avoid saggy skin.

With that, today’s DIY tutorial on this 3-ingredient based Body Massage Oil wraps up.

It may take time but as Nani calls it,”It’s self-love, meri jaan,” you better come up with a valid reason to counter her.

When Nani green-lights a skin care recipe, it proves its mettle to me then and there!

4 comments

    1. Thanks, Preet. Yesterday itself, I made a zingy version of this body oil. Now, trying my hands at one with an earthy aroma. I am smitten by that aroma of wet sand after a spell of rain. So earthy and calming 🙂

      I think I should try my hands at some Ubtans next. They complement body oils very well (Abhyaang, after all) Uff, Natural skin care is addictive!

  1. Our grandmas definitely knew the best.. I’m glad you did this post! I still try to stick with grandmas skincare recipes. Does better job than any expensive products.

    1. Agree with everything you said, Husna.

      My grandmother had a huge garden from where she’d source almost everything for her DIY recipes as well as culinary exploration.

      Grocery shopping didn’t involve making trips to any fancy market. Rather, it’d be a huge thaila (cloth bag) and long strolls in her garden (garden was bigger than the house!)

      Rahi baat DIYs ki, to I don’t remember seeing any ready-made cosmetic lie on her dressing table ever. Maybe because she never owned one.

      Whenever I meet her, I make it a point to extract some recipes. Info Janhit mein jaari ki jayegi phir 😉

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