“ Brand: The Aromatherapy Shop Ltd / Type: Massage Oil „
I have been known to offer to give Mrs Dablue a massage. This tends to occur when I'm feeling romantic, which is as frequent as ice ages are and as likely as actually being at home when Royal Mail deliver a long awaited parcel. However, they do happen and I've recently had three glorious weeks at home off work, so I thought I'd better get something proper in to do the job with - we've used a drop of olive oil in the past but it seems a bit odd to be thinking of Jamie Oliver when I'm rubbing my wife's shoulders.
Anyhow, back on topic. The Aromatherapy Shop's Erotic and Sensual Massage and Bath Oil uses grape seed oil as a carrier fluid. Grape seed oil is commonly used in massage oils as it is relatively odourless, not overly greasy and mixes well with other natural extracts like fragrant oils from flowers. I bought this particular 100ml bottle for £3.49 (plus a further £2.95 postage and packaging) on Amazon. Some might say that the postage charges make this quite an expensive buy, but as an infrequent user I don't mind paying this as a one-off, plus the fact that I would rather test the electrics in my house with a wet finger than go into town on a Saturday and buy a bottle of massage oil from one of those things people used to go to before the internet, a shop.
The ingredients include Ylang Ylang, Pimento berry and sandalwood. From what I've been able to find out about Ylang Ylang, not only is it worth a fortune in Scrabble it is also supposed to relax the mind, so I would guess that it is included to help the person receiving the massage to get into the mood to enjoy the massage. Also, it is considered to be an aphrodisiac with its sweet and delicately fruity smell. Perhaps this fruitiness ticks the erotic box in the product's name?
The sandalwood is a commonly used perfume used in all sorts of things ranging from men's aftershave to soap. In this case, it also encourages relaxation and reduces tension, an aid to the sensual element of the massage perhaps? From the pimento berry comes a gentle warmth - not as severe as the heat from a chilli, but more like the pleasant warmth one gets from passing wind in tight undies on a cold day - a comfortable steady heat. I would say that the pimento covers both the sensual and erotic claims - even when I'm applying the oil to my wife's shoulders I can feelthe warmth both physically in my hands and more abstractly in the smell - I'm finding it hard to describe a warm smell without again making reference to passing wind, but it gives the same tingle in the nostrils as catching a whiff of a Boxing Day pimp has, but without the smell of sprouts and stuffing. The combined effect of this and the rest of the oil's ingredients gives an exotic, sexy whiff which certainly adds another dimension to a massage.
Right, enough of the smell, what's the oil like on the skin? The grape seed oil makes for a light, non greasy and lubricating oil which contains Linoleic acid that has moisture retaining properties. Linoleic acid is thought to be anti-inflammatory and can reduce acne. Don't be put off by the seemingly small bottle size of 100ml, a little on the palms goes a long way once the skin area receiving the massage has had a little time to take the oil. I've mentioned that it's not really greasy on the skin as a massage oil but I've used a splash of this in the bath and I did notice that it leaves the bath a bit slimy and in need of a clean. I think this is a small price to pay though for a very pleasant bath - it smells wonderful in the water, even with a only a small splash in there and was very relaxing.
Overall, I think the claim of being "erotic and sensual" is justified, for the reasons and effects I have mentioned above. I like it a lot, and don't mind paying the amount I did for it. For the fact that when it's used in the bath it leaves a greasy residue, I don't feel I can rightly give it the full five stars, but let's just say that it's a damn good four. Thanks for reading, I'm off to clean my bath.