Many massage therapists purchase Holly Oil in large quantities for massage treatments. They like the thin, liquid feel of the product and find it is more economical than other nut, seed, or plant based oils.
The problem with Holly Oil is its name; it is misleading. Holly Oil is not plant based, as its name suggests. In fact, it contains over 90% liquid paraffin. The holly content is merely an essence or extract in a minute quantity. The ingredients are often not listed on the bottle, which is troubling given the product’s intimate nature. As paraffin is a petroleum derivative, it should not be used on the skin. When used for massage treatments, however, much of this oil is absorbed through the client’s skin.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil is the perfect alternative to Holly Oil. As its name suggests, Coconut Oil is a natural product derived from coconuts. It is naturally based, not petroleum based, and it feels almost identical to Holly Oil. It is water soluble and does not stain sheets or linen if washed soon after use, making it ideal for massage therapy.
While most Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature, Fractionated Coconut Oil remains liquid. This is not only more convenient for massage therapists but also more hygienic, as there is no need to continually reheat the product. Consequently, many therapists have already made the move from Holly Oil to Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil is also available in a lotion. Our Organic Massage Cream is ideal for therapists who prefer creams to oils but want all the benefits of organic Coconut Oil.