Our own rose petals, buds and new leaves, calendula flowers, and fresh spearmint plus local black cottonwood buds all infused into organic extra virgin olive oil come together in this massage oil, which we created to use for massages intended to help us wake up, relax us during the day, enliven our skin, and lift our spirits. Here we rub a bit into our arms, hands, necks, and shoulders when we wake up in the morning, and on really rough and gray days we sometimes use this as a whole body massage oil.
Made seasonally and in small batches with flowers, herbs, and trees we know, on land we know and love, and with the help of people we trust. This means it won’t be available all year. We don’t overtax plants or people or take more than they offer naturally. Currently available only in a 4-ounce size so that we can also offer in-person refills at reduced prices to people who stop by to visit the trees, dogs, cats, us, and/or the studios here in person.
Tip: For added spirit lifting, pair this massage oil with our Comfort Bar soap, Rise & Shine soap, or Rose Aloe Facial soap. After using the massage oil, bathe or just wash up with one of these comforting and uplifting soaps. Hard times call for new rituals, and these are some of ours.
Why olive oil? And tips for using olive oil as massage oil...
- Care for planet, trees, and people. I use organic olive oil because of it's long history of loving humans/safe use with people and also this oil's well-established supply chains, which tend to be better for planet, trees, and people than most other oils used for body care today.
- Love. I love this oil, and the trees it comes from, and the people who devote their lives to its creation--people across many nation-state borders, beliefs, and persuasions.
- With olive oil, you cannot rush. This oil takes it's own sweet time with human skin. It doesn't disappear immediately. Rushing doesn't work. You may have to rub it into your muscles and skin for a longer period of time than you think you have time for. This slowing down to the oil's pace may feel slow or self-indulgent if you were raised not to center your body or punished for listening to and supporting your own body in the past. If you do rush, you'll likely end up with oil on your clothing, bedding, and/or furniture. Please take your time, rub the oil in thoroughly. I practice welcoming the idea that this long-loved oil from old trees knows that we are worth the extra time, even when we (or other humans) don't. And, if you do rush and end up with oil on valuable clothing, bedding, or furniture, clean them thoroughly as soon as you can so the oil doesn't set and stain. Unless stains don't bother you: if that's the case, go wild! ;-)
Ingredients: Whidbey rose petals, buds and new leaves (from Silly Dog Studios & walks on trusted neighboring land), calendula flowers and spearmint leaves and soft upper stems (grown at Silly Dog Studios), and windfall cottonwood buds (from Mountain Tree Farm in Arlington and our friend Laura's farm on Whidbey) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil. Note: For those buying this oil from my studio in person, at your request, I will add a drop or two of rose or spearmint essential oils in. I personally far prefer the smell and feel of the local plant-infused olive oils only, but a few people find the scent too subtle.
Storage, life of the product, and packaging: This oil comes in 4-ounce reusable, clear glass bottles with metal screw-top lids. Store your bottle in a cool, dry, dark place where direct sunlight never touches the bottle. We suggest using this massage oil within 12 to 18 months of purchase, because the only preservative is the nature of the plants (especially the cottonwood buds) themselves. Your oil may last longer than that, too, but if at any point it doesn't smell good or starts to look different, stop using it. Also, we've learned that plant-infused oils have minds of their own. They may ooze a little bit (oozing is part of their nature and charm), and you may find that a tiny bit of oil pools under the bottle itself, so we recommend storing the bottle on a hard surface--like stone or metal or glass--that you don't mind getting a teeny bit of oil on.
Refills: If you live on, or visit, Whidbey Island, we refill these bottles for $13 (4 oz) here at Silly Dog Studios. Some of the initial expense of making them is in the special apothecary bottles, and in the shipping to get glass bottles here, and in the oil-proof labels that, as it turns out, are really damn pricey. Hugs (and yay!) to anyone willing to reuse their bottles!
Let's not let a lack of money stop us: Remembering, strengthening, and honoring relationships among local people and neighbor trees, herbs, plants, flowers, and lichens is my love. Money isn't. So if you live on Whidbey and can't afford the original first bottle, reach out to me. There are less fancy jars and bottles hanging around here (they tend to follow me home or show up on my doorstep much like plants do), and if you're willing to accept the oil in a less fancy jar or bottle and with a hand-written label (that is likely to run when oil hits it), then you can skip straight to the refill price. And if you can't afford the refill price, I can show you how to make a similar infused oil at home for yourself.