Can I just be honest and say that I’m a great big massage nerd.
For me there’s nothing more loving, nurturing, and empowering then getting out of a bath/shower, lying on my bed, and spending the time to massage my entire body.
It’s often a much-needed process (as workouts lead to achy muscles) but it also feels like an incredibly pampering session. It’s almost like a restorative ritual where I press the reboot button on my mind and body and remind myself just how amazing self-love can feel.
And, yes, I do believe massage is an act of self-love.
Whether you have someone else gift you with a massage or do it yourself, a massage is basically like giving yourself permission to love the skin you’re in—to give it the care and attention it needs and to truly relax in to the moment.
Just all of my yes.
And because massage is so significant to be I can often be picky about what I use on my skin. My go-to up until recently has been Sliquid Silver (which I highly recommend, by the way), but thanks to the lovely individuals over at Betty’s Toy Box I recently got an update to the designated massage range from Sliquid—the Sliquid Balance Collection. Consisting of four different massage oils, this collection has a lot to offer for those who hold their massage to high standards, but how well did they perform?
Read on to find out.
The Sliquid Balance Collection
The Sliquid Balance Collection is a line of massage oils comprised of natural nut and seed oils which are then combined with certain different botanical extracts. As Sliquid is often dedicated to environmental concerns, each of these oils is proudly 100% vegan, free from glycerine, parabens and DEA, and uses organic botanicals for its infusions.
While the different essential oils may vary, the base ingredients for this massage oil remain the same and are as follows:
Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Mango & Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Organic Extracts of Flax, Green Tea, Hibiscus & Aloe Barbadensis, Essential Oil Fragrances.
As you can see, there’s a lot of yummy oils placed in to this massage mixture, and the result is an oil that is thin when poured but which manages to feel luxuriously thick and persistent on the skin. The oily sheen from the Sliquid Balance Collection can be felt long after its application, as it continues to work its massage on the skin. This includes softening it, giving off a striking aroma (unless you selected Escape), and providing various hydrating and antioxidant effects.
The Sliquid Balance Collection comes in containers that are easy to handle and distribute the massage oil with ease and a reasonable amount of control.
Packaging isn’t a huge deal when it comes to products (at least not in some people’s eyes) but the Sliquid Balance Collection looks wonderfully extravagant and very high-quality and this does, for me, add to the overall ambiance of using these oils. When I look at the Sliquid Balance Collection I want to dim the lights, put on some candles, and fall on to my bed, placing on some generic Spotify relaxation music and allowing myself to go to town. Such is the appeal of the Sliquid Balance Collection.
The scents provided by the Sliquid Balance Collection are incredibly strong without ever feeling too tacky or cloying. They’re the type of scents that enter the body with a deep inhale and facilitate a relaxing and worry-free exhale that allows you to completely let go. This, in my opinion, is exactly what a massage oil should do and I commend Sliquid Balance Collection for achieving the optimal balance in this regard (I guess the collection really does live up to its name).
My favorite of the batch definitely had to be Tranquility. Smelling like coconut lime this massage oil was like the smell of every tropical cocktail I have loved over the years rolled in to one without the threat of a hangover or the sickly sweet aroma of syrup. I absolutely adored this scent and would often unscrew the cap just to get a whiff of it when feeling stressed out, it really is like Tranquility in a bottle.
A close second is Serenity, but it doesn’t live up to its name nearly as well—mostly because I’m so enamored by the rich and smoky Tahitian vanilla scent that I’m far to overwhelmed with its decadence to feel serene. Instead I feel like I’m smelling a luxurious and moreish dessert; the kind that has been finely crafted by an artesian baker who knows just what combination of ingredients is needed. It’s honestly the most engaging vanilla scent I have ever encountered in an adult product.
For those who dislike scents, Escape offers just what its name suggests—relying simply on the natural odor of the oils included and nothing more. Unsurprisingly, this particular oi smells mostly like unsweetened almond milk, and only when very close to the nose. It’s pleasant to a geeky little vegan such as myself and should also appeal to those who really do dislike fragrances, because it is nicely inert.
Rejuvenation was probably my least favorite of the bunch. Its mandarin and basil combination just didn’t sit right with my nose and, considering all of these oils let their aroma sine through loud and proud, this meant that I often found this oil one to avoid.
And…well…if I’m being honest, so was the entire line.
Call my skin spoiled with silicone, call it a sensitive little snowflake, but the bottom line is that this oil disappointingly left me with an uncomfortable itch any time I used it.
At first I thought this might have been because of the botanical extracts and scents involved, but I soon found that even when using Escape my skin still didn’t like the presence of the Sliquid Balance Collection on its surface.
To my body it just felt too grabby and present—like a sheen that was blocking its breathability rather than nurturing or hydrating it. My body responded with the desire to scratch, a lot, and a persistent desire to remove it asap after use. The irritation persisted for a while afterwards too.
I have no explanation for why this was the case, but I am confident that this won’t be the norm for most. The Sliquid Balance Collection is hypoallergenic and non-toxic, so it could just be that my skin disagrees with the consistency rather than any of the actual ingredients.
As a more objective and universal downside it’s also worth noting that the Sliquid Balance Collection is not compatible with latex condoms, so make sure that you don’t mix your massage pleasure with getting down to business (at least not when relying on latex condoms alone).
It’s definitely a huge disappointment to me that this collection did not work with my body, especially as I can see how objectively exceptional it is.
Seriously, if you have no pre-existing skin conditions or sensitivities then massage oils don’t get much more well-balances and caring in sensation than these ones, they just…rub me the wrong way.
Regardless, this is one product that I am happy to recommend, knowing that not everyone will have the freakish skin reactions that I did. Buuut perhaps do a spot test if you can, just in case.
People who like decadent oils.
People who like well-scented oils.
Vegans and eco-lovers.
Do Not Recommend to:
People with very sensitive skin.
People who don’t like oil-based massage products.
People who dislike even the scent of mild almond milk.