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Hi all,

I am working on a massage bar and think I am losing my mind! I want to make a massage bar that "heats up" as you massage it in. I have been testing with (ALL EO) Cinnamon, allspice-pimento, Clove Pennyroyal, Ginger Root - this blend i like the fragrance of but am not getting the heat. 

SO, I started trying Black Pepper EO in the mix - still nothing. Moving to menthol crystals, and I did get the chill tingle which is more what I'm looking for, but it's starting to smell medicinal. Any thoughts out there?

Losing my mind in Detroit,
Love,
Karen

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You could get a nice non medicinal tingle with peppermint. I'm surprised you are not getting heat with the mix you mentioned. Most of the sore muscle massage bars I see are made with cinnamon leaf EO and peppermint EO.
Hi Karen, I'm sorry to answer your question again but I thought about something that might interest you. After thinking for a while about why you weren't getting heat I asked myself "what puts the hot in icy hot?". So I did some googling and this what I found. The active ingredients in icy hot are menthol and methyl salicylate. The balm contains 7.6% menthol and 29% methyl salicylate. I was expecting to see something like cinnamal but nope, it's all mint.
Methyl Salicylate is the main constituent in wintergreen essential oil. Wintergreen has been used for hundreds of years by native americans for it's pain relieving properties. Sweet Birch essential oil is also filled with metyl salicylate. And menthol of course can be found at very high rates in a variety of oils from peppermint, to eucalyptus, etc etc.
So perhaps you could experiment with a blend of sweet birch and peppermint, or wintergreen and peppermint with eucalyptus, or whatever you decide. Again I am sorry to answer again but I thought this information might be helpful for you. Remember all of these particular essential oils can be skin irritants so you will want to stay within their safe usage ranges. Hope this helps!
Bryan,

Thanks for that info! I really am surprised I didn't get the heat from the other EOs either. I will definitely give the sweet birch and wintergreen a try in the mix. I am away from the kitchen for the next week or so, I will let you know how it goes!

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