If you’re thinking of trying a nuru massage at home together with your partner, but are lacking the proper nori seaweed gel, there are still some good alternatives to it that you can utilise without compromising the quality of yourexperience too much. We’ve taken the liberty of acquainting you with 5 of them, whose uses also extend beyond the massage itself:
1. For an occasional nuru massage, jojoba oil is perfect.
This “oil” is really a wax which is extracted from the jojoba plant seeds. A bit of a downside to it, as far as massage is concerned, is that it’s quickly absorbed by the skin, though it should still suffice for this purpose. Easy to apply, jojoba oil doesn’t feel greasy at all, which is perfect for the purpose you’ll be using it for. What’s more, it has a long shelf life, so if you’re not a nuru fanatic, it should last you for a long time afterwards.
What’s more, jojoba oil is the substance to go for if you suffer from a skin condition. It has antibacterial qualities and also doesn’t clog the pores. If you want to play it safe, jojoba is the answer!
2. Coconut oil for a strong, smooth skin
This oil is a perfect moisturiser, which also greatly aids in the strengthening of the skin tissue, thanks to its antioxidant properties, your skin will be protected from free radicals and other damaging influences. But what about its use for a massage? Well, coconut oil has a more solid form and is not as easy to spread, while also being a bit greasy. The good news is that it’s possible to warm it, making it so much easier to spread. Afterwards, it stays on your skin and doesn’t get dry fast, which is exactly what you need!
Aside from that, coconut oil can find a rich use in cooking, and is reported to be extremely healthy!
3. Apricot kernel oil, rich in vitamin E
Similarly to the jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil has a longer shelf life than whatever you may be used to with regular massage oils. Suitable for all types of skin, it is extremely nourishing, fast absorbing and doesn’t feel greasy at all. A great alternative to the nori gel!
If you’re looking for some extra uses, mix this oil with sugar with 1:5 ratio to make some high-quality body scrub – you’re welcome! But please, don’t try to ingest the apricot oil – it’s meant only for an external use and can be poisonous when consumed!
4. Sweet almond oil – a trusted and popular choice
One of the most recommended substitutes to the regular nuru gel, this oil, which is made from almonds, is a completely pure substance with no additives and preservatives. Light, moisturising, non-greasy and rich in fatty acids, it’s the number on oil to go for if you wish your skin to be as smooth and moisturised as possible. Oily and slippery, you can’t go wrong with this one for your body to body massage.
You can put the leftover oil to good use as well – be it in cosmetics and skincare, or in cooking, we’re sure it won’t go to waste either way!
5. Melrose H2Oil – a choice for massage enthusiast
Very popular massaging oil, this one can more than hold a candle to the nuru gel. Just like the nuru gel, this one is dispersible in water – so a quick shower is all it takes to get rid of it. You can find ingredients such as sunflower oil and coconuts in it (though it contains no traces of nuts otherwise if you worry about allergy), and it’s overall great for your skin! The only real downside is its somewhat shorter shelf life.
Do you agree with our choice of oils that can substitute a proper nuru seaweed gel for a great body-to-body massage? If not, what would you personally recommend? Or are you a “nuru purist” who believes that only the proper seaweed gel can be used? And where to get the best one according to you? Let us know in the comments!