Sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil and apricot kernel oil are good body massage rubs, according to About.com. Grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil are also excellent.
Sweet almond oil lubricates the skin, which helps the masseuse's hands glide over the body. This mild oil does not irritate sensitive skin, but is not suitable for those allergic to nuts. Apricot kernel oil is similar to sweet almond oil, and is a popular choice for aromatherapeutic massage because it has a strong apricot scent.
Fractionated coconut oil is a clear liquid oil that does not leave yellow stains on sheets. Unlike culinary coconut oil, which is a soft white solid at room temperature, fractionated coconut oil is always liquid. This affordable oil has a longer shelf life than most other massage oils.
Jojoba oil also has an extended shelf life, although it is considerably more expensive than fractionated coconut oil. Reapplication is often necessary, as skin absorbs jojoba oil quickly. This oil is often used to dilute fragrance oils during aromatherapeutic massage because it has no fragrance of its own.
Like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil has almost no aroma. It lubricates and moisturizes skin without leaving oily residue on its surface.