Magnesium Body Butter

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe DIY Magnesium Body Butter

I’ve posted before about how to make your own magnesium oil, and I’ve seen posts on other blogs on how to make magnesium lotion. For summer, I wanted to figure out a recipe for a magnesium infused body butter that would also double as a mild sunscreen/tanning cream and I’m finally happy with the result. (Not sure why you’d add magnesium to lotion? This article talks about the benefits of magnesium)

This recipe uses all natural moisturizing ingredients and makes skin soft and silky. It is great for kids too and doesn’t have the tingling that regular magnesium oil has when you first start using it.

Magnesium Body Butter doesn’t have any preservatives, so I make in smaller batches and keep for up to two months without a problem. It can also be stored in the fridge for a thicker and cooling lotion that is great to use after sun exposure to help the body absorb Vitamin D.

Coconut oil and shea butter are both naturally SPF of 4-5 and magnesium is needed for absorption of Vitamin D, so this lotion is great for mild sun exposure. I use this or regular magnesium oil on my kids feet each night to help them sleep and boost magnesium levels. It is also great on sore muscles. You can add essential oils for scent, but be careful about essential oil use during pregnancy, and don’t use citrus oils if you’ll be using this in the sun as they increase sun sensitivity.

Magnesium Body Butter Ingredients:

What to Do:

  1. Pour 3 tablespoons of boiling water in to the magnesium flakes in a small container and stir until it dissolves. This will create a thick liquid. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a quart size mason jar inside a small pan with 1 inch of water, combine the coconut oil, emulsifying wax and shea butter and turn on medium heat.
  3. When melted, remove the jar from the pan and let the mixture cool until room temp and slightly opaque. At this point, put in to a medium bowl or into a blender.
  4. If in a bowl, use a hand blender or immersion blender on medium speed and start blending the oil mixture.
  5. Slowly (starting with a drop at a time) add the dissolved magnesium mixture to the oil mixture while continuing blending until all of the magnesium mix is added and it is well-mixed.
  6. Put in the fridge for 15 minutes and re-blend to get body butter consistency.
  7. Store in fridge for a cooling lotion (best consistency) or at room temp for up to two months.

Ever made body butter? How did it turn out? Got a variation to share? Do so below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Ani says

    Love it! You come up with fabulous ideas Katie! Do you think the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil would work in this? It seems pretty potent. I haven’t made my own magnesium oil before. Also does it leave a sticky residue like the magnesium oil alone does?

    • says

      This recipe isn’t sticky at all. you could use the ancient minerals it just won’t be quite as potent since the homemade one in this recipe is really concentrated.

      • Carmen Foster Snouffer says

        to you add the premade magnesium oil in the same way you did the home mixed flake/ water? or do tou melt it with the oils and butters?

        • Hazel says

          I’m no professional but I would guess that you would still add the magnesium oil later b/c you are emulsifying the mixture to whip it.

      • Carla says

        Hi Katie,
        I am new to the skin care, but I have been making all my household cleaners for many years. I have one very important question…what oil can replace coconut oil….I am allergic and it causes all kinds of skin itch’s.
        Thanks for your help,

        • Maria Gomez says

          I re-made it, & I’m happy with it now. I must have done something wrong the first time. I used her whipped body butter recipe & her concentrated magnesium oil from this recipe.

      • Morticia says

        Coconut oil over-use can cause skin dryness. Try substituting another type of oil such as Shea Butter. I cannot use Coconut Oil due to diet/health issues, so I find Shea a good substitute and it whips up beautifully! Good luck!

          • MJ says

            Some people are allergic to some oils or perhaps they do not consume any oils at all. There are a few reasons for this, but they do not mean that it will effect the diet.

        • Gomez says

          I used coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, & vitamin e oil in my butter mix. Try it see how it works for you but it left my skin feeling dry & tight. Maybe I’ll try it again with a pre-made magnesium oil.??? Will update when I do.

          • Barbara says

            I have very dry skin and it became even dryer after my hysterectomy several years ago. I tried organic coconut oil for a time and my skin was dry within an hour or less. My neighbor, a retired nurse, told me shea butter was the best for dry skin and I’ve been using it ever since-it’s a bit expensive but worth it!

      • Shealin says

        Some people do report that coconut oil dries their skin out-sometimes severely. Maybe try adding a more moisturizing oil to the mixture of coconut isn’t a good fit for you. I enjoy the smell and taste in oil pulling but I haven’t had luck with skin related uses myself.

    • Brandie says

      I tried this – not sure where I went wrong. The end product is very sticky once I get it on my skin and leaves a white coating on everything I touch afterwards. I would love to know how to correct this as I really need the extra magnesium

      • Monnica says

        Me too! I mad two batches, one was very sticky the other is gritty. I’m sure it is something I did wrong but I’m not sure what.

        • Michelle says

          I made a batch last night and it is gritty. I am sure I did something wrong, but can someone tell me what it might be?

          • Gwyn says

            I have made salves with coconut oil, olive or avocado oil and beeswax adding EO’s for various things. I added shea butter (I forget now) to one for extra skin care to give to my mom and she later mentioned that one of the jars I gave her was a little grainy. I’m guessing it was the one I had added the shea to and I’m thinking there might be some trick to adding it to a mixture so it doesn’t do that but I don’t know what it is. Maybe it has to do with temp? Also maybe whipping it helps prevent that, I don’t know because I have never tried the whipping method and created a “butter”. I know this doesn’t solve your problem but maybe helps shed light? I’m anxious to see if anyone has info or tips about this too.

      • Rosemarie says

        Hi there. I was wondering if adding vitamin E oil to this recipe with prolong shelf life? I was planning to make some for Christmas gifts this year (for all my fellow insomniac siblings).


  2. Laura Warner Boldman says

    Have you subbed anything in for the shea butter? I don’t have any at the moment and was wondering if I could use cocoa butter- that way I could make it faster, because I desperately need more magnesium in my life (and the oil makes my skin sting/burn a lot).

      • sharon says

        Katie can grapeseed oil be used instead of coconut oil? I’m want to use what I have on hand. Just ordered the magnesium flakes from e-bay online. Can’t wait to make this body butter!!????

      • Kim says

        I actually have a very severe latex allergy (anaphylaxis), but have no problem at all with shea butter. I use this all of the time as a primary moisturizer for my body.


    • Heather W. says

      Magnesium only stings your skin when you are bodily deficient in that mineral. Once the required balance is reached, your skin no longer stings when it’s applied.

        • Simone says

          Yep, very true! Had something close to feeling a severe sunburn in the beginning (I apply magnesium oil, but much rather throw in loads of magnesium flakes in a hot bath as it doesn’t become sticky). Now I only feel a little tingle on my back when applying.
          But make sure you don’t apply anything with magnesium on open wounds (finger cuts etc.) It will sting for the entire day!
          Ps. making the body butter right now, although largely adapted due to lack of ingredients. Just added the concentrated oil. So far, so good :)

        • veronika says

          Yes, it’s true The degree of sting determines the level of deficiency. Bear with it though because the more often you apply the oil the quicker your levels will restore. When I increased the amount of exercise I was doing the oil started to sting again so I’ve had to really up the amount I use.

        • Gwyn says

          Sure makes sense to me. When I first started using the spray oil it stung and soon that stopped. Now when I don’t use it for a day or so it will sometimes sting again, it varies. So make sense to me the variable is how deficient I am (or not). It does dry my skin out though, in a very different way though from regular winter dry skin. It’s sticky too.

      • Ashley says

        Thank you for this comment! I kept wondering why my legs would sting every time I applied the magnesium oil. I am currently pregnant and looking for any and all helpful tips to keep my body strong during as well as after.

      • Alyce says

        My doctor started me on liquid mag twice a day. Prior to that, I was spraying oil and soaking in epsom salt. The spraying used to sting. But since I’ve been on the liquid mag, I was wondering why the spray no longer stings! I thought it was getting old, however there’s no expiration date….but I did wonder if I’m no longer as deficient.

  3. Tansy Rock says

    Brilliant! My favourite lotion for my family is without a doubt the whipped body butter. I have tried all your recipes and like this the best. How would you sugest incorporating magnesium into this recipe? Thanks so much! x

  4. Sabrina Pate says

    If I was just starting to use magnesium oil, would you say using this lotion once a day would be enough, or would I also need to do the oil separately at some point? And would you use this on kids feet to help them sleep, or just the oil? Thanks!

  5. Julie says

    This is genius! It will be such a time saver – no need for magnesium oil and a separate body lotion anymore. Thanks Katie!

  6. Marie says

    Thanks, I love all your recipes! Since I’ve learned about the importance of magnesium and sulfate (Dr. Mercola and Dr. Stephanie Seneff) I’ve been using the magnesium lotion from Ancient Minerals with Opti MSM (MethylSulfonyMethane). Do you have any idea how I could find and incorporate MSM in a lotion recipe like yours, so it could be supercharge with health benefit. Thanks!

  7. Danna says

    The link to the magnesium flakes was for magnesium chloride, but I have magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt). Will that work as well?

  8. Elyse Rosenlof says

    Katie, what does the beeswax do? Is it really necessary or can I make this into a lotion without it? Thanks!

  9. Mardigan says

    Great idea! I am going to place an order at Mountain Rose Herbs so I can start making body butters! I also want to try your tallow recipe. I have tallow in the freezer from making bone broth. Do you think it ok to use previously frozen tallow?

  10. Jennifer Brizzolara Harrington says

    This is great. I’m curious as to how you use this with your kids to help with sleep. Is it something that you’d put on their body right before bed? How long does it take to be effective? Also, is it safe for newborns?

          • Sarah says

            I’m curious to know how much magnesium you take while pregnant – does a once all over application of this mag lotion supply you with enough? Do you also supplement with a pill form?

            Also, will a few spray on each child’s foot suffice? I feel it’s hard to know how much mag you’re getting in each spray. Thanks!! Your site is SO informative!!

          • Alicia says

            So i can use this all over my body daily and on my kids feet daily plus take a magnesium supplement for me and the kids? Also just to clarify i can use this as a sunscreen for my kids and myself? If so i think ill add carrot seed oil to it.

          • says

            It does have a low SPF but it isn’t a sunscreen specifically. You could add carrot seed to up the SPF but I’d still test carefully and slowly with your skin to make sure you won’t burn. I use this daily on myself and my kids.

  11. Melina Castro says

    I read the article on the way they heat process the flakes and was wondering if this Would work with normal magnesium powder?

      • Melina Castro says

        I just saw some liquid magnesium form. Do you know if that would work? I live in Hawaii and its over $50 to ship the flakes here.

        • Christina says

          I use the liquid form of Magnesium Citrate for my lotion it works great. Just don’t add any water to it. My lotion is
          1/2 cup magnesium chloride
          1/2 cup organic coconut oil (unrefined if you can find it)
          1/4 cup almond oil
          1/4 cup grapeseed oil !!!! Please note, you can use any oils you want as long as they total 1 cup!!!!!
          3 Tbsp beeswax
          1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
          10 to 20 drops essential oil (any you like .. I used 4 Thieves and lavender

          in a double boiler, completely melt the beeswax into the oils then off the heat add the magnesium citrate. Using a stick blender or mixer mix thoroughly.. let it sit on the counter to cool, mixing occasionally. When it is just barely warm to the touch add the vitamin E and essential oils, mix again and put into your containers. (If you referate it, it will become hard, I just let mine sit at room temperature. Feels so good going on)
          Also note: they do not recommend coconut oils for pregnant women…( I don’t remember why but check out anything you use in or on your bodies)

          • Christina says

            I made a mistake in my recipe… I use the Magnesium Citrate not Magnesium Chloride. The Magnesium Citrate is the bottles they sell to clean you out. The laxative. It’s only .98 cents a bottle and a bottle will make about 4 of the recipies. It does not irritate my skin, and I use it on my mother who is in the advanced stages of Alzheimers. The last time I saw her she knew my name. Not saying it was the Magnesium, but she has not known anyone’s name if a really long time. Also, it is best if rubbed on the feet, it absorbes much better. And coconut oil can be drying to the skin.

          • Luann says

            Not sure where you got the information to not use coconut oil while pregnant, but it is incorrect. My daughter works for an OB/GYN, and they encourage pregnant women to use coconut oil to help prevent stretch marks, and they also encourage cooking with it. It is not harmful in any way, to mom or baby.

        • Terry says

          Melina- If you have any friends or family on the mainland, have them ship it to you in one of those “If it fits, it ships” boxes from the post office. I have a friend in Hawaii and I do this for her. In fact, if there’s room in the box, perhaps she can fit more than one or other things in addition to the magnesium.

      • Jillian says

        I used the Magnesium powder and it did not dissolve. Is there something that I can add to make if less “gritty”?

  12. Kristine says

    Do you know if magnesium citrate powder (starwest) will work the same as your magnesium flakes?

  13. Susan Plocher says

    I already take a magnesium supplement at night recommended by my doctor. I dont’ want to over do it and have “intestinal problems.” Do you think I should still do this or perhaps not? I’d love to make this for the little bit extra kick it would give me. My system is a wreck!

    • says

      I personally take internally and use this since it is easier to absorb from skin in most cases, especially if there are any kind of intestinal problems…

  14. Mardigan says

    I use magnesium oil and it has caused my robe to fade where it came in contact with the oil before it fully absorbed into my skin. Could the same occur with the body butter??

  15. Lily says

    Hi, This sounds great but I’m having a problem finding magnesium chloride hexahydrate in South AFrica. What is the difference between that and Magnesium sulphate/epsom salts?

  16. Alison King says

    Is this as beneficial as the magnesium oil that you make? Trying to decide which to make..the butter or the oil :)

  17. Tamara Chapman says

    Could the magnesium concentrate be added to your lotion bars recipe? I want to make some lotion bars (cause I love them) but would love to have the added benefits of magnesium. Thank you so much!

    • says

      I’ve been working on a formula for this. Havne’t mastered it yet though because the magnesium adds a liquid component and it is all oil before. I think I can infuse the magnesium in to the oil somehow though… working on that :-)

  18. Horton says

    I have super sensitive skin with eczema, and major allergies to all living things (or so it seems), but would love to try this recipe. I have used the same Kukui Nut (ALBA) body butter for 7 years, but would like a change. What type of jar do you recommend, and how much of the butter does the recipe yield?

    • Gary Clay says

      I used to have very sensitive skin and severe allergies too since I was a teen. That all went away after I started using herbal cleanse/detoxing about 6 years ago. I was so toxic that if I went out in the sun on a warm day within 1-2 minutes it felt like my skin was on fire and if I got hot and sweaty I itched all over. After doing the first 10 day detox/cleanse and switching to a mostly organic diet all of that and much more went away.

  19. Ashley Hudgens says

    A lot of people in my family suffer from restless leg syndrome. I was talking to my dad about this body butter and he was wondering if something like this would be good in naturally treating RLS symptoms. If not do you have any idea as to what would be a good natural remedy for RLS? My mother was thinking a valerian root EO in a carrier oil.

    • Jennifer says

      I would also cut out sugar/caffeine from the diet. I’m currently pregnant and have had problems with RLS during this and other pregnancies. I’ve found for myself that staying away from sweets for most of the day (lunch time ’til bed time) and doing leg pilates or another type of easy leg exercises (what about a night-time walk?) before bedtime has helped me out tremendously.

    • Judy says

      Ashley, drinks of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp. – 1 Tbsp. in 8 oz. water 3 or 4 times a day alleviates restless leg for many people, including me. Adding an equal amount of raw honey makes it more palatable. You can make up a jar of it and keep in fridge, ready to take with you to work or when you go out. Have a glass before bedtime, too. And yes, this body butter would be helpful, too. Wish we’d known about this when I was a little girl. My mother would often rub my aching legs at bedtime — “growing pains,” it was called — to enable me to go to sleep at night. This body butter would have been so soothing. Thank you, Katie.

  20. Tami says

    My daughter suffers with eczema and asthmatic will this help? Am at wits end and DO not want to use doc prescrip of cortisone she is only 7 and gets seriously itchy!

  21. Rebecca Chandler says

    I wanted to add carrot extract to the mix as a sunscreen…would the sunscreen effect cancel out the absorption of vit D? Or do I make a batch with and without carrot extract?

  22. Valeria Jones says

    Neat Body Butter. I’ve never made a body butter before and would like to try this. I quit using lotions years ago mostly because of the smell and extra ingredients. I use plain coconut oil now. Is there a way to make this without the shea butter or cocoa butter as I really don’t like the smells of those two, even though they are really popular and good for the skin. Any neutral smelling substitutes or could I just leave them out and fill in the gap with extra coconut oil or beeswax?

  23. Fani says

    I have been using Magnesium Oil (Ancient Minerals) on my face daily for about a month. It has helped even out my skin tone, fade brown spots, treat my hormonal Rosacea and fade fine lines. This stuff is AWESOME!! I am currently on vacation at the beach, and did not have a base tan AT ALL!! I burned everywhere except my face!! I tried so hard to get sun on my face, and I got a very slight tan! So I can wholly believe that it would make an AWESOME sunscreen!!
    P. S.
    I used the Magnesium Oil to help heal my sunburn! Stings like the dickens, but no pain or swelling the next day!

  24. Jennifer says

    Hi Katie. I made this today and I have a question. I used the magnesium flakes you linked, used TT coconut oil, mango butter (shea is stinky to me), and white beeswax pastilles. Followed the directions to a T. After the second whip, I wasn’t enjoying the scent so I added some vanilla and essential oils, chilled again and rewhipped. I used it after my shower, it’s now been about 10 minutes since I put it on, and my clothes are sticking to me. It was also hard to spread around my skin. Any clue what I did wrong? Is it supposed to sit on your skin this long? Thanks!

      • Jennifer says

        You are so right. A couple days later and it’s not sticky at all. I’m still not a fan of the scent, so I’ve been using it on my feet at night. Thanks again!

  25. Tara says

    I am magnesium deficient and have been using both oral supplements and trans-dermal oils and gels. The trans-dermal methods tend to dry out my skin, so this is a great option. Thank you for the recipe. I just made a batch and can’t wait to try it out. Also, another great way to provide my daughter with trans-dermal magnesium.

  26. JessC says

    Has anyone tried this recipe for a deodorant? I’m really sensitive to the baking soda in most homemade deodorants, and am currently using milk of magnesia, but I’d prefer a cream over the liquid. I’m wondering if I could add the cornstarch or arrowroot powder used in most recipes for moisture control and use this for deodorant. I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts!! Thank you.

    • Missy says

      I haven’t tried this recipe as deodorant, but I am sensitive to baking soda too. I have been trying different homemade deodorants for about 10 months and still haven’t found the right one for me. But I am using magnesium oil as a deodorant now and it’s working pretty well, still getting the tingling but it doesn’t last too long and people say it will go away. Gonna have to give this a try.

    • Jan says

      I have been using it for a week and half as a deodorant-works VERY well!!! Summertime will be the real test though. I’m thinking of adding more beeswax so it will hold up in a deodorant tube.

  27. Michelle says

    Hi. So I have solid beeswax bars and am trying to figure out the conversion… Any idea of the weight of 2 tablespoons of the pastilles (grams or oz would be great). Thank you!

  28. Kirsten Doukas says

    Can the magnesium flakes be mixed with coconut oil alone? or do they have to be combined with water and then blended?

  29. Frances says

    I’m wondering if you could just use olive oil only with the mag or will that just split? Do you need the beeswax to make it mix together?

  30. Rebekah says

    I’m making it right now! can i add some peppermint oil for scent or does that react adversely with the magnesium? thanks!

  31. Mandy says

    I have a question… I bought some liquid magnesium to be taken orally. Could this be applied to the skin as well?

  32. Musa says

    very informative ideas and soloution im happy but little think is live in malaysia so i dont know all things where is available shops ?amazon etc online stores not delivered in malaysia plz ur guide me thanx GOD bless u.

  33. Megan Prout says

    Hi! Thanks! Would it be possible to blend this by hand with a whisk? Or do I really need an electrical blender?

  34. Erin Olson says

    Is this safe for use while breastfeeding? I don’t have magnesium flakes but I think I will try this with Epsom salts and maybe order some flakes for next time.

  35. Candice Nowak says

    I just made this… it normal for some “liquid” to be in the jar. It looks like I “squeezed” some oil out. :S — Thanks

  36. Deb Tejada says

    I made this the other day, using mag powder as I couldn’t find flakes. I love the balm but for some reason the mag has crystalized and now it feels like there’s sand in it. Any suggestions to smooth it out? Today I’m going to reheat and add a little more water. It’s so dry here and Colorado and temps in the house have dropped too. Great, easy recipe. Thanks!

  37. Gail Mcclellan says

    I don’t have time to make my own but to order on line is so expensive is there a place you can get it cheaper? I suffer from almost all those symptoms

    • Elysia says

      Swanson Vitamins has the flakes for a good price. I buy a lot of my vitamins, etc from them & can vouch for their service. They also have a premade oil but it sounds like some people react to it, so probably safer to stick with the flakes. Katie’s recipe for oil is super fast and easy – you could do that instead of making the body butter.

      • Brandi Fletcher says

        I too will vouch for Swanson, I can get Aura Glow for like 5 bucks there when it is 9 bucks from the manufacturer. I honestly don’t know how they stay in business.

    • Cole says

      I buy Dr Shealy’s mag lotion. Along with jigsaw mag malate, it’s an excellent addition. I also like to spray my feet with mag oil at night.

  38. lisa says

    Hi, I have my own good quality magnesium oil which I purchased however it is not a thick oil so can I use it in this recipe since you mention that the oil while cooling becomes thick?

  39. Ginrei says

    It’s also bad for people with acne, so yeah. I don’t know why everyone seems to want to include it in things you’re going to smear all over your body… I suggest using a butter with a similar melting point? Babassu oil is nice, creamy, and cheap! And melts at about the same temperature.

  40. Amanda says

    I love this recipe and I desperately need transdermal magnesium supplementation, but I’d like to know how long I’m in for as far as the itching/tingling (I seem to notice it largely on my torso area – guessing that’s because its the area with the highest blood flow) and if there’s something I can do to actively minimize it during the adjustment period. It nearly drove me up the wall last night!

  41. Beth Anne Kelleher says

    Love this recipe, thank you Katie. I had an issue with my lotion separating… Any tips to avoid this ? Thanks :)

  42. shireen finkle says

    I totally love all these homemade things. im newly retired n need something to do. plus it will help my family thank u

  43. Robin I. Mack says

    Many Thanks!!! I’ve been thinking of using/finding a recipe for something exactly like this; as I’m a Diabetic for 30 years now.

  44. Tracey Johnson says

    Katie what about folks like me who cannot use/eat coconut anything anymore? (New allergy I’m major bummed out about it). What alternate oil or butter could work just as well in this blend? Thank you

    • Tracey Johnson says

      just saw some else had posted replies earlier about this very question I had missed them before. I have my answer now. Thanks

  45. Gwen says

    Coco butter, Shea butter…there are several other options that can be substituted for Coconut oil in these recipes though sometimes you might find you want to alter the amount of beeswax you use because they have a different melting point. I believe she has some lotion or body butter type recipes without coconut oil as well and I think she has said that these things are fairly interchangeable It’s all preference and just as many people seem to have a dislike for the scent or an allergy to Shea or Coco butter too. Again it’s an individual preference (or need) thing that’s the beauty of these recipes they can be individualized.

  46. Lindsay Castro says

    I love reading your posts and I ordered a lot of different ingredients today to make this as well as your toothpaste. I have one question though, are all essential oils bad during pregnancy or are there only some that should be avoided? I just found out we are expecting #3 and I was hoping to make this as natural of a pregnancy as possible while upping my magnesium and other important minerals. Thank you so much, I have learned so much from reading your posts!

    • Jenna says

      That is exactly what I did. (Heck, I just eyeballed it and considered it good!) The end result was fine. I think people suggest the pellets for projects like this because it is easier to measure out.

  47. Helene Maillet says

    Hi. I have made this cream but it leaves a sticky residual on my hands. But when i wash it off. It leaves my skin so soft. What am i doing wrong

  48. Randrea says

    I just did this. without the beeswax since I do not have any. The liquid though did not want to blend into the oil. is there anything I can do about it?

    • Padmani says

      There are a lot of things that are traditionally used as emulsifiers in lotions. Emulsifying wax is one, lecitin and borax(sodium borate) are others. Vegetable stearate also helps in some cases. I have a really great lotion recipe that uses hydrosols in it and you could easily replace some of the liquid with the magnesium oil.

      3/4 cup sweet almond oil
      1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
      1 Teaspoon lanolin
      1/2 ounce grated beeswax
      Melt ingredients together over low heat and cool to room temperature. When cool, add:
      2/3 cup rosewater
      1/2 cup aloe vera gel
      1 – 2 drops rose blend EO
      5 drops Vitamin E oil
      Whip all ingredients to a smooth consistency. Store in a sterile covered jar.

      for a lotion

      2 Tbs. fractionated coconut oil(you can use whatever you’d like, I didn’t want an ‘oily’ base)
      1/4 cup stearic acid
      1/4 cup aloe vera gel
      1 Tbs. shea butter
      1 cup distilled water
      1 tsp. borax (sodium borate, not boric acid)

      Melt the oil, stearic and shea butter.
      In a separate pot, melt the soap in the water and borax until all is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the aloe gel.
      Let both mixtures cool until just warm, if either one starts to solidify, reheat until melted.
      Using a stick blender, slowly add the soap base to the oil base while blending, blend for about a minute adding fragrance or eo’s if desired, leave for 10 minutes or so, come back and stir some more. Let cool completely before putting into container.

      I have used both of these the top one is a tick butter the bottom one a light lotion.

  49. Erin says

    I made this last night and I think I discovered how to get your lotion bar…

    I chopped up a beeswax bar since that’s what I had access to and while I thought I measured 2T I suspect I ended up higher, as I now have a jar full of very solid magnesium lotion. It looked great when I whipped it last night and it certainly didn’t deflate, but it’s NOT a whipped consistency anymore. It’ll be fun getting it out of the jar, but it still melts well and should still do the trick.

    I used rosewater for the water to dissolve the magnesium flakes (just heated them together over the double boiler stirring till dissolved). That worked fine and the finished product smells lovely without being too strong.

    Thanks for sharing, my three year old likes to have his legs and feet rubbed as he falls asleep, this should made it even better for him.

    • Jenna says

      Mine is more of a wax than a butter, too. I just scoop it out of the contain and rub it into the skin where it quickly melts anyway.

    • Gabe says

      I deliver mail, and just learned a new route, so have been really hustling to get back to the office on time. This had given me a horrible sore shoulder and neck. Think like having a car on your neck and shoulder, and you’d be pretty close to the pain! I came home and slathered some of this magnesium body butter on my neck and shoulder, down my arms and went to bed. The next morning, I couldn’t believe how much better it was! From a 10 on the pain scale to about a 1.5! I used it for several days, and then slowed down on the route, and haven’t had problems since! This really works!

    • Jenna says

      I have been using this now for about 3 weeks-month and I find I crave it. I do rub it into my feet at night and find I sleep so much better. I am also more relaxed. It used to go on a little sticky but that seems to be lessening. I have used the magnesium oil and don’t love it because of the stickiness, so I will be phasing that out and only using this butter in the future.

  50. Gabe says

    I just made some of this for gifts this Christmas: did I do something wrong? The color and texture in the photo, the MBB appears white and fluffy. Mine turned out gooey (not runny, just sort of gloppy) and sort of a greenish beige. I did double the recipe, and didn’t blend DROPS of the magnesium blend into the butters as that would have taken HOURS, and the butters were setting up quickly…Do you think it is ok to use? I did follow all the directions and used the proper measurements…

  51. Gabe says

    OK, now I KNOW I must have done something wrong! This is horrible! It is sticky, thick, and reminds me VERY much of some raw lanolin I got years ago, INCLUDING the smell! Anyone know what I could do to fix this? I made a double batch, and now wish I hadn’t as the ingredients were pretty spendy!
    It won’t blend into the skin, just coats it with a thick sticky film, and my clothing sticks to me as well. I’m also wondering what the remnants on the utensils I used are doing to my pipes as they are washed……..

    • Denise says

      I totally agree with you. I just made this recipe today and it sounds just like what you have described to a t. I thought about doubling the batch also but so thankful I didn’t. I definitely won’t be making this again and I was so excited to give this a try, but very disappointed in the results! :(

  52. CathieAnn says

    I like the sound of this Magnesium Body Butter and can’t wait to make it. Could you tell me if it would make a difference if I used Emulsifying Wax instead of the Beeswax?

  53. leo says

    Oh, I especially love this because the thing that keeps me from using the mag oil is waiting to let it dry on my skin. So this is great!.

  54. Helen Adams says

    Frequency anyone?

    I made this and like it though it is not at all a whipped consistency anymore (only right when I made it) but more crumbly which does not rub in well. But I still find it good and I do think that my energy levels have improved a lot and think this is the most likely reason. I have had fatigue for years so I hope this is the key. My question is: how often do you put it all over your body? I thought I read this before but do not see the answer now. I do not want overdose but do want to use enough for it to be useful. All over the body daily or every few days and rubbing on feet regularly? Suggestions from the others here? Thanks!

  55. lana says

    Turned out so hard it is very difficult to scoop out what I want. Winter and my home is 68 deg during the day and 61 at night. Thinking I should be using a spoon to avoid contamination??

  56. Ally says

    Hi Katie,

    How long does the lotion last? Is there anyway to preserve it?

    Can essential oils be stirred in just before applying to the skin? I am thinking to also use it for damaged skin.

    Can you give the exact links that you bought your containers from please?

    Thanks and Happy New Year!

  57. Kathy Zaleski Olsen says

    How do you get it so thick? I followed the recipe and mine turned out more like a think pudding. Still usable but would like it to be more “butter” texture

  58. Lindsay says

    Hi Wellness Mama – new to discovering Magnesium supplementing (6 months preggo with THE WORST back pains and charley horses in the middle of the night in both my calves)… can you speak to the use of (liquid) Milk of Magnesia? I got some from my local health store, but not sure how to use it… and with all the supplements I take every morning… well, I need the most time effective option available.
    Thoughts?? Thanks for your time. :)

  59. Zoey says

    Hi! Love your website! I’m pregnant and wondering how much magnesium I will get by using this body butter? I don’t want to overdo it! Thanks! x

    • Cole says

      Magnesium has a built in safety feature. Take too much too quickly and you’ll have loose bowels. As long as your kidneys are healthy, you can’t overdo magnesium. Dr Carolyn Dean has a lot of info on her site.

  60. Lygeia says

    Magnesium powder burns extremely well and reaches temperatures of 2500°C. I realizing your recipe indicates you are use magnesium flakes. But this still sounds dangerous.

    • Cole says

      This uses magnesium chloride flakes which are a great way to get more magnesium into the body. Very safe! Have you heard of using Epsom salts in a bath? Those are magnesium sulfate. Mag chloride absorbs into the body better and is a better form to get more mag into the body. Perfectly safe when using in a bath, to make mag oil or mag lotion.

  61. Denise says

    I just made this recipe using the listed ingredients and was disappointed in the feel of the butter. Mine felt sticky and greasy and left my skin still wanting moisture. It is almost like it is just setting on the surface of my skin. Mine also looked nothing like your picture. It was more like a thick, creamy lotion. It looks wonderful but the feel on my skin is little to be desired. Anyone else have these results? Would love any suggestions or comments.

    • Gabe says

      Denise, I posted the “it’s horrible” comment, but didn’t see it here. Anyway, I actually added more of the magnesium stuff into the gooey batch I made, which made it slightly better. I have read several posts regarding body butters, and they all say to get it really cold and whip it with a *heavy* duty mixer, which I also didn’t do. ( I mis-read and used a stick blender, which I think wasn’t very powerful enough…). After adding in more magnesium flakes, and trying to blend it again, it isn’t so bad. I also added some essential oils,(sandalwood, I think) just enough to take away the strong shea butter smell. It still looks like beige putty, with the same consistency as well, but it does seem to work, and it isn’t as bad as I originally thought.

      • Denise says

        I also used a stick blender and it got very warm and I thought I better stop before I burnt it up. That could have been the problem. Well, thanks for the response and I am glad to hear it is better for you. I have to say after having it on my skin for sometime, my skin does feel soft so maybe I just didn’t give it a chance. I will definitely use it cause I know the ingredients are beneficial and as you commented before they aren’t exactly cheap so we shall see. I may end up really liking it.

  62. Annie says

    I just made this recipe using the listed ingredients and was disappointed in the feel of the butter. Mine felt sticky and greasy and left my skin still wanting moisture. It is almost like it is just setting on the surface of my skin. Mine also looked nothing like your picture. It was more like a thick, creamy lotion. It looks wonderful but the feel on my skin is little to be desired. Anyone else have these results? Would love any suggestions or comments.

  63. Kalen says

    I wish I would have read the comments before trying this lotion. This was easy to make and, after cooling in the fridge overnight, looks just like the picture… but the lotion is sticky/waxy feeling. I put it on my legs and stomach after my shower this morning and gave it a good 45 minutes to absorb before trying to get dressed, but I don’t feel like anything absorbed. Even after wiping all the excess oil off with a towel, I feel like I have a layer of wax on my skin. I had to scrub my hands with soap and water to get the waxy feeling off.

    I’m not sorry I bought the ingredients though. I use coconut oil for cooking anyway, the shea butter feels amazing on my skin, and I’ll probably try a plain magnesium spray. The only thing I need to find a use for is the beeswax (which is what I’m assuming left the waxy feeling).

  64. gail says

    i am wondering if you know how many mgs are in each tablespoon/teaspoon etc. so one would know how much to apply at night to get the required amount?

  65. Dawn says

    I don’t have any magnesium flakes (will order) but while I am waiting for them, do you know if I can use Epsom Salts instead? (Will it work for making magnesium oil as well?)

  66. Tamara says

    I noticed you said not to add citrus oils due to sun sensitivity, but could you add vitamin c powder to this so it doubles as a magnesium boosting moisturiser as well as helping after swimming in chlorine?

  67. leo says

    Try an Epsom salt solution before you make a butter with . It felt really weird when I tried it a while back.
    I just made the mag body butter and boy what a mess! But I like the product. It came out a real nice Still kinda sticky and mildly stingy on a couple little cat scratches – a little like the oil. For the oils, I used some lotion bar that was still in the mason jar after I filled all my molds. Best way to clean up is to squeegee utensils with hand/ finger, apply to self, repeat. I t does have a slightly oily waxy feel, but I am not greasing everything I touch. The lotion bar with same ingredients except the mag oil hasn’t got that sticky waxy feel so I assume the mag oil causes that. Thinking back the mag oil itself does have a feel like that and also does feel a little drying. It definitely solves my problem of hating to wait til the mag oil dries on skin.

  68. Debbie says

    Does anyone else feel kind of hot and sticky when using the magnesium lotion? I used a whole batch and hot a little more used to it, but my teenage daughter felt warm and sticky when using it, so she hasn’t used it much. I hate to think of using it in the summer if that never goes away! :-)

  69. mary says

    Hi! I love the info… and am embarking on home made creams and lotions like this, and want to make some differing ones as well. I would love to add vitamin c to a cream… how is the best way to do that? I have a powdered form of Sodium Ascorbate…seems like it could work..? Any input..?

  70. Amie says

    I’m making this today, but the magnesium flakes are not dissolving. I’m sure I used the right amount. I’ve put it in a bowl in the water in the top part of my double boiler and it is taking forever? Is this normal? Will the heat effect the integrity of the magnesium?

  71. Erin says

    Any thoughts on what I can use in skincare recipes in place of beeswax? It is the only thing I am allergic to (itchy red rash/hives…I found out from using Burt’s Bees products). I guess I would just need something thick? LOVE your site. You are a true super-mom!

  72. Emily says

    I made two batches of this yesterday. The first, I accidentally (read: failed to read the instructions properly!) added the dissolved magnesium solution at the same time as I added the shea butter, bees wax and coconut oil to melt on the stove.
    I assumed that I had just ruined the batch and and so I made a second batch, following the correct steps. I continued with both batches and I found that the consistency of the first batch (where I made the mistake) was a little better once whipped because I had trouble with some of the magnesium/water not incorporating 100% (I was left with a little water in the bottom of the bowl).
    What I was wondering though was whether there is any reason not to add the magnesium earlier in the process? Does the heat of melting the oil ingredients harm the magnesium? I did notice that it took longer for the beeswax pastilles to melt with the water solution in the same jar, but it did melt after some time.
    When I make the next batch I would love to know if there is any issue with this process (ie. less magnesium content). Thanks!

    • Gwyn says

      I am not an expert and don’t know for sure but based on my research on the Ancient Minerals site about their oil vs flakes the flakes have already been heated to a very high temp so I can’t see why heating them again would be a problem. Basicly you are doing the same thing they have already done. It also makes some sense to me since water is used in the processing of the oil and heating it (along with the other oils) evaporates the excess water doing it your way in theory should help keep excess water from separating out later. Again I’m not an expert so maybe it does something else that’s undesirable (I’m still a bit confused about their explanation of it all). Hope that helps a little.

  73. Kimberly says

    I posted a question but do not see it. So I will ask again. Can you use emulsifying wax instead of the beeswax? I have emulsifying wax from MRH on hand, you like to use it if it will work. Any ideas?

  74. Rachel says

    Is there an age that’s too young to apply this to kids’ feet? My kids are 3 and 5 years old. If it’s okay to use it on them, I was thinking of adding a few drops of chamomile EO to help with sleeping. Or would that affect/decrease the effectiveness of the butter?

  75. JoAnne says

    I have been making this lotion and absolutely LOVE it! I’ve been sharing it with everyone because I’ve noticed such a difference in so many health aspects! Thank you! One question…I shared some with my mom and it started turning the soles of her feet and between her toes black. Her skin also started peeling on her feet. I was thinking maybe the black was because it is pulling toxins from her body?? Do you have any thoughts on this and also why it may be making her skin peel? Thanks so much!

  76. Charly says

    I know that you’ve answered at least one other similar question, but it’s been a couple years and I was hoping you might have a little more info on this now:
    I’m taking a powdered magnesium supplement and I’m experiencing crazy, vivid dreams. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night practically hallucinating – I couldn’t come out of that heavy, dreamy state. It was very unsettling. I’ve vowed not to take any more magnesium orally, but I do want to continue supplementing. Have you heard anyone say that switching to a transdermal version has alleviated this terrible side effect? I can’t find anything about it on the web. Thank you!!

  77. Angie says

    I just made this and it came out perfect!!! I’m wondering if it’s advisable to use after a shower and before bed? Should it be a foot and hand cream or an all over body cream?

    Thanks for sharing I’d been meaning to try magnesium flakes :)

    • JoAnne says

      Angie, I think it depends on the person but I’ve noticed some burning/itching if I use it anywhere I may have razor burn, an open cut or dry skin. Because it’s salt it has been irritating at times. It burns/itches pretty bad if you use it after shaving. I typically use it on my feet but I’ve also used it on my stomach, back or hips as well.

      Enjoy! This stuff has changed my life!

  78. Dennise says

    I tried to read thru all the comments and didn’t see one about subbing cocoa butter for shea butter. I would think the two are interchangeable but it has been a long long time since I made my own soaps and lotions. I also will be using the emulsifying wax since the recipe calls for water. I remember that emulsifying wax works better in recipes using water. I just made the magnesium oil recipe from your site and am anxious to use it also.

    Thanks again for the recipe and instructions…

  79. Shaundra says


    I have just read through every comment and didn’t see this question so hopefully its not repeated, I was wondering about Magnesium Oxide and if can be used to substitute. I have Epsom Salt as well but I have heard that is does not absorb as well. Nothing about the oxide though….any thoughts?

  80. Lauren says

    How long does it typically take to feel the effects of the magnesium after using the body butter on a regular basis?

  81. naomi says

    Could I mix some zinc oxide in too for more sun protection? Sorry of this question has been answered before… too many comments to read them all!

    • JoAnne says

      Hi Sarah,

      I use this on the bottoms of my kids’ feet and they’re 7, 6 and 2. I also have a friend who’s son has been having some growing pains, he’s 7, and they’ve had great success using this on his legs at night :)

  82. Annie says

    I’m new here , but why are you adding Wax to this?
    In’t Wax un-heathy to absorb into your body?


  83. Nysia E says

    I was wondering about this when I read your article on magnesium. I thought “what if you just put it in a lotion…” haha! here it is! :) Thanks again! Although I am wondering where the sunscreen effects are coming from that you mentioned… you didn’t ad any zinc. does the magnesium provide screening? I can’t remember.

  84. Duke says

    Made this today, thanks! It’s a mess to clean up! I didn’t know what to with the blender after, and I have a baby strapped to my back… I need a nap hehe!

  85. Sarah says

    I’ve noticed that it causes a bit of sensation, slight burning and tingling, for about an hour after application. Is this from the magnesium? I’ve taken baths with it before and never noticed an issue, but other than the magnesium I’ve had all of the other ingredients on my skin previously without any issue.
    Also, it feels like it leaves a residue behind. Has anyone noticed this getting into clothes and staining or making the material feel funny after a while?

  86. Sarah S. says

    I just made this by subbing cocoa butter for the shea butter since I am very sensitive to shea butter (it makes my eczema worse). It was horribly greasy and when I rubbed it into my hands (I have bad hand eczema) and it burned like the dickens. I couldn’t wash it off fast enough. I am trying to figure out the irritant. Would the magnesium water (I used the flakes) be that irritating? Or could it be the cocoa butter? And mine did not yield nearly as much as you said yours did. My recipe filled a half pint jar. I really want this to work as I have bad RLS and was hoping this would help me sleep better. Thoughts?

    • says

      Some people do notice a tingling sensation from the magnesium, but it might be a little strong for you if you have eczema. You could try balancing it with more of the other ingredients, which will also increase your yield.

  87. Erin says

    I just tried to make this, but the magnesium seems to have separated! Do you know what I have done wrong? Did I start adding it when it was too hot? It was fine until I took it out of the fridge to whip again… I whipped it and then all of a sudden there was water in the bottom of my bowl. I’ve never made anything like this before, so it could be something really silly!

  88. Marian says

    Aye aye aye. I’m a novice DIY lotion maker and didn’t realize what a mess beeswax and shea butter are. The lotion turned out good, but I spent a good hour and a half trying to clean everything up. Anybody have any tips or tricks? For me it was very hot water, then castor oil followed by dish soap that did the trick.

  89. christina says

    Just made this and LOVE It! I could feel it relaxes me when I put it on my feet. Katie, I am wondering are there application/dosage guidelines for how much one can use a day? Is it possible to overdose on Magnesium ?

  90. Debbie McIver says

    I am having a hard time getting the magnesium flakes to dissolve and it makes my butter gritty like a scrub. Any suggestions?

  91. Louise says

    I wonder if I could use Kokum butter or Cocoa butter instead of Shea butter since that’s what I happen to have in the cabinet? Both these are very hard, even in summer, and I don’t know what Shea butter is like. Do you think the same measurements would work? This recipe sounds wonderfully luscious!

  92. emma says

    I noticed your spray deodorant recipe is just plain magnesium oil. can this butter be used as a deodorant too, or do the other ingredients dilute it too much?

  93. Christina says

    I have been using this wonderful body butter for about 1 month, and I really noticed a difference on how it relaxes me and my husband and help us with our sleep!

    HOWEVER, I also noticed my husband and I also been feeling quite sluggish in the morning upon rising, rather than refreshed. I have also noticed it seemed to relate to sudden mood swings for me when I apply more than one time….

    I looked up Magniseum overdose and here is what I found:

    Overdose Signs

    There is also a possibility to over dose this supplement and the signs are as follows:
    Changes in Mental Status

    The over dose toxicity could cause mental irritability and uneasiness, mood changes and chemical imbalance.

    The person can become nauseous and uncomfortable.

    It could cause diarrhea.
    Loss of Appetite

    Loss of appetite could be experienced.
    Muscle Weakness

    The person experiences weakness, lethargy and lack of muscle strength.
    Difficulty Breathing

    Breathing might become difficult and uneasy.
    Extremely Low Blood Pressure

    The blood pressure could drop dramatically.
    Irregular Heartbeat

    It could cause irregular heartbeat patterns as a sign of overdose and toxicity.


    I love this butter but I think using in moderation, for me once a day, is key! And it’s important that one knows what the potential side effects are before using so you can monitor your intake!

    Hope this helps:-)

    • annie says

      Now I’m scared! I am gathering my ingredients now and want to try this. Can I replace the magnesium with something else? I am also wondering if it can be stored in the freezer for a longer life?

  94. Laurie says

    hello everyone,
    Gosh, what alot of comments !!! I make a body butter by whipping the shea ( refined doesn’t smell ) and slowly adding the barely melted butters ( if using cocoa) in liquid oils…too much heat can hydrogenize fats , just like with food… alternating the mag oil with the melted oils when whipping…
    If your magnesium is dissolved in water…I always use distilled, and a few drops of a decent antifungal/antibacterial ( like optiphen ) . it will not affect the properties of your ingredients, just won’t let mold grow …anything with spring/tap water grows mold, and fast…
    a teaspoon of arrowroot powder per 4 oz of product helps with the stickiness …and hasn’t interfered with absorption so far for me…
    clean your coffee grinder with some dry oatmeal and pitch it out to the birds…
    coconut can be drying, using jojoba ( which is a wax very close in chemical makeup to human skin ) and almond or avocado work grand ( but have a shorter shelf life )
    cocoa butter is an emulsifier because it is solid at warm temps, but beeswax, soya wax, candelilia or another emulsifier can be used …or everything will melt in a warm steamy bathroom closet or sunny windowsill…
    carrot oil is really good for skin, and chamomile…and from other posts katie has made… I love the idea of calendula or comfrey infused oil…
    don’t you love all this stuff ?

  95. Magda says

    How long does it need to be whipped to make it fluffy? I just whipped it and it will not get fluffy, just a thick lotion, but not fluffy….

  96. Debbie D says

    I know this is a rather old post by now, but I wanted to sing my praises for this recipe. I have had 3 pregnancies where my morning sickness was really, really bad. 3 months before conceiving my 4th child, I started making and using this recipe. I am happy to report, I had ZERO morning sickness with this pregnancy. I have also had pre-eclampsia or post partum pre-elampsia with all 3 of my previous pregnancies/postpartum. I am now 30 weeks pregnant, my blood pressure is in the 100teens/60s and 70s. I am praying no post partum pre-eclampsia this time. I promise to update you! I cannot thank you enough for posting this recipe. I had tried straight magnesium oil before finding this recipe. I have sensitive skin and it burned, every time I applied it. This recipe, I put on the bottom of my feet at night, just before going to bed. No pain. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

  97. Jane says

    I am really excited to make this. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and have been using Ancient Minerals Goodnight Lotion with great success. However, I am blowing through it and I just can’t justify the cost ($40/month on lotion is just crazy), not to mention all the wasted packaging. Is there a way to add melatonin to this recipe? I searched for a topical source but wasn’t able to find a reputable or pure source. I really feel I benefit from that particular ingredient.

    Thank you so much for all your amazing information! I am addicted to your site.

  98. Laurie says

    So, how in the world do you clean this out of your blender?!!!
    This was my first attempt at making any type of lotion & it did NOT whip at all. There was not enough volume to get around the blades, so I dumped it out into a bowl & hand whisked. It didn’t whip, but did make a nice thick lotion.
    But now I’m sitting here with an extremely greasy blender that I have no idea how to clean! Dish soap did nothing. Vinegar did nothing. Baking soda did nothing. I’m scared to put the blender in my dishwasher with this much oil!
    Anybody got tips?

  99. Krystel says

    I am sure people ask you this ALL the time, but have you considered selling this stuff in kits? Where you buy the bulk ingredients, put together a kit of the needed ingredients for a recipe and then selling it for your followers to make themselves? I love all the ideas on here, but after clicking on 10 different websites for different items with 10x’s more quantity then I need I don’t end up buying anything.

  100. Anna Pearce says

    This is kind of a weird question but with the magnesium body butter do you get the, er, same affects that you would get when you take magnesium internally (I’m sure anyone reading this who’s experienced this knows what I mean!)

  101. Donna says

    THANK YOU! I have been using this for four days on my lower back. I have two ruptured discs and have found no drug that can help, both OTC and Prescription. I thought what the heck, I’ll use this on my back. I was already taking Epsom salt baths every day with little help. I have had such a great deal of pain relief from this I had to write to thank you for posting the recipe! I first spray the magnesium oil from your recipe and then use this body butter. I am getting about 10hrs of pain relief from it. I still have just a little muscle pain in my back but NOTHING like the debilitating, unable to walk, pain I was experiencing before.
    I wasn’t sure if it was actually the magnesium or just a fluke that my back felt better so I have put it on my husband’s knee for two day and he too see a great difference!

    Again, THANK YOU!

  102. Andrea says

    I made this to rub on my feet and my 6 and 9 year old’s feet at night. They complain that it makes their feet itch and/or sting. Am I doing something wrong? It turned out perfectly and I didn’t add anything else.

    • says

      That is actually pretty normal for anyone who is deficient in magnesium. It should actually be a lot less with the body butter than with the pure oil. The good news is that it does get better as magnesium levels go up. I’d try rubbing some coconut oil on the feet first and then the body butter to dilute it a little bit…

  103. Teri says

    Katie ~ you look so young to be so smart and creative!! :) Have you ever had any readers have a bad reaction to coconut oil? I tried using it as a facial moisturizer only to have my face turn red and peel – after about a month of use. I made deodorant (coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch), which I loved! but ended up with red, itchy burning armpits – again, after a month of use. I’m wondering if I could make the deodorant with shea butter or something else and if it would work as good? Also, I’ve made your magnesium oil (I have to use sparingly due to bowel issues) and would like to make this magnesium body butter, but wonder if I can use something other than the coconut oil. Thanks for your input (and all the research and testing you do!). Blessings, Teri WA State

  104. Rosa says

    Can this be made into a hard lotion stick? And do you know if it would be safe to be applied to broken skin? (cuts, blisters)


  105. Christine says

    Can you please elaborate on your research regarding absorption and bio-availability of the magnesium flakes in this product?

    Thank you

  106. Rachael Giglio says

    So I am new to this magnesium oil thing. My chiropractor suggested I use it and after looking into several of your articles I can see I probably need it badly! I figured a lotion would be less drying to the skin, but here is the question. Is this going to be the same concentration as if I sprayed 10-20 spays of the straight oil? how much of the lotion would you apply and do you do it instead of the spray or in addition? (Sorry so many questions, just trying to figure this out!)

  107. Branna says

    Like other posters mentioned, I’m also having a hard time getting the magnesium oil to mix with the butter mixture. But I also used refined coconut oil instead of unrefined. Would that have anything to do with it? What exactly is the difference between the refined and unrefined coconut oil?

  108. Alexa says

    Can I use Dead Sea salt instead of magnesium flakes? I just got some from mountain rose herbs, it says it is 35% magnesium chloride. Not as much magnesium, but since it seems like a good idea to start slow, perhaps that’s a good thing!

    • Alexa says

      Update: Dead Sea salt is not such a good idea. I tried it and couldn’t get the salt to dissolve. It was also quite sticky. When I put it on my son he told me “Mommy, your hands are dirty.” Still, I discovered it makes a good deodorant!

  109. Catherine says

    Hi there

    making this in UK – we don’t use Cups. When I looked up the conversion it said 1 cup = 13 tbsp! I’m trying to work out how many tbspn equivalent I use of magnesium flakes but 7.5 tbspns seems excessive – unless the UK tablespoons are a different size to US ones. Help ))

    • Gretchen says

      1 cup is not 13 Tb; 1 cup is 16 Tb. Recipe calls for 1/2 cup (or 8 Tb) magnesium flakes, that is the correct amount (see recipe note that this is double strength magnesium oil when combined with 3 Tb hot water).

  110. Gretchen says

    Do the magnesium flakes have to be dissolved in water or can they be dissolved into the oils and beeswax as they are heated and melt?

    Thank you!

  111. Elaine says

    I used one quarter cup of avocado oil and 3 tbsps of coconut oil along with following the rest of recipe. Absolutely love it!!!

  112. Terri White says

    I keep having to make this because everyone loves it! My children use it on my grandchildren so they sleep. Then they use it themselves for deodorant and for sleep. My son and husband use it for deodorant. I use it for sleep and deodorant. I took it to my physical therapist to try on my tight muscles. She couldn’t stop raving about it. And she kept it. So now I’m making more! Thanks Katie for the awesome things you do. We are so grateful!

  113. Jessica says

    I used the Ancient Minerals pure magnesium oil and when it gets too cold or at room temp the magnesium seperates from the already whipped and blended cream. Is this seperation just water? Can i discard it or is this the magnesium oil itself? If so, how can I keep it together?

  114. elowyn says

    I have been wanting to try this recipe for months but never found the time, until finally our bottle of mag oil ran out.. my kids despise the oil because it stings and itches, so I never use it as often as I want to (daily, ideally).
    So the other night I made this, and first of all, I got so much pleasure just from the making. It’s the first body product I’ve made and I enjoyed it greatly, and felt so proud of my finished result. Then I started using it, and now I can’t stop putting it all over myself and everyone in the family! It smells great, it feels lovely on my skin, my dry elbows and legs are softer already, and the magnesium makes me feel so good. My kids have been falling asleep much faster than usual, and sleeping really well. Yay! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try out more of your stuff now.

  115. Whitney Distefano says

    My lotion came out gritty as well. I think it may be related to the magnesium flakes being not quite dissolved when I mixed the two parts together. Would it be ok to reheat the entire jar of body butter and rewhip to achieve a better non-gritty consistency?

    • Simone says

      I did this, which helped to dissolve the magnesium better. It has become smooth, but separates if I don’t beat it every 10 minutes or so. I have reheated it twice now, but I’m getting worried about heating the oils too much. Also, I added a little more magnesium in the beginning, but the butter is pretty sticky. Maybe best to make a new batch… In any case, be careful when reheating.

    • Renee says

      I just made this myself, as I was curious about it. I followed her recipe to the letter, using Ancient Minerals premade Mag. oil at room temperature. I’m wondering how long it took everyone to make this, because at the rate of adding the oil a drop at a time, it was taking over an hour. (Really? Who’s got time for that?) During the entire process, the “lotion” would get grainier & grainier with every single drop added. I finally stopped adding the mag. oil after about 24 mL., because it was certainly NOT turning out like it seems it would. I placed the rest of my oil back in it’s bottle, and watched as what was added to the “lotion” started to separate. I was then left with a bowl of what looked like polenta with melted butter, & dumped it out. Disgusting. Definitely not something I would attempt making again, personally. Glad I didn’t use the entire 1/2 cup of magnesium oil.

  116. Sue Mathewson says

    I just made a double recipe of the magnesium body butter. I have great hopes that it will come out well. I read, after I finished, that over-beating of the water-based magnesium oil into the oils can cause separation.

    This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you, Katie!

  117. Pat says

    I make my own body butter with coconut, shea butter, olive oil, jojoba, vitamin E, essential oil (lemon, lavender, orange) for scent and beeswax to thicken. Love it! Use it head to toe. I’ve even got a couple of my sisters begging for it.

  118. Odysseia says

    This cream is very good for extra dry skin but it’s not the best for dehydrated skin. Dehydration issues need to be dealt with water – not oil. Also, beeswax, tends to overload the skin if used too much…It’s a great natural emulsifier but the less the better.

    For my dehydrated skin type, I used pure aloe vera gel instead of beeswax. I whipped by hand the magnesium oil into the aloe vera gel and then slowly added the oils and turned into a wonderful hydrating lotion/cream. The less oils the lighter the lotion. Instead of coconut oil I used extra virgin olive oil and sesame oil for the winter season and shea butter with olive oil or cocoa butter with apricot oil for the summer season – all mixed with pure aloe vera gel.
    It’s about experimenting and about personal preferences and this recipe has given some great ideas!

  119. chalise says

    I love these DIY recipes with shea, beeswax, and coconut oil but how do you clean your utensils and appliances after. It’s so messy and this recipe suggests using a blender or hand mixer. I used my kitchenaid mixer but I can’t get clean and soap does nothing lol. Help LOL.

    • Sharon says

      Magnesium Oil is simply magnesium chloride and water. if it’s mag oil you want to make it just needs to be mag chloride ( nothing else). You can certainly make the recipe anyway you want but to be true to this recipe it is using mag chloride.

        • Sharon says

          I’ve never heard of citrate used topically. If you’re on Facebook an excellent group is The Magnesium Advocacy Group. If you access it by a computer at the top are “files”. Lots to learn there. If not look up Morley Robbins and he has a website ( he is owner of the Facebook group).

  120. Aleksandra says

    I just made this, but I doubled the recipe. I also added some olive oil, chamomile oil (sunflower seed oil base), vitamin A, E, and D oil, and some EOs. My shea butter is pretty yellowish, and my beeswax was yellow (natural color) so the end product came out more cream-colored than pure white as in the picture. Nevertheless, I think it turned out pretty well. Scraping it off of my food processor and blade was the hardest part, lol, as well as washing them up. But I am excited to start the New Year on a natural note. Husband and I use the magnesium oil as a deodorant so I will keep making it, and we use the squeezable toothpaste and the coconut milk-castille soap shampoo also. I use homemade soaps, lip balm, and lipstick. Pretty much everything that my husband and I use on our bodies is all-natural, except for nail polish and nail polish remover (and only I use that, and not so often… Are there any more natural options for nail polish/nail polish remover?).

    Thank you so much for this so helpful site. :)

    P.S. It won’t let me rate this recipe at 5 stars, when I get to the last star, only 3 are highlighted and it won’t go any higher… :/

  121. Sharon says

    I made this yesterday. Instead of beeswax I used 3 Tablespoons of Almond Oil. I also added MSM for the magnesium co-factor and the amazing results it’s supposed to add for the skin. It has a very nice creamy consistency. I noticed it has the tacky feeling of Magnesium oil that I was hoping to avoid. I wonder if anyone has cut the amount of Magnesium and had good results with that issue? But still getting enough magnesium

    • bernice says

      I’m curious, what is the proportion of msm did you put inis recipe? Did you just add it in addition to the magnesium? Or did you do half and half? addition


    • anne says

      The reason I don’t make this lotion is the tacky feeling after using it. I have found other body butter recipes that I greatly prefer.

  122. Vanessa Nocella says

    I would like to know if arrowroot powder could be used in place of the beeswax as I do not have that.
    Thank you

  123. HRN7442 says

    It should be mentioned that people with allergies to sulfa cannot use this as the magnesium is processed with sulfa. Just an FYI.

  124. annemarie says

    Mine turned out super gritty it actually hurts to use. I’m guessing because the magnesium flakes didn’t dissolve completely… Can i remedy this now that it’s already made? Would re-heating to melt and rewhipping mess it up or do anything at all to help?
    I love my tingles after using it. :)

  125. Elizabeth says

    Hi Wellness Mama!

    My magnesium butter seems to need an emulsifier. When he made it, my husband said he was able to whisk the dissolved magnesium flakes into the emollient mixture successfully and it stayed together for long enough for him to load it into jars. As I opened the jars, even that same night, I found pockets of what appeared to be water here and there in and underneath it, and I just dumped the water down the drain. Now he tells me the magnesium was in the water. In which case I am not going to raise my magnesium level using it.

    What’s the story? How can we be sure the magnesium stays dispersed in the emollient mixture?

  126. Dee says

    Hello Katie, just love this recipe as I use it on my son with ADHD to increase his magnesium needs and it actually helps with his muscle aches and pains associated with sensory issues. Anyway, I was wondering if there is any way to turn this into more of something that could be like a lotion bar that I could put into the lotion bar tubes. It would be so much easier for the both of us to apply. I tried more beeswax and still either too creamy or sets too much to pour into tubes before it is well incorporated. I’m sure I’m just not getting the ratio correct and hoped you might have some tips. Love your blog and all the information you share to help keep our families healthy naturally. Blessings, Dee

  127. Sheridan says

    Okay I made this and my kids and even I freak out because it makes an itchy tingling feeling. What did I do wrong? To much magnesium. Maybe I measured wrong.

  128. Tom Hartmann says

    Sorry, but to repeat the question Elizabeth had above about the liquid that accumulates in the jar of magnesium body butter: does the presence of that liquid indicate that the magnesium has drained out of the body butter and should be re-mixed, or is it a natural process that has little effect on the amount of magnesium in the body butter itself? Thanks for all of your support for the community.

  129. helen says

    I made this last night and it totally separated after I put it in the refrigerator and then tried to rewhip it. What could I have possibly done wrong?

  130. Annie Lee says

    Quick question…I have a sister-in-love who is allergic to beeswax. Any suggestion for a substitute? Thanks.

    I enjoy your site and all your wisdom. Thanks for sharing so freely!

  131. Trooke says

    Katie, I absolutely LOVE it your blog & recipes. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on adding Ylang Ylang to this recipe?

  132. Mary says

    Noticed recipe stated be careful using essential oils while pregnant. There’s essential oils in most of these natural recipes. So i’m thinking they may be harmful in body care during pregnancy? Please help. I’ll just keep them EO free while pregnant. I use mostly orange EO in my natural cleaning products and use Pacifica’s perfume oil from whole foods with EO’s so im a little concerned now.

  133. Jeanette Boerman says

    Can you tell me why your page has to have such a large space taken up with your header? It takes up 2 inches of my screen and only leaves 3 inches for me to read which is pretty annoying. I can’t even see this whole comment section. Love your information though.

  134. Sarah says

    Hi Katie! Have you whipped this up in a stand mixer? I was planning on throwing in the kitchen aid with the whipper attachment…. please advise :)

  135. Jesse says

    Hi Katie..

    I recently purchased 1 pound blocks of beeswax for making lotion bars and I am wondering what the amount of bees wax I would need for the “2 Tablespoons Beeswax Pastilles”? Would I be wrong in thinking it’s still 2 Tablespoons of grated beeswax?
    Thank you!

  136. Prair says

    I have a bottle of Mag Malate Renew. Each cap has 793mg Mag Malate Dihydrate – 100mg Elemental Mag and 545mg Malic Acid. I could not take this orally, but would like to try to use it. Could this be substituted in the lotion? At what amount do you think? Thanks for your help. :)

  137. Natalie says

    Hi! I just need clarification please: when you said to use flakes + boiling water OR the premade magnesium oil…. are you saying if I use the oil and not the flakes + water version, that by using the oil version I wouldn’t get as much magnesium in the final product and therefore it not be as potent?

    Thank you so much! I cannot wait to make this for myself and my family. :)

  138. Gretchen says

    I made this recipe and even added 1% vitamin E oil (non GMO, non soy) and 1% tea tree essential oil specifically to prevent oxidation and microbial growth, and it still oxidized in way less than the suggested shelf life of 2 months – it was less than 1 month (the top has turned a darker color). I assume this is due to the water in the magnesium oil. I worry that other’s people’s magnesium oil lotion may be going bad and they don’t know it, and are then putting oxidized lotion (i.e. containing free radicals) on their body, so this is an FYI warning to others. Thank you.

  139. jackie says

    So many great suggestions! I love the butter but hate the smell. I should have purchased refined shea butter I suppose. Is the refined as beneficial to use? Now that my butter is exactly right, I am wondering about the best essential oil to use for covering the smell and make it appealing for use by a recipient as a gift. Would I be able to simply re-blend the butter with the essential oils or would it be advisable to re-melt the butter (easiest) and stir them in? Would melting the butter make it separate? My butter is very thick and difficult to blend in its current consistency.

  140. Erin says

    I made this yesterday and used it at bed time and slept better than I have in a while! Thank you for another great recipe!

  141. Heather says

    so I just made this and it separated during th whipping faze. However now I see I forgot the beeswax. Can I remelt and add the beeswax to try and save the mixture ?

  142. Abigail says

    re magnesium butter: I know that we are to use glass bowls instead of metal when mixing magnesium oil. My question is: When making magnesium butter, is it ok for me to use mixer w/ metal beaters as long as I use glass bowl? Even my blender has metal blades. Please advise.

  143. Christina says

    I’ve made this before with great success but now I’m trying another batch and when making the magnesium oil, all the flakes aren’t dissolving….what am I doing wrong? ????

  144. Elizabeth says

    I love your website and I am addicted to trying your recipe’s. So I tried making a batch of the magnesium lotion TWICE and it is sticky!! maybe its me but it is sticky for hours, later on in the day it gets better but is there a particular ingredient that might be doing this that perhaps I can ommit? I tried it twice to see if I got something wrong, made sure I used exact ammounts of every ingredient and throuroughly melted them and whipped them real creamy and fridge it enough to get the “butter” look but still sticky!. I love the idea and I am wondering if the shea butter is the culprit, maybe too thick for me? or would it be the beeswax? Thanks

  145. Shannon says

    I made your recipe today and I am totally new to the DIY stuff. I followed the direction exactly to the T. The magnesium did not burn me skin at all (which I was surprised because I assumed I would be deficient). BUT I applied it to my stomach and on the inside of my arms. So not a whole lot and then I applied it to my sons feet and my husbands stomach. Now my hands are swollen like they would be if I was retaining water. Is this normal? Did I touch to much of it? How much is too much? I love your site! Thanks!

  146. JL Krogh says

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe! Thank you! Thank you! I like long distance running, but I struggled with the first few miles because I had such SEVERE shin splints. I quit running for awhile due to the pain, but decided to try this recipe for sleeping at night since it’s supposed to relax. That seemed to work for me, so I then decided to heavily slather it on my shins 10-15 minutes before running and it WORKS!! It is definitely the body butter working, because I’ve accidentally left it off when I went for a simple 5K and I had to walk most of it because of the shin splints. I have a half marathon later this year and you can believe that I will have this body butter on hand in my small pouch of my hydration belt–although it doesn’t seem to wear off easily, and my shins should be good and warmed up by the time I’m even halfway through the half–I don’t want to give any opportunity to pain during my 13.1 miles. Thanks again! I feel like this has changed my life! Your body butter recipe helps me to run, running helps me to get healthier!

  147. Susan P says

    Love this stuff! I need to make another batch soon. Most of my life I have been prone to leg cramps and cramps in the arch of my foot that makes my big toe attempt to stand up straight. After making my first batch of Magnesium Body Butter I had one of those foot cramps while sleeping. Of course, it immediately woke me up. I got the Magnesium Body Butter and massaged some of it into the cramp. In just a few minutes the cramp was completely gone and I was able to sleep through the rest of the night without problems.

  148. Terry says

    Hi Katie. I just got done reading your latest on topical magnesium. The magnesium source, (IMCH) is different than the one suggested in this recipe. Is the one superior to the other?

  149. Berkeley says

    I just made this lotion last week and have been using it every night. I hate taking pills so I was thrilled to see a way to boost magnesium as a lotion. I’ve noticed that I sleep great but wake up feeling heavy and a little achy and seem to have a headache. Is this a common side-effect? My husband tried it for two nights, it stung him like crazy, and he said he felt numbness in his fingers and toes the day after. Is there an adjustment period?

  150. Kim says

    Hi Katie,

    I would like to try making your magnesium body butter recipe and also using as a deodorant as I hear it is very effective. Have you ever had any problem with mold formation since it has water in it and should I add some sort of preservative if I make a large batch to prevent this? Do any readers have suggestions for deo recipes containing the magnesium?

  151. Rebecca says

    Just made this and I love it! Super easy to make, didn’t find it sticky at all, was not gritty either, as some people commented. My skin is super soft. Love it! Don’t know if the magnesium is working at all or not, cause I’m not feeling it tingling or anything, but will see if I see any differences on the long run! Thank you Wellness Mama!

    • Shirley says

      I got the same result. It was smooth, creamy and I use it on my feet at night. As someone who has had sleep issues, I have the BEST SLEEP EVER when I use this.

  152. Jenny says

    Hi I was wondering if I could use zinc powder in every formulation of the butter since i use it on my kids.. does it build up on their skin? Is there such a thing as too much zinc?

  153. Carolina says

    Im planning on making this. Is it safe to use everyday as regular lotion? Can I use it on my 15 month old?

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