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.

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A simple body butter made with simple ingredients for a soothing magnesium boost that leaves skin silky and healthy.
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Recipe type: Body - Lotion/Body Butter
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Instructions
  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, beeswax 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!

Reader Comments

  1. Guest 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?

        • M3ow 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.

      • 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!

      • 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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. 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. 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!

  6. Danna says

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

    • RaquelAnna says

      I made it this afternoon with Epsom salts – it didn’t dissolve well with the 3 tbsp of boiling water so my body butter seems more like a scrub with little Magnesium crystals. Oh, well, I’ll use it anyway and order some magnesium chloride.

  7. LAO 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?
    Thanks!

  8. Kristine says

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

  9. 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…

  10. LAO 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??
    Thanks!

  11. 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?

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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 :-)

  14. DHorton 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?

  15. 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.

    • JenniferWI1977 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

  19. OBXQUEEN 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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?

  25. 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?

  26. 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!

  27. Mandy says

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

  28. uzma 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. Candice Nowak says

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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

    • LysiJoy 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.

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. Beth Anne Kelleher says

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

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. TeaJae 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

    • TeaJae says

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

  41. Gwevt 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.

  42. 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!
    Lindsay

    • 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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?

  45. ErinElizabeth 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.

    • AngelGabe 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.

  46. AngelGabe 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…

  47. AngelGabe 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……..
    Help??

    • 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! :(

  48. 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?

  49. leopardabsurdity . 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!.

  50. jhelenadams 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!

  51. 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??

  52. 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!

  53. 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
    thanks!

  54. 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. :)
    Lindsay

  55. bellious_mamma 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.

  56. Guest 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

    • AngelGabe 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.

  59. Guest 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.

  60. 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).

  61. 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?

    • Melissa Smith says

      Hi! I calculated this. If you use the Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes and follow the recipe, the finished product has about 200 mg of magnesium per teaspoon.

  62. 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?)

  63. 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?

  64. leopardabsurdity 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.

  65. 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! :-)

  66. 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..?

  67. 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?
    Thanks!

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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?

  71. 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?

  72. 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!

  73. 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!!

  74. 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!

  75. 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…

  76. Shaundra says

    Hello!

    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?

  77. Lauren says

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

  78. 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 :)

  79. Annie says

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

    Thanx..

  80. 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.

  81. 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!

  82. 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?

  83. 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.

  84. 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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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 ?

  87. 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?

  88. 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!

  89. 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?

  90. 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.
    Nausea

    The person can become nauseous and uncomfortable.
    Diarrhea

    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.

    Source: http://www.magnesiumoilbenefits.org/magnesium_oil_side_effects.html

    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:-)

  91. 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 ?
    laurie

  92. Magda Kubi? 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….

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

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