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Post Updated April 17, 2018
DIY magnesium lotion is easy to make, cost effective, and beneficial to the body. Homemade magnesium lotion is the easiest and most pleasant way to naturally increase your magnesium levels. This magnesium lotion feels luxurious and also increases your health with regular application.
Magnesium is vital for over 300 biochemical processes in the body, and most people in our society have depleted levels due to stress, junk food, etc. There are lots of ways to get more of this beneficial mineral, but DIY magnesium lotion is one of my favorites. This magnesium lotion recipe is so simple and good for you!
The first time I ever tried a magnesium supplement a few years ago, I took one right before bed. It felt like my whole body was relaxing more than usual, and that night I had lots of vivid dreams. That experience helped me see what a powerful mineral it is.
One hint that you might need extra magnesium is poor quality sleep, restless legs, muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, or anxiety. If you struggle with any of these issues, adding more magnesium (especially DIY magnesium lotion) is a simple thing to do that can add hefty benefits to your life.
Since then, I’ve made epsom salt baths and magnesium rich foods a priority. I also tried a few different kinds of magnesium sprays and gels, but every single one of them made my skin sting and unbearably itchy. Then, I was brave enough to try magnesium lotion and boy, am I glad I did! It was an entirely different experience.
For a full year I used and loved Life-Flo Magnesium Lotion, which works great with zero itchiness (and smells like a vanilla cupcake, which is divine). The only thing I disliked was the price tag: almost $10 for a small 8 ounce bottle.
(Psst… if you want to sample magnesium before making a full recipe, you can try a small bottle of my new favorite magnesium spray here. You only have to pay shipping.)
While I love natural products, I always try to choose the most frugal option when possible. One day, I stumbled across this recipe for DIY magnesium lotion by Don’t Waste the Crumbs (one of my favorite blogs). I was intrigued!
The prospect of saving money on one of my favorite products had me hooked. My friend Tonya and I decided to try it out together, and it was a success! The finished product is soothing, moisturizing, and leaves no itchy after-effect like the magnesium sprays and gels I’ve tried.
For a comprehensive list of all the benefits of magnesium, plus the best ways to incorporate it into your life, you can read my post “Magnesium: The Ultimate Guide.”
DIY Magnesium Lotion Benefits
Homemade magnesium lotion may help you:
- Sleep more soundly
- Relax muscles
- Improve restless legs
- Soothe headaches
- Balance hormones
- Calm the nervous system
If nothing else, this DIY magnesium lotion recipe will moisturize your skin with all natural ingredients and no chemicals or fillers. Well worth a try!
Another great benefit of using a lotion instead of a supplement is that it is absorbed straight into the bloodstream and bypasses the GI tract. Magnesium supplements have a reputation for causing digestive issues if too much is taken, and the lotion completely eliminates this concern.
As perviously stated, one of the biggest benefits of DIY magnesium lotion is the money you’ll save. In this recipe, which makes 16 ounces of lotion, the price of all ingredients comes to $7.95. Compare that to the cheapest option of ready-made lotion, which is $10 for half the amount (8 oz.). That’s a savings of over 50%!
DIY Magnesium Lotion Recipe Ingredients
For this recipe, you only need a few natural ingredients. Here’s what you need + why it’s important.
The magnesium flakes are obviously the star of this recipe, so getting a good quality brand is really important. Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes are top quality magnesium chloride from the Zechstein Seabed in Europe. If you try a different kind, I can’t guarantee that your skin won’t be itchy. But, as previously stated, this kind is soothing to the skin with zero itchiness. It is rapidly absorbed, potent, and free of contaminants.
Can you actually make any natural DIY skin products without coconut oil? Joking aside, coconut oil is one of the most moisturizing substances for the skin. Unrefined, virgin coconut oil is the best kind to use. It plays many roles in our home, from cooking to smoothies to makeup remover to chocolate magic shell.
Funny enough, I’ve never actually used shea butter before this recipe! It is an absolute powerhouse of moisture, locking it into the skin and helping repair it. It is solid and buttery at room temperature, and provides essential fatty acids to the skin as well as vitamins (source).
Beeswax is what helps this lotion come together and solidify somewhat, making it easy to spread onto the skin. It also creates a barrier to help seal in moisture, adding a protective benefit (source). Beeswax pastilles are much easier to use and measure than a beeswax block, but do whatever works for you.
These aren’t essential to the recipe (see what I did there?), but can add a lovely smell as well as other benefits. Tailor the scent to meet your personal preference. I used lavender, which also aids relaxation.
Magnesium Lotion Recipe Supplies:
- 1 cup magnesium flakes
- 6 Tbsp. boiling water
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 4 Tbsp. beeswax pastilles
- 6 Tbsp. shea butter
- 20 drops essential oils (I used lavender)
- Double boiler (or large jar inside a pot of boiling water)
- Quart size mason jar or large mug
- Stick immersion blender
DIY Magnesium Lotion Recipe Process
Below is the step-by-step DIY magnesium lotion recipe tutorial with photos. I apologize for the poor lighting in the tutorial photos. My current kitchen has one tiny window which doesn’t make for the best picture quality. But hopefully the photos still help you understand each step. Skip to the bottom of the post if you want the recipe card.
Boil some water. Add magnesium flakes into a mason jar or mug. Add 6 Tbsp. of boiling water to the flakes, stir until flakes are dissolved, and set aside.
In large jar or double boiler, add the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
Place the jar into a pot filled with several inches of water (or, if using a double boiler, place the top pot over the pot of water). Turn the heat to medium-high.
Melt the solid ingredients together, carefully stirring occasionally. You can also swirl the jar to mix everything together. Be extremely careful when handling the hot jar, and wear an oven mitt.
Once everything is melted together, remove the pot or jar and set it aside to cool for 3-5 minutes. If you are using essential oils, add them at this point.
Pour the magnesium liquid into the other ingredients. It may start to solidify when you do this, which is fine.
Blend everything together thoroughly with your immersion blender.
Magnesium lotion keeps in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Yield: approximately 16 ounces of lotion. This is enough of you and several friends. You can easily halve this recipe if you’re making it just for yourself. However, this is a messy project. So, if I’m going to make a mess, I’d rather make a bigger batch and give some to friends/family, or even sell it!
DIY Magnesium Lotion Recipe Notes:
- The finished product is a bit more solid than a store-bought lotion (kind of like a body butter or salve). It also has a slightly waxy/greasy feel because it is all natural. It won’t absorb exactly the same as a drugstore lotion, but that’s the point!
- You might prefer to use this lotion at night if the fact that it doesn’t absorb quickly is bothersome to you.
- This magnesium lotion can be applied anywhere (except maybe your face – it would be too heavy). I like to apply it to my abdomen, since I tend to carry more tension there. Apply it wherever you feel your muscles are tense – shoulders, back, etc.
- A lot of people like to apply this to their legs to help with restless leg syndrome (RLS), or to the bottoms of feet for better absorption.
DIY Magnesium Lotion Recipe Cleanup
Yes, there is a separate section just to explain how to best clean up this recipe! Although this lotion is very easy to make, it is messy and cleanup can be a little challenging since the beeswax tends to create a semi-solid layer of lotion on all your tools when you’re finished.
The easiest method is to put all your tools and containers into a sinkful of very hot water with a generous amount of grease-cutting dish liquid. Allow to soak for several minutes, scrub with a sponge, and run through the dishwasher.
For the immersion blender, fill the quart mason jar with hot soapy water and blend with the blender. This should make cleanup pretty easy. If you find your tools are still messy after this process, use a baking soda + water paste as a scrub to remove residue. My tools came clean with just the dish liquid though, so you shouldn’t have any issues. If you want to simplify the process even more, you can have designated tools that you use only for DIY projects.
Here’s the recipe card for the short and sweet version:
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If you enjoy DIY recipes like this, here’s my favorite resource for homemade products: The Everyday Roots Book. It’s over 400 pages of DIY home & beauty products, plus home remedies. I’ve never seen a resource this comprehensive for DIY recipes and remedies, and believe me, I’ve looked. I love having this book on hand whenever I need a quick remedy, and I can’t wait to try some of the salves and lotion recipes. Check out the Everyday Roots book here!
Have you ever used magnesium lotion or oil before? What was your experience?