There are two variations to this recipe. One is a body butter and one is a spray. The recipe actually makes both, because you technically have to make the spray before you can make the butter. I will explain more after the recipe.
- 1 cup HOT water
- 2 cups magnesium chloride flakes (not epsom salt!)
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup shea butter (mango or cocoa butter also would work)
- 3 tablespoons beeswax
- 25 drops grapeseed extract (optional for a longer shelf life, but may not be necessary if you keep it in the fridge)
Where to buy magnesium flakes:
This is the brand I buy, simply because I can buy it at my local health food store. I have also heard that this brand is excellent as well.
To use the body butter:
- Scoop out a small amount from the jar and rub on the desired area.
- Massage into the skin until it’s completely absorbed.
- It may sting at first because of the Magnesium (a salt). It’s best to not apply when you are too warm or your pores will be wide open. Also be sure to avoid any open wounds or cuts.
- This can stain clothing or bedding, so it’s best to wear old clothes or be sure to wash clothing appropriately afterwards.
To make and use a spray:
- If you prefer, you can make a spray instead of the body butter. Simply mix up the water and magnesium and pour into a spray bottle.
- To use, spray a few sprays on the affected area and allow it to air dry.
- This still can still sting, but it does not cause fabric stains like the body butter. However, it does take awhile to dry, so it is a bit more inconvenient (in my opinion.)
- Using the spray is also cheaper because of all the added ingredients (but they do make your skin soft.)
NOTE: Both of these methods only need about 30 minutes to fully absorb into your skin. This means, that if you wish, you can wipe it off after that time, or even take a shower.