magnesium oil skincare

Magnesium Oil for skincare

Written by: | December 18, 2017 | 3 responses

Magnesium Oil seems to be all the rage in skincare lately. A quick Google search will lead you to many articles and blogs about all of the benefits of magnesium oil, many of which cannot be discussed here due to FDA regulations, but let’s explore some of the facts we can discuss about this interesting ingredient.

What is Magnesium Oil?

Despite its name, magnesium oil isn’t really an oil, it’s simply magnesium chloride dissolved in water. The term “magnesium oil” comes from the slippery “oily” feeling that the magnesium chloride solution leaves behind on the skin. You’re probably familiar with Epsom Salt, which is also magnesium, but it’s in the form of magnesium sulfate. While Epsom salt baths can be a lifesaver after a long day of physical activity, and they are rich in magnesium, they do not provide the same topical benefits as magnesium oil. To make magnesium oil, the ratio of water to magnesium chloride can certainly vary, however, most formulas call for a  1:1 ratio, meaning one part water to one part magnesium chloride.

How to Use Magnesium Oil

There are many different ways to use magnesium oil in your skincare routine. We like to use it on skin fresh from the shower or after working out. You could simply mix the magnesium chloride and water at a 1:1 ratio and use it as a spray. There’s no need for a preservative as the magnesium chloride will prevent any bacteria or mold growth. You may experience a tingling sensation when using as a spray at this ratio. Many users report this sensation as decreasing over time with regular use.

You can also use magnesium oil in your cosmetic formulations. You’ll still get all of the benefits of magnesium oil without any of the tingling sensation. Try this simple magnesium lotion recipe.

0.780  Lbs Orange Blossom Distillate 34.837%
0.790  Lbs Deionized Water 35.284%
0.200  Lbs Magnesium Chloride Flakes 8.933%
0.080  Lbs Sorbitol 3.573%
0.006  Lbs Xanthan Gum 0.268%
0.200  Lbs USDA Certified Organic Jojoba Oil 8.933%
0.050  Lbs Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate 2.233%
0.020  Lbs Glyceryl Stearate 0.893%
0.030  Lbs Cetyl Alcohol 1.340%
0.060  Lbs Kokum Butter 2.680%
0.023  Lbs Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glycerin 1.027%


Weigh and add the following ingredients to a container for heating –

0.780 Lbs        Orange Blossom Distillate
0.780 Lbs        Deionized Water
Bring water and orange blossom distillate to a boil. Add the following ingredients to a large mixing bowl and then slowly pour the boiling water phase over the magnesium chloride flakes and sorbitol.
0.20 Lbs          Magnesium Chloride Flakes
.080 Lbs          Sorbitol

Grab your stick blender and while blending the water phase ingredients above, slowly add Xanthan Gum, it’s best to sprinkle over the surface of water very slowly while constantly mixing with your stick blender. You will see your water phase transform into more of a gel texture.

0.006 lbs         Xanthan Gum

Set this phase aside and in a new container begin your oil phase.


Place the following ingredients in a pot or microwave safe container and heat until completely melted or to 170 degrees.

0.200 Lbs              Golden Jojoba Oil
0.050 Lbs              Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate
0.020 Lbs             Glyceryl Stearate SE
0.030 Lbs             Cetyl Alcohol
0.060 Lbs             Kokum Butter

Place your stick blender into your water phase ingredients, slowly add the melted oil phase ingredients to the Water Phase ingredients while constantly mixing with your stick blender. Continue to mix until all ingredients are fully blended and your lotion is fully emulsified. It should turn a bright white color.

Once your lotion is cooled to 110F – Add the following Preservative and mix thoroughly.

0.023 Lbs           Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glycerin


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