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Chocolate Rose Magnesium Lotion

admin December 1, 2014

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Today kicks off our 10 Days of Homemade Christmas.  Now through next Friday, December 12th, we’re featuring 5 posts each week with a homemade gift you can make for your loved ones this year (Monday through Friday).  We know that sometimes, something handmade is the best way to show love.

Of course, if you’re not the crafty sort, we’re also offering our Christmas Gift Guide, which features affordable, natural products from small businesses and WAHMs.  That’s handmade…but you don’t have to do the work yourself!  (Be sure to download it whether you’re doing some homemade or all purchased gifts, because there are some coupon codes in there!)

On to today’s project!

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Chocolate Rose Magnesium Lotion

I’ve loved using my magnesium lotion for a long time now.  But, a lot of people have asked why it seems kind of sticky after awhile.  The thing is, it starts out great, but after it’s had a few days to sit, the high percentage of shea butter in this lotion makes it get much thicker and stickier.  I still like it, because it melts on your skin and it’s very nourishing, but the slight stickiness can be a turn off for some.

I knew it was time to experiment with some new ingredients, and what better time than right before Christmas?

After doing some research, I decided to add some new nourishing ingredients.  Cocoa butter is excellent for skin, especially skin with stretch marks or fine lines.  Shea butter is still awesome for healing, so I’m using it, but less of it.  I added coconut oil for its nourishing properties, plus my favorite apricot kernel oil (which helps to reduce redness, scars, and smooths skin).  Infusing it with dried rose petals for an awesome scent and skin healing properties was just the icing on the awesome-smelling “cake.”

What resulted was an absolutely perfect lotion.  Smooth, creamy, and rich without being heavy.  Plus, it smells divinely of chocolate, with just a hint of coconut and rose.  I even left it sit for a few days, just to be sure it wouldn’t separate or firm up and be ruined.  It did neither — it stayed perfectly smooth and creamy.  This is seriously wonderful lotion.

If you prefer, you can use pure water instead of magnesium lotion, and it will just be a deliciously scented, nourishing skin treat.  Or you can leave the magnesium in, and it has the properties of a supplement too.

I recommend buying cute little 8-oz. mason jars (like the one pictured above) and tying a ribbon around it for a very simple yet festive packaging.

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Ingredients:

 

Directions:

First, place 4 – 6 oz. of apricot oil in a small glass jar.  Add about 1/4 c. of dried rose petals.  Place this jar in a pot of hot water and allow it to sit for several hours.  (I do this on my stove with the burner on low to medium.  Once bubbles begin to form in the water, I turn it off.)

Strain the oil through a piece of cloth into a clean jar.  Use 2 oz. for this recipe; keep the rest for another use.  Or just make a bigger batch!

In another small glass jar, pour 1 oz. very hot, filtered water.  Add 2 oz. (1/4 c.) of magnesium chloride flakes and stir until dissolved.  This is the perfect amount for this recipe, so increase it if you’re making a larger batch.  If you don’t want this lotion to contain magnesium, then skip this step and use 2 oz. of pure filtered water in the final recipe.

In an 8 oz. or larger glass jar (tall one, not like the type you’ll use to store it), place all of the oils and the beeswax — but not the magnesium oil (which is not technically an oil, but a salt solution).  Place this jar into a pan of water that comes up about 3/4 of the way on the jar.  Turn it to medium heat.

Stir the oils occasionally until it is completely melted.  Remove the jar from the water — use a potholder, it’s hot! — and pour the oils into a small mixing bowl.

Allow this mixture to cool until close to room temperature.  Then, using a mixer or immersion blender, begin to blend the oils together.  Slowly pour in the magnesium oil while you do this.  It will become thick and opaque.

Once the lotion is thoroughly mixed, pour it into an 8-oz. glass storage jar.  Put a lid on it and allow it to cool completely.

With the magnesium in it (which acts as something of a preservative), this should last several months on the counter.  Your magnesium lotion is finished!

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What’s your favorite magnesium lotion?

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  1. Awesome recipe. I’m pretty cash-strapped and I’ve been wondering what to get my mother and sister for Christmas. Lotions like these will be a wonderful little gift for them. I’m actually pretty excited to make them, and may even make one for myself 😀

    On another note, do you have any specific recipes for facial lotions? I have pretty sensitive skin. The lotions I get for my face and its dryness often have to be very light, yet still moisturizing and made for sensitive skin. Just curious.

    Thanks, MAM!

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  7. Hi there! I have a question about the rose petals. Do you have a special place where you get dried rose petals, or do you trust a local florist? I just wonder if the florist roses have pesticide residue that would get into the lotion.

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