Product Review: Topical Magnesium from Ancient Minerals

March 11, 2021

Product Review: Topical Magnesium from Ancient Minerals

Recently, our long-time and popular magnesium lotion, MagnSul, was discontinued by Xymogen.  After spending time researching the options available to us, we decided to stock three new topical magnesium products from Ancient Minerals.
Why Ancient Minerals?
Ancient Minerals is a well established brand.  We were drawn to the guaranteed purity and quality of their products, their simple and natural ingredient lists, their easy-to-use packaging, and (of course) their overwhelmingly large number of positive reviews.

What Are The Options?
We currently carry their Magnesium Lotion, Magnesium Gel, and Magnesium Spray.

A Review of Each Product

 Magnesium Lotion 5 Oz

 About: Featuring a clean, plant-derived lotion base and an easy-to-use airless, measured pump top.  You know exactly how much magnesium you're applying.  The lotion base cuts down on any potential skin irritation and absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft, moisturized and nourished.

Considerations: People with known allergies to the lotion base ingredients should not use this product.  Contains jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter.  It's a little more expensive per dose than the gel or spray.

Ingredients: Water, Genuine Zechstein magnesium chloride, organic vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, olive squalane, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, lactobacillus ferment, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate

Our Verdict: This was probably our favorite thanks to easy application and the nice lotion base.  Topical magnesium can be itchy and irritating, but the soothing plant oils in the lotion seemed to counteract that.  It absorbed pretty quickly, in under a minute of massaging the area. If you are not allergic to any ingredients in the lotion, this is  the form we would recommend starting with.

Picture #1: Untouched, right after application. 

Picture #2: After ~5 seconds of rubbing. 

Picture #3: After ~30 seconds of rubbing.

 
Magnesium Gel

 About: We're offering the gel preparation for our clients who may be allergic or sensitive to the ingredients in the lotion base.  Dispensed in a squeeze tube, the gel goes on clear and absorbs rapidly.  The aloe is soothing to the skin and reduces potential skin irritation from the magnesium.

Considerations:  People with known allergies to ingredients in the gel should avoid this product.  You would need to measure it yourself in order to know the exact amount of magnesium being applied.  The gel is not sticky.  When it has dried completely, there's a very thin, non-sticky film left on the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Genuine Zechstein® magnesium chloride, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, certified organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice.

Our Verdict: The gel is a close runner up to the lotion.  We like that it's low-allergen alternative and it would be a good choice if you need to put clothes on the area quickly after applying the magnesium.  Both the lotion and the gel absorb pretty quickly, but the gel is a little faster.  It was a mildly tingly (which is normal).

Picture #1: Untouched, right after application.

Picture #2: After ~5 seconds of rubbing. 

Picture #3: After ~30 seconds of rubbing.


 Magnesium Spray

About: Magnesium oil spray is the classic topical magnesium and is a frequently requested product.  Talk about a limited ingredient list!  It's very simple: just water and magnesium.  It can be sprayed directly onto the skin, or mixed with the lotion, oil or gel of your choice.  Make your own magnesium lotion!  Cool.

Considerations: We found the spray to be the most potentially irritating and tingly formula.  The instructions say that mild tingling is normal and recommend wiping off the area after 20 minutes have passed. Three staff members tested it out.  One staff member who tried it had cat scratches that burned when the spray touched them, experienced mild tingling and no skin irritation.  One staff member developed an itchy, red rash.  The third staff member experienced mild tingling but no skin irritation.  All three noted that the excess unabsorbed magnesium stayed on top of the skin after the spray dried, forming a white flakey area that looked kind of like dry skin.  (This is normal, according to the manufacturer, and can be wiped off after 20 minutes.)

Ingredients: Water, Genuine Zechstein magnesium chloride (and trace minerals)

Our Verdict: Not our personal favorite, but a good option for people who want a simple ingredient list or the ability to make their own magnesium lotion.  Topical magnesium can be irritating, and the spray appears to have the highest potential for skin irritation.  However, many people seem to tolerate it quite well.

Picture #1: Untouched, right after application.

Picture #2: After ~5 seconds of rubbing. 

Picture #3: ~10 minutes after application.  Notice the red spots developing near the wrist.

 
We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found the information helpful and informative!  If you're interested in ordering any of these products, give us a call at 734-973-8990 or send an email to info@castleremedies.com.  If you have feedback or questions about this blog, or want to suggest a blog topic, don't hesitate to reach out!  Thank you for reading!