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Magnesium flakes vs spray vs body butter: understanding the difference

Magnesium is an essential mineral with numerous health benefits. Our transdermal magnesium range is a great way to increase magnesium levels, and as it is absorbed directly through the skin is an easy and effective way to supplement. But with so many products available, which is best? Flakes sprays or body butter?

All our products contain the highest-quality magnesium chloride, naturally sourced and free from man-made pollutants. The right product for you simply comes down to your needs and preference. This handy guide will help you decide which is best for you.

In this guide:

The short answer

Magnesium has a range of health benefits, which all our magnesium products provide. It’s in how they are used, and who they are aimed at, that separates one product from another.

  • Exercise—spray/gel
  • Sleep—flake/lotion
  • General—spray/body butter

Experiment and find the right magnesium product that suits you and your lifestyle.

Benefits of all products

  • Magnesium absorbs into your skin easily
  • Pure, natural source of magnesium
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Promotes overall wellbeing
  • A scientifically proven way to supplement your magnesium intake
  • Free from man-made pollutants

Magnesium Flakes

Magnesium flakes are designed to be used in either a bath or footbath. Baths fully expose your body to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride, an excellent way to increase your mineral levels and unwind at the same time.

Magnesium flakes are perfect for people who:

  • enjoy a good bath
  • have sensitive skin
  • don’t like the feeling of creams or sprays

If you’re using magnesium to aid sleep, factor in a warm, magnesium rich bath to prepare your body for sleep. Learn more about how magnesium can act as sleep supplements by downloading our free Sleep eBook.

Best for… muscle relaxation and people with sensitive skin.

Not for you if… you want to measure your magnesium intake. There are too many variables to accurately state how much magnesium you would receive from a magnesium bath or footbath.

Magnesium Oil Body Sprays

BetterYou’s is our strongest and purest magnesium oil product and is the ultimate way for you to replenish your magnesium levels, with 10 sprays providing 200mg of elemental magnesium (57% of your recommended daily allowance). Absorption begins immediately, passing through the dermal layer of the skin, directly into the muscles and bloodstream.

Magnesium spray is perfect if you’re looking to treat specific areas such as muscles and joints. It works well for everyday use or after an intensive workout.

Make sure you massage the spray well into the troubled area. For best results, apply to clean skin and reapply when needed.

Types of magnesium spray

Our unique each offer their own benefits and have been enhanced with essential oils. Click on the links below to find out more about each product:

Best for… increasing levels quickly or treating a specific area.

Not for you if… you have sensitive or broken skin.

Magnesium Body Butter

Our is a deeply rich, intensively moisturising body butter. It contains 100% natural ingredients which are kind to sensitive skin.

The natural coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E ensure that your skin stays radiant and moisturised.

If you’re looking for a magnesium product you can use each day to keep your skin looking fresh, magnesium body butter is the option for you. Five ml of body butter provides at least 75mg of magnesium—that’s 21.5% of your recommended dietary allowance.

Best for… healthy-looking skin.

Not for you if… you don’t like how cream feels on the skin.

Magnesium Lotion

Like our magnesium oil sprays, we’ve designed our Magnesium Body Lotion to be massaged into the skin. The formulations are non-greasy and can be applied all over the body (avoiding sensitive areas). Depending on the type of lotion you have chosen, your routine might differ slightly.



Types of magnesium lotion

Click on the links below to look at the product pages:

Best for… a range of needs.

Not for you if… you don’t like how lotion feels on the skin.

Magnesium comparison table


Used after exercise?

Used when pregnant?

Amount of elemental magnesium absorbed

Suitable for children?

Available in multipacks?




Body Spray is suitable

10 sprays = up to 57% RDA* of magnesium

Magnesium Sleep Kids' Body Spray is recommended for children






N/A – too many variables (volume and temperature of bathwater etc.)




Body butter



5ml = 21% RDA* of magnesium







5ml = up to 43% RDA* of magnesium

is available


Sleep Bundle


* Recommended dietary allowance

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