Story by Cheri Woodsmall
There’s no denying that there’s something truly decadent — not to mention utterly relaxing —about trading a five-minute power shower for a long, leisurely soak. And for those rare occasions when the latter is an option, adding all the perfect products is the best way to take a bath from basic to blissful.
Enter bath salts, which have long been used for both their physical and mental benefits. Many are made from either magnesium sulfate (commonly known as Epsom salt) or different types of sea salt, all rich in minerals that can do everything from detoxify the skin to soothe sore muscles. Add in essential oils for various aromatherapy benefits and bath salts are the perfect way to treat both your body and your mind.
SOAK FOR A BETTER HEALTH
Your skin will love you! Indulging just once a week works to promote glowing skin by removing impurities from the skin and balancing your skin’s moisture levels.
It Helps Your Body Too
Regular soaks aid with hydrating internally while helping replenish your body’s electrolytes. They assist in erasing toxins, improving your overall immunity and helping to balance alkaline levels.
It Fades Away Pain
Known for its weightless effect, soaking in water takes the weight off of your muscles and joints, allowing them to relax. Add in that the properties in salt offer exceptional healing powers and you’ll be feeling better soon.
Get More ZZZZ’s
Taking a soak in magnesium rich salts and those infused with such herbs as lavender, allows our body to absorb these minerals and breath in relaxing scents, helping our bodies get a better night’s sleep.
TIME TO RELAX
Indulge yourself in these soothing salts.
Follain Organic Bath Co. Rose Bath Salts
There are just three ingredients in this soak—magnesium chloride flakes, Himalayan sea salt, and Moroccan Rose essential oil—but each one packs a punch. Magnesium detoxifies and is an essential mineral for calming the mind and relaxing muscles, while the mineral content of the Himalayan salt maintains the skin barrier to keep moisture locked in. And that essential oil? It’s what makes this soak smell oh-so-good, fresh and floral. Bonus points for the gorgeous pink hue and packaging that makes this look so pretty perched on the edge of your tub. follain.com
I Am Grounded Salt Soak
This is a heart-opening blend of essential oils and herbs hand-blended in Epsom and mineral-rich Himalayan pink salts. From Honey & Sage Co, this is excellent to help calm your mood + energy. A combination of Himalayan sea salt and Epsom salt do their thing for your body, with the additional of Rose Petals, Essential Oils of Vetiver, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Bergamot + Rose. honeyandsageco.com
c.Booth Pink Himalayan Bath Soak with Epsom Salt
Not only is the price a total steal, you only need to use a small amount for each bath, so one jar lasts quite a while. A combination of Himalayan sea salt and Epsom salt do their thing for your body, and the floral scent—of rose, pink peony, lily, and violet—is a big hit among satisfied reviewers. amazon.com
Little Moon Essentials – Beach All You Want
This tropical getaway bath salt is made just for you! Just in case it may be a while until you can jet off to the sandy shores of oceans blue, this bath is your private getaway, your own personal beach retreat. Soak deep and long in the fragrant waters, made with Hawaiian sea salt that is kissed with red clay from the island of Kauai. It is the next best thing to actually being there! littlemoonessentials.com
PREP Your Skin Peppermint and Eucalyptus Bath Salts
This brand makes several different varieties of bath salts (all at the same great price point), but we’re partial to this option. While many bath salts are great for relaxation purposes, the peppermint and eucalyptus scent of these is uplifting and invigorating, ideal when you need a little mental or physical pick-me-up (or feel congested or stuffed-up). It’s made with Atlantic sea salts, rich in important minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. target.com
Thisworks Deep Sleep Bath Soak
Have trouble sleeping? Instead of reality TV binging or never-ending social media scrolling, try taking a bath with this soak a few hours before bedtime. A blend of lavender and vetivert oils, plus chamomile extract, in a sea salt base help to calm and quiet your mind, leaving you feeling totally relaxed and ready to hit the sack. You’ll get extra credit points for not bringing your phone into the bathroom. thisworks.com
G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
Don’t be put off by the black hue—that’s just activated charcoal and glacial marine clay, a dynamic duo that goes to work removing all the impurities and assorted gunk and grime we’re exposed to on the reg. There’s also a blend of different salts, skin-softening enzymes, and essential oils, too. Be sure to soak for at least 20 minutes in order to reap the purifying benefits — consider this your excuse to stretch out your time in the tub. shop.goop.com