We love our baths around here – obviously, that’s one of the many reasons we run our business – but even more fun (for us) than taking baths are creating different products to make your bath more enjoyable! Taking hot baths have been proven to relieve muscle aches and create relaxation. As quoted by Dr. Foxman from the Reader’s Digest article: ““The benefits that come from heat from water—which is an opportunity to relax—and the benefits of heat on capillary dilation at skin level, for some relieves pain,” he says.”
While simply soaking in hot water will definitely make you relax – think of yourself like a tea bag just expanding and floating in the hot water – hot water alone isn’t very fun. Add some pizazz to your bath with fragrance, color, and water softeners, and you can take an already relaxing experience to spa-level indulgence.
That’s why we just launched a line of bath salts. Our bath salts are comprised of Dead Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salt, Menthol Crystals, Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, fragrance, and colorant.
So, what are each of these ingredients and what are their benefits? We’ll start with the most “scientific-sounding” term on our ingredients list:
- Polysorbate 80 – Polysorbate 80 is derived from polyethoxylated sorbitan and oleic acid; essentially, it is a polymer of sugar alcohols and fatty acids, like those found in olive oil, sunflower oil, etc. We use this ingredient because it’s an emulsifying agent and dispersing agent, allowing the oils from the fragrances we use to disperse properly in the water you’re soaking in (so you don’t see droplets of oil at the top of your tub while soaking).
- Dead Sea Salt – Said to be rich in minerals because of all the natural light at the Dead Sea in Israel, salt (and mud) from the Dead Sea is especially water-softening. According to a study conducted in 2005 published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information: “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin.”
- Pink Himalayan Salt – While there are no studies that prove Himalayan Salt has any more benefits or properties than, say, regular table salt, it is really pretty to use in bath salts! Himalayan Salt has sodium chloride, potassium, and magnesium at slightly higher levels than table salt; all of these minerals do act as water softeners, making the bath feel smoother, and such can be perceived as more relaxing.
- Epsom Salt – Epsom salt is not really a “salt” at all, just has similar chemical properties to salt, which is why it’s given that name. Epsom is actually magnesium sulfate, named after Epsom, England, where it was first discovered. While there is a lot of hype around Epsom Salt, especially if you ask your grandmother, there is no actual evidence that the magnesium-deficient will be able to absorb the magnesium transdermally in a bath. Again, however, like Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salt does act as a water softener, which makes bathing much more pleasurable.
- Menthol Crystals – Menthol crystals serve aromatherapy benefits as the perception of breathing menthol and menthol-like scents (i.e. peppermint, eucalyptus), create a feeling of breathing greener, fresher air.
- Baking Soda & Citric Acid – Combined, these create a fizzing action in the water. Only used in small amounts in bath salts, these will not create the same fizz that you would find in a bath bomb, but still, produces fizzing results as the carbon particles are released into the water. In a phrase – tiny bubbles! The combination of the two also neutralizes the pH of general tap water by alkalizing it.
While there is not much scientific evidence to suggest that any of these salts have properties beyond softening the water, the salts all do act as water softeners which make the skin feel softer and more moisturized after bathing. Plus, the combination of fragrance and/or essential oils act with aromatherapy benefits – pleasing scents = happier people.
Why try bath salts, then? Because bath salts have been used in various forms for decades to produce a joyful, elegant bath. Unlike their bath bomb counterparts, our bath salts can be used for many baths as they’re stored in plastic jars, with cork tops, and wooden scoop spoons. We recommend about three scoops per bath, but go ahead and use as much or as little as you would like!