People have been taking baths for centuries, but now they're far more than just a way to get clean.
And thanks to the new natural products that have recently landed on the market, you can easily turn your bath into a spa-like experience.
Forget the harsh, artificially fragranced and sulfate-laden bubble baths of the past. They've been been replaced by gentle formulas with clean ingredients that are unlikely to disrupt your pH or cause irritation.
Think: mineral-rich salts and skin-softening powders, infused with essential oils, algae, clay and other botanical ingredients.
Keep scrolling to discover my favourite non-toxic bath salts and bath soaks to indulge in during your next self-care session....
Goop G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
Goop G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak is one of five new soaks from Gwyneth Paltrow (who takes a bath every night!). Each one has a salt base, infused with different botanicals and essential oil blends created by Gwyneth's acupuncturist. G.Tox is all about detoxing the stress and pollution of urban life. It's creamy, thanks to the charcoal and clay, and leaves you feeling super relaxed. (It's worth having to wipe down your tub afterwards!) The other blends include G.Nite for deep sleep; Phys.Ed. for sore muscles; Nurse! for when you're under the weather; and "The Martini" for taking the edge off a stressful day.
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
If you love coconut and vanilla, you'll love Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak. It's made from dehydrated coconut milk, which creates a fragrant, milky bath experience. There's also a high concentration of baking soda, famous for its soothing properties. This one leaves skin so soft and moisturized, I find I can easily skip body lotion.
Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak
Inspired by the sea, Pursoma Minerals de Mer Body Soak promises to detox and de-stress you with just three ingredients. Mineral-rich sea salt helps draw out toxins, and algae and chlorella are hydrating and soothing to the skin. The company also has soaks for sleep (Digital Detox), fatigue (Resurrection), post-workout (After The Class), post-yoga (Après Savasana) and colds and flu (Hot Tub).
French Girl Menthe Sea Soak
If you're a fan of mint, French Girl Menthe Sea Soak is for you. This blend of six salts (Himalayan, Dendritic, Epsom, Dead Sea, French grey and Pacific) is fragranced with peppermint, rosemary and lavender. The salts help to relax muscles while the essential oils invigorate your senses.
Vertly Hemp CBD Infused Bath Salts
If you're curious about the CBD (cannabidiol) trend, Vertly Hemp CBD Infused Bath Salts would be a great way to dive in! Not only do they contain an all-natural mix of salts, sulfur, baking soda, glycerin and essential oils, they're also spiked with a hemp-derived cannabinoid extract. Topically, CBD won't make you high, but its anti-inflammatory properties can ease aches and soreness.
Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak
Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak is a new two-in-one bath soak and skin scrub from one of my favourite clean beauty brands. Meant to soothe overworked muscles, it's high in magnesium sulfate, coconut oil, Dead Sea salt and Himalayan salt. You can either dissolve it in a bath, or apply it to damp skin as an exfoliant.
Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath has a cult following amongst athletes, who swear by it for healing sore muscles post-training. The main ingredient is indeed mustard (in powdered form), along with essential oils and sodium carbonate. It was the creation of the late Dr. Shyam Singha, a London-based acupuncturist, osteopath and homeopath who was considered one of the most sought-after healers in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts
Unlike most bath salts, African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts are made with Kalahari crystal salt, a pure and mineral-rich salt harvested from the Kalahari Desert in Africa. They're also unique because they're infused with caffeine, which de-puffs and treats cellulite, plus seaweed extract and marula oil for hydration.
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak is all about promoting restful sleep. So, the sea salt base is spiked with chamomile and an array of aromatherapeutic oils, including lavender, patchouli and vetiver. There is some synthetic fragrance in here, but it's less than one percent.
Kaia Naturals The Sleep Detox Hot Bath
Another option for creating a relaxed state before bed is Kaia Naturals The Sleep Detox Hot Bath. In hot water, the minty magnesium and salt mixture should encourage a sweat, which will help release toxins while the body absorbs minerals. There's also a Matcha bath, which is even more detoxifying, and a Turmeric bath for sore muscles.
Herbivore Calm Soaking Salts
Herbivore Calm Soaking Salts are a fusion of Pacific sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, kaolin clay and my two favourite scents: ylang-ylang and vanilla. I find these ones take a little more time to dissolve, but make up for it with the cute packaging and affordable price! There's also a Detox version, with blue clay to draw out impurities.
Agent Nateur Holi(Bath) Coconut Milk Bath
Agent Nateur Holi(Bath) Coconut Milk Bath contains not only coconut milk powder but also salt, magnesium, calendula, chamomile, baking soda and honey. So, you're getting a little bit of everything in this one, with a jasmine, rose and sandalwood scent. Plus, there's no guessing about how much to add to your bath—it's already divided into 10 sachets.
Susanne Kaufmann St. John’s Wort Bath
For dry, sunburnt or stressed-out skin, Susanne Kaufmann St. John's Wort Bath is just the ticket. The St. John's wort extract is soothing for sensitivity, while cocoa butter and milk protein nourish the skin. This one has a cool fizzing effect when you add it to the water (thanks to the baking soda).
Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes are ideal if you do a lot of working out, yoga or sports. The magnesium flakes are an alternative to Epsom salts, and are made from some of the world’s purest natural magnesium chloride. Sweet birch oil creates a warming sensation and has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain.
Mauli Inner Beauty Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts
Mauli Inner Beauty Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts create an indulgent, spa-like soak. The Himalayan pink salt and real rose quartz powder (!!) are blended with 13 fragrant oils, including geranium, blood orange, grapefruit, lime, sandalwood, jasmine and vanilla.
Shiva Rose Venus Milk Bath
Shiva Rose Venus Milk Bath takes inspiration from Cleopatra, who famously bathed in goat's milk to preserve her beauty. So yes, you'll find goat's milk powder in here, along with baking soda, sea salt, lactose and amber oil. Bonus: The milk is a natural source of lactic acid, which gently exfoliates the skin.
Salt by Hendrix Soak Infusion
If you like the idea of bathing in flower petals, you have to check out Salt by Hendrix Soak Infusion. I've tried the Lavender + Hibiscus blend, which contains magnesium flakes, Epsom salt and Himalayan pink salt along with real lavender and hibiscus petals. I was pleasantly surprised to find it turned my bath pink! There are two other infusions: Rose + Heather Flower and Globosa + Green Tea.
Ila Bath Salts for Inner Peace
Even the packaging of Ila Bath Salts for Inner Peace feels luxurious, it's such a heavy jar. Inside is a generous amount of Himalayan salt crystals, infused with organic rose otto, sandalwood and jasmine essential oils. These actually last a long time, as you only need one or two tablespoons per bath.
Salt by Hendrix Coco-Soak
Salt by Hendrix Coco-Soak is from an Australian-made skincare range focused on botanical ingredients and minimalist packaging. With fine grains of Dead Sea salt, coconut powder and aloe, there are three infusions to choose from. Matcha has matcha green tea, Rose has real rose petals and Pomegranate has pomegranate extract. So far, I've tried Matcha and it creates an amazing milky bath that leaves your skin like silk!
Captain Blankenship Sky Dancer Calming Bath Salts
Captain Blankenship Sky Dancer Calming Bath Salts are one of three all-natural bath salt blends from a women-run indie beauty brand. Housed in their signature blue bottles, all have sea salt, Epsom salt, baking soda and Marine clay, but with different combinations of essential oils. The lavender-tangerine notes of Sky Dancer are indeed calming, while Orla is uplifting with rose geranium and blood orange, and Rusalka is like a walk in the forest with spruce and pine.
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