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Editor’s Picks: 16 of the Best Bath Salts and Bath Soaks to Relax Your Body and Soften Your Skin

You won’t want to leave the tub.
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People have been taking baths for centuries, but now they’re far more than just a way to get clean. Modern studies have discovered that a hot soak can help promote better sleep,[1] relieve stress,[2] reduce depression[3] and even boost metabolism.[4] 

And thanks to the newest bath products on the market, you can easily turn your tub into a spa-like experience.

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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 They’ve been been replaced by gentle formulas with clean ingredients that are unlikely to disrupt your pH or cause irritation.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 the best bath salts and bath soaks (and why I chose them) for your next self-care session.

The Best Bath Salts and Bath Soaks of 2021 (At a Glance)

  1. Herbivore Calm Ylang Ylang + Vanilla Soaking Salts
  2. Goop G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
  3. Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak
  4. Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts
  5. Agent Nateur Holi(Bath) Coconut Milk Bath
  6. French Girl Mint Sea Soak Enlivening Bath Salts
  7. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
  8. Odacité Energy Awakening Evergreen Bath Soak
  9. Salt By Hendrix Soak Infusion
  10. Pursoma Digital Detox Bath Soak
  11. African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts
  12. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak
  13. Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
  14. Susanne Kaufmann St. John’s Wort Bath
  15. Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
  16. Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

What to Look for in Bath Salts and Bath Soaks

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The Best Bath Salts and Bath Soaks of 2021 (Reviews)

Herbivore Calm Ylang Ylang + Vanilla Soaking Salts
Goop G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts
Agent Nateur Holi(Bath) Coconut Milk Bath
French Girl Mint Sea Soak Enlivening Bath Salts
Odacite Energy Awakening Evergreen Bath Soak
Salt By Hendrix Soak Infusion
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
Pursoma Digital Detox Bath Soak
African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
Susanne Kaufmann St. John's Wort Bath
Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath

Further Reading

  1. Kanda, K., Tochihara, Y. & Ohnaka, T. (1999). Bathing before sleep in the young and in the elderly. European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology. 1999 Jul;80(2):71-5.
  2. Goto, Yasuaki, Hayasaka, Shinya, Kurihara, Shigeo & Nakamura, Yosikazu. (2018). Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing: A Randomized Intervention Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018; 2018: 9521086.
  3. Naumann, Johannes, Grebe, Julian, Kaifel, Sonja, Weinert, Tomas, Sadaghiani, Catharina & Huber, Roman. (2017). Effects of hyperthermic baths on depression, sleep and heart rate variability in patients with depressive disorder: a randomized clinical pilot trial. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. 2017; 17: 172.
  4. Hoekstra, S. P., Bishop, N. C., Faulkner, S. H., Bailey, S. J. & Leicht, C. A. (2018). Acute and chronic effects of hot water immersion on inflammation and metabolism in sedentary, overweight adults. Journal of Applied Physiology. Vol. 125, No. 6.

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