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Editor’s Picks: 16 of the Best Bath Salts and 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 They’ve been been replaced by gentle formulas with clean ingredients that are unlikely to disrupt your pH or cause irritation.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 soaks (and why I chose them) for your next self-care session.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

Best bath salts

What to Look for in Bath Salts and Soaks

What to look for in bath salts

The Best Bath Salts and Soaks of 2022

Herbivore Calm Ylang Ylang + Vanilla Soaking Salts
Odacite Mood Cleansing Ayurvedic Bath Soak
Goop G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
French Girl Mint Sea Soak Enlivening Bath Salts
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak
Susanne Kaufmann St. John's Wort Bath
Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
Agent Nateur Holi Bath Coconut Milk Bath
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts
Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak
Pursoma Digital Detox Bath Soak
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
365 by Whole Foods Market Epsom Salt
African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts

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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