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How Do I Choose the Best Natural Bath Salts?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

When choosing natural bath salts, consider their origin, any additional ingredients added to them, as well as their packaging. You may also wish to take into consideration the integrity of the retailer. As natural bath salts are primarily used to enhance the aesthetic experience of taking a bath, it is important to choose bath salts that smell and look the way you would like them to.

If you are looking for natural bath salts, it is important to keep in mind that the term natural does not have a standard or legal definition in many jurisdictions. When looking at labels, consider that the ingredients in the bath salt blends may not necessarily be entirely natural or organic. If you very much want your natural bath salts to be made from sea salt, you should check the label to see if the salt is indeed from the ocean. Consider making your own homemade bath salts if you are very concerned about the purity of the ingredients, as by making your own you can control exactly what goes into the salts.

Natural bath salts.
Natural bath salts.

Some people don't care about the color or scent of the salts they buy. They simply like soaking in the salt water. If, on the other hand, you actually like your bath products to add scent or color to your bath, then you should look for a brand of bath salts that can transform your tub through the addition of scents and dyes. As with any personal care product that contains dyes or fragrance, you should make sure that the salts you select won't trigger an allergic reaction.

Natural bath salts can be relaxing.
Natural bath salts can be relaxing.

Natural bath salts are offered in a variety of packaging styles. In some cases, you may be able to purchase them in bulk, which can leave you free to repackage them if you wish to give them to others as gifts. If you don't care to purchase natural bath salts in bulk, you will want to look for packaging that protects them against moisture, which can degrade its quality and cause it to clump. While glass containers can do a fine job of protecting your bath salts and can look pretty in your bathroom, there is a significant danger in keeping a glass container near your bathtub, because if it shatters in the tub, you are very vulnerable to being cut by broken glass. Choosing an attractive but non-breakable container is probably the safest option.

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Discussion Comments

@raynbow- I swear by using Epsom salt in my bath water. It is known for its healing properties, and is often used for a wide variety of health conditions. It's also natural and good for soothing dry, irritated skin.

@raynbow- Try using a little bit of buttermilk in the water next time you take a bath. It has a very nice, soothing effect for all kinds of aches and pains. It's also good for your skin.


What is a good alternative to natural bath salts? I'm looking for something that is soothing for sore muscles and joints to add to my bath water.

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      By: Jiri Hera
      Natural bath salts.
    • Natural bath salts can be relaxing.
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      Natural bath salts can be relaxing.
    • The salt harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas is known for its high mineral content.
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      The salt harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas is known for its high mineral content.