Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Summer is just around the corner and warmer weather means you’ll be showing off a little more skin. To prepare your skin for tanks, shorts and skirts we invite you to create your own at home spa experience using our body scrubs.
We offer salt scrubs and sugar scrubs...
Sugar scrubs are less abrasive than salt scrubs which make them a good choice for those with sensitive skin. You choose your favorite sugar- white or brown.
What’s the difference between the Brown Sugar Scrub and White Sugar Scrub?
It’s mostly a matter of preference since they are so similar, but if you have especially sensitive skin, the brown sugar is a bit softer than the white sugar. Brown sugar also has that naturally delicious aroma!
What are the benefits of Sugar Scrubs?
Sugar Scrubs are a great way to gently exfoliate your skin, leaving you with a healthy glow and skin soft and touchable. Sugar contains anti bacterial properties and won’t clog your pores. It also helps to balance the natural oils of the skin.
What’s in a Sugar Scrub?
We add ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Honey, Grapeseed, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to the sugar to create truly luxurious body scrubs.
Choose from these popular scents of Sugar Scrubs:
Invigorate (Brown Sugar Scrub)
Oatmeal & Honey (Brown Sugar Scrub)
Island Cotton (White Sugar Scrub)
Vanilla Spice (White Sugar Scrub)
Friday, 08 February 2013
Valentine’s Day is almost here! Why not end this special day with an evening romantic soak in the tub with your sweetie?
If you want to go all out to turn the bathroom into a sanctuary and set the mood, prepare the room ahead of time…
Turn off the lights, light a few candles and perhaps some incense… Have soft music playing in the next room, tuning into your favorite mellow songs. Also don’t forget to make sure you have fresh, warm towels or bath robes ready for you both when you step out of the tub.
Then draw a nice warm bath; make sure it’s not too hot so the temperature will be comfortable for both of you.
Add a handful or two of some bath salts
that you'll both enjoy!
Now you’re ready to enter your own tranquil home spa. Close the bathroom door behind you to keep in the heat, step into the tub and enjoy your couple’s bath. This is a great way to relax at the end of your Monday and to spend time with your sweetie on this special day…or any of the other 364 days of the year for that matter!
Browse our Sweet
Bath Salts pages from our Shop By Scent menu for inspiration to find the perfect bath salt for your tub for two.
Friday, 11 January 2013
Brrrr! It sure has been chilly these last couple weeks and as we get deeper into the winter season it’s sure to get even colder! On a near freezing day, there’s no where I’d rather be than soaking in the tub to warm my body up from head-to-toe. What makes my bath even more enjoyable (and beneficial!) is adding some bath salts to soften my skin and relieve my tired and aching muscles.
Here are some recommendations for wonderful bath salts for the season:
Cold & Flu Bath Soak- A citrusy/herbal soak full of immune boosting ingredients like Echinacea Root, Ginseng Root, Rosehips and so much more!
Acai Berry Infused Dead Sea Salts- Another great bath salt full of health promoting ingredients including Acai Berry extract which is full of anti-oxidants and a variety of essential oils
Skin Nourishing Milk Baths- A great treat for your skin, makes you and your bath water soft and silky (choose from 3 great scents- Green Tea, Dulce de Leche and Luscious Lavender.
Holiday Bath Salts- They’re still here! 8 festive soaks to keep you in the holiday mood.
Click on the links for the bath salts mentioned above for full list of ingredients and more info.
Friday, 16 November 2012
Our 2 pound bags of bath salts
have a fresh look! Say hello to our new designer bags! These beautiful aqua bags replace the previous clear stand-up pouches. With an artisan tin-tie closure (similar to a coffee bag) to keep salts fresh, they also feature a peek-a-boo window and an aroma valve which allow you to see AND smell the bath salt within the bag prior to opening.
There are 37 wonderfully scented bath salts
available in this new luxury bag. And, as an introductory special
, these bags of salts are 15% off. If you're thinking of stocking up, we are also offering a pack of 3 for the price of 2
! That's three, 2 pound designer bags of bath salts (your choice) for just $29.98 - a savings of $14.99!
Now is a great time to start testing out some of the bath salts you've yet to experience soaking with! The new 2lb bags also make great gifts for anyone who could use a bit of relaxation (and couldn't we all?!).
Feeling indecisive about which bath salts to choose? Here's a short list of some customer favorites to help you decide:
Friday, 12 October 2012
With so many bath salts to choose from, the question you may have is: Which salt is best for me? The answer depends on what you are looking for in a bath salt. To help you decide, we've highlighted some of our best selling soaks based on the benefits they can provide.
If you are looking to take a nice, relaxing bath
to ease the stresses of the long day or to help you sleep well
while softening your skin, our Sleep Lavender Bath Salts
are a great choice.
For a detoxifying bath
, our Minera® Dead Sea Salt
is a great choice. We even have a Detox Soak
made with pure Pacific Sea Salt, lavender and rosemary essential oils, kelp powder and green tea powder.
For soothing muscle aches and pains
, a popular choice is our Muscle Soak
. Made with Epsom salt and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, this is the perfect bath salt for those with with physical jobs, athletes, or anyone who needs to give their muscles a pick me up.
When looking for relief from skin conditions like Psoriasis or Eczema we recommend our Minera®
Dead Sea Salts. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers who've had great results using the Dead Sea Salt for help with their skin conditions. The natural salt on its own can be very effective. You will want to use a larger amount of salt than usual to aide skin conditions- add one to two pounds of this salt to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. For general skincare
benefits, you may also want to try our Pure Skincare Bath Salts
as well. This is a blend of Dead Sea Salt and Pacific Sea Salt scented with organic lavender essential oil and also contains essential oils, vitamin e and aloe vera.
For a therapeutic bath, you will want to add two large handfuls to your bath (exception- If using Dead Sea Salt for psoriasis
and eczema you will want to add one to two pounds), allowing 20 minutes of soaking time. Remember to keep the temperature of your bath water warm but not too hot, the benefits will be greater this way. Ultimately, you are trying to mimic the water of the Sea! Keep in mind, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before beginning any therapy routines.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Bathing in natural sea salt is a wonderful way to get soft skin - but bathing isn’t the only way you can use sea salt. Bath salt made from sea salt is filled with minerals and nutrients which naturally occur in the ocean and are beneficial to our skin. Soaking with them is great, but you can also use the salts to scrub away rough dry skin and reveal softer, more supple skin underneath.
Exfoliation involves sloughing off dead skin cells through the use of granular substances such as salt. Seeds, clay, and items such as loofahs and sea sponges are also used. In addition to scrubbing away old, dull skin, exfoliation opens the pores and makes it much easier for your skin to absorb lotions, serums, and other beauty products.
While in the bath or shower, simply grab a handful of your favorite bath and shower salt and rub it gently on your skin, then rinse. Concentrate on the soles of the feet, the elbows, backs of arms, and other places that need extra softening. To top it off, use your favorite lotion. You’ll be softer in no time!
Friday, 20 July 2012
Our Overstock Spa Blend salts are not only great for use as bath salts and foot soaks; they also can be used to create your own heavy duty pedicure salt scrub.
If you’ve noticed that the heels of your feet require some much overdue TLC, you can help to soften and smooth them by using a pedicure salt scrub that you can easily create with our current overstock spa blend salts and a bit of oil. Popular oil choices for making exfoliating salt scrubs include Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, or Olive Oil.
Use the following ratio of salt to oil to create your scrub:
Blend 3 parts of salt to about 1 part of your choice of oil.
Feel free to take the liberty of adjusting the amount of the oil to create a salt scrub to your preference. Once you’ve created your scrub, simply take a small handful of it and gently massage it on the bottom of your feet in circular motions; focusing on those dry, rough or callused heels. Then rinse.
You can store your pedicure scrub for future uses in a PET jar. See our jars here: packaging
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Why is it that when we finally get that much needed time away from our regular day-to-day lives and are off at some wonderful destination somewhere, we don’t get as much rest and relaxation as we would have hoped for during the trip? I can vouch for this personally as most of the time while I’m away and on “vacation” I find myself running here and there either affixed to someone else's schedule, busy sight seeing, or out enjoying the night life. One thing’s for sure, I usually somehow come back feeling just as tired (or more tired!) than I was before I left.
So, I decided that I’m going to start my own vacation ritual by taking more baths, not only during my time away from home but also the days following my return.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense to take more baths around vacation time. Bathing, especially with some of your favorite bath salts, can help soothe your tired and aching body after long plane rides, and eventful days. Bathing with bath salts like Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salt can also help rid the body of harmful toxins (consider the number of drinks consumed during vacation or those packed airplanes with who knows what kind of germs). Generally, the baths are just a nice way to unwind and let yourself truly relax at the end of the day and help you to get a better night’s sleep...
Here’s some of my picks for some great bath salt blends to try during and after your vacation to help you achieve true relaxation! Choose the one that’s most fitting for your own time away…
Sleep Lavender Bath Salt Cold & Flu Vitamin Soak Muscle Soak
Detox Soak Acai Antioxidant Bath Salt
Monday, 02 July 2012
The following content is from an article posted last week on The Times Of India and explores the benefits of bath salts. It also includes a recipe for creating your own lavender bath salts.
The benefits of bath salt are many, and go beyond mere exfoliating dead cells to make skin soft and supple. A nice long soak in a tub sprinkled with bath salt
releases muscle tension and improves common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, calluses on feet, while working on serious skin conditions like athlete's foot, eczema, and psoriasis
. Says Nandita Suri, business director of Levo Spa, Ibis Hotel, Gurgaon, "Whether you have sore, tired feet from standing all day, or a stiff back from working at your desk, bath salts can help improve the way you feel and ease away the tension."
Just as we cannot do without a sunscreen lotion in summer, a jar of bath salt can be as indispensable if you've caught a bad tan or suffer pigmentation of skin. To keep reading CLICK HERE
Friday, 29 June 2012
Studies have found that bathing either on a Full Moon or New Moon can have great benefits for the body and can enhance the great characteristics of Himalayan Salt.
Full Moon Bath
On the day of a full moon the body's absorption potential is at it’s peak. At full moon, the body will absorb the most minerals from the Himalayan Salt. Weak points of the body are harmonized and the body's own energy flow is activated.
New Moon Bath
During the new moon the body's capacity for detoxification at its highest peak. This is an ideal time for a cleansing and detoxifying salt bath with Himalayan Salt.
Why not try this?
Fill up your tub with warm/hot water and add about 1 cup of Himalayan Salt, sit back, relax and let those minerals go to work! Soak your body for 20 minutes, hop out the tub and wrap your body in a warm towel and relax for another 15 minutes before rinsing (you can rinse if you’d like but it is not essential to rinse the body off) and enjoy these natural benefits from this amazing salt.
Friday, 08 June 2012
Taking a time out from the hustle and bustle of the day to day is essential.
Tonight, why don’t you try drawing a nice bath- add some of your favorite bath salts
, light some candles or incense, tune into your favorite play list and last but not least, close that bathroom door!
Shutting yourself away and taking a bath for at least 20 minutes is a great way to end the day.
You’ll get some quality "me time" to relax and unwind and it'll help you sleep so much better during the night.
Warning - Don't allow the following ruin a perfectly good soak:
-You spend your time sitting in the tub worrying about what’s on tomorrow’s agenda.
-You bring your cell phone into the bathroom with you (though you ignore the calls and don’t pick up this just sends your mom into a panic, so she keeps calling and calling…).
-You forget to close the door completely and your dog snoops in to investigate.
-Your bath gets interrupted by the sudden urge to pee and you have to hop out.
Friday, 18 May 2012
3 different ways to use salts while in the shower with tons of benefits for you… and your shower, too!
Salts for the Body*
What to do:
Take a small handful of fine grain salts and massage gently onto wet skin, then rinse.
What this will do for your body:
-Exfoliates & remove dead skin cells, leaving skin soft and silky
-Removes impurities, evens tone of skin
-Cleanses skin so post shower you’ll smell so fresh & clean
*Small or fine grains recommended for gentle exfoliation.
Salts for the Feet
What to do:
While showering, sprinkle a small handful of salt onto the shower floor (again, fine grains are best). Carefully rub your feet over the salts.
What this will do for your feet:
-Cleanse & disinfect your tootsies
-Exfoliates & softens dry, rough heels and calluses
-Makes those stinky feet smell fresh & clean again
-It also acts as a mini massage on your feet while you shower
Salts for the Shower Floor
What to do:
Use same directions as above to simultaneously clean your feet and your shower.
What this will do for your shower:
-Helps to disinfect the shower floor & keep it sparkling clean
-You’ll be cleaning without even realizing it (no extra effort required!)
-Fills the whole bathroom with a pleasant scent
Which Bath Salts can be used as shower salts?
Visit our Shower Salts section for recommended salts to use in the shower.
Monday, 23 April 2012
If you are having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, you are not alone. Research conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2007 found that nearly 64 million adults in the country regularly experienced symptoms of insomnia.
Maintaining overall good sleep patterns is essential to our overall well being and our health. We’re all individuals and therefore require different amounts of sleep each night. Generally adults require somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.
One of the best things to do if you are having symptoms of insomnia is to take a bath! Bathing with right bath salts before bedtime can be very helpful in getting that good night’s sleep.
Visit our Sleep Well section for bath salt blends that we recommend for you to try tonight. Sweet dreams!
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Ahh. You’ve come home from work, exhausted, stressed and fatigued. First thing that’s on your mind? A quick shower, perhaps? “That will relax me!” you tell yourself.
Wrong! A quick shower is not what the body ordered. What’s better? Bathing. Indeed, a nice hot bath with some fragrant, healing bath salts will soothe away the day’s aches and pains and clear your mind of internal clutter.
Civilizations for centuries have realized the benefits bathing offers. You’ve seen portrayals of bath houses in films, haven’t you? These depictions are spot on historically accurate. Think about the Roman bath houses and medieval bathing rules. People did bathe back then, you know. In fact, they bathed even on Sundays, the day of rest, and they washed their hands before meals! In addition, the Japanese have elaborate and tempting rituals, soaking for a while before they wash, really enjoying the full benefits of a bath. Think about this history, how enjoyable you remember it seeming, and then think BATH!
And as you’re filling up the tub, don’t forget the Bath Salts! They’re aromatic and healing, promoting relaxation and wellness. Adding such salts can improve circulation and reduce tenderness and inflammation. Sore back? Muscle pain? Arthritis? Fibromyalgia? You can help all these problems by just taking a dip in bath-salted water.
Also, bath salts open the pores, purifying the skin and making it smooth as silk. Your dry skin can get moister through a bath, and insect bites, eczema and athlete’s foot can all melt away after you start a bathing ritual. Calluses on your feet will get softer as the bath salts circulate around you, not only cleansing you but also healing you. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
If you want to relax even more and really alleviate the day’s stress, add aromatherapy bath salts. Infused with scents, these stimulate calmness, generating even further relaxation. Coupled with that relaxation is a good night’s sleep, with which bath salts can help. Who doesn’t need that?
So now it’s time to take a break from this glaring computer screen and hop in the tub. All you have to lose is your stress, aches and pains. Enjoy the delights of this high-quality relaxation technique today.
Article by The San Francisco Bath Salt Company
Monday, 02 April 2012
Whenever I hear "Cold Bath", it gives me goose bumps immediately. I couldn’t possibly fathom the thought of soaking in a cold bath. But after doing some research, I found that Cold Baths are actually very beneficial and helpful to the body.
As the cold of winter surrounds, if you’re like me, your body is definitely not used to this body shock of freezing weather suddenly when this time of year comes around! However, soaking in a Cold Bath from anywhere between 5-10 minutes can improve your body’s response to cold weather for a longer period of time and help you cope with those cold & shivering times that you find your self encountering.
Proven studies have shown that taking Cold Baths will stimulate the blood flow to the skin and will psychologically and physically make you withstand cold temperatures that your body previously couldn’t have. Cold Baths are also great for for the body post-injuries, reduce stress, detox the body, and much more.
Cold baths may be difficult to take if you are used to soaking your body in warm/hot water, but you are definitely capable of withstanding it. In most cases, people tend to work there way up to soaking for 10 minutes or more- “it’s a work in progress”. To make the soak more beneficial, you can add Sea Salt. Dead Sea Salt is a wonderful and therapeutic option.
Friday, 30 March 2012
“Which grain size should I choose?” This is a question that is often asked, so to help you decide what's the best choice for you be sure to read this article.
Is there a price difference depending on grain size? Generally, no. Pricing is almost always the same no matter which grain size is selected. The only exception to this is if there is a sale or special running on a specific salt and grain size.
I want to make my own salt scrub, which grain size should I use? The fine grain (or extra fine if available) is best for scrubs. This way you’ll create an exfoliating scrub but not one that is too abrasive for the skin.
Does the coarse grain contain a higher mineral content? This is a common misconception as no matter what grain size you choose it will still have the same variety of minerals. It originates from the same source and has the same quality as the coarse grain. The only difference would be that the finer grain sizes have been grinded smaller.
If I want to soak in a regular bath tub with salts which grain size should I use? Any grain size is suitable for this so it’s really all a matter of preference of how quickly you want the grains to dissolve. Fine grain is always going to dissolve faster.
I want to use the Himalayan Salt as a gourmet food salt. Which size is best for this? Our Himalayan Salts can be used for consumption. The extra fine is a popular choice because it can go right in a salt shaker. Any grain size that is larger would need to be put in a salt mill or grinder if it is to be sprinkled directly onto food.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Please check out this short video clip as CNN senior medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, explores the healing benefits of bathing with mineral rich Dead Sea Salts
. This segment includes a true testimonial from a psoriasis patient who has been bathing regularly with salts from the Dead Sea to treat his skin condition, with great results. The film includes incredible photos that were taken before and after he began this completely natural bathing routine.
Why choose Dead Sea Bath Salts?
Dead Sea Salts carry many benefits, particularly when used as bath salts. Dead Sea Salts
effectively treat many skin conditions, from eczema and psoriasis to everyday conditions such as oily or dry skin. Dead Sea salts are also known to soothe rashes, calm allergic reactions, minimize dandruff and treat acne. Dead Sea salts have been known to improve the appearance of cellulite, manage the appearance of swelling due to water retention, and even treat hair loss. In addition, Dead Sea salts detoxify your skin, drawing out dirt, pollutants and impurities from each pore.
Monday, 05 March 2012
In the chaos of today’s busy lifestyles we often become prone to cold and flu viruses that can leave us fatigued and uncomfortable. With the demands of our careers and families we don’t always have the luxury of taking a sick day to nurture our aching and exhausting symptoms. Often when it comes down to either going to work in a bit of misery or using up one of our treasured vacation days, we usually opt to drag ourselves out of bed and head to work.
A perfect way for those with a demanding schedule to combat the cold or flu virus is to pamper one's tired body with a Cold and Flu Bath Soak at the end of the day.
Draw a bath to a comfortable temperature and add a couple handfuls of our Cold & Flu Bath Salts. Post bath, enjoy a cup of your favorite tea to hydrate yourself and further help to comfort your symptoms.
Our Cold & Flu Bath Salts feature these therapeutic ingredients:
Vitamin C - To reduce the effects of the common cold, high in antioxidants
Lemon Essential Oil - Boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation
Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Boosts the immune system, relieves sore muscles
Tea Tree Essential Oil - A natural antiseptic, also boosts the immune system
Rose Hips - Packed with Vitamin C as well as A, D, and E
Hibiscus flower - High in antioxidants
Echinacea Root - Strengthens the immune system
Ginseng Root - Energizes the body
When you become run down, take care by lending 20-45 minutes of well deserved attention for YOU!
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
There’s nothing I enjoy more at the end of a long day then to hop in the tub and take a nice relaxing bath. But with all the events of the day circling around in my mind it’s sometimes difficult for me to wind down enough to lie in the tub and just “be”.
The water will be the perfect temperature, and I’ll add some of my favorite bath salts
and as I lay there I will be thinking of things that “I can’t forget to do tomorrow” instead of letting myself drift into that much needed relaxation.
I know the longer I stay in the tub, the more therapeutic it will be, and all the benefits of the salts will be greater if I can at least sit tight for a good twenty minutes, though I sometimes find myself a little restless and ready to hop out of the tub all too quickly. So I started thinking of things that I could do to keep myself occupied in the tub while keeping stress at bay and came up with this list:
A few ways to keep entertained in the tub while staying in a tranquil set of mind:
- Meditate. Replace all thoughts that are stress inducing and focus on all the positive things around you, leaving out any negativity. Reflecting on the good things in your life can leave you feeling centered and peaceful.
- Read. It can be a tricky undertaking to manage to read a book without soaking it, but if you can manage, it can be an enjoyable way to multitask while still taking a time out from the rest of the world.
- Play Music. And sing along! Listening to some of your favorite tunes (whether it’s relaxing music or not) while you bathe can help you unwind at the end of your day. No matter the type of music, if you enjoy it, it’s sure to put you in a better mood.
- Lather Up. Grab that loofah and spend the extra time you have in the tub exfoliating your skin from head to toe. Focus on areas prone to dry skin like your elbows, knees, and feet that tend to get breezed over quickly during morning showers.
- Create a tub for two. Have your sweetie join you in the tub as a romantic ritual before bed. It’s a great way to spend time together while you both get to relax.
Friday, 13 January 2012
1.Tired achy sore muscles? Balance your mind and body with a cup or two of our Epsom Salt in a warm tub of water. Soak for at least 20 minutes to relax your body at and put your mind at ease. Spice it up with a few drops or Peppermint, Lavender or Eucalyptus Essential Oils, to make your bath experience a more therapeutic and sensual soak.
2.A simple extra step to cleaning your face: When cleaning your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt with your regular cleansing cream. Softly massage the mixture into your skin and rinse with cold water. This will kill germs, and unclog your pores for a more rejuvenated look and feel.
3.Hair treatment: Epsom Salt soaks up excess oil from your hair (oily hair can cause breakouts and acne when hair touches sensitive parts of the skin). Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to 1/2 cup of any hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry. Rinse with cold water then apply your daily conditioner.
4.Fertilize your garden! Studies show that Epsom Salt can make roses bushier, pepper plants larger and lawns greener. You can either sprinkle 2 Tablespoons at the root or base of a plant/lawn or add 3 Tablespoons to a gallon of water, let it dissolve then saturate the roots of the plants/ lawn. This is a simple easy way to beautify your garden, why not try??
Monday, 02 January 2012
If you’re like me, I usually soak in a cool to luke warm bath, but on occasion I find myself yearning for that steamy hot soak, especially in the winter season. Anytime you enjoy a hot bath it’s essential to drink water before, while and after soaking in the tub.
Studies have shown that soaking in a hot bath or hot tub/jacuzzi, is similar to exercising in some regards! At a safe rate, soaking in hot water can increase circulation and blood flow, just as any typical exercise can do. So just as you would think to drink water before, during and after exercise, be sure to drink plenty of water during bath time!
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Fizzing, Foaming or Silky? Take your pick! San Francisco Salt Company offers the World’s largest selection of bath and salts.
Here’s a quick look at just 3 great bath soaks that offer a little something extra and stand out from the usual bath salts.
Cool and fun! Add a handful (or two) of this effervescent bath soak to your bath and the water will become tingly. As you soak and enjoy this rejuvenating spa experience at home, the soak will help to soften your skin. Our Fizzing Soak is similar in effect to a bath bomb, but in a powder form.
Foaming Bath Salts
By adding a generous handful of our Foaming Bath Salts to a warm running bath, luxurious and fragrant bubbles will surround you in the tub sending you into pure bliss and deep relaxation. Ahh…..
Silky Soak Bath Salts
Adding a good handful of our Silky Soak to your bath will create the ultimate softening & silkening bath. Your bath water has never felt this good!
Click on the links above for more info on these great soaks and to see color and/or scent options for each so you can customize these products to your preferences.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Summer is just around the corner and with more warm and sunny days ahead of us, taking a bath may seem like the last thing you want to do.
But wait; don’t rule out the bath just yet!
Adjust the temp of the water to “cool” and you’ve got a great way to beat the heat during those uncomfortable days!
Try this refreshingly tropical bath salt recipe next time you want to cool off in the tub:
1 Cup of your favorite Natural Salt
3 Drops Melon Fragrance
4 Drops Cucumber Fragrance
Tuesday, 08 June 2010
Weeks ago I was speaking to a customer of ours and she mentioned that she added Dead Sea Mud into her baths.
Now, it never occurred to me to use the mud in this way as I always thought of the mud as being used as a mask.
But, I was very curious about this so I decided to give it a try and found that I absolutely love it!
Sure, adding the mud into my bath made the water turn brown but once I got in it felt wonderful.
The water didn’t feel “dirty” like I expected that it might, it actually felt really cleansing and the water was incredibly soft, too.
Try the recipe below for a bath that will almost
make you feel as if you’re soaking in the real Dead Sea
2 cups of Dead Sea Salt
¼ cup of Dead Sea Mud
Draw a nice warm bath and add the Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud. Allow the salt and mud to disperse evenly throughout the tub.
Step in and enjoy your soak for 20 minutes, or as long as you’d like.
When you’re ready to hop out, give yourself a quick rinse with fresh water. Follow with a light rinse of the tub to wash out any remaining mud left behind.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Simply just smelling certain essential orders can have therapeutic benefits for your state of mind.
Taking a nice, relaxing soak with bath salts scented with one of these essential oils
can help uplift your mood whenever you’re feeling a little down or stressed out.
Bergamot, Chamomile, Sage (Clary), Clovebud, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, and
Bath Salts with these essential oils:
Spa Therapy: Moondreams Himalayan Salt with Lavender & Chamomile essential oils
Sleep Lavender Salts Pacific Sea Salt with Lavender essential oil
Pure Organics: Lemon Squeeze Grey Sea Salt with organic Lemon essential oil
Minera Deluxe Dead Sea Salt with the uplifting scent of your choice
Calspa Deluxe Pacific Sea Salt with the uplifting scent of your choice
Friday, 30 April 2010
Use this guide to help you choose which bath salt is right for you!
Friday, 29 January 2010
If you're moving to a new place, this is yet another perfect time to take a bath… it can be the cause for a lot of extra stress and sore muscles from all the heavy lifting.
To relax and unwind at the end of these straining moving days, why not take a bath?
Taking a 20 minute bath with bath salts
at the end of your day can reduce stress and tension while soothing tired and aching muscles.
Adding any type of bath salts to your tub will help you achieve true relaxation. Epsom Salt
is ideal for muscle replacement and our Spa Therapy Muscle Soak
made of Epsom Salt with the essential oils of Peppermint and Eucalyptus is our most muscle relieving blend. Add two handfuls to your tub for a truly therapeutic bath.
You may also want to try our Epsoak Deluxe
- Epsom Salt with your choice of fragrance or essential oils.
Friday, 08 January 2010
Our Epsom Salt is now available in 3 different grain sizes (Fine, Medium and Coarse) and is on sale now! Right now our Epsom Salt can be purchased for as low as $0.49/ per pound!
Studies have shown that bathing with Epsom Salts
can relieve tired and achy muscles, ease stress and promote relaxation, help you get a good night’s sleep, remove toxins from the body… and more!
There are many other ways to use Epsom Salts- see our article Epsoak- Premium Epsom Salts
for more information on the benefits of Epsom Salts including tips and usage suggestions for health, beauty, and even helpful hints for using Epsom Salts in your own garden.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Customize your bath salts with a relaxation promoting essential oil. Drawing a nice warm bath and adding a large handful of salts will help to ease stress and anxiety, uplifting your mood. The salts will also soothe tired and achy muscles and make your skin feel amazing.
Our stress relieving essential oils:
Any of these oils can be ordered with our custom bath salts.
Light Pink Himalayan Salt- For a limited time you can customize this salt with your choice of scent at no additional charge!
Calspa Deluxe- Pacific Sea Salt with your choice of color and/or scent
Minera Deluxe- Mineral rich Dead Sea Salt with your choice of color and/or scent
Calspa Foaming- Custom Pacific Sea Salt that foam. It would be difficult to not instantly be in a better mood with this fun bath soak!
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The evenings and just before bed aren’t the only good times to take baths! Taking a bath as part of your morning routine can truly awaken you so that you can be energized, alert and focused for the day ahead.
The trick is to take a cool bath. Make it comfortable, but still try to keep the water as brisk as possible because too warm of a bath will only relax you. The second vital part to keeping it refreshing is to choose a scent, whether it be a fragrance or essential oil, that will also help to perk you up in the AM. A vibrant and cheerful colored bath salt can also help to set the tone of your day.
Recommend Morning Bath Soaks:
Calspa Deluxe or Minera Deluxe with your choice of one of these essential oils:
Eucalyptus, Juniperberry, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint or Lime.
Always rushing around in the morning? Take a cool shower and use one of our exfoliating salt scrubs in one of the suggested scents above.
Tuesday, 06 October 2009
Planning a party or event? Bath Salts or Chef Salts
make great favors for special occasions whether it be a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday celebration or just a girls night in for a spa party.
There are endless ways to package bath salts to create your own memorable favors.
SF Salt has many packaging options
available right on the website.
No matter what you are using to put together these favors we have a helpful tool for you- i
t’s our bath salt calculator.
The bath salt calculator
will estimate just how much salt you’ll need in order to fill your favor bottles, jars, boxes, and more!
All you need to know is how many fluid ounces* it takes to fill your container and how many favors you’ll need in all.
If your container is an odd shape and you’re not sure just how many fluid ounces it holds, simply fill it with water and then pour the water into a measuring cup to determine its capacity in fluid ounces.
Our bath salt calculator
will do the rest.
Keep in mind that there may be slight variations in how much salt you’ll actually need depending on the type of salt and its grain size, but this will surely give you a good estimate.
*Remember one fluid ounce is equal to 1.125 ounces
of salt weight.
Need further assistance with your favors?
Give us a call 1-800-480-450 and we’d be happy to help!
Tuesday, 01 September 2009
Are bath salts safe for Jacuzzi’s and Hot Tubs? This question comes up often and the short answer is yes, however, we do have a few recommendations on how to choose the best salts that won’t interfere with the mechanisms of the spa as well as a few other helpful hints to assist you in getting the best results possible.
Selecting the type of salt:
Choosing the right type of salt is very important. We only suggest using salts that will dissolve completely in the water. Some salts which are highly mineralized will leave particles behind that will not dissolve completely. Bearing in mind the safety of the mechanics of the hot tub as well as the fact that water in these systems is not as frequently changed, we recommend the following salts in Fine Grain.
Minera Dead Sea Salt
Epsoak Epsom Salt
Calspa Pacific Sea Salt
Scents & Colors:
Many of our customers do use scented and/or colored salts in their Jacuzzi’s though our recommendation would to be to use one of the regular, raw salts listed above. If you do choose to use color and scent it’s best to clean the hot tub and change the water often to prevent a build-up of over colored and over fragranced water.
We offer Dead Sea Salt and Pacific Sea Salt with mixed-in dried herbs. We suggest using these particular salts exclusively in your bath tub and rather than in your Jacuzzi.
*Since all Jacuzzi’s, hot tubs, whirlpools, etc. are built differently, we strongly recommend checking with the supplier of your spa prior to using bath salts.
For more frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Have you been ignoring your feet?
If so, think of this- our feet are constantly supporting our body’s weight while taking us everywhere we need to go, keeping up with us and our busy day to day schedules.
Give your feet the much needed attention that they deserve!
You can easily create a foot bath at home by trying one of the recipes below.
It’ll only take a few minutes and your feet will surely thank you for it.
First you’ll need a foot spa. This can be a large bowl, container or pale- whatever is large enough to allow you to fully submerge your feet (your ankles and lower legs, too!) in water. Foot baths are convenient, too. You can place your foot bath in front of your favorite chair of sofa and relax while sitting down to read a novel or watch some television.
For each recipe below, fill your foot spa with medium warm water (for the Refreshing Foot Bath use cold water). Next, simply measure out the ingredients and add them one at a time to your foot bath. Each foot bath recipe calls for the perfect amount of ingredients for one therapeutic foot soak. Finally, place your feet in the bowl and allow them to soak for at least 10 minutes. When you’re finished soaking, pat your feet and legs dry with a soft towel and put on your comfy slippers (have these next to you before you start your spa treatment).
Repairing Foot Bath
½ cup Dead Sea Salt
3 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1 teaspoon Sea Kelp Powder
If you’ve just stepped out in your favorite new pair of shoes and are feeling the effects of breaking them in- tired, achy feet and perhaps a few painful blisters, try the Repairing Foot Bath. The Dead Sea Salt will cleanse and quicken the healing process of any broken skin. The Bergamot & Peppermint oils and Sea Kelp Powder will aide in the skincare and healing process as well.
Detox Foot Bath
½ cup Dead Sea Salt
3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
2 drops of Juniperberry Essential Oil
1 teaspoon Ginger Root Powder
For the ultimate purifying foot treatment try the Detox Foot Bath. All of the ingredients for this recipe are ideal for ridding your feet, ankles and legs of toxins and impurities.
Refreshing Foot Bath
½ cup Himalayan Salt
3 drops Lime Essential Oil
3 drops Orange Essential Oil
1 teaspoon Ginger Root Powder
A great morning foot bath, the Refreshing Foot Bath will wake up and re-energize your tired tootsies. Soaking your feet with mineral rich Himalayan salt will uplift you and by adding the refreshing citrus oils you’ll truly awaken and be ready for the day ahead of you. The ginger powder will provide a detoxing element to your foot soak. Remember to use cold water for this recipe.
Bedtime Foot Bath
½ cup Pacific Sea Salt
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang III Essential Oil
1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
As you're winding down to the end of the day, soak your feet in a wonderfully calming foot bath. The blend of salts and essential oils will help fight insomnia so you can be on your way to a pleasant night’s sleep. Mustard powder is also added in this recipe as another calming and sleep promoting ingredient.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy our products even if you don’t have a bath tub at home!
In the Shower
Any of our bath salts in an extra-fine or fine grain can be used as scrubs in the shower by simply massaging the salts directly onto your skin in gentle, circular motions with your hands, washcloth or loofah. You can also sprinkle some scented bath salts onto the shower floor for an aromatic shower- the steam from the shower will help fill the bathroom with a pleasant scent.
We recommend our Artisan Salts. Or choose custom Calspa Deluxe or Minera Deluxe (these custom salts can be ordered scented but without color).
Salt & Sugar Scrubs- Use our scrubs to exfoliate your body- leaving you with healthier, more radiant skin that is incredibly soft to the touch.
To use: While showering, simply take a small handful of scrub and gently massage onto skin in circular motions. Rinse.
Other products ideal for showers (ON SALE NOW!):
Namaste Body Wash, Namaste Body Scrub, Citrus Shea Body Polish, and Citrus Body Wash
At Home Spa Treatments
Pedicure Foot Soak- Just a large bowl or foot spa is needed to treat your feet to a relaxing soak.
To use: Add a small handful of the Foot Soak to your foot spa to soothe your tired, achy feet by soaking them for 10 minutes.
Other products ideal for your spa at home:
Dead Sea Mud- See our article on benefits and usage suggestions: Dead Sea Mud Masks
Lotion- Moisturize Dry Skin with our nourishing lotions.
In the Kitchen
We have a selection of gourmet, food-grade salts for consumption, too!
Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt
Light Pink Himalayan Salt
Utah Red Salt
Ibiza European Salt
Friday, 31 July 2009
Picking the right essential oil to add to your custom bath salts can be key in getting the most therapeutic bath possible.
Below are common desired benefits with their corresponding essential oils (in no particular order).
To relax and help you sleep:
Ylang Ylang III
To keep calm and balanced:
Ylang Ylang III
To energize and uplift:
To keep productive and focussed at work:
For muscle aches and pains:
To detox the body:
Check out our Spa Therapy Line to find a bath salt blend that's right for you. This line consists of pre-selected salts, essential oils and other important ingredients that were created to fit the benefits you want.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Don’t forget another important family member that can also benefit from bathing with natural sea salt.
Bathing your dog with Dead Sea Salt can help them get relief from skins conditions like eczema. These salts can also reduce itchiness and dandruff and draw out toxins from their body while softening their skin and coat.
The How To For Lucky’s Bath:
-In the tub, thoroughly wet his coat with warm water.
-Gently massage him with and handful of fine grain Minera Dead Sea Salt. Work the salt through the fur (or hair) and onto the skin.
-Thoroughly rinse off the salt, allowing the salts to remain in the tub of water so he continues to obtain the benefits of the salt.
-Follow by bathing him with his favorite ph balanced doggy shampoo.
You can also try using our Minera Deluxe Salts. With these salts you can choose to add an essential oil to the salts to obtain the extra benefits of aromatherapy and to keep your dog smelling great (we recommend selecting natural white so there is no added coloring). Be sure to choose an essential oil that is safe for dogs. Here is a list of some of the essential oils that are dog friendly:
Sage Clary, Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint.
Friday, 13 March 2009
There are so many bath salts to choose from, so the question is: Which salt is best for me? The answer depends on the benefits you are looking to achieve.
If you are looking to take a nice, relaxing soak in the tub to ease the stresses of the long day, while softening your skin, you can choose from any of our custom bath salts. With salts like our Calspa Deluxe or Minera Deluxe you can choose your own scent and color. In our Elements line, we’ve put together a blend of our most soothing colors & scents- Sleep and Relax. Adding a handful to your tub and soaking for 10-20 minutes will help you to have a better night’s sleep.
For a more therapeutic bath that will detoxify your body, our Minera Dead Sea Salt is a great choice. We even have a Detox formula in our Spa Therapy line that has some extra detoxifying ingredients such as kelp powder, bentonite clay and an essential oil blend of Grapefruit Oil, Juniperberry Oil and Green Tea. To relieve tired and achy muscles, try our Minera Dead Sea Salt, Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt or our Epsoak Epsom Salts. In our Spa Therapy line we also have a special Muscle Soak blend which is Epsom Salt with eucalyptus and peppermint oil. Whether you want to detox or relieve muscle aches and pains, you will want to add two large handfuls to your bath, allowing 20 minutes of soaking time.
When looking for relief from skin conditions like Psoriasis or Eczema we recommend our Minera Dead Sea Salts. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers who've had great results using the Dead Sea Salt for help with their skin conditions. The natural salt on its own can be very effective. You may also want to try our Skincare from the Spa Therapy line as well. This is a blend of Dead Sea Salt and Pacific Sea Salt and also contains essential oils, vitamin e and aloe vera. You will want to use a larger amount of salt than usual to aide skin conditions- add one to two pounds of this salt to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Remember to keep the temperature of your bath water warm but not too hot, the benefits will be greater this way. Ultimately, you are trying to mimic the water of the Sea! Keep in mind, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before beginning any therapy routines.
Thursday, 05 March 2009
Pamper yourself with an exfoliating salt scrub! It’s quick and easy to make and will leave your skin smooth and supple. All you need is some of our Artisan bath salts and a bit of your favorite oil.
To create the perfect salt scrub mix 3 parts of the fine grain Artisan bath salts in your choice of scent and color to about 1 parts oil. Some of the popular choices for oils include Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil. To use, gently rub the salt scrub onto your skin in circular motions with you hands, loofah or sponge to reveal a more radiant you.
So make some time for you tonight, grab your scrub and loofah and hop in the tub to give your skin the treatment it deserves!
Thursday, 26 February 2009
There is a rumor that has circulated for years, concerning bathing during pregnancy: many believe that bathing during pregnancy is harmful for your unborn child. The most common believe is that germs and dirt from bath water could make it’s way up into the uterus and infect the fetus.
Turns out, this belief is in fact an old wives’ tale, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t bathe while pregnant. In fact, bathing during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do to nurture yourself. Baths are not only wonderful as a source of relaxation, they do wonders for aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
When you take your baths, be sure to keep the water very warm but not too hot - scalding water (at a temperature similar to a hot tub) is too hot and could harm the baby, particularly in the first trimester. 98.6 degrees is about as hot as you want to go, and that’s a nice temperature that will relax and soothe you perfectly.
Taking frequent baths - even two per day - is a wonderful way to treat yourself during this often challenging time. Here are some reasons why bathing during pregnancy is a good idea:
Relaxation: Pregnancy carries many rewards and is a beautiful process for many of us. But hormonal fluctuations, physical changes in our bodies, and the actual task of raising a child can all make us feel stressed out from time to time. Bathing helps decrease blood pressure and elevate mood, leaving us feeling relaxed and uplifted.
Aches and Pains: Many women experience backaches and other aches and pains associated with being pregnant. Bathing soothes tired, achy muscles and relaxes us from the inside out. In fact, bathing is one of the most popular - and one of the safest - treatments for muscle soreness.
Skin Care: Your friends and family have all noticed your new “glow”, thanks to the little one growing inside you! But despite your newfound dewy radiance, there may be some other changes to your skin that aren’t so favorable. Thanks to hormone fluctuations and stress, you may be breaking out and your skin acting up a bit more than usual. Bathing in sea salts - particularly Dead Sea salts - is a great way to clean and detoxify your skin, leaving it soft, supple, and clear. Now you can show off that glow, without anything else getting in the way!
To get the most out of your pregnancy baths, be sure to use high quality bath salts. Bath salts are made using real sea salts from around the world, and there are many varieties to address your specific needs.
Next week, we’ll explore the best salts for you as you go through this important phase in your life. Until then, take a look at our site and familiarize yourself with the many bath salts we offer. Happy bathing!
Monday, 16 February 2009
You go to bed early one evening – around 10 pm. You have a long day ahead of you and want to make sure you get at least 8 hours of rest. You hit the pillow, close your eyes, and thoughts of the impending workday fill your mind. Then, your thoughts drift to your mother. Then, to the errands you have to run. You feel uncomfortable. What can you do with your left arm so it’s not directly underneath you? You shift to your stomach.
You open your eyes and it’s 12:00 am and you’re still wide awake. You close your eyes and turn on your side again. Not comfortable. Turn to the other side. Nope, not comfortable. You open your eyes again – it’s 2:00 am. Finally, around 3:30, you fall asleep, only to wake at 6:00 with puffy eyes and a bad attitude.
Sound familiar? You’re probably suffering from insomnia, a common sleep disorder. Don’t worry, it’s not just you – 25% of us have it regularly. There are many causes for insomnia, including hormonal changes, certain medications, and depression. The most common cause, and the one that almost all of us experience, is stress.
Your friends all offer advice- they tell you to stop thinking, to meditate, to exercise, to take sleeping pills or drink a nice glass of brandy before heading to bed. All of these can help, of course. But, one of the best cures for insomnia also happens to be a fantastic way to pamper yourself – go take a bath!
Studies show that baths lower stress, alleviate tension, and leave you feeling restful and peaceful. When combined with aromatherapy, the results are simply amazing. Lavender, for instance, is known to relax and to soothe. Used in combination with nice, warm water and you’ll feel your blood pressure drop and the tension in your body seem to wash away.
Here’s what to do:
Prepare your environment! Light some candles around your tub, place some fresh flowers on the side of the tub, dim the lights – make the space as tranquil as possible. Sure, it takes time, but you deserve it.
Add a big handful of bath salts of your choice to a tub full of hot water. Try our Lavender Bath Salts, or our Sleep Bath Soak. Swirl and mix the bath salts in the water, lean back, and breathe in the wonderful aromas. As the water begins to cool, chances are you won’t want to get out yet. Just add a little more hot water, add some fresh salts, and spend a little more time.
When you get out, put on your warmest, softest pajamas and slippers, hide under the covers with a good book, and before you know it, you’ll wake up the next day, ready for anything.
Friday, 06 February 2009
At Groom, 330 E. St. Paul Ave., the shelves are filled with products for men's hair and skin, and male customers chatter above the gentle hum of so many female-held clippers.
But if you're a reporter asking the guys if they ever think about taking a long bath rather than a shower, they tend to clam up.
Men seem to be shy about admitting they pamper themselves with a nice, warm bath. One man went on and on about the therapeutic benefits of his daily bath, the proper mix of bath salts and how 30 minutes was the perfect amount of time for a good soak. Then he decided he preferred that his co-workers didn't know about it.
Others just dismiss the idea out of hand.
"The only reason why I would (take a bath) is we have a whirlpool, so I would fill it up with hot water after a day of physical activity," said Ron Pipkorn, 42, of Milwaukee. Pipkorn prefers the convenience of a shower because he can shave, shampoo and condition and, boom, he's done...................
And then we found Lee Golden, 41, of Milwaukee, who enjoys his time luxuriating in the tub and admits it.
"I love baths," said Golden, who recently purchased a big, new bathtub and uses it three times a week. He likes the Aramus line of bath salts because they soothe aching muscles.
"It's very masculine and it foams a little," Golden said.
He hasn't given up on showers. It's just that he prefers a good soak.
"A bath is not a special occasion for me," he said
Article by By KATHY FLANIGAN from Journalsentinel
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin. These measures may benefit you:
- Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
- Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
- Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.
- Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week. Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure. And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face. Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
- Apply cortisone. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.
- Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible. Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them. Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.
From Mayo Clinic - reference Psoriasis
Saturday, 03 January 2009
It’s 8:00 am. You overslept. Get up, stagger into kitchen, start a pot of coffee, take a quick shower, shave, find an outfit that’s clean, get dressed, gulp down coffee, grab keys, drive to work, meet deadlines, attend meetings, eat lunch at your desk, meet more deadlines, leave work, make important calls on your way home, remember you scheduled dinner with your sister who’s been dying to see you but you haven’t had the time, turn around go to restaurant sit down leave 2 hours later drive home park in garage go inside say hello to roommate/husband/wife/pets set alarm brush teeth put on pajamas turn on TV fall asleep on couch… and repeat this for five days in a row.
Sound a little too familiar? You’re not alone. We live in a culture that values productivity over happiness. Given this way of life, it’s no wonder that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – because the leading cause of heart disease is stress.
With so many responsibilities, we don’t give ourselves permission to take time out for ourselves. We urge our stressed out friends to “take a day off”, we tell our harried parents to “relax”, but we seldom take our own advice.
Tomorrow, try something a little different.
After dinner, tell those who live with you that you will be unavailable (“only call for me if something is on fire!!”) for 45 minutes. Take your phone off the hook, and turn your cell phone off. Bring some candles, your favorite CD, and a radio into your bathroom. Close the door. Fill your tub with warm water and, if you have them, some scented bath salts (Lavender is quite soothing, for instance). Hit “play”, disrobe, and lie down in your tub.
Close your eyes, and inhale slowly. As thoughts of work, social engagements, and deadlines fill your mind, acknowledge them. And then, gently let them go. Your obligations have no place here – only allow peaceful thoughts to stay.
20 minutes to an hour of relaxation in the tub, with a serving of bath salts , will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Your circulation will improve, your skin will be soft and supple, and you’ll be ready for a good night’s sleep. If you take this time for yourself at least every other day, you’ll notice many important changes; you’ll look and feel younger, you’ll have more energy for your work, your hobbies, and for those you care about. The benefits don’t end there – your body will thank you too.
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
This New Year’s Eve, you may find yourself surrounded by friends or family, eating great food and dancing the night away. Or, you might be spending a quiet evening at home, sharing a quiet champagne toast when the ball goes down. Either way, the best way to begin the New Year is not nursing a hangover or hitting the gym first thing in the morning - the best place to be on the first morning of 2009 is in the tub!
After the holiday festivities are over, you’ll likely feel happy, even relieved - and not to mention exhausted. Many people try to jump into a new routine as soon as they awaken to the new year. They put on their running shoes, jog around the block (or worse, on the treadmill) to make up for a year of sitting on the couch; they sprint to the grocery store in search of new, healthier food. But the first thing you do to ring in the New Year should be all about you, especially after spending a few months thinking of everyone else.
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Sunday, 14 December 2008
Well, here we are - smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season. The year has flown by, and now you have to scramble to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends. You may be feeling the economic crunch and aren’t sure what you can buy that is meaningful and useful, and won’t make you broke come January. You could find yourself shopping at the last minute, buying gifts that don’t really suit your loved ones... or you can give the gift of relaxation, beauty, and health.
Bath salts and other bath products are a wonderful gift for anyone in your family. Many of us forget to pamper ourselves and don’t buy this kind of thing for ourselves (but we should, but that’s a whole other article!). Bath salts are a great gift idea for a variety of reasons:
Give the Gift of Healthy Skin
Bathing in high quality bath salts has been shown to improve skin tone, clear your complexion, soften and soothe all skin types, and even protect against environmental elements and pollution. Bath salts work to deeply cleanse the skin while working to detoxify and refresh pores.
Rest and Relaxation
Taking regular baths can lower blood pressure and is one of the most relaxing thing we can do. It also gives us time away from other demands such as work and social obligations - and taking time alone is crucial if you want to maintain your sanity in this busy world.
These days, many of us are looking for ways to save money, and the holidays make it difficult to do so. While bath salts are a practical, enjoyable, and thoughtful gift, they won’t break the bank. And if you buy a good amount, they will last for a long time.
They are Beautiful!
Put simply, bath salts are really very pretty. These beautiful crystals come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors. When displayed by the side of your tub, they add beauty to the whole room!
A Personal Touch
Bath salts come in a vast array of colors, scents, and can be infused with herbs and essential oils, making each salt as unique as your family member or friend. You can tailor your bath salt to fit the personality and needs of the recipient, so they will have their own, tailor-made, perfect bath salt.
Friday, 12 December 2008
The days of going to a palatial bath house to socialize might be over, but convening in water is still popular, especially in the form of jacuzzis and hot tubs.
Whether you're at a friend's house, soaking in the jacuzzi with friends over a beer, or at the gym after a long workout, there is etiquette to follow to ensure that everyone is comfortable and safe.
Here are some general tips and guidelines to keep in mind when you share the water with friends:
1) Rinse Your Swimsuit/Swim Trunks in Water: Rinse our your swim clothes in clean tap water before you enter the jacuzzi. This will prevent chemicals and bacteria from being introduced into the water. Also, leftover detergent can make the water foamy.
2) Before you turn up the heat, ask everyone if it's ok. Some people might be sensitive to the heat.
3) Same goes for the jets – be sure the water pressure is comfortable for everyone before you turn those knobs.
4) You can add scented bath salts to make it an even more pleasurable experience – just make sure everyone agrees on the fragrance.
5) Don't eat while soaking.
6) Be extra cautious while drinking that beer or cocktail in the jacuzzi – hot water can vastly increase the ef ects of alcohol.
7) Keep rough housing to a minimum. Terrible things can happen – hair can get tangled in drains and/or jets, and drowning is possible, despite the shallowness of the tub.
8) If you have a young child, be careful that he or she does not have to go to the bathroom before you take him or her into the hot tub
9) Have fun!
Sunday, 07 December 2008
The holidays are a time of excess - lots of parties, time spent with friends and family, and tons of good food. To combat any unwanted weight gain during the season, it’s a good idea to squeeze some exercise into your busy schedule. You’ll not only stay healthy and trim, you’ll be less likely to overindulge at parties when you see the rewards of all your hard work.
But while you’ll feel and look better, you will have to contend with one side-effect: muscle soreness. After rigorous activity (or any movement your body isn’t used to), you might find yourself feeling tight and sore for a day or two afterwards. This is mostly due to a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles during the cool-down phase of your workout, and tiny tears in the muscle fibers. These tears actually help you get stronger - as tissue builds up around them, your muscles get larger and stronger. Even though some moderate soreness can mean you had a great workout, it is still uncomfortable and makes it difficult to go about your daily activities.
One of the best ways to treat tired, sore muscles is to take a warm bath using high-quality bath salts and soaks. You don’t want to soak in the tub immediately after your workout - you should wait about 1-2 hours. Why? Warm water increases circulation and promotes inflammation; it’s best to gradually cool down your muscles and let them recover a bit before you head to the bath. Take a short walk, do some stretches and refuel with a healthy meal.
Then, take a bath! The warm water massages your muscles and makes them more pliable and less prone to cramping and tightness. The warmth increases your circulation and helps speed muscle recovery.
Bath salts are an essential ingredient in a post-workout bath. Bath salts are usually made from real sea salts, and high-quality salts contain minerals and nutrients that are essential for overall health and also happen to do wonders for sore muscles. Sea salts contain magnesium, a mineral known as a muscle relaxer, as well as other vital nutrients such as potassium.The bath salts also aid in the release of toxins that build up during exercise.
Dead Sea salts are an excellent choice for soothing tired muscles, since they are exceptionally high in mineral content. Essential oils of menthol and eucalyptus work to increase blood flow and cool the skin, resulting in great overall relief. You can create your own bath salts by mixing in your own essential oils and fragrances, or you can buy a soak designed to soothe sore muscles, such as our Muscle Soak bath salt formula.
So a few hours after your next workout, draw a nice, warm bath. Dim the lights and sprinkle in two heaping handfuls of bath salts - the more the better! Sit back, relax, and allow your body to unwind after all its hard work. You deserve it!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Thanksgiving can be cozy, fun, stressful, or all of the above. If you’re spending the evening with family or friends, it’s a great time to reconnect after the busy year. If you’re hosting, it can feel festive and exciting, but you may find yourself riddled with anxiety the night before. Between preparing your meal, planning activities, and seeing your meddlesome in-laws or that crazy uncle you’ve never really cared for, you feel pressure to make the day as enjoyable as possible.
Why not take this opportunity to treat yourself to a “time out”, to truly pamper yourself? By taking a bath, you’ll lower your stress level while getting some much-needed time to yourself. Since this week is probably filled with preparations, traveling, or back-to-back plans, you’ll need to rest and rejuvenate.
Here’s an idea: take a bath the night before the big day, with a focus on relaxation and rejuvenation. Then, take a bath after everyone leaves, to center and re-balance yourself after all that activity. Through the use of the right bath salts, you’ll achieve the desired results.
Here’s the perfect recipe for each!
For this bath, you’ll want to use a combination of relaxing and rejuvenating elements in your bath. Try mixing in some bath salts infused with mint or citrus scents to give you an energy boost, and add a soothing bath salt such as our “Tranquility” blend. Color is important as well - bright, lighter colors will refresh you, and “cooler” colors will calm you. Mix and match to perfection!
Now that everyone is gone, you can treat yourself to the perfect, calming bath and follow up with a good night’s sleep. Scents like lavender and vanilla are good choices for a bath before bedtime, as they lower blood pressure and relax you from the inside out. Choose bath salts in blues, purples, or soft greens to calm you even more.
For each bath, dim the lights - or turn them off altogether and light some candles. Play your favorite music softly in the background. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and think of nothing but how the your body feels in the water. Be sure your friends and family know that this is your time to be alone; no interruptions.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, 05 October 2008
Next time you have big plans - a wedding, a date with that special someone, a reunion or a party, take a bath before you go! You’ll arrive looking and feeling your very best, and you’ll enjoy other benefits that may surprise you.
The bigger the event, the bigger the stress; chances are, you’ve spent time planning and preparing, not to mention over-thinking. You hope you have a great time, and if you’re hosting, you hope everything works out perfectly and everyone else is happy. Taking a bath as part of your preparation will lower your blood pressure and give you time to be alone, to drift away and take a moment to escape.
The night before, you will toss and turn in anticipation, and may be unable to get the sleep you need to arrive the next day feeling your best - unless youtake a bath. Light some candles around the tub, pour in some soothing bath salts infused with lavender or another calming scent, and soak for 45 minutes before you go to sleep. You will still be excited about the next day - but you’ll fall into a long, pleasurable sleep and wake up feeling energized and renewed!
Bathing also helps you look your best. Your skin will be softer and smoother, you will be well-rested with a healthy glow. Now that you are feeling and looking your best, you’re sure to have a wonderful time!
Thursday, 18 September 2008
There’s nothing cuter than seeing your little one in the tub, smiling and splashing in the water while he gets clean. Bath-time is one of the best times to bond with your baby, and bathing has many proven benefits that will improve both your lives. It’s important to prepare your baby’s bath carefully, to ensure safety and the best possible bathing experience.
But newborns aren’t old enough to safely bathe in the tub, so here are some tips to make your very own “mini-bath” for your littlest one.
Tips for The Perfect Baby Bath:
1. Keep all your bathing things in a shoebox so it can be ready to go (if you forget anything, you’ll have to bring your baby with you, which is hard when they’re slippery from the tub!) In your box, keep supplies such as a clean diaper, a washcloth, toys, and some mild soap. Also, don’t forget to bring your fluffiest towels. Once everything you need is in the bathroom, bring in your baby!
2. Fill a basin or a large bowl with warm water. Be sure to check the water and make sure it isn’t too hot. Don’t be afraid to add spongy toys or rubber duckies!
3. Pick a place to bathe your baby. Be sure that the area is warm, not drafty or cool, as you don’t want your baby to experience drastic temperature changes.
4. If you use a liner (foam or otherwise) in your basin or bowl, be sure to rinse it out after each use. This limits the growth of bacteria and the spreading of germs.
5. Wash your baby’s face with a clean, damp washcloth. Don’t use soap, water is all you need. Don’t forget to wash behind those ears!
6. Wash your baby’s scalp and hair with baby shampoo (the kind that doesn’t irritate eyes, like “No Tears” by Johnson & Johnson).
7. After washing your baby, be sure to rinse him or her off and be careful that no soap bubbles or suds get into the eyes or nose.
8. Pat your baby dry very gently with a soft, fluffy towel and make sure your baby is warm and covered until dry.
Now It’s Your Turn
After your baby is nice and clean, smelling fresh and fast asleep in bed, take some time for yourself and take a nice relaxing soak in the tub. Don’t forget to add some soothing bath salt . Taking caring of a newborn is hard work so a nice bath should help take away some of the daily stress.
Some Important Safety Notes:
Tragedies can occur in less than 10 seconds: before, during, and after your bath, don’t leave your baby alone - not even for a second. Before bath time, tell your family/roommates/friends you are busy and can’t be disturbed. If you must leave the room to answer the phone (and really, do you?) or to retrieve something you forgot, wrap your baby in a warm towel and take him with you. While your baby is in the tub, don’t turn your back on him, and, obviously, don’t leave the room. Also, be very careful that the water isn’t too hot. Water that seems hot - in a good way - to you, might be too warm for your baby. Test the water by leaving your wrist in it for a few moments. Also, do not use bubble baths or detergents - in very young infants, they can cause rashes.
Stay safe, and have fun!!
Monday, 08 September 2008
When people think of taking a bath, they generally only think of taking one at night. Baths are extraordinarily relaxing and often make you feel sleepy, so it’s logical that we think of bathing before bedtime.
But did you know that bathing can also be invigorating, and even energizing? If you find yourself groping for your coffee in the morning and taking a quick shower only to show up at work tired, you should consider taking a bath before you go.
For an energizing bath, keep the water warm but not necessarily hot, and mix in some bath salts infused with essential oils from energizing sources. Orange, lime, tangerine, and ginger are all good choices. Color, believe it or not, is also important - choose a bright color such as yellow, orange red or even green to lift your spirits. You’ll save money on coffee, you’ll look radiant, and you’ll feel mentally sharp - so tomorrow, take your bath in the morning and start the day right!
Friday, 22 August 2008
Your baby or toddler cries non-stop, allowing you only a few hours of precious sleep. You’ve tried everything but he or she can’t seem to calm down. Solution: treat your little one to a nice, warm bath before bedtime! Even better, share the tub and take a bath together.
Turn the lights down, sprinkle some scented bath salts in the tub, and bring goodies- toy boats, rubber duckies, the more the better! The warm water will lower both you and your baby’s blood pressure, making you feel relaxed and calm and ready for bed. Scents such as lavender and rose are wonderfully soothing, and the bath salts will soften and smooth the skin, so you’ll both feel soft and supple! Bathing is also a wonderful excuse to share time alone together. Sweet dreams!
Friday, 25 July 2008
Choosing the right salt texture and grain size
is important when choosing your bath salt
or salt scrub
product - salt comes in many textures and sizes and each carries specific benefits. Different grain sizes
can be chosen depending on how you intend to use the salt. Because of all the choices, it can get confusing! To reap good results, you must choose the right type of salt.
When choosing salts, you have to consider how you will use them. Finer salts are usually used for salt scrubs, while larger grain sizes are more suitable to dissolved in water as a bath soak.
Another thing to consider when choosing salt grain sizes is that each size and texture dissolve differently. If you want the salts to dissolve quickly, you should choose finer salts. Just remember that the finer the salts, the faster will it dissolve, which is ideal when you use the salt as a scrub or exfoliating product. For variety, you may want a combination of fine salts mixed with large salt chunks. That way the salt can be used both as a soak and as a scrub.
Fine-grain salt is wonderful for exfoliation and best for those of us with sensitive skin. Finer salts are gentler and not as harsh as the larger size salts. At the same time, you don¢t want your scrubbing salt to be too fine, since you would want your salt scrub to have some texture in order for it to actually scrub your skin and be effective. With the right grain size, your skin will be smooth, soft and clean - without irritation. When you prepare for a long, decadent bathing session, it's also OK to choose larger chunks (or mix some into the finer salt) so it takes a little while to dissolve.
Monday, 31 December 2007
For those of you, like us, who are crazy about bathing, here's some interesting reading material before we ring in the new year................reference material is from wikipedia.org
Japanese Bathing Overview
For anyone who has not had the pleasure of a Japanese bath, they really are missing out. The first rule of bathing Japanese style is that baths are not places where you clean yourself. Instead, you first rinse yourself before you enter the bath. Traditionally, you would use cold water from a bucket but a modern shower, although not too hot, will suffice.
Now enter the bath. The bath should not contain any soaps or bubbles but a collection of bath salts dependant on the effect one is after. The water is as hot as you can take it. As you immerse yourself to the neck for up to fifteen minutes, you will feel yourself drift away with the relaxing combination of salts and heat.
Well soaked now, you will next clean. To do this you get out of the bath and use the shower. Do not wash in the bath. When fully scrubbed and rinsed, re-enter the bath for another fifteen minutes. Finish with a cold shower and you will feel like a new person.
If someone else is bathing after you, don't let the water out. Because the water is only for soaking, it can be used by multiple people. The insulation of a driftwood bath will ensure it stays warm.
Japanese Bathing - Rituals and Etiquette
Bathing is an important part of the daily routine in Japan. Baths are for relaxing; the body and hair must be thoroughly scrubbed and all soap removed before entering the bathtub or ¤ªïL.Î(ofuro). This is normally done at a small faucet or shower located in the same room as the tub, while seated on a small stool. The traditional shape of the tub is smaller and deeper than is common in Western homes. A traditional Japanese bathtub is square, and deep enough that the water will cover the shoulders, but requires the bather to sit with the knees drawn up to the chest. Newer bathtubs are more like the western shape. Rather than being drained at the end of each bath, the water is kept warm by means of special heaters, and the same water is used by all the family members. After use, some homes take the hot bath water from the tub and use it to wash clothes in a washing machine. A lid is placed on the tub to maintain the water temperature when not in use, and to prevent evaporation. Any hair or debris is scooped from the water after the bath.
In homes with small tubs, each family member bathes one by one, in order of seniority, traditionally starting with the oldest male. However, many young Japanese women now refuse to bathe after their fathers. If there are guests in the home, they will be given priority. In homes with larger tubs, it is not uncommon for family members to bathe together. Typically one or both parents will bathe with babies and toddlers, and even as children grow older they may still bathe with one of their parents.
Bathtubs are increasingly common in modern Japanese homes, but there are still many homes, particularly in older or rural areas, that do not have bathtubs, so public bathhouses called sent¨ (äE?«) are common. A regular bathhouse will have tap water heated in a boiler. In all but the most rural areas baths are segregated by sex, and customers bathe nude, many using a small washcloth to cover the genitals. Hotels, pachinko parlours and other venues may have on-site sent¨ for customer use.
Patrons of traditional Japanese inns or Ryokan will be offered the use of an Ofuro for bathing, either a communal Ofuro with bathing times being scheduled in advance, or a private Ofuro.
Onsen (ÎÂÈª) are baths that by definition use naturally hot water from geothermally-heated springs, sometimes outdoors. Larger onsen will have separate pools for men and women, and visitors normally bathe nude. As with home baths, at sent¨ and onsen bathers must wash thoroughly before entering the communal baths. Many sent¨ and onsen ban customers with tattoos which are traditionally taboo, citing concerns over yakuza activity. Very rarely, non-Japanese visitors are banned, a practice regarded as xenophobia. The bathhouses respond that non-Japanese, particularly Russian sailors visiting Hokkaid¨ in northern Japan, are unfamiliar with the correct etiquette and either dirty the bathwater or behave inappropriately.
reference material from wikipedia
Monday, 19 November 2007
Have you ever taken a bath but it just didn't relax you the way you thought it would? You still feel stressed, on edge, and now you are wishing you just took a quick shower instead! Well there can be many reasons for this, all of which are very easily and quickly fixable - maybe the lighting wasn't right, there was too much noise, the water wasn't quite hot enough, or you even forgot to bring a towel with you or left your bath salts in the bottom of the bathroom cabinet.
Well don't worry, we are here to help and we have the perfect solution and all the answers for you. Our new article "Time Out: Stop Working & Start Soaking" gives you the easy steps to take to ensure you have the perfect bathing experience. It's a great fun read and will definately help get you in the mood for a relaxing bath.
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The Perfect Bath - "Time Out: Stop Working & Start Soaking"