Whether you are local to the bay area or will be visiting San Francisco soon, we invite you to check out our completely redesigned, out-door store on Pier 39!
At our Flagship store on Pier 39, you’ll now find more of our bath salts than ever before (plus, our body scrubs too)!
Have fun with this hands-on shopping experience.
How it works…
First, you purchase your own bottle (your choice of glass or plastic in a variety of sizes andshapes).
Then, fill the bottle with as much bath salt as your bottle will hold: feel free to mix and match different scents and colors.Using a variety of salts can be very visually appealing, plus you’ll experience different aromas each time you bathe with the salts!
The bath salts make a great souvenir to take home from your visit to the Bay Area and, if you’re from around the bay here they make great gifts- be sure to get at least one for yourself too though!
Come visit us on Pier 39 and remember how good it feels to take a bath!
For location and hours visit our Pier 39 page HERE. See you there!
On occasion, we get feedback from our customers stating that they are having some difficulty with the gourmet chef salts not easily pouring out of their salt shakers because of clumping. This can happen due to humidity, as salt is hygroscopic which means that salt absorbs moisture from the surrounding air. Eventually, the salt attracts enough moisture that the salt partially dissolves and starts to clump together.
We have an easy simple, solution that should help to combat this common problem.
Add about 1/2 - 1 tablespoons of uncooked rice grains to the bottom of the shaker (for an average 4 oz salt shaker size). The uncooked rice grains will absorb any moister that enters the shaker and will help to keep the shaker holes clump free, while the rice grains gradually move throughout the salt and break down the clumps any clumps that form. To make sure you have constant fresh flowing salt, remove and replace the old rice grains with new rice grains around every 2 months or so.
Try this cool easy tip using any of our Gourmet Salts in Fine Grain.
Thinking of giving a little something to family, friends or co-workers for Easter? Sure, you could always find a quick gift- some kind of candy or trinket. But, if you really want to give them something special, something they'll both use and benefit from, how about giving them a bottle of salts?
You can easily put together a bottle of bath salts or chef salts:
2. Fill the bottle or jar with chef salts or bath salts* (hint: it may help to use a small funnel for this). As you're filling the bottle, gently tap the container on a hard surface (i.e. table, counter top) to settle the salt (this will allow you to fill the bottle with the most salt possible).
*You can fill the bottle with various salts creating a few different layers of colors/scents (kind of like sand art- remember that?!). However, if you're filling the containers with bath salts, we recommend sticking with the same types of salts for best results (for example, having all layers be Dead Sea bath salts or all layers be Pacific Sea Salts).
Here are a couple ideas, but feel free to create your own combinations based on the preferences of the lucky ones receiving these gifts!
3. Finish by adding Spring/Easter themed labels, ribbon or any other decorative embellishments.
Have a long gift list but aren’t sure how much salt you’ll need to fill the bottles? Check out our Bath Salt Calculator. By entering the size of your bottle and the number of bottles you need to fill, our handy calculator will determine how much salt you’ll need to complete your project.
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 and Floral Bath Salts pages from our Shop By Scent menu for inspiration to find the perfect bath salt for your tub for two.
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.
You’re ready for 2013, armed with a list of things you’d like to start doing, stop doing, and do better. You’ll actually use your gym membership; you’ll eat healthier; you’ll quit smoking/drinking/talking too much/being lazy.
None of that sounds like much fun, and by February, you may find yourself returning to your old ways.
But there is one healthy resolution you can make that is so enjoyable, you’re sure to keep it: take more baths!
The benefits of bathing extend much further than simple enjoyment - there are numerous health benefits you may not be aware of. Bathing in warm water can reduce your blood pressure, leaving you feeling calm and refreshed. When you add bath salts to the mix, the benefits are amazing. Sea salt holds minerals and nutrients that are essential in your skin's ability to regenerate and heal, not to mention to simply function well on a day-to-day basis. When you add bath salts to your bath, you are in effect creating your very own sea water, and will reap many natural benefits of the ocean. The warm water causes your skin's pores to open, allowing healthy nutrients in the salts to be absorbed.
You can find bath salts that address your specific needs. There are salts designed to improve your skin’s health, elasticity and tone; some salts are known to draw impurities from your skin and detoxify you from the inside out; some bath salts are known to produce a calming, relaxing effect.
Think about your challenges, and create a bath that will help you live healthier and happier. Are you often stressed and anxious? Add some relaxation salts to your bath. Do you suffer from insomnia? Bathing by itself can treat insomnia by relaxing your muscles and your mind, and the right salts infused with essential oils can deliver and amazing nights’ sleep. If you’re concerned about toxins and pollution in the air (and perhaps your diet), take a bath with one of our detoxifying salts, or pure Dead Sea salt.
Make a resolution to take at least one bath a week. Pick a day and a time to be alone, to relax, and treat yourself to a healthy, long, relaxing bath. Start the New Year right, with a resolution you'll be happy to keep!
Posted by: Robin - San Francisco Bath Salt Company AT 10:35 am
San Francisco Salt Company unveils a fresh new look for their popular bath and spa salts – a designer retail gift bag. Featuring 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; and an artisan tin-tie closure to keep salts fresh, the bags are the perfect choice for gifting bath and spa salts.
San Francisco, CA (BlogWire) December 7, 2012
With a year full of improvements, including a complete re-branding and make over of their website, San Francisco Salt Company’s (SFSC) latest change comes as the result of much collected customer feedback and thoughtful design – a designer bag exclusively for the two pound gift option of their bath and spa salts.
“The two pound bag size of bath salt is the ideal size for gifts and retail, but until now it didn’t have the look best suited for something meant as a gift or for retail shelves,” says Lee Williamson, founder of SFSC. The new designer bags replace the previous clear stand-up pouches that although very popular didn’t quite hit the mark. Since introducing the new designer bags, sales on this item have increased over 1200% in the last 30 days compared to same sales last year.
“Our designer bags are a beautiful aqua color. It’s a very clean, modern look. The peek-a-boo window and aroma scent valve really set this packaging apart from other brands. It’s a nice touch to not only see the bath salts before opening the bag, but to be able to test the scent as well. Our motto this season is ‘Treat someone to the perfect bath’”, explains Williamson. The designer bags are available for the two pound sizes of all 37 bath and spa salts offered by SFSC. They retail for $14.99 each and are currently 15% off through the holidays with free shipping.
“Whenever you are giving a gift, presentation is important. We are very excited to update these bath salts’ packaging, giving them a high-end look while still offering them at a great value so everyone can afford to give the gift of relaxation,” adds Williamson.
About San Francisco Salt Company
SFSC design, develop, and sell an extensive line of bath and shower salts to promote relaxation, soothe and care for the skin including Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt; as well as a line of gourmet chef salts to guarantee just the right flavor for your dishes.
Their mission is to raise awareness of the amazing benefits of natural sea salts - to harness the power of the ocean to enhance your well-being, from the inside out.
To learn more about the San Francisco Salt Company or to view their complete selection of bath and sea salts and gourmet chef salts, visit them online at: http://www.sfsalt.com.
CEO & Founder
510-477-9600 Ext 112
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! By now, you've probably started planning the side dishes and desserts that you will serve this year but what about the star of the meal- the turkey? Brining is the secret to a juicy and flavorful turkey, and is easy and simple to do. Brining your turkey will expand the meats protein molecules and cells allowing it to hold more water while baking, which in turn gives you a juicier more favorable turkey, not to mention it is also great for getting any extra bacteria off of the meat.
-Plastic Tub (large enough for the full turkey to be submerged under the water/solution, but small enough to fit into your refrigerator)
-Gourmet Salt (kosher salt) such as Sherpa Himalayan Salt or French Grey Salt (Fine or Coarse Grain)
-Any other ingredients you wish to add to enhance flavor (herbs, sugar, fruits, vegetables, etc.)
The basic ratio for a turkey brine is 2 cups of salt to 2 gallons of water. You can also add other ingredients as stated above, such as sweeteners or acidic ingredients to balance the saltiness of the brine. To get the best results, brine the turkey anywhere between 12-24 hours. Make sure you cover the tub/turkey and let it sit inside of your refrigerator till you're ready to bake. Once you've drained the turkey, place it in the bake pan, and add any of your specialty ingredients to fulfill your recipe and let it bake. Enjoy!
Doesn’t it seem like once the holiday seasons ends, suddenly it’s just around the corner again?! Well, good news for those of you who enjoy getting an early start in preparing for the holidays… our Holiday Bath Salts have returned!
Stroll down memory lane and choose the bath salts that remind you of your favorite things about the autumn and winter season and the holidays… What will it be? Candy Cane, Sugar Plum Fairy, Warmth of the Holidays, Cranberry, Holiday Spice, Pumpkin Pie, Winter Pine or Frankincense & Myrrh?
Stock up on your favorites now and you’ll have them ready to go when it’s time to take comfort in a warm soak on those cold winter nights or whenever you need a quick (but thoughtful!) holiday gift for someone (see our packaging options for bags, bottles and jars to re-package your bulk bath salts for gift giving).
It's no secret that buying in bulk saves money. But, if you think that 10 or 20 pounds of bath salts is way more than you need for the time being, we have a suggestion for you!
Purchase a bulk bag, set aside a good amount for yourself to enjoy and give the rest away! We offer several bottles and jars in different shapes and sizes, in both plastic and glass. Your family, friends and co-workers are sure to appreciate the thoughtful gift made especially for them. They are also great for wedding and baby shower favors!
You can have a lot of fun with this because there is so much you can do if you really want to get creative. Try choosing a few different colors and scents that compliment each other, such as family of floral or fruit scents for variety. Simply layer the different salts in the bottles. You can complete the gift by adding a personalized gift tag or label.
Have a long gift list but aren’t sure how much salt you’ll need to fill the bottles? Check out our Bath Salt Calculator. By entering the size of your bottle and the number of bottles you need to fill, our handy calculator will determine how much salt you’ll need to complete your project.
New U.S. Postal Service Ad Campaign features San Francisco Salt Company
Out of 3,000 companies considered to be profiled in U.S. Postal Service’s latest advertising campaign, San Francisco Salt Company was one of only three chosen.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 - San Francisco Salt Company (SFSC), known for their extensive selection of spa salts and gourmet chef salts which they ship to customers all over the country, were selected to be a part of the United States Postal Service’s new promotion for their Flat Rate shipping service.
The new ad campaign profiles three growing businesses who are leading their niche market using U.S. Postal Services products. “I think the fact that we were chosen to be part of this campaign says a lot about our reputation, commitment to customer service, and quality of products. This year marks our 10 year anniversary, so being independently chosen by the U.S. Postal Service is a really proud moment for us that came at just the right time,” says Lee Williamson, founder of San Francisco Salt Company, which offers salts from around the globe including Dead Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt and Epsom Salt.
The new video campaign, which is currently available through the United States Postal Service YouTube channel, was filmed at two of the San Francisco Salt Company’s locations last month.
“We have been shipping with U.S. Postal Service since 2002 and their shipping system helps us keep things simple. We actually develop products with the size of the flat rate boxes in mind. It takes away a lot of the guess work while preparing shipments as we know what we’ll be able to fit in each box and how much it’s going to cost,” explains Williamson.
“Sea Salt in large volumes is quite heavy. The fact that we can fit twenty to twenty-five pounds in a single flat rate box and ship it to anywhere in the U.S. for the same rate whether it’s going to New York or Hawaii is great. This service has really been an integral part of our business,” Williamson adds. This cost effective shipping method also allows SFSC to offer free shipping on their website which for years had never been heard of in this industry due to the high weight of sea salt products says Williamson.
About San Francisco Salt Company
SFSC designs, develops, and sells an extensive line of bath and shower salts to promote relaxation, soothe and care for the skin, as well as a line of gourmet chef salts to guarantee just the right flavor for your dishes.
Their mission is to raise awareness of the amazing benefits of natural sea salts - to harness the power of the ocean to enhance your well-being, from the inside out.
To see the new U.S. Postal Service campaign and for more information the San Francisco Salt Company visit: http://www.sfsalt.com
510-477-9600 Ext 112
You’ve probably heard it before. You tell a friend you took a nice, long relaxing bath, and her response is: “But when you take a bath, aren’t you just soaking in your own dirt?”
Let’s examine this argument for a minute. Chances are you’re not squeaky clean when you first step into the tub. You lie there and soak – for 15, 20 minutes. There’s a ring on the tub when you’re done. Ewww, gross.
But hold on - the ring on the edge of your tub is a good thing, and here’s why. Bathing is an incredible way to cleanse your skin – much more effective than showering. When you take a shower, you quickly rub some soap on your skin, rinse, and get out. Thing is, you’ve only washed the outermost layers of your skin. Bathing in warm water, preferably with bath salts, draws impurities from deep inside your pores, cleansing you on a much deeper level than a simple shower. The dirt around your tub is dirt that has left your body – dirt that probably wouldn’t come out after a quick shower.
The warm water opens up your pores. The water, enhanced with the minerals and nutrients in your bath salts, is able to seep into nooks and crannies in your skin that water from a shower won’t hit. Oil, soap residue, pollutants and impurities rise to the surface and are drawn out and are gone forever. To answer your question, all the gunk that has left your skin will not come back in. Once it’s out, it’s out – and down the drain for good.
Posted by: San Francisco Bath Salt Company - Robin AT 12:48 pm
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
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…
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.
Posted by: San Francisco Bath Salt Company AT 02:39 pm
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.
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.
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.
Posted by: San Francisco Bath Salt Company AT 04:17 pm
You want to look your very best, but you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on spa trips, expensive creams and lotions or other treatments. You’d like to do your beauty routine at home.
Good news: bathing is an inexpensive yet effective beauty treatment that will do wonders for your skin, your spirit, and your overall health. High quality bath salts contain nutrients and minerals that nourish your skin and boost your skin’s natural self-defense system, protecting against harmful effects of the sun, harsh weather conditions, and even aging. Your skin will look radiant and feel softer to the touch - without you having to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on expensive skincare. Bathing also carries other benefits that impact how you look - you’ll sleep better, your stress levels will go down, and you’ll feel healthier. Take baths regularly and you will see a big difference!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fizzing Soak 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.
Since introducing our bamboo jar products last year, many customers have requested that we offer free shipping on this line of products….Well, the wait is finally over! Now through the rest of June, we’re offering Free Shipping on all Bamboo Jar products! Stock up now to take advantage of the savings!
Our Eco Friendly Bamboo Jars are:
Durable and long-lasting
Beautiful, with a modern design
And can be filled again & again with your favorite spa products
Everyone needs a Bamboo Jar Perfect for retailers, salon & spa owners, and individuals who would like to have a nice way to store their bath/spa salts and scrubs at home. They also make great gifts!
This month is a great time for anyone to get a bamboo jar…and we’ll pay the shipping!
We’re offering 40% off on mixed bags of our gorgeous African Pearl Salts in a variety of pearl sizes while supplies last!
Available in a 10 lb or 20 lb bulk bag, each bag will contain a blend of various fine, petite and pearl sizes of this amazing salt.
10 lbs regularly $59.95, on sale now for $35.00
20 lbs regularly $99.95, on sale now for $59.00
We have approximately 6,600 lbs of premium mixed variety pearl salts on sale.
What's the catch? These salts are random sizes so if you need to sort out the different sizes you may use some kind of a kitchen or vegetable sieve. It's easy to do, worth the huge savings, and you'll end up with a few different sizes to use!
Extreme heat and other conditions of Lake Assal, Africa create Salt Pearls which form their smooth, round shape naturally as they tumble on the water’s edge in a variety of different sizes. It's an absolutely gorgeous sea salt, with its pearl shape different from any other salt in the world! This 100% natural salt is 98.5%-99.5% pure Sodium Chloride with a variety of beneficial trace minerals making it an ideal choice for skin care and relieving tired and aching muscles.
The following article exploring halotherapy and salt rooms was posted May 11, 2010 on WSJ.com (The Wall Street Journal).
Taking a Mound of Salt for What Ails You
By Laura Johannes
Sink into a chair, relax and breathe in the salt air. You aren't at the beach, but rather in one of a growing number of indoor salt rooms whose owners say small salt particles can soothe respiratory and skin conditions. Scientific evidence in English-language publications is scant and some doctors urge caution for asthmatics.
Across the U.S., salt rooms have been popping up in cities such as New York, Orlando, Naples, Fla., Boulder, Colo., Chicago and Los Angeles.
While most of us associate salt air with the beach, from a medical standpoint, the experience is designed to mimic salt caves, which have long been considered therapeutic in Eastern Europe. Salt room owners say salt can help skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and a range of respiratory ailments, including colds, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
Sometimes called halotherapy chambers, the rooms are designed to provide a relaxing and unusual experience. The walls and ceilings are salt-coated, and grains are often scattered a few inches deep on the floor. Children are often allowed to play in it, as in a sandbox. Some places have cave-like decor, complete with salt-coated stalactites.
Some facilities just pile up salt in the room, while others use special "salt generators," machines that grind the salt into very tiny breathable particles and blow it into the air. Orlando's Salt Room uses a generator sold by Indium Top LLC of Tallinn, Estonia. Halo Air LLC of New York, which recently opened a Halo/Air salt room in Manhattan, uses a generator from Halomed UAB, of Vilnius, Lithuania. Halo Air hopes to open dozens more locations in the U.S.
Generally, pure salt from natural sources is used; Halo Air uses rock salt from a cave in Ukraine. The smell of a salt room is a little like ocean air and visitors experience a salty taste on the lips, says Richard Zagrobelny, owner of Iris Salt Rooms LLC, a Kitchener, Ontario, firm that builds salt rooms using Indium Top's Iiris machine. Costs for a session vary, depending on location and privacy; some rooms offer discounts for multiple sessions. A one-hour adult session in a communal room at the Salt Room in Orlando costs $45. Halo Air says a private room with a personal television costs $100 for an hour. If you like you can wear nothing but a thin robe and booties on your feet.
So far the Iiris machine hasn't been studied clinically. The Halomed device has been shown effective for respiratory and skin conditions in Russian-language research publications, says Russian pulmonologist Alina Chervinskaya, a minority owner of Halomed. The machine is set to different levels of salt concentration depending on the condition being treated, she says. Halo Air says concentrations in its salt rooms range from five to 10 milligrams per cubic meter of air for adults.
Salt helps respiratory conditions by drawing water into airways, thinning mucus and improving the function of cilia, or small hairs that help move mucus out of the lungs, Dr. Chervinskaya says. In higher concentrations, salt therapy also can help skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis, she says.
And a 160-person study Dr. Chervinskaya presented last year at a Vienna medical conference found that a tabletop salt generator, not available in the U.S., helped prevent colds. Dr. Chervinskaya says the tabletop unit produces a dry salt aerosol comparable to the Halomed generator used in salt rooms.
English-language studies on salt rooms are rare. Often quoted by salt rooms as evidence of their efficacy is a landmark New England Journal of Medicine study that found improvement in cystic-fibrosis symptoms from salt therapy. But the study used a handheld nebulizer twice daily to deliver a concentrated salt mist into the mouth, and the results don't apply to salt rooms, says Australian scientist Mark R. Elkins, the lead author of the 2006 paper.
Orlando pulmonologist Daniel Layish says rigorous studies are lacking on salt rooms, but he has found cystic-fibrosis patients he has referred to the Orlando Salt Room are experiencing "less shortness of breath, less coughing and decreased sinus pressure."
Springfield, N.J., allergist Leonard Bielory, chairman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's integrative-medicine committee, says it's logical that salt rooms could help a variety of respiratory conditions—but probably only in the short term. "It's like a massage," he says. "Great while you get it but after that [the benefit is] gone."
Dr. Bielory and others caution that asthma could potentially be worsened. Salt is an irritant that could cause airways to constrict, posing a serious danger to asthmatics, says allergist Alvin M. Sanico, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Salt, by stimulating nerves in the nasal passages, may worsen allergy symptoms, he adds.
Dr. Chervinskaya says that 10 to 20 sessions in salt rooms using the Halomed machine can have long-term benefits of up to six months or a year. Generators should be set to a lower dose for asthma patients to minimize irritation, she adds, and patients with any serious lung issues should consult their doctors before using a salt room. Halo Air says it follows Dr. Chervinskaya's recommendations. Salt rooms in rare cases can cause mild irritation to the skin and eyes, and a scratchiness in the throat that goes away after drinking water.
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The ocean has gathered its salt over billions of years from rivers flowing into the sea, bringing salt as well as other minerals with them. This same phenomenon can occur inland creating salted lakes like the Dead Sea (yes, the dead sea is actually a lake!)
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A lot of people still question: Why is salt being added to desserts & sweet baked goods? Well, just as salt is essential for cooking, it is essential for baking. If you are looking for a great tasting, sturdy, and a longer lasting pastry, a small pinch of salt is the way to go!
That small amount of salt can make the biggest difference and go a long ways, changing the intensity of flavor from chocolate to chocolate-ier, vanilla to vanilla- ier, or fruity to fruity-ier, etc. Salt doesn't only act with the sweetening agents in a recipe, but it also cuts through the bitterness that may be present and therefore makes the recipe sweeter.
For instance, if you weren't to use salt in baking your goods, a Brioche or Pie will be tough and dense with a hard crust, a puff pastry will taste flat and greasy and the color will not be as enhanced. If you ask any baker, it is almost guaranteed that salt is their number one rule of thumb.
Below are some great Gourmet Salts to lend a helping hand with your sweet delicacies:
I love the taste of salt, but sometimes I feel like I can make it more exciting, texture and taste wise. Without having to pop out all of your different spices from the cabinet, and add them individually onto your food, why not have 1 blend ready for use, stored close to your food preparation area for easy access?
Something I’ve recently tried is making my own gourmet salt blend using herbs and different spices. As barbeque season is right around the corner, this salt blend would add great flavor to any specialty dishes that are barbequed or grilled.
Recipe as follows (create the amount desired), these calculations are based on a 1/2 cup of a salt blend.
The basic procedure for making flavored salts is to blend the dry ingredients and salt, preferably in a food processor or grinder (ceramic grinding mechanism recommended). This recipe is based on the amount of salt that would be used in a one week period (due to the natural shelf life for the dried ingredients).
Forget chocolates and red roses this year; give her something cleverly original this Valentine’s Day- Natural Pearl Salts!
New to SFBSC, the Pearl Salts are absolutely stunning. Unlike most sea salts, Pearl Salts form naturally in a round (pearl) shape. Harvested from Lake Assal located in East Africa, these salts obtain their unique shape due to the extreme weather conditions of this area.
This salt is 100% natural and contains a variety of trace minerals so the special someone who receives these wonderful bath salts will enjoy all the benefits that bathing with sea salts can provide for the skin as it helps to remove impurities by detoxifying and cleansing the skin, leaving it softer and more supple. Bathing with sea salts is also a great way to relax as it helps in relieving those tired, sore muscles.
Complete the gift by presenting it in one of our beautiful (and eco-friendly, too!) bamboo jars.
Most orders will ship same or next day (depending on the time the order is placed) so there’s still plenty of time to receive orders in time for Valentine’s Day (February 14th)!
You may have asked yourself, “I wonder if my dog can get the same benefits from soaking in bath salts, just as I would?” The answer is yes! Carefully blended, Dead Sea Salt with a combination of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Essential Oils can help to ease that itchy dry skin that your poor pup may be enduring over time.
Bathing your dog in this blend of Dead Sea Salt and Essential Oils is a great, all-natural remedy that helps relieve irritated skin, itchiness and one of the most pesty problems we deal with most, FLEAS and TICKS!
Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Essential Oils are in fact, more natural and a lot safer that many top brand flea and tick control products you find at many pet stores. The Dead Sea Salt is a double bonus to the blend, as this can help most skin conditions and soothe their tired achy muscles and joints.
1-2 cups- Dead Sea Salt- Fine or Coarse Grain
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Mix the above components evenly, pour into a warm tub of water. While bathing your dog, gently massage the bath water onto your dog’s body while having them soak in the tub for at least 10 minutes, (the longer, the better) then rinse.
Using Shampoo and Conditioner is optional, but not necessary.
Can you believe that it's that time of year again?! Are you wondering what you're going to do for gifts this year?
Fortunately, we have put together a gift guide to help you decide what to buy for those who could benefit from receiving a gift that will help them to relax, unwind and finally enjoy a little alone time.
Gift Ideas for Him: Spa Therapy: Muscle Soak- Ideal for soothing muscle aches and pains Acai Berry Infused Dead Seas Salts- Helps to rid the body of harmful toxins and is great for skincare.
Sendai Spa- Namaste Salts- Great for relaxation with a wonderful Rosemary Mint essential oil blend.
The scents of these bath soaks are popular choices among men but are great for women, too!
To complete the gift package you can add a Re-fillable, eco-friendly bamboo jar with the bulk salts. The bamboo jar is decorative and practical way to store the salts, keeping the salts fresh and readily available to use.
Creative Gifts: Give a more personalized and fun gift by layering our famous Artisan Salts in a clear jar/bottle. Customize it just for them using their favorite colors and scents!
Still not sure on which bath salt to choose?
Bath Salt Bouquet: Surprise them with more than one type of bath salt with our Bath Salt Bouquet! Our Bouquet comes with samples of a 10 different bath salts from our Spa Therapy line, ensuring they will find the salts that best suite their preferences.
Sendai Gift Set: Our Sendai Spa Line, Namaste Gift Set is great for him or for her. With a variety of products from our most popular scent from our Sendai Line: Rosemary and Mint. A relaxing aroma for the mind and body. This Gift set includes bath salts, an exfoliating scrub, a body wash, and a skin nourishing body lotion.
Place your order no later than Monday, December 20th to receive your order by December 25th!
Our biggest sale of the is here! Most items are on sale 5%-50% off!
Be sure to place your order during these next few days to take advantage of HUGE SAVINGS and FREE SHIPPING on many of our products now through Tuesday, November 30th.
Visit our Specials page to view most sale items and surf the website to find all items that are on sale or have free shipping!
Please note: Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and as always we are also closed on weekends. During this time orders may be placed over the web. We will be back in the office on Monday, November 29th if you'd like to place your order over the phone. Remember, the last day of the big sale is Tuesday, November 30th!
They're BACK! Our popular Holiday Bath Salt blends are back in town! With 8 different scents to choose from, you can give these salts as gifts and easily fulfill any individuals preference, or to simply treat yourself!
Our Holiday Bath Salts can take that special someone on a trip to winter wonderland. Our variety of blends will cover that sweet scent craving you are yearning for, that refreshing winter like aroma from those winter-like days, or those memorable holiday scents you have from family gatherings.
"But I want to add more to the gift !" Why not complete the gift with our new beautiful refillable, Eco- Friendly bamboo jar? This is a great gift idea, that no one can resist! Receiving a beautiful refillable bamboo jar along with the bath salts adds the perfect touch, making it easier to store any of your salts, while giving your bathroom that extra boost of decoration. To top it all off, taking a bath with our Holiday Bath Salts will warm you on those cold winter nights, while you get all the benefits from bathing with sea salt.
Sure, it's nice to give away the salt in a bulk bag, but why not spice it up a bit? Whether you are filling the jar with bath salts or giving a bag of bath salts along with the bamboo jar for them to fill as needed, this is a perfect and memorable gift for anyone and everyone on your list!
One way to cut costs for your budget is to do your own manicures instead of paying to have them done professionally.
Sure, using the average manicure set at home works, but why not spice it up a bit and give those hard working fingers some extra love and cleaning? Rubbing salt on your cuticles is a great way to properly clean under you nails and cuticles leaving them rejuvenated and cleansed. Dead Sea Salt is great for killing bacteria and fighting germs as our hands are the direct source for picking up germs and bacteria especially in those small crevices, like your cuticles, where bacteria can hide.
Below is an easy quick recipe to do from home
-1 small bowl
-1 tablespoon Dead Sea Salt
-5 small drops of Olive Oil
Directions (excluding the basic manicure procedure that takes place before or after)
- Get a small bowl ready
- Add 1 tablespoon of Fine Grain Dead Sea Salt
- Add around 5 small drops of Olive Oil
- Mix evenly
- Apply the thick mixture to you cuticles and gently message the mixture into the cuticle and nail
- Leave on your cuticles for 5 minutes then rinse or soak your fingers in warm water
Each of these delectable salts is available in a variety of grain sizes.Choose the smallest grain available for a salt that will work right in your salt shaker.Or, select the larger grain sizes to put the salt into a mill or grinder.
Choose from 24 scents and colors! 25 lbs now $39.99 + FREE SHIPPING
Visit our Specials page to view more of our current specials and check the rest of the web too for sales and free shipping on even more products that may not appear on the specials page! Hurry and place an order for your favorites now as these specials are for a limited time only…
Do you ever have a craving for something sweet? Sure, it’s nice to eat something that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but wouldn't it be delightful to bathe your whole body in a sweet-smelling bath? I think so, that’s why I came up with this simple and easy to create bath salt recipe that not only smells delicious but has the added benefits of soaking with salt, too!
- 1 cup of Minera or Calspa in a fine, medium or coarse grain
- Add 3 Drops of Melon Fragrance
- Add 2 Drops of Apple Fragrance
- You can also add 1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil to give it a splash of citrus
1) Add the salt into a small bowl or container.
2) Add fragrance or essential oils to the salt, a drop at a time
3) Mix to distribute the scent evenly among the salt blend.
4) Run the bath water to your desired temperature. To make it refreshing, have the water at a warm/cool temperature.
5) Add a generous amount to your bath, sit back relax and enjoy your time relaxing in candy land!
Our Spa Therapy bath salts have been great sellers over the last few years but it’s time for a change!The current spa therapy line as we know it is coming to an end, allowing for an updated Spa Therapy line with a new look and feel along with other fresh new signature salts to take their place.
We’ll continue to sell the existing spa therapy salts until we run out of labels... Stock up on your favorites now while they’re still here!
Available in 5 oz sample bag ($4.99), 16 oz jar ($7.95), or 2 lb bag ($14.95)
Or, let them try them all with our Bath Salt Bouquet.Each bouquet consists of a gift basket full of 5 oz samples (one of each Spa Therapy Bath Soak) and comes packaged as a complete gift finished with raffia, cello wrap and ribbon.
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:
Our customers often ask for recommendations on helping them choose the most popular and wonderful smelling scents for their bath salts.In light of this, I went around to find out the favorites aromas of some of us here at SFBSC...
Employees Choose Their Favorite Scent:
Daquari- Cool Citrus Basil
Sirro- Sweet Baby
Elizabeth- Oatmeal Milk & Honey
Leo- Green Tea
In addition to these top picks, we’re also loving Sweet Pea & Ivy right now.This scent is soft and subtle and lovely all year round.
Do you ever notice that most of the time when we are bathing, we never seem to notice the important things? Our feet!
Our feet are so important and we rely on them day in and day out to get us from place to place, don't you think they deserve some alone time, too? Or, do you like to get pedicures but never seem to find time to go to the Spa? No biggie, we have a solution for you!
Try our Spa Quality Foot Soaks and get the results from a high end Spa. This soak is great for disinfecting, cleansing, and softening those tired, achy feet of ours.
So sit back, fill up a bowl or your own personal pedicure tub with warm water, throw in a scoop of the soak and those feet will take a trip to the spa.
Our flagship store on Pier 39 inSan Francisco will be closed for 3 weeks for renovations and because of this temporary closure, we have overstock of all of our freshly made Artisan Salts which are on sale now for 30% off!
About our Artisan Salts: All of our Artisan Salts as seen on the famous Pier 39 are made of Pacific Sea Salt (fine grain) with essential or fragrance oils and color. Choose from 24 of our most popular scent and color combinations!
Please note:We will be processing all orders placed online and over the phone as usual during this time as our production facility and offices in Union City will be open during our renovations.So, if you place your order before (pacific time) you order will still ship same day!
Whether you are an individual planning an event or you are starting your own bath salt business, our website has some resourceful links to get you on your way.
Bath Salt Calculator:This can be a great guide to figuring out just how much salt you’ll need to get the job done.By plugging in your container size (in fluid ounces) and how many of these containers you need to fill, this handy machine will work out an estimate of just how much salt is required.There are also common conversions noted on this page to make further calculating quick and easy.
Recipes:You can find lots of recipe ideas right here in our blog! Check the archive section and click on the Recipes category to see all past postings.You can find even more recipes under Community.
Frequently Asked Questions: Most of the usual questions asked about bathing and bath salts are answered here.For further information, you may want to refer to our Bath Forum & Message Board or, of course, our Bath Blog.Still stumped with a question? Contact us directly at 1-800-480-4540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter is just around the corner (Easter Sunday is April 4th). Fun bath salts like the Calspa Foaming Bath Salts and Fizzing Bath Salts are the perfect alternative to filling an Easter basket.Substituting bath salts for the usual candy filled baskets is a great way to give the gift of healing and relaxation in lieu of those sugary treats.
A Bath Salt Easter Basket can be quick and easy to make, though if you have the time and imagination you get really creative with these baskets. Once you have found your basket and filler such as Easter grass or raffia, package your bath salts in small re-sealable bags, or plastic jars. Add flair by adding your own labels, cello wrap, and ribbon and voila! You can also add other little bath related gifts such as scoops for the salts, loofahs and more!
Here are some popular color and scent combos to choose for Springtime bath salts:
Lime color with china rain fragrance Aqua color with tranquility essential oil blend Yellow color with lemon essential oil Lilac color with lavender essential oil Rose color with sweet pea & ivy fragrance
Feeling really crafty?Add Egg Shaped Bath Bombs to the baskets, too.Find this recipes and more in our Bath Blog Archives in the Recipes section.
Under our Community section we have many more, easy-to-make bath salt recipes for you to try!
Quick and Simple 3-Steps to creating your own bath blend:
1) Add the salt(s) to a small bowl or container.
2) Add fragrance, essential oils, into mixture, a few drops at a time. Stir to distribute scent evenly among the salt blend.
3) Store in a well sealed container to keep out moisture and retain scent or pour into a tub of warm water for immediate use.
Each recipe is enough for 1-2 soaks in the tub.
Click Here to go straight to our Bath Salt Recipe page under Community.
Find even MORE RECIPES from past blog articles in our archive.
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.
French Grey Salts-Now is the perfect time to try our most recent addition to our selection of salts. Our grey salt is available Certified Organic and is suitable for bathing AND culinary use.
Light Pink Himalayan Salts- 100% Natural Himalayan Salt. Great for a food grade salt or as an alternative Himalayan Salt that dissolves easier than our Sherpa (darker pink) Himalayan Salt.Add a scent to this salt for free for a limited time- or if you plan to use this salt strictly for culinary use, just select “No Scent” and it will remain completely food grade.
Artisan Bath Salts- As seen at our famous flagship store on Pier 39 inSan Francisco.Choose from 24 top selling scents and colors.All Artisan Salts are made with Pacific Sea Salt in fine grain.
Holiday Salts- If you haven’t tried our holiday bath salt blends (or maybe you have tried them and have found a favorite) you still have a couple more days to place an order! There are 8 Holiday Blends to choose from to keep you in the holiday spirit.
Cold & Flu Salts- Flu Season is here!Boost your immune system this winter with our unique Cold & Flu Soak.Pacific Sea Salt with Vitamin C, Lemon Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Organic Rosehips, Organic Hibiscus flower, Organic Echinacea Root, Organic Ginseng Root.
All of these salts and more are currently 50% off!Check out our Specials page for a complete list of all clearance salts.
This year for Christmas I decided to give bath salts as gifts to my family and friends.I wanted to get them excited about bathing rather than rushing to take a quick shower. I wanted everyone to experience all the benefits of bathing, especially when adding therapeutic bath salts into their baths.
I chose a couple of the most popular and unique types of salt known for their benefits, the Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt.I also thought it would be nice to have a festive salt for the holidays so I got some of the Candy Cane bath salts.
For the holidays I thought the candy cane salts would be perfect for gift giving because of their beautiful appearance- coarse pacific sea salt in a natural white and red color.Not only did they look great when I packaged them in jars but the smell was wonderful, too (peppermint essential oil).
I had to try the candy cane salts myself!I drew a nice warm bath and sprinkled a cup full of the salts into the tub.I was surprise by how quickly these coarse salts dissolved!The bath was fabulous as the aroma of peppermint softly filled the room without being too strong.It was the perfect treat to the end of a long day.
I’m looking forward to giving these gifts and knowing how good they’ll feel once they take a time out for themselves to relax and enjoy all that bathing has to offer.
Bath Cookies make great gifts for anyone who enjoys a good soak in the tub. Packaging them in glass canisters or cello bags creates a great presentation for these festive bath treats.
Two recipes with our top holiday scents:
Frankincense & Myrrh Bath Treats 2Cups Sea Salt (fine or medium grain)
½ Cup of Baking Soda ½ Cup of Cornstarch
4Tablespoons of Almond Oil
60 drops (approx. one teaspoon) Frankincense & Myrrh Fragrance
10 drops green food coloring (or enough drops to achieve desired color)
Peppermint Bath Cookies 2Cups Sea Salt (fine or medium grain)
½ Cup of Baking Soda ½ Cup of Cornstarch
4Tablespoons of Almond Oil
40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops red food coloring (or enough drops to achieve desired color)
-Preheat your oven to 350.
-Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, then stir in almond oil and eggs.
-Add color and scent to “dough” and mix well.
-Drop spoonfuls of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
-Bake for 7 minutes (until bath cookies are firm).
-Allow cookies to cool until hardened.
Add 1 or 2 cookies into a tub of warm water.
Though these treats look tasty, they are for bathing use only.Do not eat!
Get ready ‘cause it’s almost here! Our 4-Day Black Friday Mega Sale starts Friday, November 27th!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday only. Be sure to place your order during these 4 days to take advantage of HUGE SAVINGS and FREE SHIPPING on many of our products!!!
Please note:Our office will be closed on Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and as always we are also closed on weekends. During this time all orders may be placed over the web. We will be back in the office on Monday, November 30th (the final day of the Black Friday Sale) and on this day you can either order over the web or we can take your orders over the phone if you prefer.
Perfect for gift giving or to treat yourself to a festive bath. All bath salts blends are available in 5, 10, and 25 pound bulk bags and will SHIP FOR FREE for a limited time!
Winter Pine ~ Take a trip through the snow covered woods by soaking in the tub with our Winter Pine bath salts. An invigorating, tranquil scent that will send you to pure bliss relieving any stress that you might be carrying. Medium Pacific Sea Salts with Spruce Essential Oil in a medium/dark green color.
Candy Cane ~ Taking a bath with peppermint essential oil bath salts can energize and uplift your mood, soothe tired and achy muscle and helps to promote healthier skin. This salt is a fun blend of naturally white and red colored Pacific Sea Salts in a beautiful coarse grain.
Frankicense & Myrhh ~ An earthy, herbal scent that helps to to ease tension and stress. Soaking with this blend can help calm the nerves during this hectic time of year. Medium Pacific Sea Salts with Frankicense & Myrhh Fragrance Oils in natural white color.
Holiday Spice ~ A warming holiday bath salt blend of apple and cinnamon fragrance that almost smells good enough to eat. Sweet & spicey it's the perfect bath treat for the winter season. Medium Pacific Sea Salts in a light green color.
Pumpkin Pie ~ Get the aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pies anytime by soaking with our Pumpkin Spice bath salts. Medium Pacific Sea Salts with Pumpkin Spice fragrance in a burnt orange color.
Sugar Plum Fairy ~ A sweet holiday treat for the bath scented with Spiced Plum fragrance. Aesthetically beautifully with its light plum color in coarse grain pacific salts.
Cranberry ~ Experience the festive, sweet and tangy scent of fresh cranberries with our Cranberry Bath Soak. Medium Pacific Sea Salts with Cranberry fragrance in rose color.
Warmth for the Holidays ~ Enjoy the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies with this bath salt that is sure to warm you from head to toe even on the coldest of days. Fine grain Pacific Sea Salts with Oatmeal & honey fragrance with a hint of vanilla in beige color.
Looking for ways to package the salts for gifts? Check out our selection of plastic and glass bottles and jars here: Bath Salt Packaging
In addition to our blogs twice a week, we also have an interactive customer message board under our Community tab.
We’d love for you to share your experiences in bathing with bath salts, recipes for creating your own, tips, hints, questions, and all things related to bathing here. It’s a great place to see what other people are saying and to get answers to some of the questions you may have.
And of course, if you have a particular question for us that you need answered right away you can contact our customer service department at 800.480.4540 or email us at email@example.com.
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.
To promote our most recent addition to our salt selection, the Light Pink Himalayan Salts, we are offering savings of up to 30% off , FREE SHIPPING, AND the option to add any one of our scents (choose from over 60) to these salts for FREE.
This amazing deal will be available for a limited time, so place your order today.Now is a great time to try this beautiful, mineral rich and naturally light pink salt with an added fragrance or essential oil for the bath for the best price around.
Using this salt as a gourmet food salt and not a bath salt?Keep it completely food grade by selecting “No thanks, I want to keep this as a pure natural salt.” You’ll still get the sale price and free shipping…
Planning a party or event?Bath Salts or Chef Saltsmake 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- it’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.
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I was really starting to feel the change of season… with the weather finally cooling off and with constant gusts of wind and leaves delicately falling all around me I felt the need to embrace the Autumn traditions.So, as soon as my work day was over I decided to visit my local pumpkin patch and selected two pumpkins that seemed to call out to me. After setting them upon my front steps when I got home I was eager to draw a nice bath and try out my butterscotch pumpkin bath salts.
I ran the water and used a good two cups of salt so that I could not only enjoy the wonderful aroma of this great scent but also so that I could gain all the benefits from the minerals in the salt. I knew I was going to really enjoy this soak in the tub because it has Dead Sea Salt in addition to Pacific Sea Salt.This blend of salts makes a great combination for soothing muscle aches and pains, ridding the body of toxins and softening the skin.
I stayed in the tub last night for a good forty-five minutes and I enjoyed every minute of it.I had kept my bathroom door closed so the scent of sweet butterscotch and pumpkin spice never dissipated. When I got out I felt great!The bath had truly warmed and relaxed me and I slept well all through the night- this was my start to a new Autumn tradition.
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Try this bath salt recipe for a romantic soak with your special someone.
1 Cup Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt Fine Grain
1 Cup Sodium Sesquicarbonate (to soften the bath water)
6 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1 handful fresh rose petals
In a medium size bowl blend the sodium sesquicarbonate evenly into the Himalayan Salts.Then, mix in the essential oils drops to create the aromas of an aphrodisiac bath.
Draw a medium-hot bath and add the entire salt blend. Sprinkle the fresh rose petals along the top of the water. Don’t forget to set the mood with relaxing music and a few candles.Keep the bathroom door closed to lock in the steam and the aroma.
Fall has arrived!To get you in the mood for the change of season we are re-introducing our Pumpkin Bath Salts.This is our signature Autumn blend of Dead Sea and Pacific Sea Salts, smelling of fresh pumpkin with jasmine, butter scotch and hints of brown sugar and vanilla bean.And as always, our salts will be made to order to ensure you receive the freshest salts possible. Our Pumpkin Spice Salts will be available throughout the season at their sale price.
Want to customize your own seasonal bath salts?We offer many fragrances and essential oils that are perfect for this time of year.You can even experiment by blending different fragrances together to create your very own bath salt blends.
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.
Calspa Deluxe- Pacific Sea Salt with Color & Scent 5 lbs$20.99$4.20 per pound 10 lbs$29.99$3.00 per pound 25 lbs$44.99$1.80 per pound 50 lbs$74.99$1.50 per pound 100 lbs $135.00$1.35 per pound
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*This is usually the most cost efficient way for us to ship to you.Depending on your location and the contents of your order we may be able to get you an even better price by using an alternate shipping method.
The weather has been getting better and better as we head toward summer.It’s the start of another beautiful day and you’re eager to break out your favorite strappy shoes that have been tucked away in your closet all year.You try them on only to notice the state of your feet – worn polish and dry, rough heels, yikes!And with the way things have been going, a regular visit to your favorite spa for a pedicure may not be an option.You have another option though; you could give those tired feet a make-over at home.
We have the perfect products for you to treat yourself to a pedi without breaking your wallet- Pedicure Foot Soak and Pedicure Foot Scrubs.You can use one or both products together to get your feet back in to tip-top shape- you’ll then be confident in wearing those flirty shoes!
Pedicure Foot Scrubs- This scrub has been formulated just for feet with its slightly coarser salt that will remove dry skin and smooth those heels.This scrub contains other ingredients including Mineral, Grape Seed, Apricot Kernel and Jojoba Oils which will work to soften your feet and toes.
To use:Apply scrub to wet skin and massage gently in circles, then rinse.
10 lbs for $29.99 Plenty of scrub for many, many foot treatments.
Pedicure Foot Soak- Made with Pacific Sea Salt (medium grain) with strong color and scent specifically for feet.Also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.Use alone or after exfoliating with the pedicure foot scrub for a true spa experience.
To use: Add a small handful (4 oz) of these salts to a foot spa or large bowl filled with hot water and soak for 10 minutes.
On Sale Now 25 lbs for $19.99 Enough to soak your feet 100 times!
San Francisco Bath Salt Company’s manufacturing facility and offices have relocated!The business has grown and we are very excited to be in a bigger building that will better suite our production needs!
Our new address:
33231 Transit Avenue Union City, California94587
If you are local to the Bay Area you may visit us at the above address to pick-up your orders and visit our show room.We still encourage you to place your orders in advance so that we can prepare your order ahead of time so that it’s ready for you when you arrive.Most orders placed in the morning can be picked up that same afternoon. Pease feel free to place your order by phone if you need your order in a hurry.
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Our Flagship Store in San Francisco is still on Pier 39, but at a new location as well! You can find our summer location for our retail store toward the back of the Pier, near the carousels.We hope to see you there!
The flowers are in full bloom and since daylight savings time, once again after work there’s still daylight left to go out and enjoy the evening! So instead of ending your day with a bath, why don’t you start your day with one?
For the perfect Spring bath that will get you energized and ready for the day select a Custom Bath Salt that is bright and cheery and a scent that will wake you up! Citrus essential oils like Grapefruit, Lime Tang, Lemon, and Orange are sure to do the trick.
You can also try making your own- Here are a few Spring inspired bath recipes to try for creating your own aromatherapy morning soak. Each recipe is enough for about a dozen baths. To make sure that your bath doesn’t keep in you in sleep mode, run the water cool (but keep it comfortable). For the last few seconds of your bath, try letting some colder water run into the tub You don’t need to soak in the tub long- a few minutes should do it. After all, this is to kick start your day!
To create your own custom blend, place the salt in a large bowl. Carefully add the correct amount of essential oils (for the recipe of your choice) to your salt. You can mix with your hands (we recommend using latex gloves) to blend the oils evenly into the salts.
If you love baking delicious treats but don’t want the extra calories, we have a solution for you- Bath Salt Cookies! They’re even easier to make than the real thing and they’re sure to get you soaking in the tub! You can use our raw natural salts for this recipe like our Minera Dead Sea Salt. In fact, one of the elements found in Dead Sea Salts is potassium, which can help reduce cellulite & water retention! If you’d like a little more flair to your cookie, try our Minera Deluxe Salt with color and scent (we recommend vanilla in beige).
2 Cups Sea Salt (fine grain works best)
½ Cup of Baking Soda
½ Cup of Cornstarch
4 Tablespoons of Almond Oil
Preheat your oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, then stir in almond oil and eggs.
Drop spoonfuls of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 7 minutes (time may vary but you want to bake until cookies are firm).
Allow cookies to cool until hardened.
To use drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath.
You can packaged the cookies in take-out boxes, cello bags or glass jars to give as gifts. Be sure to tell your friends and family that they are for the bath and not to eat (though they make look and smell good enough)!
If you mention the word “bathing” nowadays, we tend to think of soaking in our bathtub, alone. We think of bathing as a way to cleanse our bodies and take some nice, quiet time for ourselves.
Imagine, instead of meeting friends for dinner, you meet them all at the local bathhouse. Yes, that’s right – you disrobe, step into a large pool of water filled with other people, and socialize. Sounds weird, right? Well, thousands of years ago, the Greeks and Romans built huge “bath emporiums” – fancy, public bathhouses that served as a meeting place for the elite. It was believed that by simply walking through the doors to enter the space, one could be healed. As many as 6,000 bathers would congregate here at once to relax, socialize, and even conduct important business meetings. Bathhouses were not open to the general public, however; they were often restrictive and allowed visitors in based upon gender, religion or class.
Some of these impressive bathhouses were so large, they contained art galleries, prayer rooms, and meditation areas. There were numerous smaller, private rooms for more intimate meetings. The bathhouses hosted live entertainment, festivals, dinners, and often housed gym facilities. Soldiers wounded in battle would often visit the bathhouses, which sometimes employed healers and doctors to tend to patients. As many as seven healers would tend to one lucky patient, and would offer various treatments including herbs, gemstones, and color therapy.
There were servants who would pamper the most elite visitors with massages, fancy meals and assistance with errands.
The Greeks and Romans each had a unique approach to bathing. The Greeks appreciated the hygienic benefits of bathing, and saw it as something one did before important meetings and after a hard day’s work. Their bathhouses, while beautiful and impressive, did not compare to the magnificence of the Roman baths. Roman bathhouses were grand structures with ornate details. They were the first to use colored plaster in the baths as a healing technique.
The Greeks and Romans weren’t alone in their love of bathing – the Turks are famous for their Turkish Baths, beautiful bathhouses with fixtures made of solid silver, gold, and brass, finely woven tapestries and carpeting, and impressive columns and pillars.
The Japanese, with their fixation on cleanliness and love of bathing, also enjoyed large, stately bathhouses. However, sexual promiscuity and public sexual relations became such an issue that laws were passed, separating the men and women with changes in architecture and layout – boys on one side, girls on the other. Public bathhouses are still immensely popular in Japan today.
Much later, in the mid 1800’s, England opened its first public bath, in Liverpool. 60 years later, most towns in England had at least one public bathhouse.
Stay tuned to find out more about the fall of public bathhouses, and how we got from soaking with drinks in our hands in large, palatial buildings to bathing in private bathrooms with the door closed behind us.
Finally, you can start with a clean slate. The holidays are over, the new year has begun. You have made many promises to yourself: you will exercise more, put more effort into your relationships and your work, you will finally organize your closets and clear out your filing cabinets. You’ll learn a new language, take an art class, spend more time with your children. You’ll be more romantic, you’ll be more confident, you’ll be more happy.
The new year is still very new, and you are already very, very tired.
You made your list in a fit of self-assuredness (and maybe after you had some champagne). With each item on your list you felt as if you were already changing, a better person just for having written each resolution down. But now, you look at your list and wonder how you will summon the energy to actually keep those promises you made to yourself.
Hopefully, one of your resolutions was to take a bath at least twice a week. Bathing is not only good for relaxation, however - bathing can be energizing and can give you the strength you need to keep the rest of those resolutions.
For a truly energizing, uplifting bath, you can add essential oils to your bath salts. Citrus scents such as Tangerine, Orange, and Lime will uplift you. Ginger and grapefruit are wonderful as well. Minty scents such as Peppermint and Spearmint help to increase your circulation. Chamomile, Lavender, and Ylang-Ylang promote tranquility.
Color is a powerful energizer as well. Combine the scents above with the right colors to fit your mood (or the mood you would like), for instance: Orange, Tomato, Lime, and Yellow are warm, uplifting colors. Combine these with some citrus scents and you’ll have the energy for the new year to finally tackle your most daunting tasks.
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 with you.
9) Have fun!
At the moment, we’re pretty much surrounded by bad news. We turn on the TV and a news anchor is telling us our stocks have hit an all-time low. Turn the channel, and there is yet another negative political ad. Turn it once more, talking heads are telling us the horrific state of the global economy. You feel it is your duty to listen, to stay informed and be educated as to what’s going on. And undoubtably, you should - but not for hours upon hours. Balance is key.
So how do you achieve balance in your life? Chances are, you’re feeling stress about the current political and economic climate. While it’s good to stay “up” on the news, you should be taking care of yourself and taking a much-needed break fro the hype. You’re probably looking for an escape, and one that is inexpensive and won’t l break the bank. Solution: take a bath!
Instead of coming home from work and going straight to the couch, leave the remote on the coffee table and take a bath instead. You’ll feel energized and positive, something we all need. Taking a bath will allow you time to reflect on your day, take some quiet time for yourself and relax. You’ll get a better night sleep, your stress levels will decrease and you’ll gain some perspective.
Here are some steps you can take towards the perfect bath. Run some warm water and don’t forget to add bath salts. Natural bath salts (made from salts found in oceans around the world) contain an amazing variety of nutrients and minerals that will keep your body balanced and healthy from the inside out. The key is to find bath salts that have been left untreated, unwashed and are taken directly from their source to your home. At the San Francisco Bath Salt Company, our bath salts are always brought to you in their natural state, full of minerals and nutrients.
You can choose from an array of different bath salts to suit your needs, and the possibilities are endless. You can choose the color of your salts, and you can choose what fragrances, essential oils, and herbs are added to your bath salts. For instance, if you are feeling stress in your life, some blue bath salts infused with lavender will bring a you tranquility and relaxation. If you feel worn down and need energy, try yellow bath salts with citrus essential oils to invigorate you. Once your bath salts are immersed in water, their amazing healing properties will be released for you to soak in.
Dim the lights, light a candle or two, and escape from this crazy world for a while. Make sure no radios or TVs are on in your house - this a time of complete silence and a time to get away from all the negativity crossing over the airwaves. Relaxing music is okay - just no talk radio! You can’t fix the world by worrying about it, and having a few extra moments to clear your mind might leave fertile ground for new ideas and perspectives. Who knows? After a good bath, maybe you can change the world.
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!
That’s right - bath salts aren’t the only way to achieve baby-soft skin. Exfoliation, a popular spa treatment, involves sloughing off the skin’s outermost, dry, dead skin cells to reveal newer, softer skin underneath. There are a variety of tools out there that helps us do this: pumice stones (often for the feet), sea sponges, scrubs made of nuts, seeds, or (of course) salt crystals, and many more. But flesh-eating fish are becoming a popular addition to spa treatments and bathtubs around the world. Seriously.
The fish hired to do the job go by the name of Garra Rufa, and are also referred to as “nibble fish”, “reddish log sucker”, and “doctor fish”. These fish are mostly found in the waters of the Middle East, particularly in Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. What really sets these fish apart from others is their voracious appetite for dead skin - your dead skin. You get softer skin, he gets a nice big meal. Talk about a symbiotic relationship!
This exfoliating fish treatment is catching on all over the globe, but its roots lie in Asian and Turkish spas. This year, the first “fish spa” treatment in the United States opened up for business in Virginia - apparently this trend is catching on! The treatments take place in outdoor pools, which add to the benefits and pleasure. The fish are commonly used in pedicure treatments but can be used in bath water to exfoliate the entire body. A pedicure or bath using these little guys can cost anywhere from $35-$50 for a half hour. Proponents say the sensation of being nibbled on actually feels quite good, and people say it is an amazing treatment for psoriasis and other skin disorders. For some, the treatment offers nothing more than the promise of impeccably clean skin.
So how can it possibly feel good? For one thing, this hungry little fish is actually toothless - so “nibble” and “bite” aren’t really accurate terms for what they do. Interestingly, they only consume dry and dead areas of the skin - everything else is left alone, so you don’t have to worry about being eaten alive.
If you don’t feel like driving to Virginia, or the thought of being “nibbled” on by a bunch of fish spooks you, you can always try adding high quality bath salts to your tub instead - it’s a little easier, and a lot cheaper. While you take your bath, gently rub a handful of sea salts over your body to exfoliate your skin. You’ll be softer and smoother, and reap all the benefits of a bath with flesh-eating fish - without any flesh-eating fish.
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!
By Brittney Hansen
Photos Courtesy of Lee Williamson
In this fast-paced, modern lifestyle that most of us live these days, the simple things in life are often overlooked. Schedules are filled with dozens of responsibilities, and getting ready for the day often means a quick douse in the shower and a meal on-the-go. Bathing was only for the younger years, when there was time for bubbles and toys. But if you ask Lee Williamson, founder and CEO of the San Francisco Bath Salt Company, we should all take time out of our week for a soothing bath, no matter what our age or what our to-do list says.
Lee Williamson moved from England to America nearly twenty years ago, where he eventually settled in the Silicon Valley. Because of his work, Williamson was forced to commute four hours each workday; long commutes make for sore bodies. It was during this time that he remembered relaxing childhood baths in England and on a visit to Pier 39, he spotted a woman selling scented, colored bath salts at a kiosk. The interesting thing was that there always seemed to be a crowd attracted to her bath products every time Lee went by. He put two and two together and realized that here was a great opportunity that he could not pass up. It was in the year 2002 that things really came together, and the San Francisco Bath Salt Company (SFBSC) was founded.
"We like to say that we're re-inventing the art of bathing," said Lee, a resident of Union City. "Bathing really is a lot better than taking a shower; it helps to draw impurities from the skin, and it's great for muscle aches and pains." When salt minerals and essential oils are added to the bath water, the benefits are even greater.
At SFBSC, dozens of different salt combinations can be mixed and matched, from amount and salt grain size, to colors and scents. Salts are gathered from locations all over the world, from the Himalayan Mountains to the Dead Sea; these salts are naturally packed with minerals that soothe, clean, and restore skin. When you use good-quality bath salts and minerals, it is like "you're bringing the ocean right into your bath," said Williamson. "We stay as natural as possible."
The bath salts are available in over sixty scents as varied as ginger, pear, and citrus crush, lavender, eucalyptus, and rose garden. Over a dozen colors are available as well, so there truly is a bath salt for everyone; whether it be a relaxing bath before bedtime to welcome sleep, or a soak to refresh and invigorate both mind and body.
Also available at the SF Bath Salt Company are scrubs, body washes, and lotions, plus many other bath and shower essentials. If you would like to see some displays of bath products, be sure to visit the SFBSC "outlet store" warehouse in Hayward.
The other way to view the many varieties of bath salts, body scrubs, and other fine products from SFBSC, is to visit their website at www.sfbsc.com. There you will find not only many great products and deals, but also great information such as the "Top 10 Reasons to Take a Bath," Customer Testimonials and FAQs, and "Tips for the Perfect Bath," so that the ultimate bathing experience can be achieved.
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You’re a guy. Your morning ritual consists of a quick shower using only the basics: a bar of deodorant soap (Coast, anyone?) and a shaver. If it’s a special occasion, you may use aftershave. You’re out the door quickly and you pride yourself in taking less time to get ready than your female counterparts.
But consider this: everyone, regardless of gender, benefits from having softer, healthier skin, a better night’s sleep, and a stronger libido - which can all be yours if you take regular baths. Bathing, particularly when using sea salts, delivers valuable nutrients and minerals to your skin that help protect and nourish it - making it softer, smoother, more supple, and able to defend against harsh elements. Bathing also lowers your blood pressure and has a wonderful calming effect, so bathing at night time is a great treatment for insomnia and other sleep disorders. And yes, bathing can actually increase your sex drive. The warm water and the invigorating effect of bath salts will increase your circulation - ‘nuff said. Not to mention, you’ll feel more relaxed, healthier, and smoother to the touch.
Even Martha Stewarts website is now recommending a good relaxing bath. See excerpt below from marthastewart.com
A bath is a quick and easy way to unwind. Ten to twenty minutes in the tub is a proven way to reduce tension, rejuvenate the body, and clear your head. Adding a fragrant oil or a sprinkling of salts can make for an even more peaceful environment. Here are some tips.
Calming Scents Some aromas have particularly soothing effects. The best ones for overall relaxation are basil, grapefruit, pine, lavender, tangerine, rose geranium, chamomile, lemongrass, and orange. Use them in the form of essential oils or scented bath products.
The ideal water temperature for a tranquil soak should be between 90 and 104 degrees. Use these ingredients for added benefits: Bath salts (most of which are made from either sea or Epsom salts) can help to draw soreness out of muscles and joints. Pour in two to three cups of warm milk (basic powdered milk is fine, too); the lactic acid gently exfoliates dry skin. Treat yourself to a tub full of frothy bubbles, or toss in effervescent bath tablets -- they perfume the water while releasing skin-softening oils. For hydrating and smoothing the skin, use a few drops of oil or a bar of moisturizing soap that has a calming fragrance.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) June 9, 2008 - "It's simple, affordable, and enjoyable and is rapidly gaining widespread popularity and attention: bathing in natural bath salts. Offering a wide range of natural healing and therapeutic benefits, many people are starting to spend more time in the bath to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing soak. Leading this new trend is the San Francisco Bath Salt Company, a Bay-Area based company who over the last 6 years has re-invented the forgotten art of bathing.
“The benefits of bathing in sea salt are incredibly far-reaching,” says Lee Williamson, Founder and CEO of the San Francisco Bath Salt Company. “When you add sea salts to your bath, you are essentially bathing in the ocean, which has long been known to promote skin health and general well-being”. Williamson grew up in the UK, where bathing in sea salts was a part of his daily routine. It has been his mission to bring his appreciation and love for bathing to the United States.
Bathing has always been a popular way to decrease stress and soothe muscle aches and pains, but most people aren’t aware of the many other valuable benefits of bath salts. Individuals with common skin conditions such as psoriasis, dry skin, or acne are now turning to bathing as a natural, lower-cost alternative to expensive and often ineffective treatments.
Many cosmetic companies are now selling new lines of bath salt products designed to soften the skin, slow the aging process, decrease stress and even cure insomnia. The salts are harvested around the world, mainly from the Pacific Ocean, the Himalayan Mountains, and the Dead Sea. They can be sold plain or infused with a variety of herbs, fragrances and essential oils to increase the therapeutic effects. The San Francisco Bath Salt Company recently launched a new innovative “Spa Therapy” line of bath salts, which capitalizes on the many benefits of natural sea salts from around the World.
Established in 2002, The San Francisco Bath Salt Company, is a known leader in the bathing industry, and offers retail, bulk, and private label products. All manufacturing is done in California and their website www.sfbsc.com is the largest resource for bath salts in the world. “Our daily lives are becoming more fast-paced,” says Williamson, “and we need the benefits of bathing more than ever before. Bath salts are indeed becoming the newest trend in skin care and relaxation.”
Do you live in the bay area and would like to learn how to make bath salts and body scrubs? Lori Nova at the Nova Studio holds montlhy classes and weekend camps specfically for those wishing to get into the bath salts business. Below is some information about one of her classes and you can also visit her on the web at the NOVA STUDIO
Make Herbal Bath Salts, Salt and Sugar Body Scrubs Do you like using luxurious bath products but wish they
didn't contain artificial ingredients and cost a small
fortune? Make your own 100% natural bath salts and
exfoliating salt/sugar scrubs in this fun, hands-on class.
Learn what bath salts are, what goes into them, and how you
can easily make them at home. Then, customize your salts
using pure essential oils for scent, dried herbs for
texture, and clays or other botanicals ingredients for
color. Next, make a wonderful salt/sugar body scrub that you
can use in the shower or bath to exfoliate dead skin cells
and soften your skin. Learn all about the different types,
sizes and textures of salt/sugar to use in scrubs, the
properties and shelf life of carrier oils, and how to use
natural antioxidants to extend the shelf-life of your
hand-crafted products. You’ll customize your scrub with your
favorite aromatherapy essential oil blend, exfoliating
agents, and herbs/clays for color. Take home handouts,
tested recipes, an 8-oz. bottle of bath salts and an 8-oz.
jar of exfoliating salt/sugar scrub, all made and
professionally packaged by you!
For February, March & April we will be conducting a prize drawing based on our customer e-mail list. If you're name is on our mailing list or you have purchased products from us you will be automatically entered into the drawing. First months drawing will be for $500 in the form of gift certificate and must be used through our website within 180 days of winning. Winner will be notified via e-mail.
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.
We are the salt of the Earth. From our luxurious bath salts to our worldly gourmet salts, we strive to keep you impressed. Our philosophy takes root in harnessing natural mineral sea salts to increase your well-being from the inside out. Our core mission is to increase our customers understanding of the wondrous benefits of sea salt.