Slice of Life Challenge – March 13 – Epsom Salt Bath Review Part 2 of 3

My Epsom Salt variety review continues and includes several more of Dr. Teal’s Soaking Solutions in today’s blog post.

One of my librarian friends recently purchased a gorgeous wooden bath tray that stretches from one side of the tub to the other. She can rest her book or her Kindle on the shelf and even set her glass of wine on it as she stretches out to read and soak.

I’d been considering making a similar purchase as a way to inspire myself to relax in the tub with epsom salts more often, but when I showed up for toddler time at the library, my friend suggested that I might have to lead the dancing to Tootie Ta that day. Turns out, she’d dropped her heavy wooden bathtub tray on the top of her foot and was concerned she’d broken some bones and couldn’t dance.

I’d broken my own ankle last September, and it suddenly flared up at the thought of dancing. I couldn’t lead Tootie Ta, either ( I missed out, big time). I also concluded I didn’t need the risks of a wooden bath tray. I manage to find my own injuries without help.

I continue to look for ways to relax in a bath, since I’m more of a shower gal, so I’m using epsom salts as a measure of good self-care and experimenting with the variety I like best as I re-condition myself to pause and enjoy more moments and give my muscles the TLC they deserve.

In yesterday’s post, I compared Black Elderberry and Calm Your Mind, and I liked Calm Your Mind best for its citrusy-berry fragrance that left me and the bathroom smelling great! Today, I’m adding more varieties to the mix.

Melatonin Sleep Soak – a relaxing fragrance, and the benefits of this kind of aromatherapy are for real. I did feel far more relaxed as I soaked and smelled the calming bouquet of this mixture. I felt the tide turning a bit on my bathtub outlook when I stepped out of the soak, dried off, put on a soft, clean nightgown and headed bedward to drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep – maybe I could grow to enjoy a bath from time to time, I thought, diehard shower girl that I am.

Relax & Relief with Spearmint and Eucalyptus – in addition to the relaxing component, its fragrance wasn’t overwhelming but was fresh and clean and stayed with me through lunchtime the next day. I kept catching wafts of the scent and thinking that somehow, the soaks stayed with me longer than my soap from the typical morning shower.

Calm & Serenity – this one has rose essential oil and is made with milk protein to help soften and nourish skin. The rose scent is not overpowering but is pleasant and more subtle than some of the other fragrances of the bath salts. For bedtime, this fragrance welcomes relaxation and peaceful sleep. As a child, I used to have a white cotton nightgown with little pink roses embroidered on it, and this reminded me of that nightgown that was my very favorite in the summertime heat.

Glow and Radiance – one of my favorite fragrances in the entire world is fresh orange. It reminds me of winter and summer sunshine all at once. This variety has Vitamin C and Citrus Essential oils and is designed to uplift the mood. As much as I love this bath salt variety, I would recommend this to morning bathtime soakers, which won’t be an option for me until retirement at the earliest. It does tend to awaken, and not to relax.

Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil with Essential Oil Blend – this one is made from Hemp Seed Oil for intense moisture and white thyme and bergamot “to quiet the mind.” Let me tell you – – the aromatherapy benefit from this blend of scents alone was over the moon stress relieving. It’s completely legal, and while it may carry a Kerouacian connotation, I can assure you that I endorse it only for soaking – – not for smoking! It doesn’t contain any ingredients that would compromise the body or mind or call one’s character into question. What it does do is loosen the worries and stresses; it washes them down the drain, leaving only pleasant scents and a relaxed mind, ready to sleep.

Clarify & Smooth with Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, & Essential Oils – this one contains aloe vera and Vitamin E to nourish skin. It has a fresh, light scent – – much lighter than many of the other varieties. Since smell is the sense most closely associated with memory, I understand why I like the scent so much. If you’ve ever been five or six years old and opened a new doll with shoes and clothes sewn onto the card in the container and smelled the new plastic, really just inhaled it and inhaled it to smell all the new freshness and excitement of a new toy in the back seat all the way home from the store, this may take you back to that time once you have stepped out of the tub and dried off. That’s the scent that lingers. It brings back great memories of the plastic that wrapped the toys of my childhood.

Today’s favorite in these reviews is the Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil variety. Maybe it’s because I feel a twinge of preacher’s kid rulebreaking reputation when I soak in it, but it truly did relax me in a way that none of the others did.

Tune in tomorrow for my final 2 reviews and overall favorite epsom salt aromatherapy variety of all the ones I have reviewed, and please share your own epsom salt preferences as well. I’m learning new things about the benefits of epsom salts and welcome all the knowledge and expertise that you care to share!

Special thanks to Two Writing Teachers for giving writers space and voice

13 Replies to “Slice of Life Challenge – March 13 – Epsom Salt Bath Review Part 2 of 3”

  1. I didn’t realize that Dr Teal’s epsom salts had so many iterations! I think I have the lavender one sitting next to my tub…you’ve inspired me to work more bath time into rotation (I’m a shower girl, too). The best thing about this post is your descriptions of the scents–memories of favorite nightgowns, plastic packaging, even breaking the rules (but not, really). I see a bit more shopping for bath goodies in my future.

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  2. Kim, your reviews are priceless. I’m wishing I had the big claw foot tub we used to have on the farm to try these out. Your cannabis one had me giggling. Since I cannot soak, I just purchased a product called Calm. This is a powder that contains magnesium. I bought the flavor Raspberry-Lemon. I sure hope it helps me sleep.

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    1. I hope it is relaxing, too, Barb. Let me know how it works (maybe even write a product review :)). I’m always on the lookout for ways to help me slow my pace, relax, and rest. A big claw foot tub would be a little slice of heaven.

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  3. Kim,
    I was thinking I need a bath tray until I read about your friend’s foot! Ouch!!! I’ll stick to the ledge of the tub for my wine. I haven’t heard of cannabis epsom salt. I don’t think I’ve seen it in stores around here. I’m gonna look for it. I’m gonna need to take out a loan after buying all these varieties you’re testing!

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    1. Glenda, I was surprised to find a bag on the shelf after trying to order it from Amazon. I’ve been splitting the contents of some bags of salts with someone who loves to take baths. My best calculation is that each bath with salts costs approximately two dollars, speaking of the math. Most of the bags are right at six dollars, and they call for 2 cups of salts per bath. I’ve been able to get 3 baths per bag as I have measured it to swap bags with my friend. You may want to check my math (it’s not always accurate – I was absent on addition day). Tomorrow I’ll share the one I like best. I have grown to like the salts.


  4. Wow, when you do research, you go all in. You have me in suspense about the best bath salts! That part about the bath tray and Tooty Ta sent me into giggles – shame on me; as a retired preschool teacher, I am quite familiar with the antics of that song/dance. You were wise not to try to lead this!

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  5. Ah, I’m so glad someone understands fully why I was not leading Tootie Ta. Especially in front of all those parents there. I have enjoyed the process of this “research,” and the great thing is that it helps me accomplish the goal of relaxing. I need more of that in my life. Thanks for reading today!


  6. Kim, I hope you are enjoying the baths more. Maybe you will become hooked. You know what I just realized. I have a bathtub in my house, and in the year+ that we have been home, I have not taken one bath. (Maybe that’s because our water gets hauled in by truck, so it seems wasteful.) However, your post makes me want to go out and buy some Dr. Teal’s and take a bath. I love baths! (I didn’t have a tub in Bahrain, but every time I’m in a hotel, I do enjoy a good soak.)

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