What is a luxurious bathing experience without the cleansing and calming effect of oils, salts, and soaps? Though each of these three bath products holds its own purpose, we have chosen to feature them all on a single page for your benefit – it just makes things easier for you. Why search around the whole website for these things when we all know they work well together to create a relaxing and cleansing bathing experience.

Buying Information

As home renovators, we often come home with our fair share of scrapes and sore muscles. For us, bath time is all about relaxing, de-stressing, and soothing our well-earned wounds. For you, bath time may be more about calming your mind or simply getting clean. Whatever the purpose behind your bath, you can bet that there is an oil, salt, or soap designed to meet your needs.

The biggest consideration when purchasing any bath product is your own needs. I have very sensitive skin and often experience muscle cramping at the end of the day. For me, then, it is important to find products which will not aggravate my skin problems, but, instead, soothe and repair them. It is also important for me to find products that release the tension in my muscles.

My husband, on the other hand, uses the bath as a quiet sanctuary where he can slow his mind. He has trouble sleeping and needs products that promote a very relaxed state of being. So, you must ask yourself, “What am I hoping to get out of my bath and what special considerations might I have for my skin, muscles, or mind?”

Best Bath Oils

There are two major types of bath oils available for purchase – essential oils and bathing oils. Essential oils are great additions to the bathing experience because they can help you unlock the power of scent in influencing your state of mind – some are invigorating while others are calming. Pure essential oils can also aid in healing certain skin conditions. Generally speaking, you should only require two to five drops of an essential oil in your bath for full therapeutic benefits.

Bathing oils are thicker than essential oils and are meant to help lubricate skin. Though they are not meant for aromatherapy purposes, they can often be mixed with essential oils for added aroma-related benefits. Bathing oils are great for people with dry skin, because they help to moisturize in a natural way.

Best Skin Care Essential Oil
Art Naturals Tea Tree Oil

If you’re looking for an oil that will help heal your skin problems and promote overall skin health, tea tree is the way to go. It is known to aid in the healing of skin problems such as eczema and minor scrapes and burns. It’s important to note that your eczema will probably come back, as this is not a cure, but I have sure found that it does wonders for me. Tea tree is also a natural bug repellent and is commonly used to deter lice from hopping onto the heads of school-aged children.

Remember that this particular oil is an essential oil; it is not a bathing oil. You will only need a few drops to reach your designed aromatherapy level. Not only is this oil great for your skin, it also has a fresh, invigorating scent that many people find energizes them for the day. This is a wonderful oil for a morning or afternoon bath. If you want to use it at night, try pairing it with a more calming oil, such as lavender, to stop it from interfering with your sleep.

Art Naturals uses 100% natural essential oils. This means that you will not have to worry that your oil has been infused with additives or chemicals. It is made only of 100% tea tree oil, pressed from tea tree leaves grown in their natural Australian habitat.

Best Relaxation Oil
Lavender Essential Oil by Pure Body Naturals

Just like the Art Naturals oil listed above, this Pure Body Naturals essential oil is 100% pure. It contains no added chemicals or preservatives. Pure Body Naturals takes things one step further by guaranteeing that their products are 100% organic as well. This means that no chemicals were sprayed on their plants during the growing process, either.

This pure lavender oil was sourced from Bulgaria where it grows naturally. It is very high grade and very high quality. It is an essential oil, not a bathing oil, so remember that you will only need a few drops added to your bathwater. You won’t have to worry about accidentally spilling more than a few drops into your bath water, since this oil comes with its own eye dropper.

Lavender is known for its relaxation abilities. It helps to relax both the body and mind to prepare you for sleep or an effortless transition from the hectic workday to a relaxing evening with family and friends. My husband is a huge fan of pairing a pure lavender oil with magnesium sulfate bath salts for the ultimate relaxation experience.

Best Unscented Bathing Oil
Robathal Bath Oil

Robathal Bath Oil promises to leave skin feeling soft, silky, and moisturized following a bath. Of all the bathing oils on the market, Robathal is our favorite. I am happy to say that, through our research for this website, we found that it is also the favorite among many other people. It was one of the top sellers on popular markets. With the growing trend toward natural products, I have no doubt as to why this oil has become so popular.

Made only of 100% pure cottonseed oil and alkyl aryl polyether alcohol, this oil has the fewest ingredients of most on today’s market. Short of buying food grade cooking oil and pouring it in your bathtub, this is one of the best and purest oils you can find. It contains no dyes, no perfumes, no lanolin, BPA, parabens, or other chemicals known to irritate skin and toxify the body. In case you are wondering about the alkyl aryl polyether alcohol, all sources we researched said it was non-toxic and completely safe for use in bath products. We do, however, encourage you to do your own research if you have any concerns.

Best Bath Salts

Bath salts help promote relaxation of the muscles. They also gently cleanse skin, clean pores, and soften water for a more comfortable bathing experience. They come in a large variety of formats (scented, unscented, with added ingredients, all-natural) but are mostly meant for the same purposes.

Best Pure Epsom Salt
Epsoak Epsom Salt 19.75 Lbs Pure Magnesium Sulfate

If you are looking for the most basic, purest form of Epsom Salt, this heavy bag of Epsoak is bound to do the trick. Weighing in at just less than 20lbs, this bag should last you a fairly long time – provided that you are using the recommended ¼ to ½ cup per bath once or twice a week.

Magnesium sulfate is a mineral that our bodies can absorb through our skin. This mineral aids muscle health by relaxing and rejuvenating muscles. Though I haven’t used this particular brand of salt, I use pure Epsom salts in my bath all the time and can attest to the benefits I have received as a result. I haven’t avoided this brand for any reason in particular and am actually excited to try it now that I see how incredibly popular it is among other bath enthusiasts (yes, bath enthusiasts do exist.)

This is a relatively thick grain of salt, so you will want to either place it in very hot water and wait for the water to cool as it dissolves or spend a little bit of time swirling the water around with your hand to help it dissolve. This really isn’t all that important and won’t affect the quality of the salt’s effects, but I thought it would be nice to warn you before you sit on a crunch pile of salts.

Best Value Scented Salts
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Bundle

Though you can easily add your own essential oils to any bath before or after adding pure Epsom salt, some people prefer the ease of pre-scented salts. These salts by Dr. Teal come pre-scented in two different mixtures – Relax and Relief Eucalyptus and Spearmint, as well as Soothe and Sleep Lavender. This package comes with both and is about the same price as many single bags of equal sizes, making it a great value, in my book.

The magnesium sulfate in both blends promotes muscle relaxation and overall muscle health. The Relax and Relief blend is said to work best on muscle aches and pains without putting your body into a sleepy state. Instead, the scents from the eucalyptus and spearmint promote a feeling of alertness. The Soothe and Sleep mix, on the other hand, helps to relax the mind and prepare you for bed.

It should be noted that the scents used in these salts are not natural scents. If you have allergies to chemical scents or sensitive skin, you may want to consider going in a different, more natural direction.

Best Quick Dissolve Salts
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes

Mined from the ancient seabed of Zechstein, these magnesium bath flakes are said to be one of the purest forms of magnesium you can find for your bath. Magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt) is manufactured. Though it can be beneficial to the body, it isn’t believed to absorb into the skin as easily as this magnesium chloride hexadyte. Like all magnesium, these bath flakes will help to relax your muscles and promote overall muscle health. They are also said to promote general detoxification of the body.

Since these are thin flakes, instead of thick grain salts, they dissolve more quickly in warm water. If you have a difficult time swirling your arm around in your bath water to dissolve your salts or simply hate waiting, these are probably the best option for you.

These flakes contain no added ingredients, no chemicals, no dyes and scents. If you would like to add your own scent to your magnesium bath, simply add a few drops of essential oil to create a soothing aromatic experience.

Best Bath Soaps

Although finding a place of peaceful relaxation is an important part of any good bathing experience, many people like to use their bath as a place to get clean as well. For that reason, we have included this list of today’s most popular bath soaps.

Best Antifungal Soap
Oleavine Antifungal Soap with Tea Tree and Neem

First things first, don’t be embarrassed about needing an antifungal soap! Oftentimes, the need for antifungal soap is simply evidence that you are working too hard for too long. For example, the damp, sweaty shoes that result from a long day’s work are a great breeding ground for foot fungus. Second, don’t be fooled by the name of this soap – it is useful for anyone, fungus or no fungus.

Oleavine Antifungal Soap is made completely from natural ingredients. It is great for those with extremely sensitive skin and those who are concerned about the impact their bath products may have on the environment. It contains no chemicals, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, or sulfates. What is does contain, however, are essential oils. It is the antifungal nature of some of these oils that fights against skin infection of all kinds and promotes overall skin health.

Organic oils, including tea tree and mint, help to heal and hydrate your skin while cleansing it of the unnatural elements it picks up throughout your day. A convenient push top stops you from accidentally spilling this oily liquid soap as you lather up for a deep clean.

Best Basic Soap for Sensitive Skin
Ivory Original Bar Soap

If all-natural soaps aren’t really your thing and you enjoy the squeaky clean feeling of a more traditional soap, the Ivory Original Bar may be what you are looking for. It suds up nicely and leaves you feeling clean and fresh without leaving behind an oily residue or stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Added moisturizers help it leave your skin feeling silky smooth for the rest of the day.

Though this does contain a few added ingredients and isn’t all natural, it is one of the best basic soaps for people with sensitive skin, because it does not contain harsh dyes or scents. It also contains many less chemicals than other traditional bar soaps. In fact, it is 99.44% pure. This purity is what causes Ivory soap to float. Trust me; I have tested the floating theory many times. As a child, I often raided my grandmother’s bath pantry, stealing bars and bars of Ivory soap so that I could use a spoon to carve them into floating boats for bath time entertainment.

Best Organic Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap

If all-natural simply isn’t enough to make you feel comfortable with your soap, perhaps you would prefer this certified organic soap. It contains no parabens, sulfat,es or phthalates. Even its packaging is safer than many others, containing absolutely no BPA, BPS, or other hormone disrupting chemicals.

Not only are all of its ingredients natural, they are also organic and humanely tested. To top things off, the Dr. Bronner company also makes a point of treating its employees more than fairly and contributes many resources to its local community. What’s more, they also use 100% recycled materials for their packaging to reduce their impact on the environment.

This particular soap, being made only of natural ingredients, is extremely potent. You only need to use the tiniest bit to achieve your desired results, meaning that it will last you much longer than most similarly-sized competitors. Natural essential oils have been added for extra soothing and moisturizing.

Best Men’s Bath Soap
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Bar

This Dove soap is, hands down, the most popular men-specific soap we were able to find in our research process. I am not exactly sure what makes it so perfect for men, but the company claims that they have a “uniquely designed technology developed for men’s skin”. I can only assume that it targets extra oily skin, as men are known to sweat a little more than women.

Whether you are a man with special manly needs, or you simply want to smell Extra Fresh, this soap’s invigorating scent will help to wake you up and prepare you for your day. Special micro grains have been added for an extra-invigorating exfoliating experience designed to strip away dirt and old skin cells, leaving behind a smooth, soft surface.

So Fresh, So Clean, So Relaxed

Now you should have all you need for the ultimate bathing experience. If, by chance, you need something else for your ultimate bathing experience (for instance, a bath pillow or some super soft towels), you may want to stick around and have a look at some of our other product review pages.