I'm a big fan of baths. I realize now, as a grown woman, that this might be a weird thing to say — and might gross out the types of people who equate "taking a bath" with "sitting in one's own filth." But for you bath people out there, let me just tell you: I'm about to blow your mind. This is unless, of course, you're already a card-carrying member of the bath salt fandom, in which case, please disregard this entire post, okay?
Until recently, I stuck to a stringent formula when running my own tub: a bunch of steaming hot water, some L'Occitane foaming bath (this stuff is my favorite) and a washcloth or two. You can't go wrong with that trifecta, but you can add this magical product: Dr. Teal's Epsom salts, which come in two scents, lavender and eucalyptus spearmint. (After experience with both, I prefer the former.) Not only does the salt exude one of the loveliest and most relaxing smells I've ever whiffed, but it noticeably loosens your sore muscles better than a slick of Icy Hot or two minutes on the foam roller. At $4.89 a pop for three heaving pounds, you better believe you're getting a huge bang for your buck.
Disclaimer: I remain unclear as to whether or not these salts give you zombie-like tendencies, per a certain viral news story in Florida circa May 2012.
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, $4.89, available at Target.
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