The last time I went to Bed Bath and Beyond, I had the intention of repurchasing a bag of the Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath (review here), but the location I go to doesn’t appear to be stocking it anymore (which is really a shame). So, instead I thought I’d try Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, which still has a couple of ingredients meant to nourish and moisturize skin. Moisture is my primary goal for my bath products, and so as nice as Epsom salts are for muscles, they’re not always the best fit for me. Since I’ve had good experiences with Dr. Teal’s in the past, though, I wanted to at least give this a chance since it is still labeled “soften & nourish”.
Dr. Teal’s is a pretty great budget brand. It has some common pitfalls of cheaper brands, like a not-very-exciting selection of scents, but I find their formulations simple in a good way. This Epsom salt solution has 8 ingredients: magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), fragrance, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), nonfat powdered milk, honey, sucrose, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
There are definitely a few things in there that will help sad skin out, and the milk and honey formulation that I picked up does indeed include both powdered milk and honey. It is high in fragrance, so the milk and honey is unlikely to be significantly contributing to the actual scent of the product, but they are both meant to be moisturizing. I will say that I really do enjoy the fragrance for this product and the milk and honey Milk Bath, however this Epsom Salts Soaking Solution actually has honey in it while the Milk Bath doesn’t. So, that’s nice.
Epsom salt in bath water helps relieve achy muscles, and you can also use it a body scrub if you like. I bathe frequently to help ease muscle pain, but because of this my skin dries out very quickly, so this Epsom salt solution isn’t quite moisturizing enough for me on it’s own. I like to use this in conjunction with either a bath milk or some bath oil so that I can prevent my skin from losing quite as much moisture during the bathing process than it otherwise would.
I do prefer the Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath to this, but I’ve enjoyed using the Epsom salt solution all the same. It only costs $6 for a 3 lb. bag, so it’s super reasonable. I find Dr. Teal’s products at Bed Bath and Beyond and Target, but these stores never have that great of a selection for the different product lines. They most frequently stock the Epsom Salt Soaking Solutions, so I would imagine that it wouldn’t be too difficult to track it down if you’re interested. I’ll just have to keep looking for another product that might be able to replace my old Milk Bath.
Do you have any favorite budget bath products? Let me know!