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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. I'm a member of the website www.latestinbeauty.com which is designed to provide members with a selection of product samples that you can choose from and order on a monthly basis. In my most recent Latest In Beauty sample box I had opted to receive a sample of this Burt's Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals.
Product description: "Indulging in a warm bath of salt crystals and essential oils after a work out helps release lactic acid which builds up during physical activity causing muscle ache. The penetrating action of essential oils helps stimulate the elimination of waste products and relieves soreness."
The sample I received came in a simple tear-open sachet containing 1.5oz / 44g of the product to try out. The actual full size product comes in a nice looking cylindrical storage tin. The full size bath crystals weighs in at 453g and I was offered the option of buying this at http://www.latestinbeauty.com/ for £10.99.
Directions for use: Add packette to hot running water. Let the tub fill and allow salts to dissolve. When the bath reaches a comfortable temperature, step in and soak for 15 minutes or more.
The bath salts looked pretty ordinary, they had a plain white colour and looked unremarkable. I poured in the whole sachet under the taps, and this did seem like a large amount, but as it was recommended to use the whole packet I went on ahead. I tend to get through loads of bath products because I can't stand having a bath without bubbles, it is one of the saddest experiences ever. I was disappointed then that the bath salts obviously don't produce any bubbles. The bath water looked plain and uninviting but I went ahead and got on with it.
The scent of the Therapeutic Bath Crystals was not at all what I was expecting. I had associated the Burt's Bees brand with honey and was expecting a lovely sweet honey scent to go with these bath crystals. This was not the case at all, and what I did get was a stong herbal sort of scent that reminded me very much of cold medicine. The fragrance is released into the bathroom when the steam comes off the hot water and this was a bit overwhelming as the smell was very strong, and I didn't find it particularly nice.
I decided to save these Therapeutic Bath Crystals until a time that I actually needed to use them for their intended purpose, and last weekend I had the perfect opportunity. I was experiencing some pain in both of my calf muscles, and it had been hanging around for a couple of days. I was expecting it to ease off on its own but neither light exercise, stretching or resting had had any effect. I was getting ready to go for a night out on the town and wanted my aches to be gone so I could forget the pain and enjoy myself. I had a soak in the bath for around 30 minutes with these bath crystals, and I must say they had a remarkable effect. My muscles felt less tense and were easier to flex immediately after I had got out of the bath. I didn't feel the actual effects working when I was in the bath but the results were apparent and my aches were completely soothed away so that I could stand, walk and dance as much as I wanted without experiencing any further pain. This was a great relief and I was happy that it had worked so well after only one use. I'm a great believer in aromatherapy and massage but even so I was still suprised that this had done the job so quickly, with no effort on my part.
The only real downside for me was that although my muscles were treated well, my skin was not. The salts had really dehydrated my skin and left it feeling incredibly dry after I got out of the bath. I had to moisturise all over to get my skin back in a reasonable condition, and luckily this seemed to do the trick and get me feeling nice and soft again.
I think these Therapeutic Bath Crystals worked really effectively to ease my sore muscles, but I was disappointed that the bathing experience was so dull and my skin was left very dry afterwards. It is a very simple way to get rid of muscle pain, and is practical if you don't want to use pain relief medication or if you don't have a willing masseuse on hand! This bath product is 100% natural, and contains only a few simple base ingredients along with several essential oils. This is the type of thing that you could probably recreate at home if you've got an aromatherapy kit, and I would be tempted to give it a try myself rather than shelling out £10.99 for a product that I would only use infrequently.
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Ingredients: Sea salt, lemon oil, baking soda, rosemary oil, eucalyptus globules oil, vitamin E.
Back in June I got a very early birthday present, which I happen to be writing this on - my Mac Book. I love it, absolutely adore it, and use it more than I've ever used any present I've been given before. I fully wasn't expecting anything else, as it was more than I ever would have expected anyway. However, a week before my birthday my boyfriend took me to the Trafford Centre and told me he was going to give me some birthday money in my card but did I want it now to spend. Did I?? Um yes!
After about four shops, he realised what he'd let himself in for, and opted out and gave me the money and told me to go minus him the following day. I have to say, I much prefer this to getting things I don't want (although he is actually very good at buying the right things), and was very excited to be able to browse as long as I wanted without the huffing puffing machine attached to my side and of course I returned home with loads of things (I'm a good shopper) some of which were some Burt's Bees goodies, which got the response "I see you've bought more make uppy soap stuff"...did he really expect anything different, sending me off with money burning a hole in my pocket and no one to monitor my purchases??
I first fell in love with Burt's Bees when I had some really dry hands (excessive hand washing) that were a sore flaking ugly disgrace. My mum lent me her Banana and Beeswax hand cream, my hands were better than perfect by morning. Love at first use. Then I bought the lip balm, and my quest for the perfect lip balm was now complete. Seriously, it's so good I've not even strayed to trying out a Lush lip balm (yet! Hehe). Since then I've been wanting to try out more stuff, and the recent surge of positive reviews on Burt's Bees products have only made me more eager to try it.
One thing you might have noticed I love are baths. They are pure relaxation for me, if I'm going to have one I want it to be luxury and indulgent. Burt's Bees are actually quite similar to Lush in some ways, there products are all very natural, each product will actually tell you how natural it is in percentage form. I like natural products simply because they work! I'm about as far from a hippy type as you could imagine, but once I tried Lush and Burt's Bees things, there is no denying they do what they say they will, and the same old same old chemical offerings of non natural brands just can't compare quality wise.
I saw this tin of Therapeutic Bath Crystals and was instantly drawn in. I love my Lush baths but I can't have them all the time because I would have to declare myself bankrupt for one, but also because it's not always convenient to go down to Lush when I fancy a bath and I don't have enough money to build a stash. This tin was £10.50 which doesn't exactly sound cheap, and it's not, quality products don't tend to be. However it states you put in 1-2 tablespoons of the salts in per full bath. Being me, I probably would have disregarded this and poured loads in but it warns not to put more than 2 in, which re assured me this stuff must be strong and good. So all in all, you are going to get a fair few baths out of a tin, I can't really say how many, but I would estimate at least ten, so whilst it doesn't work out a bargain as such, it is cheaper than Lush and also handy to have there for when I don't have any Lush bath products available but want a luxury bath. Besides, I could probably only get three or four Lush bath products for the same price and I always put the full thing in with Lush (no point doing things in halves is there, if I want to indulge, I want to indulge fully!)
I also fancied the sound of these as they were good for achey sore muscles. I have had the worst back ache the past few days and had been thinking I'd research which Lush bath product would be best at easing this, but here was something telling me that it would do the job well. I quite often get back ache, or achey shoulders and neck. My boyfriend "owes" me (yes we've been together too long and are at the stage we have to bribe each other for things) a massage, it's about three months over due, so as you can tell, I'm not one of those fortunate souls who has a willing masseuse to ease her aching muscles. So the best I can get is a long hot soak in something lovely.
This product is actually 100% natural, can't get better than that. It doesn't have quite as long an ingredient list as Lush products but nonetheless is good. It has sea salt has a healing effect on the body, it draws out toxins through the skin whilst it soothes and softens the skin. They can also relieve muscle pain, which being the pain ingredient here, is a good thing as this is what the main claim of the product is. It can also help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
There is also Sodium Bicarbonate which is very gentle on the skin but thoroughly cleanses it and detoxifies the body. It contains nourishing minerals and soothes itchy skin.
There is Lemon Oil which can relieve headaches and help ease depression and fatigue. It is very cleansing to the skin, but is wont irritate the skin. It boosts circulation and helps with muscular problems. It's even said to be helpful against cellulite, we can dream!
Rosemary Oil is particularly good at easing muscle soreness and aches and pains. It is also stimulates the mind and body, boosts circulation and stimulates cell renewal. It's also great at treating spots and reducing the appearance of varicose veins and broken capillaries. As well as this it can help relieve head aches, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion, so it is perfect for unwinding and distressing in the bath.
Eucalyptus Oil is what the product predominantly smells of, which smells just like Vick's Vapor Rub (because it is made using this!). Not only does it relieve sympotoms of coughs and colds like its commonly known use, but it also relieves muscular and joint pains. It is a great ingredient any time for soothing sore muscles, but this ingredient also makes it a nice treat when you are feeling a bit under the weather and all bunged up. Much less dangerous than what my friend tried, which was putting Vapor Rub in the bath, and promptly slipping over! I like this because it's really good at easing cramps, pains and stiff necks, all of which I seem to suffer from. It also it good at relieving both mental and physical tiredness.
Finally there is Tocopheral which is Vitamin E, is soothing and regenerating and a natural but powerful anti-oxidant so is good at protecting the skin and providing an element of protection against cancer. It can help treat skin diseases and reduce the appearance of scars, age spots and stretch marks.
The products main aims are to ease muscle pain and to detox the body. It is said to release lactic acid which causes muscles to ache (it builds up during a work out, so this is great post exercise - for those who can be bothered to), and the essential oils help rid the body of all its toxins.
I can definitely say it helped ease my muscle pain. When I did used to go to the gym (believe it or not I once used to practically live there) the treat I would look forward to at the end of a hard session (I don't do things by halves, if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it properly) was getting into the Hydrotherapy Pool. Now I don't know what was in there but as you stepped in you literally felt every muscle in your body relax. I've never felt anything like it. It wasn't simply the heat of the water as I have my baths hotter, and I've been in Jacuzzis etc that haven't had that effect. There was something in the water, I'm not sure what, but it worked. Until now I'd never experienced that feeling elsewhere, but using this was nearly as good. I literally did feel my muscles just let go, relax and the pain just disappear. It was heavenly.
You are recommended to put your two teaspoons in under hot running water, and leave them to dissolve into a full hot bath. When the bath is at a bare-able temperature and the salts are fully dissolved get in and lie back and enjoy. It reall is just lovely.
I was a little disappointed when I first put my bath crystals in. I don't know what I was expecting to be honest, from two tea spoons of crystals, but it didn't of course make for an exciting looking Lush type bath, it just looked like plain old bath water. I was a bit disheartened thinking this didn't look very luxury.
The smell however was there it wasn't just plain old bath water, but yes, it is a Vicks Vapour Rub smell, you can definitely smell it but it wasn't over powering, it was actually quite relaxing once you sunk into it.
Once I got out of the bath my skin felt soft, not in need of moisturising but not as silky soft as with some Lush products, but it was certainly good enough. The smell didn't linger on my skin which was good because whilst I did find it quite relaxing I wouldn't want to smell like Vapor Rub all day. I have to say that a few hours later my back did begin to ache again although not as badly as it had done, and the relief I felt in the bath, and the few hours of no pain were great so I can't complain.
I also had a headache when I got in and was feeling super wound up (non optionally looking after pooing/weeing/vomiting machines...oh sorry I mean dogs) and by the time I got out my headache had gone, I was de-stressed, and actually had newly acquired energy (I've been feeling worn down and drained for days).
One word of warning, it can be tempting to put in more than the suggested amount, I always like to put in more than what I should of stuff just so I feel like I'm getting more of an effect but I put in the recommended two tablespoons and when I stood to get out of the bath I was seriously dizzy, so I definitely wouldn't put more of these in, and there really is no need to, they worked perfectly.
These are suitable for almost anyone. They are a unisex smell, and aren't a girly bath at all, they are a get to work on your muscles bath. They are great for after workouts, for easing arthritis etc. They are great for young and old, male or female. Even the packaging should be fine for all. It is kitsch enough to make me like it, but actually quite male looking, and unlikely to look to quirky for more conventional people. I can't see anyone not liking this product. Of course I'll never get the fella in there to try it out as he is a bath-o-phobic, but if I did, I can assure you he would like it, as he liked the Hydrotherapy Pool at the gym, and that's exactly what this is like, like having your own private Hydrotherapy Pool - heaven!
For the ultimate treat I'll still turn to Lush but this is nice to have in for those in between times, when you need a bit of a treat but haven't got any Lush to hand, or for when your muscles are aching and you need some instant relief.
The path to tension-free muscles is crystal clear.How it Works; Strenuous exercise can be great for the body, but hard on muscles. Indulge in a warm bath of salt crystals and essential oils after a workout to help release the lactic acid that builds up during physical activity causing muscle ache. The penetrating action of essential oils helps stimulate the elimination of waste products, helping muscles feel as good as new.