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Radox have been producing their bath salts since 1908 so its no wonder that when they talk about this iconic product they say that with these bath salts you can sprinkle and soak away your aches and pains in a steamy bath containing 100 years of Radox know how."
Bath salts are a lovely alternative to bubble bath and sometimes its nice to just relax in a hot steaming bath with nothing in it but some cloudy water that has been achieved with the use of these salts. The salts dissolve in the water and give the water a lovely fragrance that is so nice to lay back in. I like to pour my under the hot running tap so they dissolve well in the water. I find if you pour them into an already still bath they don't dissolve as well and you are left with particles in the bottom of your bath.
These bath salts are specifically for a nice muscle soak. There is nothing better at the end of a long day when you can feel all your aches and pains to know that you are doing something good for your body. Radox have made these bath salts rich in mineral salts which are meant to ease tired and aching muscles. The inclusion of the natural thyme will help to relax your mind they say. The thyme gives my bath a lovely herbal smell. It is fairly strong but not too over loweringly herbal so you keep a nice smell on your skin when you get out of the bath too. Once i get out I do feel more relaxed and nourished in a way.
The bath salts come in a box and almost remind me of washing powder of old that used to come in big boxes like this and be of the same consistency almost. The box is blue with Radox written on it and then a nice image of a pestle and mortar with some salts in and around it alluring to the fact that these have been ground down with all the goodness of natural ingredients.
A 400g box is £0.86. This is so ridicoulsy cheap compared to similar bubble baths and the salts last for so long that they re really a good bath investment to keep on the side of the bath.
I bought this product for £1 from Boots on the recommendation of a friend. I tend to favour bubble baths but hadn't used bath salts for years, so was prepared to give these a go.
They are herbal bath salts blended with Thyme. Thyme (or Thymus vulgaris Flower/leaf extract, as it states in the ingredients) is believed to refresh and sooth irritated and sensitive skin due to its antiseptic properties, as well as easing muscular aches and pains. Although I didn't have any serious aches and pains to ease, my back and shoulders always feel a bit tense after a day's work (tapping furiously at the steno machine in court) so I hoped the salts would help me relax after a busy day and nip any stiffness in the bud.
Following the instructions, I added 2 handfuls of salts under warm running water and allowed them to dissolve completely before getting into the bath. On opening the packet and pouring out the salts, I was impressed by the fresh, invigorating, herby perfume. Unfortunately, once the salts had dissolved in the water, the scent seemed to disappear with them. When I first added the salts they turned the bath water a refreshing shade of blue with a few milky white swirls, but by the time the bath was full any hopes I had of a Cleopatra-style milk bath were lost, as was the colour. It just looked like a bath of clear water. This was not the most enticing-looking bath I had ever seen and I admit I was rather disappointed. I tried throwing in another handful of salts, wondering if I'd been a bit frugal (it's a Yorkshire thing!) but this made no difference.
However, once in the bath I was pleasantly surprised by the moisturising qualities of the salts. My skin began to feel soft immediately, but without the unpleasant greasy sensation that certain bath oils can produce. The softness remained after getting out of the bath and towelling dry. In fact, I didn't feel the need to apply my usual body lotion. When I got up next morning, my skin still felt smooth and well hydrated, which is quite unusual for me because I tend to need to use more body lotion in the winter months, probably because the central heating dries my skin out. The mild discomfort in my back and shoulders had eased, although I suspect it might have been the heat of the water that had been responsible for this, rather than the salts. (As with all products, there are many variables to consider, which make an assessment of the effectiveness somewhat difficult!) The bath certainly left me feeling relaxed. It may just have been a coincidence but I slept very soundly afterwards.
You can't grumble too much if something gives you soft, silky skin and for £1 these bath salts were very good value. I estimated that I would probably be able to get about eight baths out of the 400g packet. I would have liked a stronger fragrance, however. For me a bath needs to be a multi-sensory experience and the absence of scent or colour made things a bit lacklustre for me. On the plus side, the salts dissolved completely and did not leave any annoying gritty residues on the base of the bath. They did make the bath quite slippery, however, so care has to be taken not to fall and you probably would need to clean the bath more often if you used the salts regularly.
The bath salts come in a cardboard container (better for recycling than my usual plastic bottles), which is opened easily by pulling back a tab. It can be resealed by tucking the flap back inside the carton, something that is handy if, like me, you have a cat that is prone to walking along shelves and knocking things over!
You can't keep the box on the edge of the bath, like you can with bubble bath, because obviously it would get wet. The salts are loose inside the cardboard box, so if the box got wet, the salts would also get wet and ruined.
I still prefer bubble bath. Getting into a bath with no bubbles never feels quite right to me. It makes me feel too exposed somehow (although I know that sounds silly because you have to be exposed in order to have a bath) but it just isn't as comforting as being enveloped in a thick blanket of bubbles. That is one of the joys of having a bath, as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it goes back to childhood. For me, bath salts just can't compete, or at least these ones can't.
I am unclear as to Radox's policy on animal testing. I was under the assumption that they didn't test on animals, but there is nothing on the packaging to confirm this (no jumping rabbit symbol). I would have expected them to tell us this if it was the case. My attempts to find information on the web have produced contradictory information and not led to any definite answers.
I love the smell of this product and the fact its a couple of quid and lasts a while.
I love the radox range and although this is the original it is my least favourite. Yes it smells lovely and is quite relaxing but there is a couple of things that bug me about this product and bath salts in general.
Its a blue/breen salt/powder that you add when running a bath it then dissolves creating a lovely herby relaxing aroma.
So what bugs me well firsly my hair completely dries out and secondly the stuff is still in the bottom of the bath when its drained and leaves an awful residue around the side of the bath plus the stuff goes everywhere when you pour it like talc and makes the bathroom extra dusty and i'm not a fan of unnescessary cleaning!
However, my fella does love the stuff but he doesn't care if his hair is dry and he doesn't have to clean the bath out afterwards as I do it for him.
Yes it smells great and yes its relaxing but I prefer the bubble bath range as they are a lot less messy!
I get alot of aches and pains every day. I suffer a lot of backache and a sore neck and things like that and I have a diagnosed condition in the base of my spine and I have to have injections in it to remain pain free every 3 months for the rest of my life.
I'm constantly on the look out for pain relieving treatments and I do like alternative kind of treatments. I bath very often but I do find it uncomfortable with my bad back so I decided when I saw this in Sainsbury's priced at £1.29 (but available in many places in you look for it!) to give it a whirl.
Light and dark blue cardboard box and the writing on it is white and blue. On the front of the box I'm told it's Radox '100 years of herbal know-how' Muscle Soak Herbal Bath Salts With Thyme 'Renowned for soothing tired aching muscles' and with a blend of natural herbs & minerals. There is a small round clear window on the left hand side of which you can see the product through and again around that I'm, told again it is a blend of natural herbs and minerals and there are 3 large pebble drawings on there. On one side of the box I'm given 3 small diagram's on how to open the box and on another side of the box I'm again told what it is and who it's by, ingredients are listed, size is stated (400g), the recycle symbol is clearly displayed and contact details for Sara Lee are given (the manufacturer of Radox products). On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use are given along with warnings. That's it and it's a nice simple, traditional looking bath salt product to be fair to it.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Box.....
Radox Muscle Soak Herbal Salts naturally help soothe stiff and aching muscles. With a blend of Natural Herbs and Minerals, Radox Muscle Soak contains Thyme, renowned to naturally help soothe aching muscles after strenuous exercise.
Relax in a hot Radox Herbal Bath and let Radox's 100 years of expertise soothe away your aches and pains.
Directions For Use....
Pour a generous amount (approximately 2 handfuls) of Radox Muscle Soak Herbal Bath under warm running water and allow to dissolve fully before carefully stepping into the bath.
Using The Muscle Soak....
All you do is simply pull the tab at the top of the box situated on the right hand side and it folds up (weirdly put by me lol) neatly in to seal it back up.
The bath salts are a rich light blue in appearance mainly powder like talc with a a fair few small gravelly hard lumps within the mix. The smell is lovely. really fresh and clean (although a little masculine in my view) it's got an over-all sort of alpine fresh smell to it which is incredibly natural smelling with a nice, gentle sweet undertone to it. The Thyme within this is quite zingy and although it is very strong once you've thrown some of the salts into the water it remains fragrant but loses it's initial harshness rather quickly.
It doesn't colour the water at all and although I always put the recommended amount under running water I get very few large white bubbles in the water that evaporate after a few minutes.
The problem is that you really have to wait until the bath is completely full of water and make you you swish it about really hard with your hands to make sure all the remaining lumps are broken up or you end up sat on those grating your bum and believe me that isn't an entirely pleasant position to be in!
The water stays fragrant for the length of your bath (I stay in well over an hour lol). It's nice and fresh and it is also very calming to the senses. It's not greasy, drying out and the water is soft enough to feel very comfortable.
Does it sooth muscles? This is one question I truly can't answer to be totally honest with you! Warm water always seems to relax my tired and aching muscles that's why I prefer a bath to a shower but I don't think it's a miracle cure for awful pain or anything but I don't think it hurts to use this.
I like the smell, I like the gentle fragrance left on my skin and in my home lol. My skin feels soft after using this, refreshed and revitalised and I feel relaxed too. I don't like the salts being so much like gravel and I really have to work hard to disperse said lumps but it is doable. It works for me well enough and for me I use this as a treatment rather than a luxurious product.
If you suffer with aches and pains then this at around about £1.29 is very worth a go anyway!