Japanese Bath Salts

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Preface

 

I was thinking about starting a blog about my newest passion, when I realized, I already have one that I abandonded a while ago.. So here we are, I am now going to write about my bath salt experiments, that are strictly about bathing in a bath tub. (It worries me a little whether search engines and such are able to differenciate between real bathing products and bath salt as a drug, which has nothing to do with what I want to talk about. So let’s mention it some more: bathroom, tub, onsen, hot spring, bathing, aroma bath, skin care, Japan. I’m not really a SEO expert. :))

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So, the story short. When I was in Tokyo in a hotel (namely Mitsui Garden Ginza), they had these beutiful bathrooms with a city view and rose and lavender bath tablets with a very nice smell and color, that I loved. At the checkout I asked the front desk if they could give me some more, and where to buy them. But they were only able to give me a handful (maybe 4 packs) and charged me 200Y. I kept them as a treasure, and only used one when I was in a fancy hotel somewhere, took me about two years to get to the last one. What also helped to savour them for long is that the thing they call a “tub” in most American houses and appartments is just a glorified shower base, they’re so small you can barely soak your feet in it.. Even the ones they sell as “extra deep” are very shallow in my opinion (18″?!). Btw, do not use them in whirlpool baths / jacuzzis.

Anyway, after I ran out of magic rose tablets, I got an idea that somehow skipped my mind all this tme. “Maybe I should check the Japanese store if they have something..” And they had. And it was even better, I was amazed, and it was a selection of different kinds, so I found myself trying more and more types, and wanting to try even more, and keep finding all sorts of wonderful salts, that make me happy and relaxed and my skin soft. Different colors, different aromas, filled with all kinds of healthy hot spring chemicals and skin beautifying this and that, taking my mind to the forest, to the onsen, to the rose garden, and most importantly, to Japan. Bath Salts are indeed very addictive, even the ones that are not for snorting. :)

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And now, that I’ve tried at least 20, I will share my experience and my personal opinion. FYI, prices are for NYC shops, or Mitsuwa in NJ, or Amazon. I am in no way affiliated with any of these or the products. They’re all made in Japan. Always read the user instructions and warnings that come with the package, and stop using them if any skin irritation or problem occurs. Please, also note, that I am not very good at describing a smell – or anything really (don’t rely much on this info), and it’s all my personal opinion, that I might just change any time according to my mood. So don’t take it seriously, OK? Comments are welcome!

My ratings will be on a scale of 5:

5: I love it!
4: Very good.
3: Nice.
2: Uninteresting
1: meh
0: eww

Since I might just switch back to writing about Asian movies and music, here is the link (RSS) to all bath related posts.

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