CBD bath bombs and salts for your most chilled out bath ever
February 12th 2020 / Melanie Macleod / 0 comment
Upgrade tub time with CBD infused bath products for unrivalled relaxation
We’ve had CBD skincare, drink drops and gummies and now your bath wants a slice of the action too with the market for CBD and cannabis bath bombs and bath salts booming.
“CBD bath products are a really good way to absorb CBD because the warm water in the bath will open pores and allow CBD to be absorbed into the system faster,” explains Kim Smith, co-founder of CBD brand Kloris.
Bath products are also an easy way for people who are new to CBD (cannabidiol) to embrace the trend – especially if you can’t stomach the taste of CBD tinctures, oils and drops which can be bitter and earthy-tasting. “Using a topical product to take CBD allows for new users to feel safe and comfortable, with minimal effort required,” add Vitality CBD, a CBD brand stocked in Boots.
We all know a bath is one of the most destressing things you can have, so adding something that purports to deliver relaxation certainly makes sense. CBD is also anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants.
“CBD has beneficial effects on the brain to promote relaxation, better sleep, and general feelings of wellbeing,” Healthspan Medical Director Dr Sarah Brewer confirms. Couple this with the fact that dissolving a CBD infused product into hot water and soaking in it helps speed up the process of absorption into the skin and bloodstream and you’re on to a winner – while you’re soaking in the tub, your whole body is exposed to it.
Word of warning: some ‘cannabis’ products on the market often stamped with the cannabis leaf don’t always contain CBD (cannabidiol), they may list cannabis sativa seed oil/extract in them (which is hemp). According to CBD marketplace The Chillery, ‘cannabis sativa’ refers to the whole plant (seed, flowers, leaf) and as CBD is derived from the flowers, simply listing an ingredient as ‘cannabis sativa’ doesn’t tell you if it has CBD in (chances are it hasn’t as CBD is a more expensive ingredient). Check out our explainer on CBD in skincare for a full rundown of what to look for.
Bath products with cannabis sativa seed oil in may not have the relaxation-promoting properties of CBD, but that’s not to say they don’t deserve a space on your bathroom shelf; hemp is beneficial for those who have dry and stressed skin, so while it may not make you feel quite as chilled as a CBD bath bomb, it’s still worth dropping into your tub.
Best CBD and Cannabis Sativa Seed bath soaks
Kloris CBD Relax Bath Bomb, £12
Made with lavender for the ultimate blissful experience, Kloris’ CBD bath bomb is a two-in-one wonder; once the bomb has stopped fizzing a bath melt is revealed that you rub into your skin to allow the CBD to absorb transdermally into your body. “By rubbing the solid block, enriched with oils and butters containing CBD directly onto the body, it’s possible to get a meaningful dose of CBD into your system whilst also enjoying the essential oils, and other ingredients in the bath bomb which detox, nourish, soften and exfoliate,” explains co-founder Kim.
Vitality CBD Infused Bath Bomb, £9.99
Indulge in some serious self-care with Vitality’s lavender and chamomile scented bath bomb. The combination of CBD, lavender and chamomile come together to help you relax while moisturising the skin at the same time.
The Tonic CBD Bath Bombs, £15 for six
We first heard about organic CBD brand The Tonic (of which Fearne Cotton is a fan) when they were promoting their Clit Spritz – yes, an oil to spray downstairs. While we weren’t entirely sold on this, the bath bombs from the brand are a lovely addition to our tub time. Each of the mini bombs contains 15mg of Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil to help you relax, plus they smell delightful in two different scents – jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang and sandalwood, orange and black pepper.
Westlab Mindful Bathing Salts, £6.99 for 1kg
After liberally sprinkling these CBD salts in our bath the combination of Epsom and Himalayan salt and frankincense delivered one of the best sleeps we can remember – and we think that’s also down to the relaxing properties of magnesium (epsom) salts. Not only that, the whole bathroom smelled divine.
Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts, $29
If you’re reading this in the US, or happen to be popping over the pond any time soon, we recommend stocking up on Vertly’s CBD infused bath salts. Aside from the striking packaging, we also love these for their combo of natural healing salts, minerals, botanical infusions and cannabinoids that club together to help calm, soothe and reduce tension in the body.
Ouai Chill Pills, £25 for six
If Jen Atkins’ bath bombs are anywhere near as good as her Ouai haircare range, then we’re sold. Scented with jasmine and rose and formulated with cannabis sativa seed oil (no CBD) and jojoba these destress the skin and mind for a grown-up take on bath bombs.
Hugg CBD Bath Salts, £10.99
As well as 10mg of CBD, these salts contains a potent combo of dead sea salts and himalayan bath salts infused with essential oils to help you relax at the end of a long week (or day… we all have them sometimes!)
Upgrade tub time with CBD infused bath products for unrivalled relaxation
The Bath Bomb That Could Deliver The Best Sleep Of Your Life
Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, seems to be the new “it” ingredient for self-care products of all kinds. It’s touted for its abilities to reduce anxiety, relieve muscle pain, cure insomnia, and even nourish dry hair. So it’s no surprise that more and more people are incorporating it into their bath time rituals, too. In fact, CBD bath products are rapidly becoming a staple in bathrooms across the board.
Life Elements founder and president Martha Van Inwegen, points out that CBD-infused baths can lead to “total body relaxation, pain relief, muscle recovery, skin nourishment, and a really good nightвЂ™s sleep.” Dr. NavNirat Nibber ND., a medical advisor and brand education manager for Advanced Orthomolecular Research in Canada, adds that there’s science to back this up.
“Epsom salt baths have long been used as a way to absorb magnesium through the skin to help relax and ease tired and sore muscles,” she explains.* “Similarly, researchers seem to be exploring the immediate and localized benefits that come from transdermal absorption (absorption through the skin) with CBD. [Since] transdermal absorption is thought to be more localized, anti-inflammatory benefits associated with CBD will likely be felt at the site of absorption through the skin.”
In other words, sinking into a CBD bath can simultaneously help relieve pain, tension, and stress, resulting in an ultra-relaxing soak. And after 13 years in the business, Van Inwegen, whose company makes widely-praised CBD bath bombs, has seen it first hand. “Our customers have used [our bath bombs] to help get through the body-wracking pain of chemo treatments,” she says. “Retired military vets have used them to calm their bodies so they can get a good nightвЂ™s sleep. Professional athletes use them as an integral part of the recovery regime. The elderly are using CBD bath bombs to help with arthritis, busy moms are using it to relax at the end of the day, couples use them to enjoy a romantic bath together, and yogis use them to give them more flexibility . the uses are endless!”
Yes, CBD spa goodies can seriously elevate your self-care routine. Ahead, Van Inwegen weighs in on how to pick CBD products that will make your time in the tub more rejuvenating than ever.
Beware Of “Greenwashing”
Greenwashing, says Van Inwegen, refers to misleading marketing ploys regarding “natural” or “green” ingredients. “CBD clearly has some amazing benefits, but many of the companies coming into the market are just using CBD as the hook,” she explains, further clarifying that the compound is not a “cure-all.” “CBD alone is great, but the ‘entourage effect’ goes way beyond the full spectrum components of the hemp plant. It includes blending other beneficial ingredients to maximize the desired effect for the user.”
Know The Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolates
“There are multiple CBDs that can be extracted from the hemp plant, so we liken full spectrum to juicing: When you juice a whole fruit or vegetable, you’re getting the benefits of the entire fruit, skin and all,” Van Inwegen says. “An isolate is simply taking one CBD and removing all the others, so you’re not getting the benefits of the plant. Manufactures use it because it’s less expensive and easier to work with.”
In short, if you want the good stuff, be sure to seek products with full spectrum CBD, not CBD isolates.
Look For All-Natural Ingredients
“There are too many brands that have jumped onto the [CBD] bandwagon just to cash in,” Van Inwegen warns. “Most CBD bath bombs on the market use CBD isolates, have synthetic ingredients that can cause yeast or UTI infections, and add colorants that have no value other than leaving a nasty ring around your tub. [Life Elements] focuses on simple, clean ingredients, natural essential oils, and organically grown, full-spectrum, water-soluble CBD for greater bioavailability.”
Create A Ritual That Suits You
One of the best parts about creating your own bath time regimen is that you can customize it to your needs. Van Inwegen suggests using a CBD sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize. Other additions to consider? Lather up with some infused shampoo; apply face oil, body lotion, and lip balm once you’re out of the tub; then, massage a CBD salve on sore muscles. If a peaceful snooze is what you’re after, try a sleep-boosting tincture after your bath and before bed.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, seems to be the new "it" ingredient for self-care products of all kinds. It’s touted for its abilities to reduce anxiety, relieve muscle pain, cure insomnia, and even nourish dry hair.вЂ¦