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Frequently Asked Questions

Bath Salt & Bathing FAQ

  • Is bathing really better than taking a shower?
    Yes. Soaking in hot water for an extended period of time has been proven to have many benefits - when combined with bath salts the benefits are even greater. Bathing, when done properly, can lead to softer skin, a better night's sleep, lower blood pressure, and is a treatment for many skin conditions.   back to top

  • I've started taking baths more often, but a friend told me that when you soak, you're "bathing" in your own dirt. Is this true?
    No. Once bacteria, dirt and toxins are lifted out of your body, they will not go back in. When you bathe in warm water, your pores open. When you add high-quality bath salts, toxins are pulled out and drawn from your pores. You'll notice a ring around your tub - this is a good thing! That is the evidence of what has left your body - and it will stay out for good.  back to top

  • Okay, so now I have a ring around my tub. How can I avoid this?
    You cannot avoid it - and again, when it comes to your body, it means you are now clean. All that dirt and grime has been drawn out of your skin and won't return. The easiest way to clean the sides of your tub are to gently scrub the surface while water is still in the tub - don't drain the tub and let it dry, and don't wait a few days before cleaning it. Step out of the tub, grab a sponge, and let the water and the pressure remove the stain.   back to top

  • You say on your website that bathing is a "fountain of youth". Why wouldn't taking a shower have the same effect?
    Showers tend to be rushed and you're not in a "relaxed" position when you take a shower - you're standing. If you take a shower, it takes about 8-10 minutes and the only goal of a shower is to get clean. Bathing for 20-30 minutes can improve your circulation and lower your blood pressure. Also, bathing actually effects the elasticity and overall health of your skin - bathing in bath salts has been shown, over time, to diminish the appearance of fine lines and even cellulite. Besides the numerous cosmetic benefits, bathing greatly lowers your stress level. Nothing ages us faster than stress.  back to top

  • Is it safe to take sea salt baths everyday?
    Yes, taking sea salt baths everyday is actually beneficial to you. 10-20 minutes is enough each day to maintain soft & beautiful vibrant skin.  back to top

  • What are the benefits of aromatherapy oils?
    Studies about essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, have shown that certain oils have many healing and therapeutic qualitites such as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to soothes cuts and burns. Many essential oils also have a calming effect which makes it a very wonderful stress reliever.  back to top

  • Do I have to bathe with bath salts, or can I just use bath and shower gel?
    Bath and shower gels can be nice - they smell good and can soften your skin. Bath salts, however, are a must if you want a truly therapeutic bath. Raw bath salts can be combined with scents, essential oils, and herbs - and they contain a vast array of minerals and nutrients. Your shower gel probably doesn't!   back to top

  • On your website you mention bath salts from different places, such as The Dead Sea and the Pacific Ocean. How do I know which type of bath salt is right for me, and is one better than the other?
    Natural, high-quality bath salts are the best choice regardless of where they come from. You really can't go wrong - it depends on where you want to "go" when you take a bath. Bath salts from both the Pacific Ocean and the Dead Sea are filled with minerals and nutrients. Pacific Bath salts carry elements from the sea off the coast of California and are wonderful for your skin. Dead Sea salts are harvested from the ancient waters of the Dead Sea, packed with a high mineral content and with therapeutic benefits that have been enjoyed for centuries. Try both and see which one you like most. One isn't better than the other - they are each unique!  back to top

  • I want to "build" my own bath salts, and you have a huge selection of colors, essential oils and herbs. Where do I start?
    It all depends on the mood you wish to create, and what health/emotional needs you want to address. Every once in a while we post "recipes" that you can try at home. For instance, if you are stressed out, try a blue color mixed with lavender scent to calm you down and take the stress away. If you need to feel energized for an important meeting, try orange bath salts mixed with a citrus scent (lemon, tangerine, lime, etc). There are endless possibilities, to be sure. But just as bathing should never be a stressful activity, neither should choosing your bath salts. Have fun and play!  back to top

  • I noticed I can choose a grain size. What does this mean?
    Grain size refers to the size and texture of each individual piece (or, grain) of salt. You can buy powder, fine, medium, or course, depending on what you're using the salt for.   back to top

  • You mean, I can use bath salt in ways other than in a bath?
    Absolutely!! Our salts can be used as scrubs, exfolliants, or as an addition to a mud pack or mask. The finer grain salts tend to be better for mixing. For instance, you can take a handful of our salts and mix it with a handful of body wash and scrub your skin gently, sloughing off dead skin and dirt to leave it soft and clean.   back to top

  • Is there such a thing as bubble bath salt?
    Foaming Bath Salts are bath salts that produce bubbles, available in different colors and scents. They contain a very mild foaming powder, responsible for the bubbles and help seal the warmth in the water.  back to top

  • What exactly is Epsom salt good for?
    Epsom salts have been used for soothing muscle aches and pains. Its magnesium and sulfate composition is beneficial to the body's enzyme functions and help flush out the toxins from the body. The activity of serotonin, a mood elevating chemical, is affected by the magnesium level of the body.  back to top

  • Is it safe for bath salts to be used in jacuzzi?
    YES, Bath salts are safe to used in the jacuzzi so long as they are dissolved completely so that it won't interfere with the mechanics of the jacuzzi. Fine or medium grain is the best choice for jacuzzis.  back to top

  • Am I allergic to bath salts? How will I know?
    If the ingredients of the bath salt is 100% natural, then there is a very little chance of being allergic to it. To be sure if you're not allergic to it, then simply soak a small part of your body, e.g. your hands to it to see if any allergic reaction occurs.  back to top

  • How long before bath salts expire?
    Salt does not expire. However Bath salt with colors and fragrances may fade over time. Shelf life for colored/scented bath salts is typically 1-2 years. Shelf life for raw natural salt is millions of years.  back to top

  • How can I store my bulk bath salts?
    You can store bath salts in an airtight container or bag. Keep the bath salts from direct sunlight.  back to top

  • Can I use bath salts during pregnancy?
    We recommend consulting your doctor first before using bath salts or taking a bath while pregnant.  back to top

  • What kind of coloring do you use in your bath salts?
    We use a speciality forumlated FD&C food coloring that is very safe for bathing. We keep our colors on the light side and generally the coloring is less than one quarter of one percent of the forumla.  back to top

  • Will the colored salts color my water?
    Yes, they will give them a nice light tint that is not too overpowering.  back to top

  • What are the basic benefits of bath salts?
    Bath salts help heal cuts, burns, wounds, and insect bites. The minerals found in the salts are absorbed through the skin which is essential to the bodies' functions. Bath salts also flush out harmful toxins from the body and is a good stress reliever. It also exfoliates the skin, leaving the skin smooth and supple.  back to top

Customer Service FAQ

  • I ordered bath salts today - when can I expect them to arrive?
    Our staff works very hard to ensure most orders ship out same or next day (depending on time of order placement). Your salts should arrive within 2-5 business days depending on how far you are from California.   back to top

  • I'm nervous about using my credit card online. Is there another way to purchase your products?
    Please rest assured that we use a very secure online ordering system. However we do understand your concerns and are happy to take your order over the phone if you feel more comfortable doing that. Give us a call at 1-800-480-4540 and we will process your transaction securely over the phone.   back to top

  • Is there a way I can stay up to date with news about new products or information regarding bathing?
    Yes - you can sign up for our mailing list and we will email you the latest product updates and information. You will see a sign up link at the bottom of each page, or you can CLICK HERE  back to top

  • Is there a place to ask questions, share tips and trade bath salt recipes?
    Yes - we have a message boardon our website where you can connect with others who share your love of bathing and have tons of ideas and tricks to learn. It's an online community where you can not only get valuable information about bathing, you can meet people from around the world and share stories, ideas, and experiences. Have fun! Visit our Community Section for more info.  back to top

  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept major credit cards; Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover. This can be done through the web or through the phone.  back to top

  • How do I place an order?
    There are 3 ways you can order. 1, You can create an account and purchase over the web. 2. You can order through the phone by calling 1-510-477-9600 3. You can email and place your order.   back to top

  • Do you ship Internationally?
    Sorry, we are not offering International shipping on orders at this time.  back to top

  • Do you make private label products?
    Yes we do. We manufacture for a wide variety of large scale bath and body companies within the U.S. and also overseas. The San Francisco Bath Salt Company's manufacturing facility is designed to handle a wide variety of production and packaging needs. Call 1-800-480-4540 for a custom quote.  back to top

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​We are the salt of the Earth. From our luxurious bath and spa salts to our worldly gourmet sea salts, we strive to keep you impressed. 
Our philosophy takes root in harnessing natural mineral salts to increase your well-being from the
inside out. Our core mission is to increase our customer's understanding of the wondrous benefits of salt.