I am slightly obsessed with The Seaweed Bath Company (seaweedbathco.com). This company was founded specifically to provide a natural treatment for psoriasis and eczema, and they provide an excellent line of moisturizing soaps, shampoos, conditioners, bath salts, and body butters. The consistent ingredients for all products include Bladderwrack Seaweed from Maine, Kukui Oil from Hawai`i, Argan Oil from Morocco, Dead Sea Salt from Israel, Aloe Vera, Neem Oil from India, Beeswax, and Vitamin E. You can read a more detailed backstory about these ingredients here: http://www.seaweedbathco.com/our-natural-ingredients. You can also read the full ingredient listings here: http://www.seaweedbathco.com/ingredient-dictionary.
While I don’t suffer from psoriasis and eczema, I do suffer from living in Chicago where the water is over-chlorinated, air is dry, and the ocean is nowhere in sight. My hair and skin crave the moisturizing nutrients the ocean naturally provides. Mmmm…nutrients. But look no further, you land-locked Lucys, because The Seaweed Bath Co. managed to bring the ocean to you!
Ocean-Fresh Whole Seaweed Detox Bath
The name is not exaggerating. Inside this mysterious black package you will find a straight-up ball of seaweed. This is not for the faint of heart or someone who gets a little weird about fishy smells. This will turn your bathtub into a mini-ocean, so you might as well go all-out: turn on a fan, drink from a coconut, pour sand in the bottom of your tub; you’ll forget you’re in your bathroom. Or, close your eyes and pretend all the extras. I think it smells great, and my skin sighed a giant, “Mahalo!” If you suffer from severe psoriasis, eczema, or dryness, try Whole Seaweed Detox Bath first.
Tips: It is a detox, so make sure you follow up with drinking plenty of water. Dunk the detox under the running bath water and immediately remove and place in a dry spot if you want to make it stretch, getting more baths for your buck. Clean the tub immediately after bathing. Dried seaweed is surprisingly difficult and annoying to scrub off the tub.
Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Baths
If you’re not quite ready for the full ocean experience, but want your skin to feel like the Queen of Sheba, this has your name on it. I’m not sure why they’re called a “powder bath,” because they’re bath salts, and maintain the chunky salt crystal texture. When it comes to scents and essential oils, I’m naturally drawn to citrus-y scents (gimme dat grapefruit, Mmmm…), so I wasn’t surprised at how delightful and refreshingly awakening I found the Citrus Scent. I also LOATHE lavender, so take that for what’s it’s worth. I wasn’t surprised to find my nostrils violated with the one-eyed one-horned giant purple people eater called Lavender Scent. What DID surprise me, was how much I enjoyed the Eucalyptus & Peppermint. I’m not a huge peppermint fan, unless it’s related to oral hygiene, but the E&P Scent made me feel clean and cozy. I imagine using it during winter, or if you’re having cold/allergy symptoms, this would feel Heavenly.
Tips: Always drink lots of water after using bath salts, as they do have detoxifying effects. If you’re super sensitive to smells, go for the Unscented. All three scented salt baths are heavily scented, and a little scoop goes a long way. I tried all four using the individual one-time use packets, and each one lasted me two baths because they’re so strong.
Wildly Natural Seaweed Butters
Angel Sticks would be a more appropriate name. Helloooo… mess-free hydration. There is a difference between the foot and hand butter ingredients, and it comes down to personal preference on texture and scent. I love them both, and either can be used all over the body.
The Foot Butter is super thick and includes cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower seed oil with bladderwrack seaweed extract, neem oil, arrowroot powder, lanolin, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil, and tea tree essential oil. Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial and has a strong, yet not unpleasant, cleaning product-esque aroma. I recommend slathering this on before bed, unless you need to naturally wax the floors.
The Hand & Body Butter is lighter in texture and smell, containing Beeswax, safflower oil with bladderwrack seaweed extract, unrefined shea butter, cocoa butter, grape seed oil, arrowroot powder, neem oil, avocado oil, vitamin E, grapefruit essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil. The ability to put lotion on your hands, arms, etc. without getting your palms greasy is true adult joy. Plus, your inner 12 year old can get a chuckle out of people thinking you’re a weirdo rubbing deodorant all over your body.
Detox Cellulite Soap
Ode to Cellulite: A Haiku
Dimple Cottage Cheese
Hugging Thighs and Won’t Let Go
O! Jello Jiggler
I’m not sure this works. I WANT it to work, which is why I’m not sure it actually works, or if it’s the placebo effect. Along with all the other great ingredients (Seaweed, kukui, etc), this contains Green Coffee Bean to stimulate blood flow and magically melt fat – something like that. It also contains cinnamon bark to naturally exfoliate. For best results you scrub the bar directly on your dimples to break up the party. Go home, cellulite, you’re drunk. The cinnamon bark exfoliation is not messing around and should only be used on thick skin – actually a bit painful if used on a non-fatty location.
Tip: The bar is as black as the box. Be prepared to rinse/wash out shower/tub after bathing.
There you have it! Fun, soothing, luxurious bath products by Seaweed Bath Co. If you’re a no-fuss muss and showering takes you 5 minutes, Seaweed Bath Co, also makes bar soap, liquid body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in Unscented, Lavender, Eucalyptus & Peppermint, and Citrus. These are quite lovely and soothing for dry, flaky skin and hair. No complaints, feels great.