When I was first introduced to the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion I was a little confused. How would salt help moisturize my skin? I knew salt was good for your skin and that it could be a really good exfoliator, but why would I need it in a moisturizer?
Well, technically I was wrong. You see, epsom salt isn't a salt at all; it's actually just the layman's term for magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for centuries for its curative properties. Epsom salt, which is named after a spring in England, is commonly used as an aromatherapy treatment for aiding sleep, to relieve aching muscles, to reduce inflammation, heal wounds, treat colds and eliminate toxins from the body. Sounds pretty amazing right?
Sold in drugstores everywhere, Dr. Teal's specializes in bringing the powers of epsom salt into the homes of consumers with their line of bath salts, body washes, lotions and oils. The Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E to deeply moisturize and repair dry, damaged skin, leaving it smoother and stronger than before and it comes in four soothing scents: lavender, chamomile, ginger & clay and eucalyptus & spearmint, which is the scent I'm reviewing today.
The Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion primarily contains:
- Glycerin - a common humectant that helps skin retain and draw in moisture
- Isopropyl palmitate - a thick emollient that deeply moisturizes skin by preventing moisture loss
- Glyceryl stearate - an emollient that gives skin a smooth appearance and it helps protect the skin from free radicals
- Cetyl alcohol - an emollient
As you can see from the ingredients list, this lotion is full of thick emollients to give it a rich, creamy texture. The Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion also contains spearmint (fragrance) and eucalyptus (fragrance and antibacterial) as well as epsom salts, shea butter (moisturizing), cocoa seed butter (moisturizing) and vitamin E. I LOVE the smell of eucalyptus, but be forewarned that it, along with the spearmint, could be irritating if you have very sensitive skin.
Price & Packaging
At $8.99 for 283 g of product, the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion has very good price for value. My only complaint is that the tube is a bit large to hold onto in my midget hands and the flip top lid is a little flimsy.
Other than that very minor complaint though, I can think of absolutely zero negatives about this lotion! I'm a sucker for a hot shower, so thick repairing lotions are my favourite to use and the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion totally falls into this category. It is rich, creamy and leaves my skin feeling enveloped in a thick layer of moisture. Literally if my skin could talk, it would say "MOAR PLZ" it loves it that much.
Besides its rich soothing texture, the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion also smells pretty damn amazing. After lemon and vanilla scents, I am a huge fan of anything eucalyptus smelling. Mint and spearmint are ok, but there's something about that medicinal aspect of eucalyptus that always makes me feel relaxed. I think it must be something from my childhood of using Vick's Vapor Rub but whenever I'm stressed or not feeling well, I just put on some eucalyptus oil and bam! I instantly feel better and this lotion pretty much has the same effect on me. (Do they still even make Vicks' Vapor Rub? I'd really like to get me some of that!)
Buy - this lotion checks all the boxes for me: deeply moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth while smelling amazing and being super affordable!