Dr Teal’s bath salts are so good I’ve just ordered some more. Which might sound like a bit of a non-statement (if you like something then why on earth wouldn’t you order more?) but when you have a whole shelfload of things waiting to be tested – bottles of bath oils and tubes of body unguents and great big glass pots of epsom salts – it’s a special kind of product that makes you ignore the queue and part with hard cash.
Not that the Dr Teal’s is expensive, I hasten to add – a large 3lbs bag of Dr Teal’s Soaking Solution has just set me back £7.99 on Amazon*. With free Prime delivery. I’d actually be tempted to set up one of those repeat orders where they send stuff to you every month, but there’s no option for it. Probably a good idea anyway, considering that I never get my repeat orders right in terms of quantity or frequency; I currently have no cat food, no cat litter but 24 kilos of dried dog food and 62,000 packs of pull-up nappy pants.
(For Ted, not me.) (Though with my pelvic floor those days can’t be far away.)
So yeah, Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution: I can’t imagine anything overtaking it on the bath salts front any time soon. These particular salts have given me the best nights’ sleep I’ve had in years. Uninterrupted, deep, weird-dream sort of sleep that nothing can shake me from. Dr Teal’s, they knock me right out.
Admittedly that’s not ideal when you have a three year old and a two year old, but I only “take the salts” when there’s another responsible adult around. Namely Mr AMR, who actually also “takes the salts” because he inevitably gets into the bath after me, but he is immune to all and any sleep-inducing concoctions, including bath salts, Benilyn Original and the nighttime Night Nurse capsule which is, as we all know, laced with some sort of sleep magic.
So Mr AMR is unaffected by Dr Teal’s Soaking Solution, but let’s ignore him because he’s obviously harder to fell than an Ox; I, on the other hand, am sent into the deepest possible slumber. Someone could dismantle my house around me, brick by brick, move me to a different hamlet/village/town and rebuild the house and I would be none the wiser. You could shrink me down and put me inside a boom box and I probably wouldn’t even murmur. You know those stupid videos where people blow a foghorn down a sleeping person’s ear? Wouldn’t wake me. A huge handful of salts in the bath just before bedtime and I am completely lost to all earthly communications and sensations.
The salts I’ve been trying are the Dr Teal’s Detoxify & Energize with Ginger & Clay. In all honesty, I don’t know how much effect the addition of Ginger & Clay has (perfume is listed higher on the ingredients list than clay is), but I don’t really care; ten minutes basking in Dr Teal’s solution (sounds dodgy) and I’m out for the count.
I’m no stranger to the joy of the Epsom Salt, by the way – it has always had a knockout effect on me – and you can get them relatively cheaply on the internet in huge quantities. At around twenty quid for ten kilos (it comes in huge buckets) the plain, slightly industrial-looking tubs of salts are dozens of times cheaper than anything branded or laced with oils and perfumes and – er – clay.
Dr Teal’s salts aren’t as plain (or as cheap) as those, but I rather like the hint of oil and the bit of fragrance. You could of course use the cheaper, unadulterated salts and then add a few drops of really great quality bath oil (I can highly recommend anything from Aromatherapy Associates, especially the Deep Relax Oil) but most of the time that’s one step too many for me. I can barely remember to take my clothes off before stepping into the water let alone concoct my own bath treatment. (Although that may have to be my next post: a how-to on the most cost-efficient, luxury bath soak.)
The particular fragrance of Dr Teal’s Detoxify & Energise (with Ginger & Clay, don’t forget!) is what I like to describe as “well-groomed man of a certain age”. If you’re a fan of the BBC drama Line Of Duty then you can use Superintendent Ted Hastings as your reference here. I just like the idea that he smells clean, slightly musky, a hint of shaving cream – he’s a man who’s a pro at shaving and still has all of his own teeth. Probably.
So for a knockout sleep, try this: a whole huge mugful of the Dr Teal’s salts into a warm bath (yes, you put loads in, that’s the beauty of them being relatively cheap) and then a nice soak before getting straight into bed. No iPhone, no television, no laptop in between bath and bed – just dry yourself off and then hop directly between the sheets. (Or betwixt sheet and duvet. Does anyone use a flat sheet as well as a fitted anymore? I started off with good intentions, when I first left home, but soon realised that it was one more thing to have to change on laundry day…)
You can find the Dr Teal’s Soaking Solution here* – there’s also a lavender one, which must send people into the sort of deep sleep that to come around from requires a gong and some car jump leads. It has a three month wait on delivery for that, perhaps because the people at the factory and the van drivers are all snoozing…