Regular readers of the blog will know that I am not exactly a fan of store-bought body care products. There are two reasons for this:
Most of them contain harmful chemicals which can be absorbed through the skin. Some may consider this a “health concern”. I think it is going way too far to limit this to be just a “health concern”. Why? Because these also affect your hormonal balance and therefore have an effect on your whole body, mind, and soul. Thus my point 1 becomes relevant for everyone! In my opinion, unless you have very sensitive skin or some other kind of medical condition which prohibits you from applying regular everyday soap bars, most people would benefit from getting rid of day-to-day use products and switching to the most natural soap they can find.
Do you see how it becomes more than just a “health concern” for me? Any organic soap will do, but I personally prefer handmade cold process soaps whenever possible. If money is an issue, try making some at home or ask your local herbalist if they sell any that are organically produced (the Herbaria in London have great organic soaps).
Natural homemade products can be even better than store-bought ones because you know exactly what goes into them. Most shop-bought items contain numerous chemicals aimed at prolonging shelf life (up to 10 years), preserving the color, etc., which also means they cannot go bad very easily. That is why they are so hard to digest for your skin. Commercial soap can also have a much shorter shelf life than natural ones because it contains the above-mentioned chemicals which actually prevent them from ever spoiling (natural soap will turn slightly brownish after some time due to oxidation).
Making Anti-cellulite Bath Salts
This is how to make your own anti-cellulite bath salts at home (no borax)
Let’s start with the ingredients you will need. They are surprisingly few:
1 cup of sea salt or Himalayan salt (I used Himalayan pink salt because it looks pretty, otherwise I recommend using unrefined sea salt which you can easily find online)
1 cup of baking soda (never use aluminum-based commercial brands!)
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers depending on how strong you want the scent to be 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter whatever other herbs and essential oil scents that meet your fancy
4 oz glass jar with an airtight lid
To save time, you may want to prepare the salt mixture in bulk and then just put some into jars. For my recipe, I mixed 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of Himalayan salt. To the mixture, I added 2 tablespoons shea butter (you can use cocoa butter too) and stirred it all together until well blended. Then I added dried lavender flowers (1/4 teaspoon is enough for this amount of ingredients).
Some people recommend adding Epsom salts instead of baking soda because they contain magnesium which helps with cellulite removal, but I haven’t tried that yet (and wasn’t able to find any when making these bath salts). So if anyone cares to experiment with it, please let me know how it goes!
As for essential oils, that is really a matter of personal preference. Some people swear by rosemary oil and lavender oil, but if you do not like their scent, feel free to experiment with other herbs and scents.
I included dried chamomile flowers to my mixture as well as dried orange peel which gave it a nice citrusy scent! To the ingredients listed above, I also added 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla powder (you can use extract instead) and 4 drops of clove bud essential oil for extra anti-cellulite benefits. You can add more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be. Then I stirred everything together until well blended.
To prepare your homemade anti-cellulite bath salts, just put 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each jar (use teaspoons or other measuring utensils for easier pouring).
Simply pour 150 ml of very hot (not boiling!) water over each jar’s contents and let the salt crystals dissolve completely before getting in the tub. The longer you soak, the more cellulite removal benefit you will get.
Remember that if you are making several jars at once (you can prepare these ahead of time), it is best to make batches no larger than 4 oz total because it takes some time for your salts to dissolve completely. Also, since adding essential oils increases shelf life, I recommend not preparing more than 2 weeks’ worth of this recipe in advance.
In terms of storage, I simply put the jar in a cabinet and let it sit there until needed. This way it does not have to be refrigerated and can remain fresh for up to 2 months.
Anti-cellulite bath salts for cellulite removal
You can add some orange or lemon peels along with your dried herbs, spices, and flowers to give your anti-cellulite bath salts a nice citrusy scent while bathing. Simply add some finely grated orange or lemon peel to the salt mixture before pouring hot water over them (just put 1/4 teaspoon per jar). It will be even more beneficial if you use freshly juiced oranges or lemons instead of store-bought because that way you get their essential oil benefits too!
I hope you found this article useful. I myself have not tried using these types of bath salts to remove cellulite before, but this is what I have been told by family members who use it. So if anyone has any other ways to get rid of cellulite fast, please share in the comments below! Also, for more home remedies for cellulite removal, including natural treatment options with known anti-cellulite benefits that are easy to find at your local grocery store or farmers market, check out my previous post here. Just keep in mind that while many homemade remedies do offer some medicinal benefits when it comes to curing conditions like eczema and acne, they are not scientifically proven to work for all kinds of skin ailments (such as cellulite) and should not be considered a replacement for modern medicine.