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Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is a small, but expanding company based in Canmore, Alberta, that produces only completely natural products. We all know companies that claim to be natural, but still use synthetics. Well, Rocky Mountain Soap products are 100% natural. Their stores are also completely toxin-free, and made with “reused, re-claimed, recycled or compostable with a further tenant that no parts of the store will ever end up in a landfill.”, according to the president of the company.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. has a line of wellness products, that includes sprays, balms, bath salts and essential oils, and they have recently launched their new line of wellness balms, that come in 4 different varieties:
- Deep Sleep
- Stress Away
- Breathe Easy
Unlike the previous version of Rocky Mountain Soap Co. wellness balms (aromatherapy sticks), these new ones come in a little tinted glass pump bottle, and the scents are more complex. I sometimes don’t like it when companies change a product that works, but this is a definite upgrade, in a good way. The pump bottle is more hygienic, and it allows for multiple people to use the same product, while the sticks needed to be rubbed on the skin, so most people wouldn’t want to share those.
The Breathe Easy Wellness Balm is formulated to help with cold and flu symptoms, by clearing stuffy sinuses and easing achy muscles. It contains tea tree, rosemary, cedarwood and peppermint to clear congestion and help us breathe more easily.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes (Safflower oil), Eucalyptus Globulus, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Origanum Marjorana (Sweet Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum.
From my previous experience with Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Aromatherapy sticks, and from the “balm” in the name of this product, I expected a thick, greasy consistency. However, these new balms are lightweight, and feel more like a lotion. I am not a huge fan of the type of pump they used, since it squirts the product out, and I can’t control the amount, I can only get a full pump out at a time. One full pump is more than enough to apply to my temples and wrists. The lotion sinks into the skin immediately, and it’s not greasy at all. The scent is a great mix of essential oils mentioned above, with the tea tree and peppermint being the most noticeable ones.
The best way to use this balm for me is to apply it to my wrists, and then sniff on them to get my sinuses to clear out. You can also simply open the bottle and sniff directly from it. I find that having the scent close to my nose helps me to breathe more deeply when congested. There is some benefit from applying it to the skin, too, since tea tree helps boost immunity.
This product is a great addition to any First Aid kit, since you can use it even if you have to avoid certain cold and flu medicine.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co also has an extensive line of bath salts, and although these are not new products, I haven’t tried them before, so they are new to me. I received a smaller package of their Sport Bath Salts to test and review. Other available varieties are: Breathe Easy, Serenity, Cleanse and Vanilla Coconut.
These bath salts come in a ziploc-style bag inside the cardboard box, and they are a coarse mix of Epsom, Himalayan and sea salts, with added essential oils. This specific blend is formulated to ease sore muscles by relieving the accumulated lactic acid and to deeply cleanse skin.
Ingredients: Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salt), Sodium Chloride (Pink Himalayan and Sea Salt), Origanum Marjorana (Sweet Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil.
I’ve always used magnesium supplements when I go back to being active after a prolonged non-active period, to try and avoid muscle aches and cramps, with mixed results. This winter has been particularly hard for me and I was extremely lazy, so these bath salts have arrived at the perfect time. I recently started working out again, and got the unavoidable muscle soreness, especially in my legs. Just one bath with these salts, and the next day I felt much much better. I attribute this to the Epsom salts, which seem to have really pulled out that lactic acid from my muscles. I used up about half the amount, and can’t wait to have another bath with the the rest. I love the light citrusy scent, and appreciate the lack of added colors, which makes the clean-up after the bath much quicker (a simple rinse will do). My skin did get a bit dry because of the sea salt, so I had to moisturize, but since there are great detoxifying properties to sea salt I didn’t mind this at all, especially since I always have to moisturize after any shower or bath.
The little bottle of the Breathe Easy Wellness Balm costs $18, and it may seem a bit pricey, but I only need a very small amount each time, so this will last probably until it goes bad (there are no preservatives, so I assume it should be OK for about 6 months, like most natural products). The small package of the Sport Bath Salts retails for $6/ 100g, and the big one for $22/ 580g. You obviously get more for the money with the big package, but the small one is great if you first want to try the salts to see if you’d like them. You can buy these products from their website or any of their stores in Alberta, BC and Manitoba.
I also recommend you to join their toxin-free movement. I get free sample-sized and full-sized products, switched toxic for non-toxic products, and get gift with purchase offers. It is free to join and totally worth it!
Do you use natural health remedies? Do you have a favorite one? What do you think about these products?