Best Japanese Bath Salts: Top 5 Onsen Bath Salts
TL;DR: Get the first one in the list; your skin will thank you.
Want to recreate the Japanese onsen experience at home for a relaxing escape? Japanese bath salts make this super simple. Available in sachet, powder and tablet form that are added to your bath (à la bath bombs) they transform your bathroom with fragrances and colors reminiscent of natural hot springs in Japan. An amazing way to treat yourself and practice some self care.
There are so many different brands of bath salts (just see our store!) that it can be hard to know where to even begin. Keep scrolling to read more about our picks:
1. Tabi No Yado Bath Salts: Milky Mixed Pack
Seriously, this product has incredible ratings considering the number of reviews. One of the most popular brands of bath salts found on shelves across Japan, this assortment pack aims to recreate hot spring experiences from all over Japan, including Towada, Okuhida, Kirishima and Shinshu Shirahone. 13 sachets, 4 varieties. More on the range here.
2. Yumeguri Rotenyu Bath Salts: Yakusen Tour
This is another popular brand that offers various assortment packs based on different onsen regions in Japan. In this product name ‘yakusen’ refers to a medicinal hot spring. This pack includes sachets based on the following four hot spring regions: Tokachi, Ginzan, Yakushima and Tazawa. 18 sachets, 4 varieties. More on the range here.
3. Nihon No Meito Bath Salts: 10 Famous Onsens Tour
If you like variety, this is the one for you. This product is a household name in Japan (though not so popular on Amazon!) and was developed together with onsens across Japan, reflecting each local region. This pack includes 10 onsens: Noboribetsu, Nyuto, Yamashiro, Kurokawa, Naruko, Nasu-Shiobara, Nozawa, Okuhida, Yubara and Dogo. 10 sachets, 10 varieties. More on the range here.
4. Babb Bath Salts: Forest Omotenashi
Want your bathroom to feel like a forest? Babb (or Bab) is rated as one of the top bath salt brands on Cosme, the holy-grail of beauty websites in Japan. This product comes in carbonated tablet form, which fizzes and dissolves when added to the bath. This mixed pack includes four fragrances based on trees in the Japanese forest; camphor, hinoki (Japanese cypress), green bamboo and nadeshiko (dianthus). 12 tablets, 4 varieties.
5. Bath Roman Bath Salts: Hinoki (Japanese Cypress)
If you’ve even taken an onsen in Japan, these will have you reminiscing. Hinoki is a timber commonly used in onsen buildings and accessories. These bath salts release a hinoki fragrance in the bathroom and turn the water a cloudy yellow color. While the above products are sachet and tablet based, this a large container of powder that you scoop into your bath. 680g container, 1 variety. More on the range here.